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Love in Action

Another full day ahead, Father, and I would ask for Your blessing. May I feel your hand on my shoulder and Your love in my heart – may it flow through and touch every person I meet and every situation in which I find myself. Amen.

1 Peter 3:7 (<<click here)

Oh, Lord, I know the focus of this verse is very important but my mind is having a difficult time doing just that – focusing!

From a male perspective, women play an extremely important role in our lives.  It is often a role that goes unlauded and unfortunately is often taken for granted. Husbands and sons enjoy all the benefits of our relationships with wives and mothers – clean laundry, good meals, tidy homes, etc., etc. Some of us may give out an occasional “thank you” but for many of us, it goes no farther than that.

We like to throw out that we’ve worked all day and just want to crash. Many women work all day and then come home to work all night, as well. I admit, Lord, I am guilty of this as well. There are times when I think to put more effort into helping out but most of the time I’m oblivious and just let things happen. And it just isn’t right. Lord, I need Your help. Help me to be more attentive, to notice when things need to be done and to do them. There are things I can do regularly that Karen shouldn’t have to worry about. Help me to strive for consistency, Lord, may I lovingly serve my wonderful, serving wife. Help me to lighten her load. Help me to not just speak my love but to put hands and feet on it, so as to put it into actions. Amen.

Dec 27th, Tues, 6:17 am

Calling All Husbands!

Newlyweds

You have greatly blessed me Father. It would be very difficult to make a list of my blessings without missing something, I am sure. But one of my most cherished blessings is Karen. Over 33 years ago You orchestrated our coming together. And though we have been through good times and bad You have been with us. With Your holding us so close to You, You’ve held us close to each other. Thank You so much for answered prayers. I have never been a perfect companion but You continue to work on me and I still ask of You that I will continue to strive to be th10341694_10201041654843241_4552466758843371744_ne husband she deserves. Help me, each day, to see her through Your eyes, to love her with Your heart, to enfold her with Your arms. Help us to be the couple You have called us to be – to impact our world with the Good News of which we are so blessed to be a part. Thank You, Father.

And, Father, at this moment I would pray for husbands that I know in particular. Some men have been husbands for many years, help them to cherish the time they have remaining. Help them to continue to give themselves over to You so they will be able to sacrificially love their wives no matter what life throws at them, illness, disease, loss of mental faculties. Help them to “be strong through the grace that God gives [them] in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:1 For sometimes we have to be strong for her and for ourselves.

Then I would pray for those husbands going through the transitions of life – changes in body, changes into “empty-nester” mode. Every stage of life has its challenges – we can remain victorious when we remain in You!

Then lastly this morning Father I would pray for young husbands. I know so many who are still basically newlyweds. New lives together, new additions to be loved as well. Father may You be with these young men – sojourners on a new great adventure! Give them strength, give them fortitude. Early on may they find that dependence upon You will change everything for the best. The sooner they grasp that truth the better.

Father, help us all to give ourselves over to You so that You can use us to touch the lives of those around us. In and through You, we can change the world!

Oct 31st, Sat, 8:41 am

*FYI – I wrote this post simply because I love my wife! It doesn’t mark an anniversary of any nature. We started dating in March of 1983 and got married in June of 1986. Next Summer, Lord willing, we will celebrate 30 years of marriage!

Love Your “Family”

Ugh… it has been two days too many since I have sat here in Your presence. Sleep has been too alluring and once the day begins to roll it just doesn’t stop. But Father You are faithful! Thank You for once again waking me and encouraging me to be with You this morning.

 1 Timothy 5:1-2 <<click here)

Our families play crucial roles in all our lives. And if they are to have the greatest beneficial impact then they must be families that are bent on living out Your call on their lives, Lord.

In this passage Paul calls upon Timothy to interact with people in his church as he would with his own family. Now when I think about this in my own life it is not difficult to do so. I grew up in a loving, supportive family. I still love and respect my mom and my dad and my sister. I would do anything within my power to help them and they would do the same for me. I feel the same way, as time has moved on, about my wife, my son and my niece. I have a loving and supportive family so it’s easy to parlay that wonderful blessing over to those in my churches.

But, Lord, I am well aware of the fact that not everyone shares this blessing. Sin has brought much hurt and pain into families across the globe. Many will forever carry scars of abuse for the rest of their lives, be it emotional or physical. And of course it is a multi-faceted problem involving relationships with parent to child and child to parent, husbands to wives and siblings to siblings.

Lord, a simple prayer seems too little too late to address this issue which is so deep and so wide, but I lift it up anyway. For You care about every child and man and woman who would do anything to be truly loved. I pray for them, Lord, but enable me… give me the wisdom and the power and the courage to be Your hands and feet… to love others as You have loved me… as You have inspired my family to love me and how I have loved my family. Help me, help us all, Lord to love You with “all of our heart, soul, mind and strength” and in so doing to love our neighbor (…our family) as ourselves.

Sept 18th, Fri, 6:57 am

Love – What It’s Meant to Be

Father, thank You for encouraging me to share my writings yesterday.* I pray that You were glorified. I, honestly, struggle with pride to a certain degree. I lay the whole thing at Your feet, I really want You to get the credit, I want those who read it to think of You.  Its weird how something like this is so simple yet in my mind it’s so complicated. But You know that I only did it (posted it) because I felt that that’s what You wanted me to do.  All Glory to You!

Ephesians 5:21-33 (<<click this)

Marriage…man and woman…husband and wife. Submission to him…love (to the point of giving up his own life) for her. Mutual…edifying…sacrificial. Nothing selfish here…no taking advantage of…just giving. Unity…oneness…a melding of two. Both benefited by the giving of self.  Both made better…both more like Christ. Both placing the interest of the other before the interest of self.  Against the (fleshly) natural…embracing the (spiritual) nature. Rejecting the mindset of the world…embodying the mindset (the life) of Christ.

Lord, as I draw closer to You, please help me to love Karen more and more. She is truly a gift from You that is to be cherished. Help me to do all I can to lift her up, to encourage her.  Shore up my patience and help my selfishness to be cast away.  Please enable me to love her as You do.

May 6th, Wed, 6:39 am

*I posted a photo of my May 5th journal entry (Magnifying the Negative) to Facebook.