"I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands." - Psalm 143:5

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Faithfully Yours

“His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.” Song of Solomon 5:16

“His words are kisses, his kisses words. Everything about him delights me, thrills me through and through! That's my lover, that's my man, dear Jerusalem sisters.”The Message Bible

I love that Scripture! Who wouldn’t love to hear his wife talk about him that faithfulway? Brothers, we need to “talk up” our marriage (and marriage in general). Speak well of its virtues, its power to complete and transform who we are. Making your marriage a priority displays faithfulness to your wife, your kids and anyone else who may be watching.

“Kindness and faithfulness keep a king safe, through kindness his throne is made secure.” Proverbs 20:28

That’s how we should secure our homes. Faithfully loving our brides like Christ loved the Church will keep our families safe and our marriages strong. To me faithfulness involves the “Wantability Factor.” Wantability (WA for short) is how I describe the mixture of the desire to obey the Father and the complete surrender to Him. Choice and decision wrapped together, that’s Wantability. Jesus had gallons of that stuff, sloshing around inside, spilling over and pouring out. With every step closer to the cross He changed lives.

Wanting to be, choosing to be, allowing the Lord to be all we need in our fathering, these are all the elements of Wantability. Together they form a commitment born straight from the heart of the Heavenly Father. To me, that’s the spirit of adoption, the willingness to give all unconditionally to point His children to Him. What I have discovered about fathering is just how far reaching WA is. Every WA immersion has tremendous ripple effects, not only in me but also in the lives of my family.

Father, your faithfulness is amazing, it overwhelms me. I desire to show that same faithfulness in my marriage and towards my children. Help me to choose that path to love and lead faithfully. – Amen

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