Saturday, November 29, 2014

Only Character Endures!

For I have walked in my integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.(Psalm 26:1) 

Nothing speaks louder or more powerfully than a life of integrity. Absolutely nothing! Nothing stands the test 
like solid character. You can handle the blast like a steer in a blizzard. The ice may form on your horns, but you keep standing against the wind and the howling, raging storm because Christ is at work in your spirit. Character will always win the day. As Horace Greeley wrote: "Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, and only character endures." 

There is no more eloquent and effective defense than a life lived continually and consistently in integrity. It possesses invincible power to silence your slanderers. 

Hope Again 

Character refinement is often an ongoing process that lasts during our entire lifetimes. In my personal experience, my character has been refined during times of great distress and trials. I'm confident in the Lord that the vast majority of my readers can relate to this type of character reformation. 

God is the Potter and we are the clay. Our character is continuously being molded and reshaped on a daily basis. There are moments throughout our lives that will challenge our character. How we respond to those moments will determine the type of character that results from those experiences. 

There is no doubt that the greater our adversity in life is that our character goes from common to extraordinary. From human to godly. As Christians, our character has to be Christ-like. To be Christ-like in character means that we have to be rooted in humility. It starts there. If we are to experience "radical" transformation in our lives, we must be humble in spirit. Remaining humble in spite of whatever life throws at us is the key ingredient to achieving and living in godly character. 

My dear friends, do you long to have godly character in YOUR life? If so, ask God to humble you and erase any pride that can get in the way of your achieving and living out your life with godly character. Remember friends, ONLY CHARACTER ENDURES

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).     

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Diligence And Faithfulness!

Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. (Psalm 100:2) 

Servanthood implies diligence, faithfulness, loyalty, and humility. 

Servants don't compete . . . . or grandstand . . . or polish their image . . . or grab the spotlight. They know their job, they admit their limitations, they do what they do quietly and consistently. 

Servants cannot control anyone or everything, and they shouldn't try.

Servants cannot change or "fix" people. . . . 

Servants cannot concern themselves with who gets the credit. . . . 

Let's serve . . . in the name of Jesus. 

The Finishing Touch 

Diligence and faithfulness in a servant leader allows everyone around you to trust you and find you dependable in a moment of need. Diligence and faithfulness are qualities worth having because it will reveal to ourselves and everyone else around that we actually care about what we do and who we do those things for. 

Jesus personified diligence and faithfulness during His earthly lifetime. In the same way Jesus personified those attributes in His private life and ministry, we must always do the same. I have heard it said many times that ministry starts at home and there is great truth to that. If we fail to be diligent and faithful in the little God has given us at home and at work, how can we possibly expect to be chosen to be diligent and faithful in larger things such as public ministry? That's a fair question to ask, right?

My dear friends, exercising diligence and faithfulness in all areas of our lives, public and private will reveal to the rest of your world how much importance you give to the things and people that God brings into your life.So friend, how faithful and diligent are you in everything that God has given you? 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Self-Control Is Inner Strength!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23) 

Every one of us has gotten angry and lost our tempers, only to regret it. Every one of us has allowed our schedules to get so overloaded that, looking back over the week, we must admit to ourselves, if we're honest, we've not stopped to pray even once. Every one of us has eaten too much, even when we swore we wouldn't. Who hasn't fought yet again the old battle with lust or greed or materialism or anger or envy?. . . 

There is an answer to this daily dilemma, a solution that is easy to identify. There is a secret to holding back. . . .

"Self-control" . . . that's the key . . . that's the answer. . . . 

The best synonym for self-control is "discipline." . . . Self-control means "inner strength." 

The fruit of the Spirit is self-control. Self-control frees us from slavery. Self-control stops bad habits. It checks us. It halts us. 

Esther: A Woman of Strength and Dignity 

Here's a question for all of you:

How many of you have actually mastered the art of self-control? 

Self-control is by far one of the most difficult disciplines to fully accomplish. Self-control requires a separation of sorts. The separation could happen literally or figuratively. Self-control, when exercised correctly, can accomplish many positive things in our lives. 

