Faith: Loving our Father
Before you begin reading this, please hear me when I say I don’t want this to sound like I’m bragging about my daughter or my husband. Yes, I am very thankful they are both in my life but I mention their story only to show you what a heartfelt “Thank you” does to a father’s heart.
My daughter, Denika is at YWAM (youth with a mission). She’s attending their 6 month Discipleship Training Program (DTS). One of the speakers asked her group to think about their relationship with their father. They were then asked to write down any wounds they had because of their father. Denika, thought and thought but couldn’t come up with anything. She ended up sending her dad (my husband) a note thanking him for being such a great dad. Here is an excerpt from her note,
“I’m able to have such a positive view of God because you were such an amazing example of what a father should be like. Thank you for always showing me love, even if you were disappointed or upset with me. I never felt unloved by you. Thank you for showing me what it looks like to serve others and to passionately follow God. I am so thankful to have you as my dad and I hope you know how much I love and appreciate everything you have done for me.”
I was out of town when my husband received this note. Here’s what he text me, “I could die this very moment and be just fine. Look at this unbelievable text from Denika. Thank God I’m home by myself because I’m crying like a baby.”
When I was talking with my husband he said he was surprised by Denika’s note because he feels like he wasn’t intentional enough about their relationship. He should have gone on more dates with her and more. I told him it’s not about the big, glamorous moments, she feels this way because of who you are and how you lived your life every moment.
Guys, this is what God wants. He wants you to love Him and let Him know how grateful you are. I believe when we go to God and thank Him, I’m not talking about throwing up a quick, ritualistic “thanks God” or thanking Him only when things turn out just the way you wanted, but a heartfelt thank you because of who He is, and what He does on a day to day basis, He too cries from joy. He is our heavenly father and much like our earthly fathers want to hear we love them, so does God.
The amazing thing about God is that one of the reasons He’s so full of joy when we tell Him how much we love Him, is because of what that will do for us. God is always more concerned with us then He is about Himself. He knows when we really love Him, we will trust Him. When we really trust Him, we will be obedient. Our obedience will allow us to experience unimaginable joy. When we experience this type of joy people will notice and they will be drawn to God. Our loving God is what brings us joy and others to Him.
God is a jealous God, but His jealously for you is really all about you. He knows when you worship only Him, He will bring you love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. His jealousy is so selfless.
I don’t think God ever gets tired of hearing how much you love him!!
Top 5 Food Points To Remember
1. Be thankful that you have access to healthy food
2. Cut way back on added sugar and white flour
3. Drink at least 64 oz. of water each day
4. Eat clean and avoid packaged foods
5. God is your comforter. Food will never really comfort you
Top 5 Fitness Points To Remember
1. Be thankful you are healthy enough to exercise and don’t worry about the exercise you can’t do. Focus on what you CAN do.
2. If you mess up and don’t exercise for a few days remember, “Failure isn’t the falling down it’s the staying down.” A few bad days doesn’t mean you have once again failed. It just means you had a few bad days. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Forget about the mistakes and move on.
3. Consistency is Key. As Nike once said, “There is no finish line”. Exercise should be part of your life until God takes you home.
4. Total Body Workouts: Cardio, Strength, Core, Balance and Flexibility exercises should be part of your weekly exercise routine.
5. Pay attention to your form and listen to your body so you don’t get injured.
Each week you will be asked to set goals. Your goals can be about faith, fitness or food (or all 3). I highly recommend that you write them down and post them on your mirror or someplace you will see them often. When setting goals make them action oriented goals, not result goals. Stay focused on doing the next right thing and be patient with the results.