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5 Truths that will help you make it through a difficult time!

Jul 11, 2015   //   by NathanLorick   //   Blog  //  No Comments

 

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Difficult times are a part of life. At some point, everyone has to leave the mountain top and do their time in the valley. These moments in life can prove to be trying and exhausting. These seasons often drain you
emotionally, physically, and spiritually. They can cause you to lose your joy and proper perspective, therefore leaving you feeling empty and defeated. However, is this what should happen?

When one thinks of a valley, it is easy to picture a deep place that is dry and seems impossible to escape. It can be overwhelming to stand in the valley and look at the towering mountains surrounding you, and think I am stuck here forever. This is the feeling that many live with everyday as they go through their valleys of life. However, if the truth be told, it’s only in the valley that you can truly grasp how majestic the mountains are. Often times, it’s only in the valley that you find the most beautiful springs of water to quench your thirst. I submit to you that the same is true spiritually as you walk through your valley for this season.

God wastes no opportunity in your life to help you to understand His love for you. If you are walking through a valley of difficulties in your life, God wants to help you once again realize His worth to you and plan for you. It is often only in the valleys of life that we stop and truly see how God is working all around us. It is in those deep valleys that we can find ourselves drinking from God’s never ending springs of mercy and grace.

The valleys of life are not meant to be permanent. They are meant to walk through and regain the focus our life is meant to have. If you are currently walking through a valley, let me encourage you to stop praying for God to get you out of the valley and start asking Him to walk closely with you through the valley. This will be a turning point on your journey and you can begin appreciating what God is bringing you through in this season. I want to give you 5 brief truths out of 1 Peter to help you as you walk through your valley

 

1) Walk in humility

   In this difficult time of your life it is important to remember that you are human. The thought that you can make mistakes and be forced to come to grips with your humanity is somewhat frightening to the one who enjoys the mountain tops of life. However, we must grasp what 1 Peter 5:6 says “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.” This is just the reminder that is needed for those walking through the valley. You must come to a place in your valley where you are willing to walk humbly with God, drawing closer to him through the circumstance. The promise is there, that in God’s timing he will exalt you in the manner that brings him the most glory from your life!

2) Turn it over to God

   As you are walking through your valley, you will be tempted to feel like God abandoned you. This thought process is not from God, but instead a lie from Satan. God has not abandoned you in this trial. In fact 1 Peter 5:7 says “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” What a great comfort! The fact that you can stop and lay all the burdens of your heart and the anxieties of your mind down before God, gives you the hope you need today. Turn it over to him today and begin trusting in his care for you!

3) Be aware of Satan’s attempts to destroy you

   One of  these most difficult aspects of walking through the valley is the immense pressure Satan will put on you. He is out to harm you and plant seeds of doubt in your mind. John describes him as the “father of lies.”  John also says in chapter 10 that “the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy,” That is his nature, to devour you and cause you to run away from God instead of drawing closer to him. You must fight this battle daily in your valley. 1 Peter 5:8-9a says “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.”  Satan knows that you are at your weakest when you are in the valley. His desire would be to rob you of the joy that permeates your life. He would like nothing more than for you to throw in the towel and walk away. You must resist this, knowing that God is moving in your life and His grace will guide you through!

4) Remember that you are not alone

   The valley can feel like a lonely place. It can cause you to feel isolated and fearful. However, you are not alone. You may not see the people who are in the valley with you, but let me assure you, there are many on the same journey as you are in this season. 1 Peter 5:9 tells us “knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.” It doesn’t matter what circumstances have caused your season in the valley, there are others there with you. They are having the same thoughts you are. They are feeling the same fears and uncertainties that you are. Take comfort today knowing that God is not doing this to you, He is doing this through you, so that you may help someone else as they walk in the depths of the valley.

5) Know that God will bring you through

   I am not sure what you are walking through today, but I am sure that as your heart connects with God in the valley, he is working his divine plan in your life to bring him honor and glory! It would be easy to ask God why this is a part of his plan, but perhaps it is much better to thank him for walking closely with you through the valley so that his plan may come to fruition. 1 Peter 5:10 says “and after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” What a promise! God is in fact walking you through the valley and will ultimately restore you. He will give you the strength that you need to make it through this. I urge you today to walk forward confident knowing that God is in control and refining you through this season, so that you may be all that he desires for you to be.

 

Peter gives a great challenge to the early church who were persecuted and disbursed because of their faith. This challenge is applicable today for us in the valleys that we walk through. God is not wasting this opportunity in your life to draw you closer to him, therefore I encourage you not to waste this valley as an opportunity to be refined and restored for his glory!