There is a great deal of truth that self-control is inner strength. It is inner strength because it requires that we are connected with God the Holy Spirit to provide us with the inner strength needed to be able to separate us from things and/or people that will negatively impact and possibly influence us into "backsliding" from our relationship with God. My dear friends, there is obviously so much more to the topic of self-control than meets the eye. The necessary ingredient to excel in self-control is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit resides within us. When we fail to exercise self-control in that particular area of our lives, we sadden the Holy Spirit. With that said my friends, we must ask God for His strength to help us in this critical area of our lives so we can live victoriously, not just in word, but most importantly, in deed. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).     

Friday, November 21, 2014

God's Will And Ways!

As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God. (Psalm 42:1) 

 Godliness is something below the surface of a life, deep down in the realm of attitude---an attitude toward God 
Himself. The longer I think about this, the more I believe that a person who is godly is one whose heart is sensitive toward God, one who takes God seriously. . . . . The godly individual hungers and thirsts after God. In the words of the psalmist, the godly person has a soul that "pants" for the living God (Ps. 42:1-2). 

Godly people possess an attitude of willing submission to God's will and ways. Whatever He says goes. And whatever it takes to carry it out is the very thing the godly desire to do.

The Finishing Touch 

Following God's will and ways is the most exciting yet most difficult thing we will ever get to do as Christians. God's will and ways will always be adventuresome, mysterious, thrilling, even chaotic sometimes. Given how "unpredictable" God's will and ways can be in our lives, we will need as much hand holding as possible.

Regardless of which way God leads us, it will always be for our temporal and more importantly eternal good. Yes ,there will be moments in our walk with God when things will not make any sense and it will likely feel like He has abandoned us, but that is never the case. The most amazing part is that God is in the thick of our walk when we go through the toughest times of our lives when our faith in Him is challenged. 

My dear friends, take courage in knowing that no matter what it looks like in your life right now and in the days, weeks, and months to come, God's will for your life is to make you more into His likeness and the way is to heaven through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Be encouraged my friends, be encouraged! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Walking With God!

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. (Psalm 118:8) 

Walking with God is the most exciting and rewarding of all experiences on earth. I should add, it is also the most difficult. I don't think I've ever met an exception to the rule, that those who walk closest to God are those who, like Jesus, become acquainted with trials and testings. God takes us through struggles and difficulties so that we might become increasingly more committed to Him. . . . 

God may be leading you somewhere . . . that doesn't make much sense. I want to encourage you: Don't try to make sense out of it, just go. If God leads you to stay in a difficult situation and you have peace that you are to stay, don't analyze it, stay. Do your part. Do what He tells you to do, for His promises often hinge on obedience. . . . 

You can walk with Him in perfect trust. That's your part. 

Perfect Trust 

So, what is it like to actually walk with God?

Are we actually walking side-by-side with Him?

Or is God actually carrying us through our individual lives? 

These questions require alot of thought from the perspective that God's sovereignty is bigger than anything than we as humans can possibly conjure up. Walking with God requires faith. It also requires a trust and understanding that goes beyond our finite limitations. 

Walking with God is an endurance race unlike anything else we can possibly experience here on earth. Walking with God is very exciting yet challenging at the same time. It outta go without saying that walking with God is for the truly adventurous and not for the feign of heart. Let us always be willing to walk with God regardless of where we are in life. Let us also ask God to enable us with the absolute necessary to make it through our time here on earth. 

Thanks for checking me out friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you always! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).       

Monday, November 17, 2014

Our Weakness, His Strength!

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (Psalm 27:14) 

Let's look at that term wait. It is from the Hebrew verb kah-wah meaning "to twist, stretch." The noun form means "line, cord, thread." A vivid picture emerges here. It is a verb describing the making of a strong, powerful rope or cord by twisting and weaving ourselves so tightly around the Lord that our weaknesses and frail characteristics are replaced by His power and unparalleled strength. It describes very literally the truth of what has been termed the "exchanged life." As we wait on God, our weakness is exchanged for His strength. 

