Happy Birthday Manly !
Frank... what can I say about this man? Perhaps the better question would be, "Is there enough room to contain it all?" The
answer, truly there is not.
I met Frank in church, and it is completely accurate to say that he stole my heart. We were married two years from when we met, 1 year from our engagement, that will be 23 years in September (24 now ;-)
In many ways marriage is a process of getting to know someone as they continue to "become" and Frank has become the most incredible man I have ever known.
I am thankful to the Lord for a father to my children, and a husband who has sacrificed himself and all he has for his family, and others. I have watched him over these 23,(24;-) years do without so much personally, that he might give to his children, his home and yes, his wife the very best life; providing for, protecting, and prospering us from a heart of love. I then have watched him go beyond, outside of his home to care for family, neighbors, widows, and the house of the Lord.
I have watched him "step outside the line" and put his hand to the most amazing undertakings. I have seen the Lord bless Him in it all, for I think the Lord loves to bless manliness, and men who desire to become such men. His accomplishments are all to God's glory. I think he is the equivalent of ten men, ten amazing men. Is he perfect, absolutely not.
In History he would have been a John or Samuel Adams, or a General Eisenhower. He is a "command Man" all the way. I have admired these many years, his strength to stand for all he believes is right, regardless of others opinions, or regardless of the cost. He has been steadfast, even if it meant standing alone. He is a leader.
So today on his birthday I would like to honor him, I praise the Lord for him, and I cannot imagine my life or this world without him. I can only pray that in having such a gift from God in my life, that it can be said of me "she did him good and not evil all the days of his life."
I am humbled that God gave him to me....I love you Manly, Happiest of Birthdays to you!