It finally happened – my daughter is getting married. Could not be more excited – today they are looking at wedding dresses and I get to stay home and hold the fort. Not sure what the rest of the world’s dads go through in these moments but I am thrilled for one thing – they have both come together to declare their future home to be centred by their relationship with God.
He built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem I will put my name.” – 2 Kings 21:4 NRSV
I remember how my wife and I, we started our journey at 21 and 22, could only survive our first five years because of the confidence and pride we had in Jesus.
Christ, however, was faithful over God’s[f] house as a son, and we are his house if we hold firm[g] the confidence and the pride that belong to hope. – Hebrews 3:6 NRSV
We tithed when it seemed no one else was, we served and I think this was where we learned what boundaries looked like and we loved. But all of that came from within, from the Holy Spirit.
O Ephraim, what have I[e] to do with idols?
It is I who answer and look after you.[f]
I am like an evergreen cypress;
your faithfulness[g] comes from me. – Hosea 14:8 NRSV
We found ourselves more willing to be vulnerable than most because we knew we were in the palm of God’s hand. In that secure place, He made Himself known to us.
O Lord, you have searched me and known me. – Psalm 139:1 NRSV
Not sure if you are familiar with, My Heart, Christ’s Home. The story impacted me as I took the Navigator 2:7 course. I still have a few rooms left to give to Jesus and I am working on one right now. It is my prayer for my daughter and her fiance and for you and I, that our home is Christ’s home first and then the rest will follow.
Lord, my heart is your home. Many times I forget, even during the day. I know I remember each morning that I wake, but let me remember all day so that others looking and watching how I live can see that you are a member of my family and my home. I love you so much for loving me. May my gift of love back to you be the time we spend each day together. Amen