Thursday, February 19, 2015

Men, WAKE UP!

So, I was listening to the Familyman podcast earlier today.  And he talked about Nehemiah 4:14.
After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, "Don't be afraid of them.  Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes."
That got me to thinking.
  • How many of us men out there, aren't afraid?  
  • How many of us men remember the Lord who is great and awesome?  
  • How many of us men remember that we need to fight for our families?
  • How many of us men remember that we need to for our sons?
  • How many of us men remember that we need to for our daughters?
  • How many of us men remember that we need to for our wives?
  • How many of us men remember that we need to for our homes?
Men, WAKE UP!
It only takes a moment for one or more of those things to be gone.

All of these things are under attack!

Our sons and daughters are bombarded by drugs, alcohol, sex, and any number of things.  They fight with acceptance, depression, and again more things that I can list here.  And then you can add the battles their friends go through that effect our children's lives.  Do you know what can happen to your kids when bad things happen to their friends?  I do, oh how I do.

Being a dad is tough.  Too strict or too lenient, and you're asking for a world of hurt.  If you hit either extreme, I can just about guarantee you'll have some sort of major problems with your son or daughter.

We have to love our kids.  They're not perfect. How can they be, they're our kids!?  We need to make sure we show our kids the same love and forgiveness that God shows us on a daily basis!

One thing our kids need more than anything is a peaceful house.  No one wants to be in a house with lots of yelling or the cold shoulder going on, and you have to walk around on egg shells.

And one of the greatest gifts you can give you kids is to love your wife!  Cherish her.  I've heard it said that kids can forgive a multitude of sins, if you love their mother.

Our wives, too, have more on their plate than we really know.  It doesn't matter if they are a stay at home mom, a woman with a full time job (or more), or somewhere in between.  When's the last time you sat down and had a talk with your wife?  Have you dated her lately?  Don't use the excuse of no money.  You can date on a walk through the neighborhood or park.  Even a foot or back rub at home after the kids are in bed.  Does she know you've got her back?  Do you have her back?

Do you know what your wife goes through when your kids have issues?  If you're like me, you might be able to turn off part of your brain and keep truckin' on.  More than likely, your wife can't.

What's in her past that might still be spinning in her head that effects her present.  If it effects her, it then effects you!  What are you willing to do to help?

Are you doing what you need to protect yourself from temptations that bombard you on a daily basis?  Your home will be destroyed if you're not careful with what you let into your own life and heart.

Are you keeping your heart pure?  Don't say you don't struggle with it, nearly every man does.   Our society is doing everything it can to cause that struggle.  Movies, TV shows, books, commercials, games, co-workers, friends.  The list goes on and on!

How about work?  You wife and your kids need you!  They need you more than they need your money.  Now it's important for us to take care of our families.  We have to work to pay for things, but we have to make sure we don't spend all of our time at work.  We need to spend time with our kids. We need to spend time with our wives.  They need us.  The need us more than you may realize.  Maybe even more than they realized.

Now, I know I've mainly spoke to married men with children.  That's because, that's who I am.  I've never been divorced, but I know some that have.  So if that's you.  You can still listen to my advice on your children.  And if you're married again, love her.  While it's not the same as their mom, it will mean something.  And for their mother.  Be nice!  Remember in school, the fastest way to make someone mad was talking about their mother.  So don't.  Once upon a time, there was something in that woman you loved, or at least liked.
"Don't be afraid of them.  Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes."
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