What does an overflowing love look like in real life? From the first moment you know a baby is on the way, all your thoughts, dreams, prayers, and goals should be focused toward that little one. You should be completely consumed with understanding what it means to be a dad, and specifically, a dad after God’s own heart.
Your love for that anticipated child should start with helping your wife begin to prepare physically for the baby’s arrival by making sure she takes care of her health. A healthy mom is more likely to have a healthy baby. It also means helping your wife set up a nursery area—especially those things that require Dad’s “special touch” like painting, remodeling a room, and assembling a crib, chest of drawers, and a changing table.
Then, as dad and leader of your growing family, your love looks to the financial needs of those in your home. This is a good time to sit down with your wife and discuss the future. If she’s working, does she want or need to continue working? Do you need to get a second job? Take on additional shifts? Work some overtime? In relation to your wife’s job, what arrangements need to be made for her departure or leave of absence?
God’s first assignment to every dad is to love Him supremely. When you do, you will be much further down the road to being the kind of dad who, by God’s grace, will seek to raise children after God’s own heart. When all of you—your heart, your soul, your mind, and your strength—is centered on God, your love will overflow to your family, and your heart’s desire will be to teach your children to love and follow Him too.