Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Titus 2 Tips {on Thursdays} 'A Day with Dad' {Guest Post}

There are times we are able to share with others about disciplines in our lives that we have been practicing for years; ones that have truly become habits. Other times we can simply proclaim things we are learning about. This falls into the category of the latter.

A few Saturdays ago some men gathered at our church to complete a much needed project—one that literally pertains to the warmth and comfort of our church family. A couple of these faithful fathers took their sons along as an opportunity to invest in their lives. I also had some tasks that needed attention and followed along.

The events of the day were winding down when I walked through the foyer. It occurred to me that perhaps one of the 11 year old boys would have preferred spending the day involved in another activity. The question popped out of my mouth, “So how was it? Did you enjoy the work or was it a bit of a drag?”

It’s his reply that has been plaguing my mind for several days now. “Any day with Dad is a good day. Whether we play video games or work hard, a day with Dad is a day with Dad.” I praised him for his terrific attitude and his example as these words had proceeded from his mouth in the hearing of some younger boys.

This became an opportunity for spiritual application as those young lads and I then discussed how sometimes life is very easy and enjoyable while at others we go through some really hard things. Our Heavenly Father is with us during both…..and “a day with ‘Dad’ is a day with ‘Dad’”.

One reminder from this ‘sermon in the foyer’ is to take those simple opportunities as teaching moments to invest in the lives of those around us. It could be as formal as a lesson or as simple as a comment in the hall or conversation in the car with your children’s friends. As the body of Christ we are to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom...” Colossians 3:16

Those wise words from a younger brother cause me to ponder the Father’s presence and my response to it. He is ever-present in my life and I am challenged to live in light of this truth....regardless of the circumstances.

“Any day with Dad is a good day….a day with Dad is a day with Dad.”

Melanie Bellaire is learning to watch for those teachable moments and walk closer to her heavenly Father as she serves her family and homeschools her two children.

A Soft Gentle voiceI am honoured to host these guest posts in this series on women mentoring women

Some weeks you may find tips from the kitchen or healthy recipes, tools other women have used to grow spiritually, hints to help us build up and love our husbands, and lessons they have learned as they have walked along with their children to teach them to love God wholeheartedly, habits they have developed in keeping their home, ways they have worked on to keep their behaviour respectful, or rhythms that allow peace and rest in the home and hearts that dwell there within.

You will find all the posts in the series here.

"Older women likewise are to be reverent in behaviour,
not slanderers or slaves to much wine.
They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands,
that the word of God may not be reviled."
{Titus 2:3-5}

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