Strength and courage are developed during a trial, not after it is over. 

Living Beyond the Daily Grind 

There's no doubt about it my friends. We are indeed weak creatures. Does that imply that we are not capable of being strong? No. That's not what I mean. What I do mean is that we are weak in light of God's strength. 

We are indeed capable of defending ourselves when it is necessary. God has provided us the capacity to be able to provide strength to another when faced with difficult times or when tragedy strikes. I will admit this much. There are moments when we depend upon human strength far more frequently than exclusively depend upon God's strength and might. 

As human beings, we are severely limited and flawed in so many different ways. The scope of our strength is limited at best. The honest reality is that God is more than willing to operate His strength in our weakness. What it all boils down to is that we let go of any human pride and ego and humble ourselves before God Himself acknowledging His strong hand in the process. God's strength will remove any obstacles that will confront us and His strength will carry us through the most difficult circumstances we can ever go through. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-). 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Joyful Heart!

You have put gladness in my heart. (Psalm 4:7) 

We need to lighten up! Yes, spirituality and fun do go well together. Scripture speaks directly to this issue, you know: "A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but when the heart is sad the spirit is broken" (Prov. 15:13). . . . 

We're not talking about about a person's face here as much as we are about the heart. Internal joy 
goes public. We can't hide it. The face takes its cue from an inside signal. 

A well-developed sense of humor reveals a well-balanced personality. . . .The ability to get a laugh out of everyday situations is a safety valve. It rids us of tensions and worries that could otherwise damage our health. 

You think I'm exaggerating the benefits? If so maybe you've forgotten another proverb: "A joyful heart is good medicine . . ." (Prov. 17:22). What is it that brings healing to the emotions, healing to the soul? A joyful heart! 

Living Above the Level of Mediocrity 

"I have a joy, joy, joy, joy, joy in my heart. Joy in my in my heart. I have a joy, joy, joy, joy, joy in my heart. Joy in my heart today." 

It's amazing how this popular Sunday School song still holds true to us today so many years later. Little did we know back then that those words will be ringing so true in our lives today. Being able to find joy in the midst of trying times provides us with the relief of weathering the storms of life. It has numerous benefits to benefit from. 

Having a joyful heart makes everyone around you feel more at ease. I remember being on my first flight to Ohio shortly after 9/11. There was alot of tension among the other passengers because of the close proximity of the terror attacks and the possibility for more terrorist attacks. An unusual peace came upon me during the time when I was in the plane. All I can do is smile and continue to greet some of the people along the way to my seat. Once I made myself comfortable, a young couple sat at the two seats next to mine since I had the window seat. It wasn't long after the plane took off and we were already well over 20,000 feet in the air when I was asked the following question: "How can you be so calm?" My answer to that question was a simple one. "I have joy in my heart." 

My dear friends, having joy in the middle of chaos can oftentimes be a very difficult thing to do. While everyone else on board were either uncertain about their flight, I had the certainty that God was with me in that flight and He has been with me in every single other flight that I have been on ever since. I can never take the joy God has given me for granted because it is from that joy that I was able to find the peace and assurance that God has and will continue to take care of me regardless of the circumstances around us. Be encouraged and joyful my friends! :-) 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).        

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Your Fingerprints Or God's?!

The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. (Prov. 10:29) 

You cannot sow a fleshly seed and reap a spiritual plant. You cannot plant a carnal act and grow a spiritual fruit. If you manipulate and connive and 
scheme and lie to get yourself to the top, don't thank God for the promotion! God knows, as you know, that you maneuvered and pulled strings. . . . So when you get that bigger office and the key to the executive washroom, don't give Him the credit. He doesn't want it. Your fingerprints are all over that scheme, not His. 

At times we say to the Lord, "Thanks for that,Father." And the Lord must answer back, "Who? Me? I didn't pull that off. That was your doing." . . . You fudge on your income tax, get a nice refund and thank Him for the extra cash you can give to the building fund. 

