November 9, 2012
For my 341st act of love, I read this article by Mark Driscoll on how men can better lead their families. Much of the advice he gave had to do with making sure men read the Bible on their own and with their families, and that they pray with and for their families. Through 365, I’ve definitely made great gains in these areas. Over time, I’m sure this will have a huge impact on the health of our family.
Another aspect of his advice had to do with physical touch. I’m glad to say that I hug and kiss each of our kids each day when I put them to bed and often hold them while sitting on the couch either reading to or talking with them. I’m also glad to say that you and I often snuggle together on the couch after the girls are in bed.
The other day, our pastor said that his wife is his best friend. He said that sometimes, they’ll sit at the dinner table and talk for a couple of hours after they’re done eating, not because they’ve scheduled that time, but because they can’t help but talk with and enjoy each other. I think that we lack in this area. Though I think we spend a lot of time together, we don’t often talk to each other just to talk or because we’re really enjoying each other. I don’t think we should be too hard on ourselves, though, since much of our energy is spent making sure our kids our happy and healthy. Still, I think we should make time for talking.
September 12, 2012
I’ve also been convicted, because of that men’s conference, that we don’t pray or read our Bibles together consistently. We do it individually, but still. So, for act 326, I committed to doing devotions with you every night. As an incentive, I promised to give you a back massage every time we did devotions for seven days in a row.
Guess what? We haven’t followed through. Too bad. We’ll do it tonight. I promise. I don’t know why it’s so hard to be consistent.
September 12, 2012
Lately, I’ve been convicted. Very convicted. I’m supposed to be taking the lead with our family by, for one thing, teaching our kids about God. But I haven’t been systematic about doing this. At best, I’ve taught them some stuff here or there during teachable moments and I’ve read them some stuff from their children’s Bible.
When I went to that men’s conference, I decided that I needed to make some changes in this area. For my 325th act of love, then, I committed to reading the Bible and praying with our family every day. To ensure that we would be consistent, I promised our kids that every time we had family devotions for seven days in a row, they would get a prize.
We’ve been consistent ever since I made my commitment. For our first prize, we got frozen yogurt at Pinkberry. The prizes won’t be that cool every time, but I wanted to kick things off right.
May 14, 2012
For quiet a while now, you’ve been asking for a new Bible. The kind you wanted wasn’t cheap, which was fine, but that meant that we couldn’t just go out and get it. I finally bought you one on Friday, the very kind you were eyeing online:
You liked this one because of its sturdiness and wide margins for journaling.