I was enjoying a refreshing "Strawberry Acai Refresher Lemonade" from Starbucks recently and I saw a sign that had pictures of white cups and there were at least 30 cups on the picture but only one of them had a Starbucks emblem on it. The tag line at the bottom said, "It's not just coffee, it's Starbucks."
I remember when I saw the movie "Courageous" and I watched as the police men in the movie decided they wanted to be men of courage both on their jobs and in their homes. They wanted to be able to stand before God and say they had lived their lives with integrity and honor. They promised to seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with their God.
This code talked about how they would be there for their wives and children. They would not just be a silent partner in the relationship, but an active one, helping their children become what God called them to be. They vowed to love their families and never let them fall. They would pray for their families daily, love them, protect them, serve them and teach them the word of God.
This resolution was so important to these men, they signed a covenant and vowed in front of others to keep that vow.
This movie came out a year after I met my amazing husband Bradd. When we saw the movie together, I knew I was engaged to the type of man I had always dreamed of having. He was one of these men of courage described in this movie. God had heard my cries so many years before. The nights when I held my children alone, wishing there was a leader we could follow. Dreaming and praying for more. I had prayed for a man of courage, a man of integrity, a man like Bradd. I remember thinking as we watched the movie it reminded me of him.
My husband is incredible! His leadership of our family is a constant source of amazement for me. We have 6 kids between us. My 4 and his 2. One of the most amazing parts, he didn't really sign up to be a father to my 4 amazing kids, but when their own biological father deserted them completely, Bradd stepped in to share his wisdom and leadership and love to them. I know nothing about being a dad, or what boys need, or how tough love works, or discipline, I'm a mushy mom. Bradd is the perfect companion to my mom side. He is my sounding board and helps me know what to do. My kids love him and they are finally getting to see what a dad looks like. I was afraid they might not ever see an example to follow.
That's what a man of integrity does! I wish there were more men like him out there in the world. There are so many kids that need strong role models or support from men of integrity.
Today we celebrate our 1 year anniversary of marriage. Since he came in to my life on our first date April 16, 2010, life has been incredible! From the very first kiss, I knew I had met the one! I am so blessed! My only prayer now is for our boys to grow into men of integrity just like Bradd and for our daughters to find men of integrity to love them and respect them like he does me.