On Fatherhood Vol. 1 No. 2

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This week we are focusing on being a father. Like the quote below, we realize that we fail and fail miserably at fatherhood.  But, we need to realize our faults and failures and learn from them. Ask God for guidance and wisdom, which he promises us. Get back up and keep at it. Without further ado, the three articles  for the week along with a podcast and a freebie!

 

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Dads, Write in Your Bible by Jonathan Parnell

The initiative here is to write — and to write to your children. – Jonathan Parnell

Part of being a Dad, is leaving a legacy. And as a Christ follower, the most important legacy you can leave is evidence of your faith. The way you live, the things you say, and what you leave behind when you’re gone make up your legacy. So the challenge here, from me, is to ask yourself, “When I look at my life, what will my legacy say about me.” With that being said, what does your personal bible say about you? That is a challenge for me too. The article by Jonathan gives us some great advice on leaving a biblical legacy for your children. I have The Legacy Study Bible (available here on Amazon, I get no money from this link). It has wide margins for writing in and the quality will make a great gift to your children.

 

7 Things a Good Dad Says by Tim Challies

 I have found myself thinking back to the many models of fatherhood I have seen and admired through the years. What made these fathers admirable? What set them apart? What was it that they said to their children? From these models I have drawn seven things a good father says.  Tim Challies
 Tim gives us 7 statements a good dad says to his kids.
1-I love you.
2-Let me kiss it better.
3-Come with me.
4- Please forgive me.
5- You’re forgiven.
6- Let’s pray.
7-You can’t do it.

 

Two of those really struck me: Please forgive me and You can’t do it.  Please forgive me. That’s a tough one. You’re admitting you’re not perfect, you have hurt your child, and you are at their mercy for forgiveness. They may not see that way now, but later after they are grown, this one will bear fruit. I can still remember the humility from my Dad when he asked for forgiveness. Next is “You can’t do it”. Our society has placed self esteem on such a high pedestal that now everyone can be everything. But, as Tim states, the most important area where none of us can do it on our own is to will ourselves to heart change. Only the gospel and our Savior can.

 

What Little Girls Wish Daddies Knew by Tara Hedman

It’s pretty simple, really. Little girls just love their daddies. They each think their daddy hung the moon. Once in a while when you look at your little gal twirling in her frilly skirt, remember she’ll be grown one day. What do you want her to know about men, life, herself, love? What you do and say now matters for a lifetime. Daddies, never underestimate the impact of your words or deeds on your daughters, no matter their age.
– Tara Hedman
Being dad to girls is a whole different ball game than being a dad to boys (believe me, I have both). In some ways it’s easier, and in others infinitely harder. Especially as they get older, it becomes even more difficult. Hormones, body changes, emotions; makes me uncomfortable just thinking about it.   I, like a lot of guys, tend to bury my head and ignore stuff when it gets uncomfortable.  As the Navy Seal mantra goes, “Get comfortable being uncomfortable”.  Tara, challenges us in her article to “never underestimate the impact of your words or deeds on your daughters, no matter their age.” Your daughter needs you, now more than ever, to counter the messages she’s getting from her friends, peers, and society.  What items in Tara’s list seem the most uncomfortable to you? How can you overcome that?

 

 

The Freebie!

Christianaudio.com’s free audiobook of February is Everyone’s a Theologian by R.C. Sproul