Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day Twenty-Four. Super Dad.

30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge for Wives

"And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4

I have to admit, I laughed after I read the first line:

Children can be quite a challenge to a marriage relationship.


I knew that The Husband was going to be an amazing dad right away.  It's a good thing, too, since Mini Me came along about ten months after we got married.  He transitioned into fatherhood just about as seamlessly as he did married life.  He was a natural.

I have been a stay-at-home-mom for several years now.  Because of that, I know that sometimes I think that I am the only person on the face of the planet who knows what makes our girls tick, who knows how to handle their moods, who knows what discipline works best at what time.  But notice the key word in the last sentence?  OUR.  They are OUR girls.  He is their daddy, and he is an excellent one at that.  To question his leadership can, as she notes, make him feel like a failure.  I am so blessed because he works hard for our family, but I know that he also wishes that he could spend more time with them than he does -- and he already makes an effort to do that a lot.  For me to imply that he doesn't know what he's doing just because he's not around them as often is pretty insulting.

So let me reiterate to myself what I've written... He is a natural at being a father.  They are OUR children.  He enjoys spending time with his girls and tries to a lot.  And, God has gifted The Husband to be daddy to these girls and God will give him the knowledge and direction The Husband needs to parent them with me.  And I know that The Husband looks to God to be the kind of father that God wants him to.

My sweet, sweet Husband.  I love to see how much you love our girls.  You are an incredible, amazing daddy to them, and I am so blessed to be raising these girls with you.  Thank you for looking to God for direction with them, for respecting the role I play in their lives.  I want to be a team as we raise them, and my prayer today is that our girls will not only see what a wonderful dad they have just by the way you are with them, but also in how I reflect my appreciation of that fact in front of them.

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Katye Campbell said...

Wow! This one hurts! And I'm probably not the only one!
Good stuff.

Mox said...

Hey Lady! Haven't been here in awhile - thought I'd drop you a line.

Good for you for taking such a challenge! I'm feeling very inspired. So happy that you have such a good man, and your girls have such a good daddy. And obviously they're pretty darn lucky in the mama department too!

hope you and yours have a happy and blessed thanksgiving!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

awww, so sweet! i wish I were doing better at this!

MiMi said...

I just read a book called Shepherding a Child's Heart.
Have you read it? It's fantastic.