 

– Nathan

 

 

** All Scripture in this post is from the ESV

** Picture used is from www.pixabay.com

 

Color Blind Adoption: The Elephant in the Room

Mar 17, 2014   //   by NathanLorick   //   Blog  //  No Comments

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How do you eat an elephant? They say one you do it one bite at a time. So I am going to attempt to slay the elephant that many are thinking but few will ask…How do you feel about having a child of another race?

I am going eat this elephant in 4 bites.

1) I feel the same way that God must feel about us.

You see we like to picture Jesus as this white American dude who has long wavy hair and a beard like the guys off duck dynasty…ok a little dramatic I guess…seriously though as a child of God we must remember something important.God loves us enough to adopt us in our messed up environment. I used to think of adoption as “rescuing” some poor child from a life that is not as good as ours. However as one studies the scriptures, he/she must see that is not God’s intent at all. God loves us so much where we are that He doesn’t want us to stay there. There are many people who adopt children who are not the”poorest” or “least of these”. They are simply children who need to be loved for who they are. That’s the heart of God in His adopting of us. “For God demonstrates His love for us that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us”.  Therefore God’s example of adoption is not about environment or chances at a better life. It is simply about His love! We are all messed up and in need of help. He loved us enough to adopt us red, yellow, black, or white!

2) I refuse to categorize someone because they are different to me. 

I cannot in good conscious look down upon someone because they are not like me. Whether that be skin color, hair color, personality, nationality, or any other absurd prejudices. I don’t know where we get the belief that we are entitled to hate or dislike someone based upon their genetic differences. How shallow do we have to be as a person to not look past the surface of someone and look into their heart?  I would hate to think that my children are raised in a society that believes that superiority comes from the color of your skin. I refuse to allow Satan to rob me of seeing the good in someone with such pettiness as their color or origin.

3) She is my daughter. 

The truth that lies beneath the color of her skin is that she is a beautiful picture of grace and love. Her smile can light up the room. Her joy in the midst of her circumstances as an orphan is a breath of fresh air. The kind of air that can only be of God. At the end of the day it all boils down to this. She is as much my daughter as my boys are my sons. I will protect her, defend her, fight for her, provide for her, love her, and cherish the moments with her as much as I do any of my children. She is my daughter! No matter if she is black, white, yellow or whether she has 2 arms or 1, or whether she has any kind of special needs. (disclaimer, she is healthy and has all her limbs ) My point is simple. She is my daughter not because of convenience or preference. She is my daughter because of love. If my love for her was based upon her condition, race, or any other reason besides what God has placed in my heart than it would be a distorted view of God’s love for me. She is my daughter….I see no difference.

4)To love her less is Ungodly!

Our society that elevates or denigrates anyone is WRONG. Yes I say this with absolute confidence. If you can’t love someone because of what color their skin is or what side of the tracks that they grew up on…you have not experienced the grace and freeing love of Jesus. I have become convinced that it is impossible to be led by the Holy Spirit and be racist! I know many people will say “that’s just how I was raised”…in that response I would lovingly say to you…You were raised wrong!!!!!!!!!!! You cannot serve a God of love and harbor hate in your heart. Therefore I love her for who she is not where she came from.

Sure there will be hard times. Sure there will be difficult moment of stares and comments. Sure people will show their ignorance at times. However we know that Christ gave His life for us…we can give ours to loving her!

So how do I feel about having a child of another race?

I feel privileged, honored, lucky, blessed, and count it all joy to be given the opportunity to show a child what the love of God looks like. I am thankful that I can exemplify this love because I have experienced it in my life. When I look at her I do so with color blindness. She is beautiful, she is joyful, she is precious. She is my daughter and I will defend her over the elephant in the room anytime. Why? Because Jesus does that for me!

Nathan

Adoption is more than a T-shirt

Mar 3, 2014   //   by NathanLorick   //   Blog  //  No Comments

 

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Been there, done that, and got the t-shirt to prove it.

This has become a common saying in our culture. It is usually attached to a feat accomplished that one did not enjoy and certainly does not want to attempt again. It’s a statement that essentially says I did what I set out to do and now I will move on to bigger and better things.

It does not take one long to search on facebook or twitter and come across a great cause that someone is raising money for. Many of these are great charities that do wonderful work across the world. Whether it is drilling water wells or raising funds to go on a mission trip to some remote location on another continent, people love the idea of promoting their cause on a t-shirt.

