I am so proud and honored of my husband. Please permit me to brag on him.
Greg and I feel strongly about ”mutually edifying” each other. It’s from this scripture: Ephesians 4:20
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (NIV)
Greg and I make a point to share about each others accomplishments, and not brag about ourselves. In the process we hope to encourage each other, and others around us in their walk with God. I’m so enthralled with how Greg has taken to Fatherhood, I wanted to share my thoughts about it and hopefully encourage you in your relationships. Whether it’s a father/daughter relationship, friendship, or marriage, I encourage you to be someone who edifies, or builds others up.
So here goes my edification for Greg today…
Greg is an exceptional father. I can tell in just the 22 days since Emily’s birth, that God designed him to be Emily’s father. Just like God says He is “enthralled with our beauty”, Greg is entralled with Emily. And that has made me all that much more in love with him. To see the way he loves our daughter brings us into a much deeper love for each other. Here are some examples:
- Because I had a high risk pregnancy, I didn’t get to hold Emily as soon as she was born, neo-natal specialists had to check things out first. Once they were done, her Daddy held her first and brought her to me.
- The first night in the hospital after she was born he stayed up all night to watch over her and make sure she was breathing. (oh man, the tears are streaming down my face as I’m writing this).
- Then the first night home he read cover to cover every “how to take care of baby book” that he could find and has now become the expert on her health and wellness. Even friends call to ask him questions now…
- Greg changed her first diaper.
- He’s so protective of her that every guest that comes by to hold her has to lather up not just their hands, but their arms with antibacterial lotion before they touch his daughter.
- Now, as soon as he gets home from work he takes over, he holds her changes diapers, even carries her around in this little sling that goes over your shoulder.
- He learned how give her a bath
- He’s protecting her future, by starting a savings account for her, and opening up a college fund.
That’s just a partial list of how Greg shows his daughter he loves her. I’m so impressed and honored by how he does this because I know that the relationship Emily has with her Daddy is an example of her relationship with God. Since her Daddy is a good, loving, provider for her, she will have no problem understanding scripture that says her Abba Father (meaning Daddy God) is the same way. Greg mirrors that relationship.
I’m a firm believer that all of us should mirror that relationship with everyone we come into contact with. Show others that God isn’t a scary judge ready to teach us lessons when we sin, but a loving God that has plans to prosper us, not to harm us, and to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Remind others that problems in their lives are not from God to teach them a lesson, but problems are there because of our own mistakes, and God is quick to come along side and help us through them. Share the truth, that God doesn’t put us in or leave us in the valley of the shadow of death to fend for ourselves, He get’s us through it! ”Yay though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, YOU are WITH me
Greg admiring Emily moments after her birth. I love the look on his face. He had that look on his face while he paced during the whole 12 hours I was in labor.
Daddy holds his daughter for the first time. I took this picture from my bed after giving birth, I’m so bummed I cut off the top of his head.
The new happy family. Boy my face is puffy!
Greg, holding Emily after staying up all night to watch her breathe. Check out his shirt, he actually packed himself for the occasion. It says “Hoosier Daddy”…get it…”Who’s your Daddy”. In case you don’t know what a Hoosier is, it’s a nickname for people from Indiana, also the mascot of Indiana University. It’s what Aggies are to Texas A&M or Longhorns to UT. We are Indiana Hoosiers. So, now he’s a “Hoosier Daddy” He wears that t-shirt constantly now!
Greg changing Emilly’s diaper in our nursery our first full day at home. That morning, he looked at me and said, “When do you want to have another one?” He had no idea he would love being a Dad this much!
A tired new dad, at his desk in our study at home with his duaghter right by his side. She was getting her first computer lesson!
Greg holding Emily as soon as he got home from work. Look how big his hand looks compared to her!
A proud daddy showing off his daughter to his family. That’s Greg’s younger brother, sister, mom, and you can barely see his Dad in the background as they came in our front door This was their first time seeing their neice and granddaughter, they had just arrived from Indiana for their Spring Break.