Today is our wedding anniversary so who better to feature in my 31 People Who Inspire, Influence, Impress list than Todd Cataldo (or Captain America as you know him!)
He would have always made the list to be fair, but I wanted to save him until today and this can be his anniversary gift…no pressure!
Captain America, or Todd as I will refer to him just for today, is #2 on my list! Jesus is #1 and ALWAYS will be and Todd would have it no other way!
Todd Cataldo is by far the person who impresses me the most out of all the people I have and will list in my 31 People.
He is an incredible man. He is a great leader. He is consistent, solid, reliable.
He is pretty much unshakable. This is both highly frustrating to me and one of the things I love most about him. I like that fact that when he sets his mind to something he gets it done, He is a finisher. He completes things. He gets things done. He is also a stickler for details. When he makes a decision it is nearly impossible to make him change his mind….trust me I have tried many, many times and failed. He defines the word stubborn…..but it takes one to know one so who I am I to talk!
He is strong yet gentle. He leads our marriage with great authority and character and brings a security every girl dreams of – even when everything around us seems insecure.
A few years before I met Todd, I was praying one day and God spoke to me very specifically about the character of my husband. It was very overwhelming and beautiful all at the same time. I knew then that I would read the words God had spoken to me on my wedding day to my husband. Crazy I know! Two years ago today, I spoke these very words to Todd in my wedding speech.
As I was writing this post, I was reminded of those words and as I looked at them I am now understanding that they are more true today than they were two years ago. God was right (now there’s a shock!).
I want to share those words with you:
“He is my son
He is the apple of my eye
He is so loved by me
His earthly family love him so much and are so proud of the man he has become
I have watched him come into his inheritance and walk it out with pride, care and attention
He is my delight
He is the fairest among men
He is after my heart above all things
He is accomplished in earthly things and eternal things
He values eternal things more than others
He is not easily distracted. He is very focussed
He is steady and thoughtful
Courageous and strong
A mighty warrior
A strong leader, someone to rely on
He is a man of great character and worth
He is the greatest among men
He has the heart of a father, a protector
His eyes do not stray
He loves me with a fiery love that will not go unsatisfied
He is dedicated, passionate and zealous after the things of my heart
He is virtuous, a man of character
He is captivated by me, and captivating – others are drawn to him
He is known for his graciousness
He is seeking after my heart and one day the three of us will run together in ministry
One Heart, One Mind, One Strength.”
I made Todd answer my questions for the post too – just like many other people did and here are his answers. I think it’s very interesting that he says many of the same things about himself that God spoke to me all those years ago!
Name: Todd Cataldo
Age: most people think I am in my mid-30s but I am 45; The Holy Spirit keeps me young!
Status: ….? awake? online? Oh, you mean MARITAL status, marrried to the rosiest of English Roses there is!
Occupation: Kept Man ; ) … Pastor & Apostle
Who or what inspires you?
God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Who or what is the greatest influence in your life?
Same as above
What is your greatest quality and why?
my butt, jk (I actually think it’s his broad shoulders!!) … mmm, well, I think my greatest quality may also be my greatest downfall … the good version of it is called tenacity, the bad version is called stubborness. I usually don’t have a problem letting my goals and dreams take a temporary rest, but once I have set my mind on accomplishing something I WILL find a way to accomplish it. I guess this goes along with what most people say is my best quality, which is reliability.
What is a struggle for you and what are you doing to overcome it?
Well, I have extremely high standards and expectations of myself and others. I don’t know that I necessarily want to overcome this, but I do want to use this trait of mine in a positive way. I think the best approach is a balance between grace, honesty and encouragement and equipping.
When people look at your life, what do you hope they will see?
I hope that people will see a man who glorifies and magnifies God.
I am overwhelmed that God saved this man for me.
He is exactly who I needed in my life. He makes my life richer – everyday!
There is no-one I would rather wake up next to.
His steadfastness has kept me sane through an incredibly challenging, stressful and faith-driven year and I am grateful more than words could ever express for who he is and how he loves me.
Happy Anniversary, Todd.
I love you, forever!