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I USED to be a great deal smarter.  When I was young, I had the righteousness and spiritual maturity of Moses, Joshua and Paul combined.  I was very humble and extremely proud of it! I was a legend in my own mind! But, fortunately, God thought enough of me—a self-righteous, pompous jerk to break, remold and remake me. He is still hard at it, by the way, It is like being in a “WILDERNESS TRAINING CAMP”.

As foolish as I was, and as broken as I am, I am still incredibly grateful that God loves me enough to continue to prepare, protect and provide for me and my family. One of the greatest windfalls in the process, though, has been the legacy he is building in my kids.  While, as a husband, I am clearly the weaker link, as a dad—no competition, my kids are far and away the best of God’s work in me.  As I look at each of my four young warriors, I see his thumb print on each. From the Birthday Girl-Madison, to my nurturing animal advocate-I see his hand on each.  While none are perfect, they each are amazing.

As a parent, we have to accept that we have demonstrated all the wrong things to do as an adult to them.  But, if we can show them God’s grace and his love; then, that very grace and love will guide them into a personal and lifelong relationship with him. That, then, becomes by far, the greatest gift they can give to us and to our Heavenly Father.

Never give up and never give in—Love your kids, pray for them and help them to recognize that even though they are brilliant and bullet proof now, someday, when the smoke clears, God will make them wise, gracious and grateful—if they let him.

God Bless You

not let your heart envy sinners,     but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord. 18 There is surely a future hope for you,     and your hope will not be cut off.

Saying 16

19 Listen, my son, and be wise,     and set your heart on the right path: 20 Do not join those who drink too much wine     or gorge themselves on meat, 21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,     and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Saying 17

22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,     and do not despise your mother when she is old. 23 Buy the truth and do not sell it—     wisdom, instruction and insight as well. 24 The father of a righteous child has great joy;     a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. 25 May your father and mother rejoice;     may she who gave you birth be joyful!

Saying 18

26 My son, give me your heart     and let your eyes delight in my ways, 27 for an adulterous woman is a deep pit,     and a wayward wife is a narrow well. 28 Like a bandit she lies in wait     and multiplies the unfaithful among men.