The Instruction of a Father

Twelve important things I learned from my dad, Arthur DeMoss (1925–1979) 

1. Take God seriously.

(Eccl. 6:2; Rom. 11:36; 12:1–2; Eph. 1:4–6; Col. 1:16 )

2. Start your day with God.

(Ps. 5:3; 63:1; 143:8; Prov. 8:32–34; Isa. 50:4–5; Mark 1:35)

3. Trust and obey. Rest in and surrender to the sovereignty of God.

(Ps. 135:5–6, Dan. 4:3–37)

4. “Little” things matter . . . a lot. The choices you make today will have consequences. 

(Song 2:15; Gal. 6:7)

5. You aren’t responsible for what others say or do to you; you are only responsible for how you respond to them.

(Ezekiel 18:20b; Matt. 12:37)

6. Ask for advice . . . listen to godly counsel.

(Prov. 8:32–34; 13:1; 19:20)

7. Guard your heart. Be intentional and wise about what you feed into your mind. 

(Deut. 8:11–13; Prov. 4:23; Luke 8:14)

8. Marriage is for keeps—don’t settle for less than God’s best. 

(Gen. 2:24; Eph. 5:31–33)

9 . Don’t spend your life—invest it. One day we will give account for how we managed the resources God entrusted to us—time, talent, treasure, and opportunities. 

(Matt. 6:19–21; 1 Pet. 4:8–10)

10. You can’t out-give God.

(Prov. 3:9–10; 11:24–25; 22:9; 28:27; 2 Cor. 9:6–15; Phil. 4:16–19)

11. Look for opportunities to share Christ with others. 

(Acts 20:20–21, 24; 22:14–15; 2 Cor. 5:20; 1 Thess. 2:2)

12. Time is short; eternity is long. Don’t waste your life—make it count for eternity. 

(Dan. 4:3b; 12:3; Matt. 24:45–46)


© Revive Our Hearts. By Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. Used with permission. www.ReviveOurHearts.com  

About the Author

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has touched the lives of millions of women through Revive Our Hearts and the True Woman movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for Christ and His Word is infectious, and permeates her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs—Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him.

She has authored nineteen books, including Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free, Seeking Him (coauthored), and Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together. Her books have sold more than three million copies and are reaching the hearts of women around the world. Nancy and her husband, Robert, live in Michigan.