My goal as father and husband is to build a beautiful family culture in my home. I like to keep things interesting and surprising, to keep love-in-action as an regular occurrence for my kids and my wife. So for this latest surprise, my son and I had a weekend home, while mommy and sissy traveled away for a cheering competition. My daughter's Celtics team brought home 1st place in 2 categories, so we made a little banner to welcome them home and celebrate their accomplishment.
Many times, I have said to my kids, "I may not always guarantee your happiness, but you can guarantee I will always do my utmost to keep you safe!" Protection for my kids is one of my top priorities, and I am always cognisant of the fact that I, as father, have a primary responsibility in this. While still living in a world where tragedy often knocks at the door of "good people," there has to be something I can do to give my utmost for the safety and protection of my children!
Job's story in the Bible is often related to human suffering, but as I read his story, I find that had the test of his character not been allowed by God, this story looks completely different. Job lived a life before God in such a way that He (God) had all things covered or better said.... hedged! He was doing a great job of keeping his kids safe!
Check out this short exerpt from my last sermon!
My family returns home today from Tennessee and I have to work late. I want my wife to know I love her and to come home to no stress, so I have done a little cleaning. Acts of Service is a Love Language that speaks highly to some spouses. While my wife is not primarily an Acts of Service person, she does appreciate my service at times. I appreciate her "services" as well! Maybe soon, I'll get to enjoy those?!! :)
Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish..." Vision is critical to a thriving walk in life, esp. Christian life! I find so often people lose focus during their walk with Christ when they don't maintain vision moving forward. Families lose their way when parents, as leaders fail to lift up vision and keep it ever before their eyes. As a husband and father, it is very important that I lead the charge in my home to know God's vision for my family and to properly communicate it so that we accomplish what God wants for us. The Heavenly Father has many blessings for His children, I want to receive what He has for me! "Receiving"... begins with vision! Our vision then guides our time of family devotion and prayer and consequently, our lives!
This video shares with you the vision for our family in this season of life... enjoy!
Today is my wife's birthday! On Monday, she was in Louisville, Ky for the NKOTB, Boys II Men, and 98 Degrees Concert with a couple of her friends as her "big" birthday gift! But on her actual birthday, I wanted to make her feel special with a simple gift that she would enjoy.. nothing major! Remember, she receives gifts as a sincere expression of my love for her. Here's what I came up with! Special thanks to God for creative ideas!
Would you have enjoyed this gift? Also, I could really use other creative ideas to say "I love you!" clearly to my wife. Comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know some cool ideas.. I appreciate it!
When love is not being actively expressed in the marriage relationship, due to life factors, e.g. busy schedules, hobbies or other focus, etc. or simply by not giving the marriage it's due priority, tension sometimes rises in the household. Left uncontrolled, these can spiral downward quickly toward the moment of explosion (you married folk know what I am talkin' about, and if you don't, I would like to meet you and have dinner). Someone in the relationship must stop the downward spiral by making a decision to love... actively love! This is love in ACTION!
This video is a documented effort to Love my wife... with ACTION!