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Sunday, June 19, 2011

THANK GOODNESS FOR DADS

Congratulations and Happy Father's Day to all dads out there. Some of our dads are still alive yet many have passed on.  My dad is no longer with me. Seems like  moms get all the attention on their 'special day' but dad needs to get lots of credit and recognition too on his day today! The main chief bread winner, in most cases, unless you are single and struggling. The dad is the one who helps play ball with little boys, has tea parties with their daughters, works hard to insure the children and wife are provided for or he should.  Sure we have 'bad dads', so to speak, or dads who did not live up to the 50's sitcom 'Father Knows Best' or 'Ozzie and Harriet' scenario but all in all the dad is unappreciated and forgotten at times and should not be. They earn the money for family vacations, braces, sports teams, cheer leading and band uniforms, college tuition, music lessons, food and shelter, cars to drive, and much more. They fix cars, bikes, furniture, broken sinks and things like that too. One of hardest things for a dad to do is 'give away' their baby girl to her future husband. The husband then is the top man in her life.

There are those who have not had good relationships with their fathers so it is hard to feel this is a day to celebrate.  If you have been hurt by your dad either emotionally or physically God can restore you.  But for those blessed with a good 'dad relationship' even if your dad is your 'adopted dad' then you have much to be thankful for. Do not harbor bitterness at something from the past you can do nothing about. If you are in a strained relationship with a dad pray for him even if you do not feel like it. Then there are those dads who are the good dads who make up for the moms who ran out of a child's life.

Philippians 3:1 says "No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead'. If you have been neglected, hurt or any other thing try to let it go. Seek professional help if you need it. For those with a great father relationship be thankful because not everyone has been blessed with that. My husband has been a great dad to our two boys and my dad was a super dad to me when I was growing up. I am thankful for what he taught me and how he helped me. Dads are so important in the life of their children. No one is faulting single parents but studies have shown how a two parent family with the dad actively involved is so vital to every aspect of a child's development. Single parents out there your job is harder as you fill both those roles but God can help you. Call on him.

Exodus 20:12 says to "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you." We should show honor and respect to our earthly fathers. Remember God placed dads in authority children to raise them. The dad is supposed to be not only the leader of the family and the head of the house but the spiritual leader as well. This is a big responsibility not to be taken lightly. If you are a dad are you doing your part? Pray and ask God for wisdom to lead and guide the children God has entrusted to you and to help shape them into the image of Godliness in all they say and do. Ephesians 6:4 tells fathers the following and I will end with this "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." That is the main job of a dad is for the children to come to know the Lord as well as be respectable citizens and respectful to those around them. The Lord is there to help you. After all He is our heavenly Father and he is always there and will listen to your prayers.

PRAYER: Lord I thank you for my earthly father who did so much for me and guided me. Lord help me to never forget all the things you do as my heavenly Father. You are my Abba father or daddy.  We are the work of your hands father God and we thank you for giving us life. In Jesus name. Amen.

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