Saturday, June 16, 2007

My Beloved

"The righteous who walks in his integrity ~ blessed are his children after him!" Proverbs 20:7

On this day before Father's Day, I wanted to take time to praise God for the husband He has given me, and the father that He has blessed my children with.

My Beloved was not raised in a Christian home. In fact, he was raised in a home where chaos often reigned. His parents divorced when he was young, and his mother struggled with many issues that made life...difficult. He was loved by his parents, but they did not provide much stability for him. He came to know Christ as his Savior as an adult.

We married when he was 25, and within just a little over a year's time, our first son was born. My darling took to Daddy-hood like a duck to water. He is one of those people that have "the touch" when it comes to babies. They like to be held by him, and he has the ability to calm fussy babies and get tired, cranky babies to sleep.

During the early years of our marriage, he walked a nominal Christian walk. But, God is faithful, and He would not allow that for long. As our family grew, so did my Beloved's faith. He has always been someone who got along with people in general, but as God has led him to work with the public, he has come into his own as a man who walks in integrity. The people in our community know that if they are in need, he will do whatever he can to help them. They know that he is a man who honors his word, and in so doing, honors his Lord.

He is a man who loves his God deeply and desires to follow after Him. He is a tenderhearted Daddy, who adores his children. He truely believes his children are blessings from the Lord. He is a wonderful husband, best friend, and thoughtful lover. I am thankful that God has allowed me to walk through life with this precious man.

When I think about where the Lord has brought him from, the growth that has happened in his life, I am eternally grateful. Only God could bring about such a change, only He could show a man how to Biblically love his wife and children when he never saw that modeled growing up. Thank You, Lord!!

May we all take some time to reflect upon the goodness of the Lord, and His working in our husbands and fathers on this Father's Day.

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