a father’s love

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there.  I have been very blessed over the course of my life to have some amazing men beside me.  My dad for one, of course.  Thank you, dad, for always being there, for loving me through the tough times and never giving up on me, for your guidance and protection over the year, for simply being you.  I love you!  Thank you to my father in law for your love and devotion to our family, for always being there, for all the long talks over the years, for loving me as I am.  Thank you, Grandpa Mac, for teaching me the value of family and sticking together through thick and thin, for showing me a generous heart. 

And my sweet Travis.  Thank you for giving me four beautiful children who have changed my life in ways I never knew possible.  I can’t even put into words how grateful I am to walk this journey with you as we face each new day.  What a blessing your laughter and joking bring to our home.  I have told you for years you can’t be serious for five minutes but it’s one of the things I love most about you – your ability to have fun and keep people smiling.  You have faced more challenges than many people will ever see and have done it with grace and dignity; the kids see your strength and fortitude to learn what God is trying to teach you in the moment and to never give up.  You face each day teaching our kids God is faithful and always, always provides, giving them unconditional love, showing them forgiveness and acceptance, modeling respect for others, teaching them to laugh and have fun, keeping them accountable for their actions and words, teaching them to return things in better condition than when they borrowed them.  Thank you for being the dad our kids deserve – one who is active and present in their lives every day, who has sacrificed your own wants, desires and dreams to take care of them, who walks with them through the ups and downs, who takes the time to listen and comfort, who does far more than most dads cooking, cleaning, doing their laundry, grocery shopping, driving them everywhere, taking them on dates, wrestling, joking around, playing in the backyard, lying in bed and around the fire pit telling them your outrageous stories, simply being you.  You are modeling Christ to them every day and showing them to treat others with respect, to accept people as they are, to remember they don’t always know people’s stories but to love them anyway, to not take life too seriously and to never stop believing in the goodness of God and his amazing provision.  The kids and I are all so proud of you and thank you for being the amazing father and husband you are.  You are very loved!

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2 thoughts on “a father’s love

  1. I am hoping I can get this father Day thing on your post for you father & hubby.
    This month we honor our fathers. Of course, the greatest example of a father is our Heavenly Father, whose love for us was so great that He sent His perfect, sinless Son, Jesus, to die in our place, that we might have eternal life ( John 3:16).

    As a father, God showed His unceasing love for His children when He wrote: ” When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called My Son out of Egypt. As they called them, so they went from them…I taught Ephrain also to go, taking them by their arms… I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them ( Hosea 11:1-4).

    God is Love, and we see His Divine Love clearly throughout His Word. His desire that families have a loving relationship with Him and with each other is clear as he closes out the Old Testament with these words: ” Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse ( Malachi 4:5-6).

    As the heart of the children turn to their fathers we are told to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” Eph. 6:4). One of the most important examples we can provide our family is reading God’s Word daily and turning to Him for guidance in all that we do. As they see us lean on the Lord we pray that He will guide and direct both their lives and ours that they can form a personal relationship with Him and love Him as we do.

    It’s not to late to begin even today in prayer and the Word that our children may learn to live a victorious and fruitful life in the Lord.

    We dedicate the following poem to all fathers and pray that as they strive to raise their family for the Lord with love and integrity that He will guide, strengthen, and keep them in His loving care:

    WHAT MAKES A DAD?

    God took the strength of a mountain,
    The Majesty of a tree,
    The warmth of summer sun,
    The calm of the quiet sea,
    The generous soul of nature,
    The comforting arm of the night,
    The wisdom of the ages,
    The power of the eagle’s flight,
    The joy of a morning in spring,
    The faith of a mustard seed,
    The patience of eternity,
    The depth of a family need,
    Than God conbined these qualities,
    And there was nothing more to add,
    He knew His masterpiece was complete,
    And so, He called it—-Dad.

    Author Unknown

    ” Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depoart from it. Proverbs 22:6
    ” No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly . Psalm 84:11

    ” And God said , Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness..So God created man in His Own Image, in the Image of God created Ge him… And God blessed them… And saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. Genesis 1:26 -31.

    I read this in my devotion book Bible Pathways and wanted to share it with all you fathers out there in E-mail land. Happy and a Blessed Father Day to you all.

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