From Thomas Koester Call To Courage Ministries Copperopolis, California

To All Saints & Soldiers:

I know that you have been absorbing a great deal of information, good or bad. Do not allow what you are seeing and hearing to take you off your mission as husbands, fathers, and godly men. Do not allow yourselves to drift away from the Lord. To the contrary; fight to recapture your heart once again. Then fight to win again the heart of your wife. Fight for the hearts of your children.

If things are broken or at odds between you and your wife, fix it now, but not with your “toolbox,” but by listening to her heart. Have compassion for her, and make her safe in your presence and absence. Please, men, let your wives into your heart and speak to them with kindness and wisdom. She’s your partner, and I can promise you this that there’s no one else better suited to be in your foxhole and camp than your wives.

Be gentle and patient with your children. Your actions, attitudes and words should show them how much you love them, and that they, along with your wives are more important than your man-toys, sports, politics, or even your ministries.

You set the climate of fear or peace in your homes. Choose peace and fight to hold onto a climate of peace in your house. After all, “a man’s home is his castle,” so protect and defend it, but more so, your family which lives in it.

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.” —Saint Francis de Sales

Show your wife and children through your right actions, that your trust is in the Lord. This is your job as a man of faith. Your trust in God becomes their trust in God. Your good father-heart points them directly to the Father-Heart of God, which, by the way is where they find their identities.

Things are going to be rough these next few weeks. Our Nation and it’s people will be tested beyond belief. But hold onto your belief in God, in your marriage, and in your children. They, not your careers, video games, sports and politics are your mission. The Country will right itself, or perhaps not. This however does not change the man you are, nor your mission.

Cling to God and to his Word. Love your wives unconditionally and sacrificialy. Be gentle with your children, and show them great patience. Tell them with words and action that you love them.

Be stouthearted. Be brave. Be courageous. Be men of God. Brothers in Chist. Hold to Truth. Armor up with God’s promises. Hold to the peace that comes from trusting God.

Remember that you are not alone. The God of the Angel Armies lives within you. Your brothers are not far off, we’re in this together.

Lead your families well. It’s up to you, and no other. The term “husband,” means “band around the house.” Be that physical and spiritual band. You can do it, because you are on the Lord’s side.

Again, get right with your wives and children. No excuses. No worries. Be courageous men, and make God and heaven’s armies proud!

The heroes of our faith and Saints of old are watching. They are with the Heavenly Hosts, cheering you on to victory.

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