Honor THEIR Father

I have a problem.

I’m repenting from it, but it’s worth confessing still.

When I don’t agree with Andrew, my honor for him is chilled.

I get upset, disrespect, or outright do my own thing.

Last year Lord told me to repent because marriage is no Burger King.

He told me to read Honor’s Reward, confirming that a time or two.

Did I read it?

I did start, but then I thought of something else to do.

These kids need to honor us, so I picked up Dr. Dodson’s Raising a Strong-willed Child. How can I help them obey? Their strong-will’s getting wild.

Have you ever begun to read a book only for God to put you on pause?

This happened to me recently. HONOR’S REWARD was the cause:

Don’t read Dr. Dodson’s until you’ve taken an inner look. Finish what I told you to read, then you can pick up that Strong-willed book.

Do you honor Andrew when you disagree or are upset?

The answer? Often, no. Sometimes I’d blatantly disrespect.

How do you expect your children to honor authority when they don’t see it modeled by you? You teach what you know, Marissa, but what they see is what they will do.

I closed Dr. Dodson’s and kindle and picked up Honor’s Reward again. I read through the whole challenging book and in our next marriage issue I had a “small win”. (Atomic Habits)

I approached him kindly. I relinquished my pride. I didn’t want to communicate, but I did…to find once again…my fears had lied.

I honored him, even confessing where I went wrong.

I was tested again past that day. This is where true grit is born: Do I hold on to the offense? Do I become bitter, resentful, and pull away?

My soul was waging war, but my Spirit yelled, “Shut up, Soul! Obey!”

“Lord, you are my peace. I can’t bank it on another. Help me to forgive. I choose to give…seventy-times-seven to my husband, my brother.

“I choose to yield because I trust in You. You gave me this man. Do what only You can do.

“I repent and I will continue to by grace yield, honor, serve, respect. In my struggle against sin, I remember, ‘Jesus wept.’

“He died, so I could be a living sacrifice. I embrace honor, because You, my Lord, rule over this here life.”

“If it’s not tested, it doesn’t count,” my wiser friend said on our hike Saturday, so Lord help me to pass each test. Help me hear Your voice and obey.

I offer up this “rebel heart” on this 7th & 35th Father’s Day.

#JoyfullyAlive #MarriageWasMADEtoTHRIVE

Listen to 🎶Rebel Heart🎶 by Lauren Diagle

(a song of repentance and surrender)

🎶Lord, I offer up this rebel heart

So stubborn and so restless from the start

I don’t wanna fight You anymore

So take this rebel heart and make it Yours

Father, I no longer wanna run

You’ve broken my resistance with Your love

And drowned it underneath the crimson spill

So bend this rebel heart unto Your will

I give it over to You

I give it over to You

Your love is like an arrow, straight and true

And now this rebel heart belongs to You

Help me lay the renegade to rest

Turn the stone inside me back to flesh

And hold me ’til my best defenses fall

And watch this rebel heart surrender all

I give it over to You

I give it over to You

Your love is like an arrow, straight and true

And now this rebel heart belongs to You

Oh, take my life and let it be Yours

Oh, take my life and let it be Yours

Oh, take my life and let it be Yours

Oh, take my life and let it be Yours

I give it over to You

I give it over to You

Your love is like an arrow, straight and true

And now this rebel heart belongs to You

Now this rebel heart belongs to You

Now this rebel heart belongs to You🎶

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I am a passionate Jesus disciple, wife, mother, teacher, friend who's life mission is to "Reveal Christ to the lost, spur on the saints, and serve as a beckon of freedom through the edifying images I paint." My pen is my paintbrush, and words are my artistry. I plan to use them both to inspire us to live JoyfullyAlive, because WE WERE MADE TO THRIVE! "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." ~ Jesus (John 15:11)

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