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Daddy, the Hero

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God has given you.
~Exodus 20:12

Dear Molly,

Over the years of your marriage, Lord willing, you will transition together into the awesome role of parenting. Each of you will possess a love for your children that is deep and pure and beautiful. This God-given love will enable you to both tend to the tangible challenges of physical care, as well as pursue the intangible responsibilities of developing the character of each child. One of your “intangible responsibilities” as Mommy is to make Daddy your child’s greatest hero. Children will do this naturally; so really, your job is to maintain and encourage this endearing relationship.

Realize your children’s relationship to their Daddy will be a reflection of your relationship with Ryan. Always know that little eyes are watching, little ears are listening, and little minds are being molded daily. Children are excellent imitators; so, teach with your actions.

If you show kindness to your husband, they learn kindness towards their daddy.

If you show respect towards him, they learn respect.

If you uplift and encourage, they will learn to do the same.

Be cautiously aware the opposite is true:

If you are unkind to your husband, they will learn unkindness.

If you are disrespectful to your husband, they learn disrespect, not only towards their daddy, but also, towards other authority as well.

If your words tear down and discourage, these are the words your children hear and learn to mimic.

God has given you the awesome privilege of being your children’s teacher. Teach them to live by the way you choose to live – through the love and strength of Jesus Christ. Love your husband, and they will love their daddy. Listen to your husband, and they will listen to their daddy. Honor your husband, and they will have a hero in their home.

Love, Chris

Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
~Ephesians 5:1-2