Rosemary Hines

Encouragement for Fathers

May 2, 2017

If you are a father, or are about to become one, your whole life has been an audition, and God has chosen you for the most important role a person can play. Your role has three parts to communicate on the stage of life ~ the love of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Congratulations, Dad! Now it’s time to hone your craft. Here is your cheat sheet for the character study you’ll need to fulfill your role. If you focus on these key elements, you will succeed.

To portray this role effectively in the lives of your children, you must first know Him as your Father. Do you? Is He the One who guides you through life? Do you turn to Him for every need, trusting in His wise provision and timing? Do you grasp the depth of His love for you—a love that tore His heart in two as His Son died on the cross for your sins? It’s a love that shouted through a megaphone that crucifixion day and now whispers into your heart words of encouragement and guidance whenever you are willing to listen.

Your kids need to know about that love, Dad. They need to know that you’ve tasted it, and that it is real. So share it with them! Tell them how your Father’s love has carried you through scary times and heartbreaks. And model it for them by showing them your forgiveness, mercy, and grace, as you train them up in responsible living.

Next, you must know Jesus as your Savior. Have you submitted your life to Him? Are you trusting in His sacrifice on the cross as the covering for your sin? Tell your kids. Don’t play perfect. They’ll see through that every time. Instead, be humble and share your own need for forgiveness, so they’ll feel safe to admit theirs.

Finally, are you allowing the Holy Spirit to speak into your life, as God guides you through each decision? Pray to be filled with His Spirit. And then watch for the fruit of that Spirit in your life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Isn’t that the kind of Dad every child needs and wants? Yours does. And only you can fill those shoes.

So, run hard after God yourself, and teach your children to do the same. While you’re at it, also show them the love you have for their mother. Christ laid down His life for His Bride (the church). Show them ways you are doing that for your bride, too. They may squirm and act embarrassed, but keep showing tender affection to her in their presence. Every hug, every kiss, every compliment you give her tells those children their family unit is safe, and so are you.

As Shakespeare once said, “All the world’s a stage…” And you are playing an essential role in the unfolding acts of your child’s life. You are the key actor. God wants you to be a star. And it’s going to take a lifetime of practice.

But don’t worry. Kids are very forgiving, and if you’re heart is in the right place, they will see God’s love shine through, even when you flub some of your lines, miss a scene, or draw a blank in the middle of one.

Who knows? You may even be handed the ultimate award in the Fatherhood Celebration in Heaven—“Well done, My good and faithful servant!”






40 Years of Marriage Does Not Equal 40 Years of Bliss

May 2, 2017

I was 18 when I met him—the man who would become my forever after. It was, of all places a sporting goods store, ironic because I was the last person you’d expect to find in a retail outlet that had to do with athletic endeavors. While Randy was at home among the gear of competitive games, it might as well have been a galaxy far, far away for this petite teenage girl. My world was one of books and an occasional craft, not of fields and stadiums and painted courts.

My vent...

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Finding the Peace of God

May 4, 2014

Lately I’ve been realizing more and more that the peace of God can only be found in two equally important factors ~ believing in God and believing God. The initial step into a life of faith begins with the first of these. I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t believe in God ~ a divine being that played a key role in the creation and sustaining of the universe. But I lived much of my life in a constant battle with anxiety and fears about things that might happen i...

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Hidden Treasure

February 22, 2014
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not us.
~ 2 Cor. 4:7

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.
~ 1 Cor. 2:9

Hidden Treasure

I sit and think about the things I treasure ~ family, friends, and so much more. 

God whispers, “And I treasure you.”

I pause. In the silence, I hear it again. “I treasure you.”

I think about that for awhile. Here in my quiet space at the kitchen...

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Not Good Enough

February 22, 2014
Not good enough.

Ever heard that tape playing in your mind? At times I've actually awakened to the sound of myself moaning as those words played over and over.

What feeds that?

Probably a combination of life experiences and circumstances. 
Big life traumas and unavoidable barbs sent from the pit via people encountered along life's path.

Something as simple as what happened to me yesterday.

So I was driving down our street when a man backed out of his driveway. (Actually, I didn't see the driver, bu...

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Blessing God

February 22, 2014
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’
~ Psalm 103:1-5

As I read these words, Strength lifts me out of the pit. Joy and Peace flank me on either side. And Ho...

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Time Travel Adventure

February 22, 2014
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. 
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

So, yesterday a small group of women assembled in our home to begin a five-week Bible study of sorts. We will be taking a journey with Ann Voskamp ~ the journey toward living a more grateful life, as we capture and count God’s gifts moment by moment. 

After grabbing some coffee and chatting for a few minutes, the seven of us sat down together as a group for the first time. 

Some of us know each other, so...

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Life Lenses

February 22, 2014
You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
~ Jesus 

Recently I posted a warning review about August: Osage County on my personal Facebook page. 

Here is what I said: 
They say, 'Don't judge a book by its cover." Tonight I add, "Don't select a movie by its actresses." Wish we would have walked out the first five minutes of August: Osage. I just kept thinking that Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts were too good to do a trashy movie with no redeeming element to the story. WRONG! Do not wa...

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Looking Forward

February 22, 2014
Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. ~ Isaiah 43:18-19

I’ve been driving long enough to know that it’s not a good idea to fix my focus on the rearview mirror when I’m going forward. And I know the mirrors in my car sometimes deceive me. In fact, the side mirror has a warning imprinted on it that reads, “Object...

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Things Hoped For

February 22, 2014
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 
~ Hebrews 11:1

Things hoped for. 

There are some I share openly. Some I hold in secret places in my heart. 

I’ve learned a few things about hopes. They open the door to vulnerability. Sometimes they lead to disappointment and even discouragement. Other times they bring a desired result. 

Hopes can motivate action, and God can use hope to move me further along His planned path. But at times, I charge ahead on my own, ...

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