It seems that the most common fundraisers today that boast of t-shirts for sale is that of raising money for adoption. Families choose the area of the world in which they will adopt from and quickly print shirts to promote their great cause.

I love when families do this! In fact my wife and I have several shirts hanging in our closet promoting things like this from around the world. It is a great way to raise money and awareness. However…..

Adoption is more than a t-shirt!

I do not speak as one who has no clue of the life changing adoption process. My wife and I are the extremely proud parents of a sweet precious daughter from Africa. We love her and the journey the Lord took us on to adopt her. However, I want to share my heart about what adoption looks like:

 It’s a Calling:

Adoption is not an easy road. In fact it is one of great difficulty. There will be many days in which you ride an emotional roller coaster that would make the Texas Giant seem like a kiddie ride. It is hard, long, grueling, disappointing, frustrating, while at the same time filled with joy, hope, dreams, passion, and love. Many times you cycle through each of these emotions in a single day. I remember many times as we were anxiously awaiting a call to be matched with our daughter, having to explain to my wife that the call had not come. Seeing her continuous heart break over and over again made me feel helpless as a man who loves his wife and wants to see her happy.

I only tell you this because adoption can’t just be a good concept, it has to be a calling. The amount of difficulties and hardship that takes place during the process can only be sustained if you are truly called to bring a child into your family forever.

 It’s Spiritual Warfare:

In reading scripture it is easy to see that God has a heart for adoption. In fact He describes us as being adopted and heirs as His children. It is also said that one of the main mandates for the church is to help orphans. So when you feel that God is calling you to adopt, please understand that you are entering a different type of battlefield than you have ever encountered. I believe the enemy knows that he has a foot into the door of an orphans life. He will spend as much time as he can deceiving them into believing that they are no good. He will tell them that they are not loved. He will constantly remind them that no one else sees value in them. Of course we know that he is the father of lies and will try to grab their heart at the earliest point. Then enters a family who believes that God has called them to love, nurture, and adopt this child. The enemy panics! He loses control of the situation just as he does every time God steps into the picture. He then looks for other ways to disrupt what God is orchestrating.  His easiest target is this family who are emotionally spent, financially stressed, and  spiritually exhausted.  He sweeps in with doubts, uncertainty, and frustrations. All the while pushing the buttons that cause families to collide with each other in the absence of patience. Adoption is a whole new level of spiritual warfare.

 It’s a Gift:

Many times people think…wow, you are blessing this child. When in all reality the child is blessing us. Never before have we experienced a love like this. It is a love that transcends the “normal” parenting experience. Don’t get me wrong, there are many questions during the adoption process like “Am I sure that I can love a child that is not mine biologically” or “How do you love a child from another culture” or the most common one that swam around in my head, “Can I love this child as much as my biological children”? The overwhelming answer is YES. There is an old saying that “Where God guides, He provides”. When God leads a family to adopt, He ultimately equips them with a supernatural dose of love. Adoption is a gift! Not a gift for an orphan in some remote part of the world. They likely cannot have a proper concept of adoption. Adoption is a gift for the family who adopts. It is as if God lets you in on an elite part of His mission of redemption. It is a joy because you enter into a new realm of God’s purpose for you and your family.

 It’s a Challenge:

Now the reality hits. You are home with a new family member. You are trying to get a routine schedule in tact while at the same time trying to help your new child adjust. You are trying to make sure that you follow all of the advice and wisdom that you heard and read without any mistakes. Your family is for the first time trying to get used to the “New Normal” You see we are comfortable dreaming up a scenario in which everything is great all the time. That our family has adjusted as if there was no rough waters to navigate though. We do this because we try to hold on the the romanticism of adoption that has unfortunately been misconstrued in our culture. People paint you out to be some kind of super hero, spiritually in tact, family that has it all together constantly. When in all reality all you are is obedient to the call God has placed on your family. Adoption is hard! It is hard on a marriage. It is hard as a parent. It is hard financially. It is hard spiritually. However isn’t everything that is lasting accompanied by some degree of difficulty? Adoption is a challenge, but certainly one worth taking!

 It’s Worth It

Even as I sit here and write this, I cherish the new laughter in our house. A new voice with new dreams and a new joy. Though an adoption process is long and grueling, it is definitely worth the journey. To know that you are a part of something God values is overwhelming and filled with peace. It is worth it to know that your love can be expanded beyond biological boundaries and that your family can together connect with the heart of God! If you are praying about adopting, I emphatically say go for it, but in the long run He should be the voice you hear. In the end, nothing is more worth it than extending God’s love beyond your ability.

