Simplify Sunday: 6/17


Debby McCuiston, the “Queen of Clutter-Free”, does a segment for us each Sunday on simplifying our lives, getting rid of “clutter”, and focusing on what’s important. We look forward to her words of wisdom each week & hope you enjoy it too! Take it away Debby….

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!!!!

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My dad will be celebrating his 8th father’s day in heaven at the feet of our heavenly Father. I miss him so much, but I know that his time in heaven is so much better than a million years on this earth. Happy Father’s Day daddy!!

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I have heard many pastors and authors compare our heavenly Father to our earthly fathers. I have often wondered if that is why so many of us have a warped view of God and His longing to have a deeper relationship with us.

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On this special day I think a lot about my dad who is spending father’s day in heaven. I miss him but can’t even imagine how happy and healthy he is now sitting with his heavenly Father. I know that our time on this earth is limited but to know that I will see my dad again in heaven makes the loss of him bearable. If your dad is still on this earth, may I share a few words of wisdom: enjoy the little moments, let them take hold down deep and don’t sweat the small stuff, it really is like dust in the wind. Hold on to the good memories and let forgiveness rule your heart and mind. As you get older you get to take a long hard look at what is really important and what really matters in life.

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I love to watch kids as they hear their daddy’s voice when he enters a room. Their little eyes light up and they can’t run fast enough to get in his arms. I love to watch a dad’s eyes well up with tears of pride as their son hits his first ball or his little princess rides down the road without her training wheels. Dads get such joy from watching their children grow and mature.
I love to watch my husband’s eyes sparkle as he talks about our kids. It doesn’t take much to get him teary eyed when he talks about how much he loves our kids. He loves to talk to them, to hear how their day went or how their jobs are going, but most of all just to hear their voice. Nothing will break his heart faster than to see their heart breaking over shattered dreams or hurt feelings. He is a man that loves his children and I love him more each day because I can see his love expressed in his actions and words.

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My kids probably don’t realize (yet) how blessed they have been to grow up in a home where they have been able to see how much their dad loves them and can understand the love of their heavenly Father because of that unconditional love.

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As parents we all have dreams for our kids…who they will marry, what job they will hold, where they will live, but mostly that they serve the Lord with their whole heart. In reality very few of our dreams for them ever become anything more than just dreams. No matter what happens in our kids lives, they will always be loved unconditionally. This is a beautiful picture of God’s unconditional love for us. We can extend unconditional love because we have received His love over our broken lives.
One of the things that lasts after we are gone is the words we have spoken to those we love. If you grew up in a family that spoke harsh unloving words or hurt you physically, please believe me…this is not how our heavenly Father commanded others to treat you. You more than others can understand how those words of hurt can change you in ways you never thought were possible. We pass along the same words unless there is a change in our heart and desire to break the chains of the past…the desire to write the words on the hearts of our children that we longed to hear as a child. Please talk to someone that you can trust and that can help you learn to let go of the past and embrace the future in Christ.

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My husband has written letters to our kids to tell them how proud he is of them, to encourage them in their walk with the Lord and encouraging them to follow their dreams with his blessing. He has such a gift to be able to express the love in his heart and have it make sense as he puts it on paper. He has given each of the kids a special box to keep these letters in so they will always know how much they are loved and valued.

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My husband prays for our kids constantly asking our Father to love them, provide for them and build a hedge of protection around them as only He can do. Sometimes we learn more about God as we watch Him work for and in the lives of our kids. When we want to step in and make their world perfect, He blocks our way because He has a much better plan. The lessons they learn are unbelievable: trust, dependence on His grace and mercy and unconditional love.

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My husband tries to speak words that tell our kids what is important in our lives and who we love. Sometimes, the words he chooses to speak are to get them to think or question the directions they are headed. These are the words we pray will live in their hearts and minds. We pray that when God blesses them with children they will pass on these same words of love to show their kids how much they are loved.

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Words can build nations, they can part an ocean and they can make the sun stand still. They can also ruin a life, ruin families and condemn someone to live a life less than what God had planned. I pray that the words of our mouth will be edifying and encouraging, that they will be like water in a dry land to those around us. May we be mindful of the future we are making for those we love because of the words we speak to them and on their behalf.

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Each day may we remember that our children see a picture of Jesus because of our words and actions…what are they seeing because of you?

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Thank you sweetheart for being a great son, dad and husband…but most of all a light set on a hill to show others the way to Jesus. I see more every day why God knew you were just what I needed to help me make this journey through life. Love you to Jesus and back!!

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Happy Daddy’s Day,

Debby
queenofclutterfree@yahoo.com

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