James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
I've resorted to humming Air Supply songs to pass the time til my husband gets home. He is the captain of our ship, the lighthouse in our storms, the ground wire in the electric current of our home. Our household is simply not the same without him. In an effort to redeem the time I have wasted away in his absence, I want to record the many ways in which Phil's presence is desperately needed in our home.
1. He provides COVERING. Something about knowing he is coming home at night gives the kids and I a sense of protection - we are dependent on him. The longing in our tears speaks to the power of his influence in our lives.
2. He offers DIRECTION. Phil sets a tone that gives each of us a sense of purpose and clarity to our mission for the day.
3. He speaks WISDOM. His words of Truth and grace that speak to each of our souls have been greatly missed. I have overheard the boys asking each other multiple times, "What would Dad say about this?"
4. He embodies INTEGRITY. Phil is one of those men that is not a mystery. He is consistent inside and outside of our home. His integrity follows him - instilling a sense of trust in his family and those he
5. He offers STABILITY. The kids and I can get off course and wound up over the peripheral things in life and Phil is able to graciously remind and redirect to the items of primary importance.
Like JESUS. He is whom I have neglected in my husband's absence. My True Husband - the one who ultimately is the Rock and Redeemer of my soul. Phil pointed this out to me in an e-mail response to my misguided thinking:
"You are not a lousy person when I’m not near because your righteousness does not depend on my proximity. "
He is so right - my righteousness and ability to endure while he is home or away depends on my proximity to Christ. I am comforted and reminded to draw near to Christ even with my husband in the same room or on the opposite coast.
Can't wait to have you home, babe!