So please understand. Adoption is more than a t-shirt. It is more than a fundraiser. It is more than faces of children around the world. It is simply God’s heart played out in the every day life of families.

10 Ways to Capture Your Husband’s Heart Daily!

Sep 5, 2013   //   by NathanLorick   //   Blog  //  No Comments

 

 

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I am excited to have my wife Jenna as a guest on the blog today. I wrote a blog to men on how to make your wife fall in love with you daily. Today this is my wife’s challenge to women on “10 Ways to Capture Your Husband’s Heart Daily!”

After seeing the popularity of my husband’s post “10 Ways to Make Your Wife Fall in Love with You Daily”, (check it out here  http://nathanlorick.com/10-ways-to-make-your-wife-fall-in-love-with-you-daily/) I thought it might be fun to write a post for us wives on how to capture our husband’s hearts daily!  Like my hubby stated in his blog, we are by no means experts!  We are both sinners saved by grace who simply love being married to one another!  My list is full of things I strive to do, not things I get right everyday! And since I am a women, mine is slightly more wordy than my hubby’s!    So here is my list…

  1. Pray for your man daily.  This may sound simple and you may be tempted to skim over this one but this is SO important.  Thank God for your man, for who he is, and the gift he is to you. And ladies, let’s be careful to actually pray for him and not about what we want him to become or how he could be a better husband. If we are faithful to pray for his holiness instead of our happiness I believe we would see a great change in our marriages!

      Here is a great example of how to pray specifically for your husband from head to toe:

       http://lovinglifeathome.com/2013/08/01/praying-for-your-husband-from-head-to-toe/

             This calendar is another great way to pray specifically for your husband each day:

http://www.inspiredtoaction.com/wp-content/uploads/kat/InspiredToAction_Praying_For%20Your%20Husband.pdf      

  And if by chance your hubby is not into all of this praying stuff…just keep praying.

