All the Time in the World

 

While at the park one day, a woman sat down next to a man on a bench near a playground. "That's my son over there," she said, pointing to a little boy in a red sweater who was gliding down the slide.

"He's a fine looking boy," the man said. "That's my son on the swing in the blue sweater." Then, looking at his watch, he called to his son. "What do you say we go, Todd?"

Todd pleaded, "Just five more minutes, Dad. Please? Just five more minutes." The man nodded and Todd continued to swing to his heart's content.

Minutes passed and the father stood and called again to his son. "Time to go now?"

Again Todd pleaded, "Five more minutes, Dad. Just five more minutes." The man smiled and said, "Okay."

"My, you certainly are a patient father," the woman responded.

The man smiled and then said, "My older son Tommy was killed by a drunk driver last year while he was riding his bike near here. I never spent much time with Tommy and now I'd give anything for just five more minutes with him. I've vowed not to make the same mistake with Todd.

"He thinks he has five more minutes to swing. The truth is . . . I get five more minutes to watch him play."

Submitted by IM4JESUS!

 

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The Importance Of Fathers

 

In this You Tube video clip: >>> Soldier Homecoming Surprise Remix:  We start to get a true picture of just how very important fathers are to their children. With this realisation; let us love, cherish and protect our children, as God loves, cherishes and protects us.  Before you watch it; be sure and have some tissues handy because you will need them.

To Fathers and Husbands; Let us learn to truly love, cherish and honour our wives; by preferring them to ourselves, and putting their needs before our own needs. This is the husband’s role and duty.  It is part of our ministry, and happy is he who learns and embraces this truth. This makes for a happy husband, because a wife will be happy when she knows that she is loved by her husband, as God intended for her to be.  As men we should be willing to die for and give our lives for our wives and children, without second thought for our life or safety.  

Tell your wife and children every day that you love them. How will they know if we don’t tell them? Let them know we love them with our words; our deeds; and through our sacrifice.  

1: Let our words to our wives be gentle, loving and kind!

2: Let us show our love with deeds, and not sit on our behind.  This means we should share the workload in the home, and not treat our wife as nothing more than a slave, a cook and dishwasher.  Let me say from experience, that nothing says I love you more to your wife, than making her breakfast in bed; helping out with the ironing, (It’s not just girl’s work), and sharing the household chores.  In this modern age, most mothers also work, in a real job, to help pay the rent or mortgage.  They get tired too.   

3: Let us say we love our wives with sacrifice: By working hard, by spending time with our children, and by investing time in our marriage and wife. O', and by the way guys! This is an investment that pays really big dividends, because a happy wife and children who know they are loved, become our greatest reward, treasure, and admirers.

When we as men do this, we will be worthy of our wives respect and love, and of God's respect and blessing on our family.  

Let wives also honour and respect their husbands!!!  Give him affirmation and let him be a man, in a world that is constantly trying to feminise men.

Men are meant to be men! To provide, to protect, to be strong, and this may come as a surprise to some, but a man is not supposed to have a feminine side.  Men were designed by God to be hunter warriors, to provide for their families and defend them with their lives if necessary.

So to wives I would say; Support and affirm your husband, encourage him, let him know how you appreciate him when he does things for you, tell him he is a blessing from God; and he may just surprise you by becoming the husband you always dreamed of and signed up for.

When times get tough in marriage; and they usually do from time to time; especially when the above principles are not applied and demonstrated in our marriages, let us turn to God and His word for answers, and keep the family together.

Children need their mother and their father; and they don’t do so well when one parent is missing from their lives.

If we make God our centre, and put Him at the centre of our marriage and our life, He is faithful to work with us to keep the family together:   He; "Our Father and Creator"; is the glue that holds marriages together; families together; and the universe together. Trust in Him!!! Depend on Him!!!  Make Him your anchor in times of trouble, and in the good times.

There are some great resources I can recommend to ALL married folk, and to anyone who wants to get married some day.   

Buy and watch Fireproof the movie.  It is attitude changing, life changing, and marriage changing.

Buy and watch: “Laugh Your Way To a Better Marriage”.  It will revolutionize your thinking, your marriage, and help you understand yourself and your spouse.

Guys!!!!   Buy and read; “From Good Man To Valiant Man;” By Dr Allan Meyer of Melbourne Australia.  It is the most important book I have ever read, to transform a good man into a great man, a valiant man, husband and father.  It will be the best investment you ever made, and it should be read by every man, both married and single.  It has the answers to attaining sexual purity, and to make a man a great man and a great husband.  Read it, and apply its teaching to your life. If you do this, it will be one of the best investments you ever make

The Love Dare: (Book) As seen in Fireproof; The Movie:  See the movie, and put the Love Dare into practice, even if you have a great marriage.

If acted upon; these resources above can help to turn a marriage that is in trouble; into the marriage of your dreams.

Our enemy the devil is roaming around like a roaring lion, seeking those who he can destroy.  He loves to destroy families, and we make it easy for him when:

Our thinking is wrong, our attitudes are bad, when we are selfish, when our pride overrides our sense of what is right, and/or when we just don’t have a clue because nobody ever gave us one.

So, let us get a clue, and let us determine to invest in the above resources, our wives, our husbands, our marriages and our children. 

I recently read a statistic on a Christian website; that said divorce amongst Christians is actually higher by 2-3 % than for non-Christians.  I asked myself; How can that be, when we have the word of God and the Holy Spirit to provide us with a higher moral code and to teach us to love as God loves?  I guess part of the reason is that the enemy likes to target Christians and bring them down if we allow him to, and possibly because many Christians neglect to read their bibles and/or spend quality time in prayer.  When we do this, we treat God like a convenient stranger, and as someone we only call out to in times of trouble.  How do I know this?  Because for a while there, I was guilty of treating God in this way; and I had plenty of company. Sadly a great many Christians lose their way, live life carelessly, neglect the power source which is found in The God's Word and in Prayer, and then wonder why their world falls apart.     

Our enemy Satan may be like a lion seeking to destroy us; but God has given us a weapon that is a lion killer.  Lions are no match for a well skilled swordsman, and our weapon to defeat this lion is the Word of God; (AKA: The Sword of the Spirit).  This mighty weapon can cut our enemy to pieces when we learn to use it, and we learn to use it when we read and study it every day, store it in our hearts, and have it ready to slash, gut and dice our enemy when he comes tempting.

What did Jesus use to defeat the enemy in the wilderness?  He cut him down with “The WORD OF God”, “The Sword of the Spirit.” 

See photos and links below, for the above mentioned DVD and book resources.

Be blessed; Steve

 

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Soldiers return: A father and son reunion 

fireproof

Order here:  Fireproof. (DVD) Movie

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Order here: Laugh Your Way To A Better Marriage  (DVD; 4 Disk Series)

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Order here: From Good Man To Valiant Man (Book)

 love dare

Order Here: The Love Dare. (Book)

 

 

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