The House is Done!

Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“Let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see to it that she respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:33

Is Your House Done Yet…?

I’m not sure how many times this question has been asked of my wife and I in the last month, but it is a lot!

Every time someone asks me this question, it makes me think of the laundry list of things I still have to do…here are some things I still need to do: Counter top installation, appliance installation, electrical outlet replacement, trim installation, trim painting, door painting, wall paint touch-up, lower bathroom vanity replacement, kitchen light replacement (x2), caulking in two bathrooms, painting kitchen cabinet doors, resurface two bathroom countertops, build façade wall in basement, and this doesn’t even include the outside…!


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God Won’t Waste Any Opportunity!

Jesus Talk

“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to 

the message.” Acts 10:44

Everyone needs to hear…Everyone needs to know…Everyone needs Jesus!

Who am I to decide whether or not the next person I come across needs to hear about Jesus? Who am I to judge whether a person will accept the message or not?


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Call 911, He’s Punching Her!

Jesus Talk

“The Lord’s lovingkindness indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.” Lamentations 3:22

The door to the vehicle was open and there was an older middle-aged man repeatedly punching a lady (or so I thought) laying back in the back seat…

My wife and I had the opportunity to go to the Clark County Fair last evening. We were given two free tickets! We loved going to the fair together when we were in high school. There are three things that we both enjoy about the fair. Elephant Ears, Exhibits, and Animals!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t totally prepared when we got there. I had not stopped by the ATM to get cash! So, when I pulled up to park, I quickly realized that I would need to find an ATM. We drove to the closest Fred Meyer; when we started leaving the parking lot I saw the struggle happening in the vehicle. I told Rebecca to call 911 as I got out of the car and yelled, “Hey, knock it off!” The man looked up, quickly moved to the driver’s seat, started the car to race out of the parking lot while the other individual got out of the car.


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Finding Roses on the Door Step

Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” Revelation 2:4

Roses on the door step, times of lighthearted laughter together, many letters sent back and forth…there are things that I did to grow in my love for my wife and things that she did to grow in her love for me.

Today I get to do something I love to do! I get to lead a wedding ceremony for two people that I love. Not only that, but it is by a beautiful lake in Oregon. I love being married and I love helping others get excited about marriage. I also love helping others learn how they can have a joy filled and successful marriage!


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Entering the Ark

Jesus Talk

“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season…” 2 Timothy 4:2

     Vacation was Wonderful!

18 states, 5500 miles, 1 Ark, 1 Creation Museum, 5 Hotels, and lots of good food!

     Being Home is Wonderful!

We slept in our house for the first-time last night!

     Talking to people about Jesus is Wonderful!


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A Disciple’s Test

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

Luke 14: 34-35



A Disciple’s Obedience

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”



Becoming a Disciple

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

Luke 9:23-26



I’m Done Blogging!

Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he had denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8

I’m done blogging for the next two weeks. I am going on vacation with my family!

Although the verse above is written in the context of taking care of widows, I see a truth here that applies to any member in my family. I need to provide for the members of my household.

The minimum I need to provide are the 4 Basics for life:


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A Rug to Brush Things Under!

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Dewater 4

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Carpet goes in today! No more ugly spots! No more walking on plywood floors! No more trying to avoid the tack strips left from the old carpet!

Last evening, after Rebecca and I worked on getting the house ready for the floor covering installers, we sat down to eat and watched a favorite show together.

The parents on the show were always fighting and finally the mom told the son that dad was going to leave them. The boy asked the father why he was going to leave, why they were going to get divorced, to which the father replied, “A lot of little things have added up to make big things.” Apparently, they have been brushing things under the rug for quite some time.

Human beings tend to brush things under the rug. The problem is, if we brush it under the rug it is sure to surface sometime! If we allow little things to go unchecked and not dealt with, they start to seem like big things that are insurmountable.

It’s the everyday little things that will build or destroy your relationship

Can you imagine what your marriage would look and feel like if the fruit of the Spirit above was practiced toward each other?

Instead of little actions that are unloving, be intentional to act loving.

Instead of little comments that steal joy and peace, make comments that give joy and life.

Instead of little attitudes of irritation or annoyance, make yourself have patience toward your spouse.

You get the picture!

These statements are easy to say, not as easily practiced. The only way to have a lasting practice of the fruit of the Spirit toward our spouse is to keep our eyes on the Spirit.

Well, I’ve got some work to do! How about you?

Now that we will have carpet in our new house, we can make sure NOT to brush things under the rug!

Have a Great Week!

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