2 years ago I started chronicling my thoughts on here. Originally the plan was to talk about how I would make my way through working a job and not loose my sanity, while raising a family in Norfolk, VA. The topics of discussion have gone beyond just work though; sports, current events, politics, sneakers, Christianity, etc. It has been a great outlet for me to share and interact.
The next step on our journey will take us Toledo, OH. My wife and I have been asked to lead a small non-denominational church. It’s an exciting time, as we look forward to this challenge to our faith.
The changes seem fast, but maybe they’re coming at just the right time…
This past weekend my wife and I were in Baltimore for my friend’s wedding reception. Devin is one of the few people I still communicate with from undergrad. He was one of my groomsmen for our wedding. He and his wife did a destination wedding in Jamaica last December. Though it would have been a great time traveling to the Caribbean, Monica and I weren’t able to go. The stateside celebration was a great opportunity to come show our love and support for their new union.
Monica and I planned to arrive a little early to take a look at the campus; an impromptu reunion if you will. Although it was night, we could see drastic changes. The new student center, Engineering buildings, and off-campus housing made me a tad envious of the current students. But much of the old charm remained. Like Soper Library. I’m guessing it’s abandoned now, or at least being used for a different purpose. One of the peculiar features of this building was while the elevator buttons allowed you to select floors B-10, the building only had 4 floors. Soper Library is special because this is where Monica and I had our first “date” 15 years ago (wow; can’t believe I just typed that). And then there was the Refectory. Many a meal was had here, as well as heated debates on topics ranging from who had the better diss track?: Nas or Jay-Z, to Operation Iraqi Freedom. As we drove through campus, all these forgotten memories came rushing back. I constantly amazed at how the mind just stores these things for what seems like forever, only to recall them at a moments notice.
The reception was pleasant; glad to welcome Devin as his bride into the fellowship of the ring.
I am a man who strives everyday to hold to the teachings of Jesus. After my relationship with God, my 2nd priority is my relationship with my wife.
In January we will celebrate our 8th Wedding Anniversary (time really does fly). Between three children, career changes, health challenges, we have been through some stuff during that time. I credit our faith in The Lord for bringing us this far.
I have recently finished reading The Complete Husbandby Christian Counselor and Author Lou Priolo. In it Priolo digs deep into the Bible to define the true purpose of marriage and being a husband, from the perspective of the creator of this most basic institution: God’s perspective. Priolo pours over virtually all of the scriptures in the Bible that call husbands to fulfill the roles given to us by God himself.
It was a challenging read because while reading I was constantly reminded of the areas that I fall short in (more dates and foot rubs!). But Priolo also does a great job not only convicting us husbands, but inspiring us to be better and use the scriptures as our motivation. This volume is not for the feint of heart, as you will be tested and made to really evaluate where you are in your marriage in regard to God’s standard. Not a quick read, The chapters are chock full of verses and well laid out examples. They are deep, but never too heavy.
Whether your marriage is on the rocks, stale, or humming along nicely, I recommend this book for any husband who want to take their union to the next level.