From Our Hearts to Yours
From Jim’s Heart—
If you are a dad, you are part of an exciting, exclusive club. However you came to be your children’s dad and whatever the circumstances, you are their dad.
Being a father is one of the greatest privileges God extends to you. You can use these small steps to make a big difference…
- Love your wife.The most important step you can take as a dad is to love your wife. This may not be your easiest step, but it is the most important step. It is the one that goes the furthest in modeling God’s love for His children.
- Affirm in your heart that you are in Christ.If you are, you have access to God, His Word, and His wisdom—all the help you will ever need to be God’s kind of dad.
- Make sure you are growing spiritually.God wants you to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). To be a dad after God’s own heart, you will want to choose to grow spiritually. Carve out some time each day to spend with your heavenly Father.
- Don’t make excuses for not reading your Bible.I’ve heard a lot of men say, “I have to be at work really early.” Or “I don’t understand the Bible.” Or “I don’t know where to start.” If something is truly important to you, you will find a way to fit it into your busy schedule.
To the child, the father is God’s representative;
this makes the father’s task sacred and serious.
Drawn from A Dad After God’s Own Heart by Jim George, in which he shares the simple basics for how to be a good dad with your kids.
Going to school can get old with day after day trudging off to the same classes, only to come home and do homework. But I want to encourage you! The good habits and disciplines you develop during the next few years will lay the foundation for the rest of your life. Here’s my story….
When I was in high school all I aspired to was teaching office management skills. I loved my classes in that area and wanted to give to others what my teachers gave me. I wasn’t a whiz kid or a genius. I struggled to get B’s and had to work really hard to get A’s. So I wanted to help others who were average like me fall in love with something helpful and fun, something they could use every day to make a living.
Well, trust me, you’ll never know what the future holds! Only in time did I use the teaching part of my education…and then it was to teach the Bible! And only in time did I use the typing part of my office skills training…to write books. And only in time did my other office skills help manage our ministry organization. And, my friend, only in time will you realize God’s bigger picture for your abilities and passions, all to be revealed and grown as you work at being a faithful student today.
Please acknowledge the importance of “today” each day. Take advantage of today…and every day…and any and every opportunity to learn and grow. Don’t waste or hate these critical years—years that can move you steadily down the road to success.
- Today’s good decisions give you the freedom to choose greater opportunities tomorrow.
- Today’s good habits give you greater discipline for accepting greater challenges tomorrow.
- Today’s good attitudes equip you to run the greater race and win the greater prize tomorrow (1 Corinthians 9:24 ).
Drawn from A Young Woman’s Guide to Making Right Choices by Elizabeth George. This book takes teens through the step–by–step process of making decisions that are life-affirming, godly, and wise in areas that include improving relationships.
God has stated, promised, and demonstrated that you are valuable to Him. He created you. He sovereignly cares for you. And He reinforces your worth as you stay close to His Son and your Savior.
So what can you do to help remember your worth in Christ?
- Thank God…that He created you exactly the way you are. It’s a fact: You are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14)…and God never makes a mistake!
- List…whatever limitations you think you have. Then thank God for each one of them. Your limitations force you to trust God. If God chooses not to remove your limitations, He promises to increase your strength to bear them: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV).
- Determine…if there are steps you can take to minimize, improve, or eliminate your limitations. Do you need more schooling? Do you need to shed a few pounds? Would it be beneficial for you to learn how to have better communication or organizational skills?
- Realize…that any and all limitations are for your good (Romans 8:28) and God’s glory.
Drawn from What God Wants to Do for You by Jim George. In this wonderful resource, Jim shares 24 sure promises from the Bible tailored perfectly to our needs that show just how much God loves us.
What is at the heart of a godly woman? It’s a heart of goodness that gives to others. As a woman, you know all about giving. You give as a woman, as a wife, as a mother. And that’s exactly what God planned. You are meant to give and to do good and to operate out of a good heart. The goodness you receive from God is a treasure for you to share with others. Don’t hold back when you have the chance to be gracious and generous.
All you have is today. So this is the day that counts for pursuing goodness and for dispensing it to others. Make this little poem your prayer: “This is the wish I always wish, the prayer I always pray; Lord, may my life help other lives it touches by the way.”
God of goodness, let Your love and kindness flow through me.
Guide my words and my first impulses so I am quick to offer help, encouragement, and Your wisdom to the people in my life.
Show me the needs and hurts of others so I can personally share Your endless goodness with them. Amen.
Drawn from A Woman’s Daily Walk with God, a devotional filled with practical wisdom and encouragement, sure to bring direction and stability to your day. These daily reminders will help you draw near to the Lord so that you find the strength, peace, and confidence you need for both the everyday moments and bigger challenges of life.