  1. Find out what your guys love language is and speak it often!  There are said to be 5 languages of love…physical touch, acts of service, receiving gifts, words of affirmation, and quality time. (www.5lovelanguages.com) Take time to ask your hubby how he feels loved and then show him your love in that way.  Often time’s opposites attract and we will not have the same love language as our spouse.  The hardest part of all of this is realizing that your man may not feel loved just because you cleaned the kitchen and did all the laundry…sure you would feel totally loved and on cloud nine if he did that for you, but that is because YOUR love language is acts of service…not his.  Be thoughtful about finding ways to show your love in a way that matters to him.
  1. Let him know that you desire him.  All men have a need to know that they are wanted.  Let your hubby know that you desire to be with him, to spend time with him, and to be loved by him.  Our men have a need for intimacy but they are not looking for us to just meet their need.  The fulfillment of intimacy comes in knowing that we desire them just as much as they desire us.  And remember our men like romance just as much as we do!  Plan a surprise date with him or make arrangements to spend a weekend away with him.
  1. Say “no” to the kiddos sometimes.  I am a mom to four kiddos.  I know that life is crazy and hectic and it can be so difficult to carve out time just to talk with your husband about his day.  It seems like the kiddos always need you and there is always something that needs to get done.  I want to encourage you to tell the kiddos no for at least a few minutes each day and give your undivided attention to your man.  These days that looks like going into the bedroom and shutting the door while we spend a few minutes talking and reconnecting when my hubby gets home.  When our kiddos were younger and needed constant supervision we would sometimes load them in the car, turn on a DVD, and drive around while we just spent some time talking.  This also means that we put our kids to bed at a reasonable hour so that we can spend the evenings together.  My man and I have had so much fun having movie nights, or playing games, or even watching silly you tube videos together after our kiddos are asleep.  This summer it also meant that I had to get over my fear of leaving our newly adopted daughter with someone other than me.  I could sense that our marriage was in need of some refreshing and time away so I entrusted my sister-in-law with our kiddos so that I could join my guy on a business trip to the beach.  It is amazing what some time walking hand in hand on the beach can do for your marriage!
  1. Have fun together.  My husband has watched countless chic-flicks with me in the name of fun!  He has been to outlet malls, flea markets, and craft shows…all things I consider fun!  They may not be the things he would choose but he goes because we love to have fun together.  This year I donned some camo and got up WAY too early to experience some of what he considers fun…turkey hunting.  We recently when parasailing together…talk about fun!  It may mean you need to learn about football (preaching to the choir here), or buy some camo, or put on some running shoes, or even learn how to play the PS3…whatever it is find a way to have fun with your man!
  1. Be a wife he is happy to come home to.  “Let the wife make her husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave” Martin Luther.  I don’t know about your home but at mine it seems like my husband always gets home around what I like to call “the witching hour”…all of my sweet kiddos have suddenly turned into little goblins who are whining and complaining about homework.  Big brothers are hitting little brothers who are calling them names and baby sister has dumped over a drink for the 3rd time today.  All the while I am trying to make dinner and answer everyone’s homework questions.  And in walks my hubby.  It is tempting every day just to look at him and say “your turn” and walk out.  Or what happens most often is that I take out my frustration on him.  He has literally just walked in the door and I am already telling him what he did wrong or why I am mad at him or what I need him to do.  This is not ok.  This does not make me a wife he longs to come home to.  Instead my goal should be to meet him at the door and even though I may be totally frustrated and overwhelmed I want to let him know that I am happy and excited that he is home and thankful for how hard he works.  There will be time later to discuss any frustrations we have with each other or things we need each other to get done.  Ladies, let’s do our best to make our husbands want to say…there’s no place like home!
  1. Bless him with some time to do what he loves.  There are 3 things my man loves with a passion…preaching The Word, hunting any kind of wild animal, and college football.  I love knowing that I can bless him and refresh his heart by giving him time to do these things.  And that means without nagging or making him feel guilty about it girls!  My hubby has a crazy work schedule and works harder than most people I know. He has little free time.  I know that being able to preach The Word brings him such joy. So when he was given the opportunity to be an interim pastor I was thrilled for him and encouraged him to go for it.  That means flying out every Saturday night.  That also means most Sunday’s I am getting 4 kiddos ready for church on my own.  While it may seem crazy to others, I love that my hubby is getting to do something that he loves!  It may take so sacrificing on your part but carve out some time for him to do things that he loves.  There is such joy in watching your man enjoy something!
  1. Respect him. Unfortunately this is a topic most of us women would like to avoid.  In a culture of equality and women’s liberation it is easy to forget that God placed our husbands as our leaders and he expects us to respect them in that way.  God did not ask us to become door mats but he did indeed ask us to follow our mates.  For this girl who “didn’t sign up to be a pastor’s wife” it meant putting my fears and arguments to the side while lovingly and supportively following my man to our first church. I love that Sharon Jaynes’ book “Becoming the Woman of His Dreams” says “power always follows obedience”.  Be obedient to respect your husband and the Lord will give you the power to do it.  As women we tend to think we know it all…we know how to do everything right and if they would just listen to us everything would be better.  Resist that urge and give your husband the room to lead and then follow him respectfully…you may just be surprised at what God does!
  1. Dream with him.  I am by no means a risk taker.  And as the Lord would have it I married a crazy risk taker!  My man has big dreams…dreams that sometimes scare me and make me nervous!  To be honest I spent the first years of our marriage so scared of risk and dreaming big that I really stifled my husband.  God has been so gracious over the last several years to take my fears and replace them with faith as I dream big with my husband.  For us this meant adopting a baby girl from Uganda which now has lead to our family being part of building a children’s home in Malawi.  God has done amazing and incredible things in our marriage since I finally traded in my fears and began dreaming with my man.
  1. Tell it to him.  Don’t just assume your hubby knows that you love him!  Tell each and every day that you love him and not just when you are hanging up the phone!  Send him a text or an email.  Write a note on your bathroom mirror or slip something in his brief case.  Take a moment each day to tell him how much you love him, why you love him, and how thankful you are for him!

 

Now let’s go out and love our husbands well!

10 Ways to make your wife fall in love with you daily!

Sep 3, 2013   //   by NathanLorick   //   Blog  //  No Comments

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          I love my wife! She is my very best friend and the one who I have the honor of doing life together with. We have been on our journey of marriage for eleven and a half years! There have been a lot of great times and frankly some difficult times. There are so many things that I have learned along this journey and have developed a love for discussing marriage and relationships. Obviously being married for eleven years certainly does not qualify me as any expert on the subject. In fact all that I share about marriage does not always play itself out in my own marriage. Simply stated, I don’t always get it right. In fact, that is what makes the journey so fun and exciting. The one thing I do know for a fact it that I love my wife more today than ever.  I also know that I want to do anything I can to make her love me more than ever. I begin to think of some ways that men can help their wife to continue to fall in love with them every day of their marriage. Here are ten simple ways to love your wife in a way she will love you more each day!

