Prepared in Love: Seen it? Heard it? Allowed it?

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Consider what you have prepared in love for your wife, kids, and others. It took prep work based on your love for them even before they had seen it, heard it, or even allowed it into their hearts. Do you remember the response or reaction when it came to fruition? That look on their face and the joy in their hearts? Do you remember when it happened to you?

Prepared in love – Consider what God has done:

God has prepared in love:

Imagine what all God has and is prepared in love for us. These are but a few examples. Let’s be the dads who imitate our Heavenly Father when it comes to preparing good things for our wives, kids, and others.

Prepared in Love

That is what Scriptures mean when they say,
what GOD has prepared 
for those who love HIM

1 Corinthians 2:9

Today’s Verse of the Day:

but just as it is written [in Scripture], “THINGS WHICH THE EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND THE EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND WHICH HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed].”

1 Corinthians 2:9 AMP

Firstly, let’s be the dads who are ready to not only receive from God but also give to our wives and kids things which their eyes have not seen, nor ears have heard. Secondly, let’s be the dads who are blessing and loving on our wives and kids to the point of which they have not even been able to receive yet. Thirdly, let’s be the dads who love God and choose to hold Him in affectionate reverence, obey Him, and gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed!

How can we apply today’s verse of the day towards being the dads our wives and kids need us to be? What is it we can take from it and do that will bring God praise, honor, and glory?

Applications of 1 Corinthians 2:9 to help us be the dads who prepared in love things for our wives, kids, and world that will glorify God:

  • Anticipate with Faith:
    • Approach each day with the anticipation that God has prepared wonderful things for you, your wife, and kids. Have faith that God’s plans are beyond what you can see or imagine.
  • Model Love and Reverence:
    • Demonstrate love and affectionate reverence for God in your daily life. Let your children see your commitment to God, and in doing so, teach them the importance of holding God in high regard.
  • Imitate God’s Preparation:
    • Imitate God’s example by actively preparing and working towards creating a loving and nurturing environment for your family. Plan and execute thoughtful gestures that go beyond what your family expects.
  • Encourage Spiritual Growth:
    • Foster an environment where spiritual growth is encouraged. Share with your family the joy and fulfillment that comes from obeying God and holding Him in reverence.
  • Express Gratitude:
    • Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Teach your family to recognize and appreciate the blessings God has bestowed upon them. Encourage them to express thanks for both small and significant things.
  • Serve Others:
    • Engage your family in acts of service to others. Show them the joy that comes from being a blessing to those around you. This could be through volunteering together or helping neighbors in need.
  • Plan Family Worship:
    • Establish regular family worship or prayer time. Use this time to reflect on the goodness of God and to seek His guidance and blessings as a family.
  • Teach Hope and Resilience:
    • Emphasize the hope that comes from knowing God’s plans for the future. Teach your children to be resilient in the face of challenges, knowing that God has prepared something beyond their current understanding.
  • Create Lasting Memories:
    • Be intentional about creating lasting memories for your family. Plan special moments and experiences that they may not have even imagined. These could be simple family outings, surprise celebrations, or unique traditions.
  • Share the Gospel:
    • Share the good news of God’s love with your family and encourage them to share it with others. This includes not only verbalizing the Gospel but also living it out in your actions and relationships.

Remember, being a dad prepared in love involves actively living out the values and teachings of God, creating an environment that reflects His love, and guiding your family towards a deeper relationship with Him.

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