It doesn't work that way, friend. He says to you, "This isn't My doing. This is your plan." 

Moises: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

As a little kid, I remember growing up playing with Playdoo. Playdoo was extremely fun because I loved to be able to manipulate the clay into the way I wanted it to be. Whenever I was able to make something very creative, I often took credit for it. The last thing on my mind was to give anyone including God the credit. Obviously, being at the age of when I played with clay of any kind, I was not nearly as accountable as I am today as an adult. 

As an adult, I can no longer put my hands on anything without first giving God the credit. Holding my self accountable to Him, I have to thank Him and praise Him as I acknowledge His role in the overall developments of my life. I also have to thank God for the people He has placed around me. Some of the people He has provided bring comic relief while others provide mentoring to mold mold and shape me into the person I am today. With that said, I often look back at my life and see how far along God has brought me to this point. In spite of all the struggles and victories along the way, I have seen God's fingerprints all over my life up to this very day. 

My dear friends, is your life riddled with God's fingerprints or yours? Have you given credit to God's grace and mercy upon your life to bring you to where He has you today? The way you answer those questions will reveal your pride and self-sufficiency or your dependence on God. 

Thank you for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).     

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Faith For The Future!

Rejoicing and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. (Col. 2:5) 

The nature of the beast within all of us resists change. Even though our past has been painful and in some ways unrewarding and perhaps even unproductive, it would be interesting to know how many of us would rather return to our past than face the uncertainty of our future. Being creatures of habit, we would rather have the security of our yesterday than the uncertainty of our tomorrow. 

But it's the uncertainty of our future that really strengthens our faith. I mean, if we knew what it was all about, then it would take no faith. All it would take is obedience. If you knew what was going to happen in the next ten years of your life, what kind of faith would it take to walk that path? 

It's the mystery of it all that gives it the power, the mystery of the whole process called God's working that makes the power so magnificent. 

Dropping Your Guard 

We are definitely living in uncertain times my friends. We are living in an era in which violence of all kinds continue to rise, economies are trending downward, and nations rising up against other nations. In the eyes of most people, the future is looking darker and darker each day. 

In spite of all the above being true, we, as Christians have faith for not just any kind of future, but a glorious one. A future filled with peace (God-made, not man-made), lives fulfilled with perfect health and eternal longevity. A future in which there will never be another war, natural disaster, plague, or any other condition that came as a result of sin. 

I totally get it when I hear from so many of my friends and family when they tell me of how fearful they are of their future. I used to be the same way before I met Jesus by faith. The most amazing part is that in order for me to have a binding and fruitful relationship with Jesus, I had to have faith. Faith had to be exercised from the moment I became a believer, and more importantly, a follower of Jesus Christ. 

My dear friends, the faith we exercise is not a blind faith, but a living faith. It is the kind of faith in which our hopes, dreams, and visions are rested upon and entrusted to God to lead us and to guide us under the guise of the Holy Spirit to lead us into the glorious future that He has prepared for all of His children. Tell me, do you have faith for (and in) in the future? 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).      

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Message For The Marketplace!

Whatsoever your hand finds to do, do it with your might. (Eccl. 9:10) 

I'm just maverick enough to say that I think fewer Christians ought to be going into the ministry and more should be going into business and into occupations that have nothing to do with the 
vocational Christian service. I don't see life divided into public and private, secular and sacred. It's all an open place of service before our God. My hope is to see . . . a group of Christians who will infiltrate our society---in fact, our entire world---with a pure, beautiful message of grace and honesty in the marketplace. 

Recently I had a delightful talk with a keen-thinking young man . . . at our church. As we visited, I asked him about his future plans. "Well, I've just graduated from law school," he said. When I asked about how he hoped to use his training, he said, "I want to be a man of integrity who practices law." What refreshing words! They reflected the right priority. 

Simple Faith 

There is definitely a place for lifting up the name of Jesus in the marketplace. To be very honest, the name of Jesus should be lifted higher in the marketplace because that is where we spend the majority of our day. Most people in the United States spend an average of forty hours a week working a their place of employment in contrast to just a couple of hours at church. 