1)      Pray for her daily

         This is a simple way to love your wife. Lift her up to Jesus daily. Pray for God’s spirit to lead and guide her. Pray that God will speak clearly to her heart each and every morning. As you begin to pray for her, you will be connecting to her heart on a deeper level than ever before.

2)      Write her notes

This is one of those things that is so easy and not time consuming, yet men don’t take this opportunity to affirm your love for your wife. A simple note reminding her that you love her goes a long way in her day!

3)      Give her multiple compliments per day

If you love your wife more each day that you are married it should be easy to find wonderful things about her. This is a tough one simply because a man is tired and wants nothing more than to just come home and do your own thing. Try to make it a point to find several good things to point to her each day. In doing this you will build confidence in her.

4)      Pick her up something she likes

My wife loves tea from McAlister’s Deli. It doesn’t take that much effort on my part to stop by on the way home and get her one. I don’t do this every day but I try to pick something up two or three times a week that she likes. This is one way of telling her that I love her and I am thinking about her. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive, after all it is really more the thought that counts!

5)      Learn to laugh together

One of the greatest joys of marriages is learning how to laugh together. If you can figure out how to be crazy and have fun together her heart will be inclined to you!

6)      Do something together that she likes

I can’t begin to tell you how many movies we have watched together late at night. My wife loves watching movies and I love watching them with her. Whatever it is she likes, carve out some time together to do what she wants.

7)      Plan a surprise date

This one can be somewhat tricky. I know for us getting someone to watch our four children can be both challenging and expensive. However, from time to time, splurge and hire a sitter. There is nothing like one on one conversation with your wife.

8)      Reminisce about earlier years together

There is a reason with every couple that you fell in love with each other. As life and kids and work happens often times we forget those moments and the reasons that we fell for our wife. Think back through those times and reflect, laugh, cry, and enjoy the memories.

9)      Give her time away

To be honest, this one is the most difficult at my house. My wife is great at managing our home and taking care of our children. When she leaves it becomes mass chaos. However, she needs time to do her own thing. It doesn’t come often enough, yet make it a point to let your wife go away for a few hours and indulge herself in some quiet time.

10)   Tell her you love her every day

Perhaps the most important thing you can do for your wife is to tell her you love her every day. In a culture that is filled with so many distractions, it is important that she knows she has your heart. Every day and preferably multiple times a day, remind her how much you love her and how grateful you are to walk this journey with her.

These certainly are not things that are difficult to do. Men your wife is your greatest treasure and sometimes all she wants is to be treasured! Let’s make sure we are working as hard on connecting with our wife as we are anything else!

Check out my wife’s blog on “10 Ways to Capture Your Husband’s Heart Daily” here: http://nathanlorick.com/10-ways-to-capture-your-husbands-heart-daily/

Africa 2013

Aug 26, 2013   //   by NathanLorick   //   Blog  //  No Comments

I recently returned from a quick trip to Africa. I had the privilege of spending some time in Malawi as well as Zambia. I visited with several Missionary families and heard awesome stories of what God is doing there. I left both challenged and blessed. Malawi is a place that I have been going for a few years now. Each time that I go there seems to be a new experience and new things that completely place me in awe of God.

Three years ago as I walked along the small trails between villages I sensed God wanted my family to do something consistently in Malawi. After praying and really seeking the Lord’s heart, We decided that He was calling us to develop an ongoing ministry to the children in remote villages. As we didn’t really know what that would look like in particular, we have spent those three years dreaming, praying, waiting, and strategizing about the future. After much prayer and the decision to move forward, God provided everything we needed to get started. A couple of people gave generous amounts of money to begin building the home. When I arrived to the village this is what I had the honor of seeing.

Hope House 1

Hope house 3

 This is the Hope Children’s Home. It will be completed by the end of the year. We are believing God to do something great through this! Jenna and I are excited that God has allowed us to begin this ministry!

Another surreal moment that I had was to see the progress of a church that a couple from FBC Malakoff had the opportunity to help plant last year. This couple and I were there the day the church started. They taught Sunday school and He preached the first sermon for the church . A year later and the church has seen 485 people come to faith in Christ and be baptized and they now meet weekly here:

Hope House 2

 

 

So as you can see alot of cool things are happening. Keep an eye out on this blog to find out how you can be a part of what God is doing in Malawi.