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Accountability Part 1: One of the single most powerful ways God has touched me, healed me and grown me is through accountability. I have had the same accountability partner since high school and have met with him on Mondays in person, on the phone or over breakfast, since about that time.
Johnny Mathers has helped me be a better father, husband and man of God. He knows me inside and out and doesn’t let me get away with anything.
He does this by asking me tough questions and praying with me. Also John and I have a penalty system set up so that if we mess up, it costs us something.
John, thank you so much for the way you love me and everyone around you! You are a true servant of God and a very faithful friend. You are a man who has experienced great suffering and has stayed true to the Lord every step of the way. I have thanked God time and time again that He has brought Cathy into your life. A great wife is truly a gift from the Lord!
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When I was growing up there was this big messy box of all our family pictures.
Turned out the only time it got shuffled through was when a graduation, wedding or funeral came around.
Carol and I saw early on in our marriage that this could easily be the direction we headed in. So we wanted to try to put a little effort toward maybe doing something different.
Carol started scrap booking our photos.
I started making a slideshow out of the years favorite pics and then putting them to one song.
As the years rolled on, the family worked together to make a five-minute Family Vacation Video put to one song.
I want to encourage you today, to do something special with your memories so you can enjoy them as you go.
Recently a good friend told us her pictures are all organized into different boxes. When the grandkids come over they have a box of each grandchild’s pictures and the kids often ask Grandma if they can look through their specific box and they cherish that.
Some of you are thinking, “I could do that.”
Scrap Books. Special Event Videos. Slideshows. Unique Boxes. Grab on to something and go for it! Enjoy your memories as you go. The Lord saw that messy box of photos and those random digital images piling up and He said, “It is not good.”
So He created Shutterfly and iMovie.
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One of the greatest things you can do for your marriage is to have Godly mentors in your life that will pour into you.
We are so grateful to Dave and Ann Wilson, Jerry Martin (seen above) and Tom and Peg Woodside, to name a few, who have led the way in front of us on this great journey.
Now for years when Carol and I mentor young couples we are always handing down the things we learned from these incredible friends.
We now have some couples we have mentored for years who are now mentoring young couples and passing on the wisdom that was passed on to us. That’s pretty cool.
If you don’t have mentors in your life, commit to pray and ask God to bring some into your life.
Take a look around and they may already be in your life waiting to be asked.