Behind Every Great Man…

AnniversaryThis year’s men’s final at Wimbledon was epic to say the least! While I am gutted for Andy Roddick who played like a legend and did virtually nothing wrong all match, you have to admire the way that Federer, with all the pressure of history on his shoulders, dug deep and remained calm at crucial moments – eventually prevailing and sealing his status as the greatest player to ever pick up a tennis racket.

However, I think what I was most impressed by yesterday was not the thrilling game of tennis being played on court, but rather the commitment and unyielding support of Federer’s heavily pregnant wife, Mirka, who sat out in the baking sun for over 4 and a half hours to cheer her husband to victory!

That’s love right there!

I mention that because today’s my 7th wedding anniversary! By God’s grace I have been happily and faithfully married to the beautiful Michelle for the best 7 years of my life, and I just wanted to post something as a tribute to her today!

Not only has she born me 2 gorgeous kids and stayed by my side for these last 7 years, but she has also revealed the grace of God to me in more ways than I can adequately convey here. She has unceasingly loved, encouraged, inspired and prayed for me. My life is richer, my soul is stronger, my decisions are wiser, my ministry is better, and my tendency to be an idiot has been seriously curbed – all because of God’s grace expressed to me through my fantastic wife! Our marriage is a strong marriage. That’s not an arrogant statement, just a fact and I believe that it’s because the gospel is at the heart of all we do and who we are. And while it may often seem that I’m the one doing all the preaching, writing, pastoring, rapping and ministry stuff – Michelle is not only behind the scenes in our home – raising our kids in a beautiful way, cooking awesome munch etc. but is part of this mission heart and soul. She has some amazing gifts and a beautiful spirit and is so warm intelligent that she could be doing anything with her life – and she has chosen gospel ministry as my wife – which humbles me deeply!

We spent our first year of marriage living on St.Mellons estate in Cardiff and we learned how to weep, love, laugh, hope and pray together. So many say that the first year is the toughest – but we didin’t find it tough at all – it was the making of us! Right from the start we have served God together through seasons of great joy and heart-ache, but our love for Christ and each other has only grown stronger. I can truly say that I love Michelle more now than I ever have done and I thank God for trusting a pleb like me to look after one of His special Princesses!

I love you Michelle!

Roll on year 8…

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”  (Ecclesiastes 4v9-12)

2 thoughts on “Behind Every Great Man…

  1. A close friend of Charlie Spurge (as he’s affectionately known in our home), once commented: “His public prayers were an inspiration, but his prayers with the family were to me more wonderful still. Mr. Spurgeon, when bowed before God in family prayer, appeared a grander man even than when holding thousands spellbound by his oratory.”
    In our home, Dai is that ‘grander man’ before God. Some of his most heart-felt, spontaneous preaches have been addressed to a two year old – covered in weetabix and hanging on his every word. Some of his most tear-filled, gut wrenching prayers have been prayed in a living room with a Bible, a wife, a guitar and an over-sized dog passing wind at all the wrong moments. Some of his greatest victories in showing grace and spritual strength in the face of adversity have been displayed in his practical love for us – two happy little olive shoots and growing vine – every single day.
    Dai, thank you for loving us with the love that God gives. Thank you for expressing the truth of the gospel to us every day. Thank you for showing us grace and for humbly seeking God for everything you need to be a beautiful man of God, an amazing husband and a fantastic Dad. Thank you for laying your life down. We love you a million-gazillion xxx

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