My Marriage Is Perfect…YEAH RIGHT!

IMG_0289As many of you know, Amy & I have the perfect marriage. It has always been rainbows and alive with the light of a million fairies. YEAH RIGHT!

No, the truth is we’ve had a 14+ year marriage that has been all over the map. Figuratively and literally, haha. We have experienced many joys, but we have also experienced (and sometimes created) many heartbreaking, trust eroding, emotion shattering moments as well. In the midst of the highs and lows, we’ve known one thing to be true: God must be the center of our marriage. That sounds like a trite “Christianese” phrase but it is very true. If we don’t allow Him entrance into every part of us individually and as a couple, we will never walk in the freedom and calling He has for us. At least not to its fullest.

As we’ve moved through our journey, there have been pivotal moments that have led us to stop and evaluate our marital and spiritual health. I’m writing today because last night was one of those times. As we got into bed and would have normally turned on a show or movie, I was led to go to the website of a church I like in Nashville. As I began to scroll through past messages, I found this video. Click Here As Amy and I sat and listened for just over an hour, we were strongly impacted by what this message spoke to us. God used it to reveal things to us about ourselves, our marriage, our parenting, people we’ve hurt, people who have hurt us. It was POWERFUL.

I strongly recommend you and your spouse OR perhaps you and your boyfriend/girlfriend watch this video. Take an hour and instead of watching mindless tv or movies, watch something that can impact your life and help you shape your future. There’s no catch here. They are not selling anything and neither am I. It is real, raw, authentic, biblical insight on relationships. I pray you’ll allow it to impact you for the better.

Believing God will be at work in your relationships as He is in ours!

Written by Andrew Pino

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Once And For All

If you’re anything like me, God often uses music to communicate something I need to hear or need help putting words to in my own life. Today was one of those times. As I drove into work, I listened to this song for the first time: https://youtu.be/4oaRYLEIeis

I immediately downloaded it and began playing it on loop for the 45 minute drive. I’m not ashamed to tell you that tears filled my eyes as I listened to the lyrics so beautifully describe the desire of my heart, but so often not the actions/words I live out.

If you have a couple minutes, I encourage you to listen to this song. Really listen to the lyrics. I know it can help you recenter on Christ, like it did for me this morning.


To Lauren (Lauren Daigle):

Thank you for your sincerity in these lyrics and your heartfelt delivery of them!

2 Tips For Dads

IMG_2722There are a lot of things that play into you being a good Dad, but for this post I just wanted to focus on two of them…

1. Get Down On Your Knees

There is nothing more engaging to your kids, than to get down on your knees to interact with them. Whether you are hugging them, building something with them, giving horsey rides, etc. Getting down on the floor with your kids speaks volumes to them and helps them know that they are important to you.

2. Get Down On Your Knees

I know you’re wondering if I made a copy/paste mistake and put the same thing twice. No, it’s no mistake. The single greatest thing you can do for your kids, is get down on your knees and pray for them. You will make mistakes in your parenting (boy, have I) but God is the perfect Father. He will not only restore your bad decisions, but will more importantly protect your kids in ways you never could.

The added benefit to #2 is, if you do it in front of your kids, you will also be modeling how they should live their lives. Teaching them that connecting with God in prayer is the only way for us to truly be the best version of ourselves in any area of life.

Both of these two suggestions take time and effort to do. It won’t just happen if you “want” it to. You will have to decide that it’s mandatory for your parenting. Distractions will come, but stick to this and I promise you it will change the way you relate with your kids and they will love you for it!

Bonus: This isn’t why you should do it, but an added benefit to you doing these two things will be your wife’s response to it. I can speak from experience…brownie points abound!

Written by Andrew Pino

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