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Today is a great day for two reasons, first it’s my sister Kathy’s Birthday, and secondly it was 32 years ago today that I went on my first date with my wife, Dawn. Dawn has changed my life in so many ways but first and foremost is she introduced me to Jesus and she has walked side by side with me through the many ups and down of this journey. Today is the anniversary of the day it all began.

I praise God for this day, for my sister (she set my wife and I up on our first blind date) for my wife and for the God who loved me enough to reveal Himself to me.

God is good!

chris and usYesterday was one of those days that just makes you know God is good. It was also a reminder of all that I have to be grateful for. Yes it was a day for the record books. So let’s start at the beginning. It all starts with God. He put it all together, made it all work and provided every step of the way. If you read yesterday’s post you saw it was an anniversary of sorts for me and I called out God’s faithfulness in the last year, but it goes beyond that.

I’ve walked this earth for over 52 years now and God has been faithful in my life through absolutely all of it. Parents who love me and did their best, stuck it out through thick and thin and beyond. Then there is my loving wife Dawn. She might be God’s greatest gift to me next to Jesus. She’s the one who introduced me to Jesus and stood by me through everything. It was through her that so much of this blessed life came to be.

13173909_10154258277037845_3016386002059637652_nYou see yesterday, was the day my youngest son, Chris, graduated from College. That was weird, in the best way something can be weird. Seeing him receive his degree, my mind transported me back to the delivery room, putting him on the Kindergarten bus, you name it. Then there was the fact that he got his diploma next to his lifelong friend Amanda. The first time I saw him and Amanda together, they were both in first grade standing in line waiting to go to music class. When they saw me she laid her head on his shoulder. It was the cutest thing, and what a fitting way to close out this phase of their school career, side by side. Chris is now looking to become a teacher and I have no doubt he will be brilliant at it. When it comes to this stuff, he is beyond creative. Pray that the right people see that and he finds a position that will let him flourish and be the awesome educator I know he can be.

chrisbrandonstacydavidMy favorite photo of the day is this one. My two sons, my daughter in law and my grandson. Yes I’m that old. My oldest son Brandon is a farmer. He and his wife, Stacy own a farm that is doing quite well. I know you have to be careful with pride, but I am quite proud of Brandon too. His grasp of business and the multitude of skills his profession requires is mind-blowing to me.

While I am at counting my blessings, I consider that I have two sons, one a successful entrepreneur and the other a college graduate, not too shabby. I am blessed. My daughter-in-law is like a daughter to Dawn and I. She’s a teacher, a great wife and mom (Happy Mother’s Day Stacy), I should know, I picked her myself (that’s a funny story for a different day). And that little guy in the picture, well his name is David Weiss too and while I know I’m not the only David he’s named for, he still makes me pretty happy.

I have all of this, a ministry, a pastorate and eternal life at least in part because my sister set me up on a blind date with a preacher’s daughter at a time when I was pretty far from God, and I fought the instinct to run. God has used her so mightily in my life.
I love my wife.

Happy Mothers Day Honey

daveanddawnToday will be short and very personal. Today is a great day. My anniversary with one of God’s greatest blessings to me. The mother of my children, the wife of my youth, my best friend. She is the one who introduced me to Jesus, so if you have been blessed by anything I have ever done here, she deserves most of the credit. When I think of her, this passage from Proverbs 31 comes to mind.

10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.

Thank you Lord for all you’ve done for me in giving me Dawn and Dawn, Thank you for all you’ve done for me. I love you!

p139Okay just for the record, my wife Dawn is more than my helper. She can really preach. Not long ago, she and our friend, Kim Ream (who can also really preach) shared a message on Psalm 139. It touches on this amazing idea that the God of the Universe knows us and how we are fearfully and wonderfully made, God’s workmanship, His masterpiece. If you are struggling with your current place in the world, this is a message for you. My favorite part is in the beginning where Dawn memorized and dramatically recites Psalm 139.

Click the graphic or here to listen.

Hard to believe but I have been married to this lady for over half my life. 26 years today. On April 23, 1988 at 10:30 a.m. we pledged to be together for the rest of our lives. Was it easy? NO! Did it all go smoothly? NO! Did we always see eye to eye? Heavens NO! and that’s the point. Marriage is hard work. 50/50 marriages fail. Both have to give 100% even if the other is falling short cause in the end, just like in the rest of life, ultimately you can only control what you do.

The biggest question is, was it worth it? YES! Dawn has shown me unconditional love even at times when I was pretty unloveable. She’s given me two great sons and she introduced me to my Savior. She’s been with me on the mountain tops and she’s stuck with me through a couple pretty tough valleys. She’s the love of my life and she always will be. It’s been a great journey and I could not have picked anyone better to have shared it with.

Today is my lovely wife’s Birthday and unfortunately we are about 250 miles apart but I want to take the time to thank God for a wonderful wife who has supported me through a lot of stuff and helped me to become something better. She is the one God used to draw me to Himself and marrying her was the second best decision I have ever made. She has given me two wonderful sons and a multitude of blessings. I am truly blessed. What can I say… I love my wife. Happy Birthday, Honey!

Incidentally, if you’re reading this and you’re single, this is the kind of spouse you should be looking for. One who builds you off and helps you to become better than you can be on your own and helps you to walk close with your God. If you’re married, the above is the type of spouse you should try to be.

I should probably add at this point that Dawn and I will be married 25 years this Tuesday. As a result, as soon as I leave the conference I am currently at, We will be taking a few days off. AMOKArts will most likely go silent from the 21st to the 23rd.
I’ll be back Wednesday.

My wife, Dawn, and I seem backwards some times. When it’s time to purchase gifts, I gravitate toward arts and crafts stuff, she asks for power tools. I like to paint pictures she likes to rip stuff apart and repurpose it. This is her most recent piece. It’s made from parts of an old skid, four canvasses and those canvasses are held in place pinned against the heads of nails driven into the skids. It’s an extreme multimedia piece and I think it’s quite cool.

Just goes to show, there are many ways to be creative.