Given the downward spiral of our culture today, as Christians, we need to be bold and courageous in lifting up the name of Jesus in the marketplace, but with the awareness that it starts at home. When I used to be employed in the security field, I often witness to other about Jesus. I was often amazed at how God would work in the lives of others because we happen to be working in a field in where we were responsible for the lives of the people around us from loved ones to total strangers. 

The secular guard would place an emphasis on the physical and mental aspects of their work whereas the Christian guard where place an emphasis on all of the above including most especially the spiritual aspect of why they do what they do in their work. Given the nature of the security field, the message of Jesus in this part of the marketplace is especially critical as well as incorporating Jesus into every single other area of the marketplace. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).          

Friday, November 7, 2014

Humble In Heart!

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. (Matt. 11:29) 

What is the most Christ-like attitude on earth? Think before you answer too quickly. I am certain many would answer love. That is understandable, for He did indeed love to the uttermost. Others might say patience. Again, not a bad choice. I find no evidence of impatience or anxious irritability as I study His life. Grace would also be a possibility. No man or woman ever modeled or exhibited the grace that He demonstrated right up to the moment He breathed His last. 

As important as those traits may be, however, they are not the ones Jesus Himself  referred to when He described Himself for the only time in Scripture. . . . "I am gentle and humble in heart . . ." (Matt. 11:29), . . . which might best be summed up in the one word unselfish. According to Jesus' testimony, that is the most Christ-like attitude we can demonstrate. 

Laugh Again 

Are you humble at heart?  

That's a fair question to ask. All of us, including myself can often put on an act of humility that can make us seem pious in the eyes of our brothers and sisters in Christ whenever we are with them online or offline. I can oftentimes come across as someone that is humble, but am I? Am I humble in a manner that is worthy of bringing honor and glory to God's name? 

I often ask myself those questions and many more because I want to be assured that I will one day stand before God and be found worthy of walking in through those pearly gates into heaven. As Christians, our very essence should be of humility. Not love. Not grace. Not peace. None of those things, but humility. Jesus was humble at heart. Jesus knew how to respond to His adversaries with humility. Jesus knew how to reveal the essence of His humility when ministering in public and in His private life. Can we honestly look at ourselves in the mirror and say the same to ourselves? My dear friends, humility, not pride, should have a place in our hearts. We are to be humble in heart in everything we say and do. 

Are you serious about winning souls for Jesus? Then you need to be humble in heart. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).          

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Heartbeat Of The Home!

Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causes to stray from the words of knowledge. (Prov. 19:27) 

The birth of a child is not taken lightly by the Lord. Each one is significant. Each one is viewed by God as a 
transfer of love from His heart to the couple receiving the gift. 

God never wastes parents. He doesn't inadvertently "dump" kids haphazardly into homes. Nor does He deliver "accidents" into our lives. It is exceedingly important that families place the same significance on children that God does. Again, this is contrary to the mentality of many people in our society today. We are considered as somewhere between weird and ignorant if we have this kind of attitude toward children, especially if we have a large number of them. . . . 

It is axiomatic. Healthy, well-disciplined, loving homes produce people who make a nation peaceful and strong. As the family goes, so goes the nation. When you boil it down to the basics, the pulse of an entire civilization is determined by the heartbeat of its homes. 

Strengthening Your Grip 

A healthy family is the heartbeat of every home. There are so many ingredients that are included in creating a healthy family. What the above devotional points out is that the individual families will determine the overall health of a nation. 

Many civilizations have come and gone because of the decision making skills of many of the families that were present in that time. If the family is corrupted at the very core, the corrupted values of that family will spring forth from that family and into the very fabric of the community that they live in. What I'm attempting to point out is that the values of that particular family has the ability to either benefit the community and eventually the nation at large or corrupt them. 

As Christians, our families have the potential to influence every single sphere of influence with the godly values derived from the Word of God as well as living out the Word of God in our own families, communities, and nation. Yes friends, we also have the potential to influence government policies when we make God the chief authority figure in all our decision making skills. My dear friends, God has to be the heartbeat of all of our homes if we are to truly influence our nations for the kingdom of God. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).       

Monday, November 3, 2014

God's Mysterious Plan!

I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God besides me. (Isa. 45:5) 

There are occasions when we are surprised by God's decreed will . . . like when we get the results back from our 
physical exam and the MRI reveals a tumor we had no idea was there. . . . Or when the stock market plunges in one day to a ten-year, record-setting low. 

It may seem to many that the One who made us is too far removed to concern Himself with such tiny details of life on this tiny globe. But that is not the case. His mysterious plan is running its course right on schedule, exactly as He decreed it. 

This world is not out of control, spinning wildly through space. Nor are earth's inhabitants at the mercy of some blind, random fate. When God created the world and set the stars in place, He also established the course of this world and His plan for humanity. 

The Mystery of God's Will 

God's mysterious plan is exactly that . . . . mysterious. 

The best mystery novels ever written have a compelling storyline that leaves the reader at the edge of their seats and leaves them guessing and wondering what the outcome is going to be. Guess what friends, God's mysterious plan is the same exact way. God's mysterious plan leaves us guessing and wondering what will happen next. There can potentially be moments when you may sense some anxiousness and stress because of the unknown. Feeling that way is perfectly natural. 

Instead of trying to take matters into your own hands and try to figure out the mystery prematurely, let us all go out of our way to let God, the Author and Finisher of our faith finish writing His mysterious plan for our lives. Is His mysterious plan exciting? Yes. Is His mysterious plan full of intrigue and suspenseful moments? Yes. Here's what we need to know about God's mysterious plan: It's nowhere near as mysterious as we all make it out to be. Read Jeremiah 29:11. God's mysterious plan has a glorious ending. That glorious ending is firmly in place for those who have given their lives to Jesus in the hope and faith that we will experience His Second Coming and reigning with Him for all of eternity. There you have it my friends! That is the conclusion of God's mysterious plan for all of His children. 

Are you excited about God's mysterious plan for YOUR life? I know I am! :-) 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).    

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sensitive Rather Than Strong!

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. (Eph. 5:25) 

God's goal for us as husbands is to be 
sensitive rather than to prove how strong and macho we are. We need to love our wives, listen to them, adapt to their needs. We need to say no to more and more in our work so we can say yes to more and more in our homes . . . so we can say yes to the needs of our children and our families. (How else will your children learn what it means to be a good husband and father?) 

Mind you, this is not to be a smothering kind of attention---the kind that says a husband is so insecure he cannot let his wife out of his sight. Instead, this is the kind of love that means your wife can't come back fast enough to your arms. 

Hope Again 

I'm still single at the writing of this post. With that said, I'm not going to be able to completely relate with all the married men out there, but what I can relate to is in knowing how to treat the women and children in our lives. As a single man, I have had the blessing and honor of being surrounded by and mentored by many godly married men that have shown me what it was like to be in a Christian marriage. 

Of everything that I have come to learn from these godly men, one piece of advice stuck out from all the rest and have stayed with me till this day: 

"Save your marriage before it starts." 

I have to admit. Those words were a bit trivial to me at first, but my mentor explained to me the reasoning behind having that kind of mentality and why it is so urgent to have that kind of mentality long before getting married and it made so much sense to me after he explained it to me. In the process of being mentored by these men, God has molded me into being more sensitive to women and children as a single man so that when the day comes that I do get married, that same sensitivity will be carried over and enforced in my actual marriage. Jesus was not only strong, but was also sensitive to those around Him. He did not have the macho mentality and it was never necessary for His ministry. To all my male readers and friends, I encourage myself and all of you to be sensitive rather than just strong. It's ok to be strong from time to time, but let us also be sensitive to the women and children around us so we can essentially become the blessing that God has always had in mind for ourselves and others. 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you all in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).