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Fathers

Fathers

It should be said that time with dad is time well spent. 

I don't think dads get enough credit. Probably because there are a lot of dads who never show up or who might be there physically but in every other way completely absent. I believe that father's leave a big impression on their children.

Fathers, in most homes, are seen as the authoritarian. Fathers are seen as the leaders they are surely called to be (Gen 18:19). This is why when a father is absent it greatly affects the worth a child feels. This is why an abusive father causes hostility, anger and distrust in a child. The relationship a person has with his or her own father can mirror the way he or she views God as a Heavenly Father. My heart breaks for the children who never had a good, well-intentioned relationship with their earthly father and my heart breaks for the relationships that just cannot be mended. 

While I, as a mom myself, believe that mothers are super important; A mother is equally important in very different ways. Trust me when I say I think moms are the bomb, but this isn't about moms. This is about dads. 

      I want to give credit to all the good papa's. I want to acknowledge all the great daddies, all the wonderful fathers and the awesome men who fill in when the real deal can't. 

  • I'm proud of the man I married and the father my children have. He fills our kids' lives with that right attitude and that active time. While some moments contain bad attitudes they are always followed by moments of asking for sincere forgiveness. Our children will remember the times that their dad was humbled and admitted his shortcomings to them. 
     
  • I am proud of the way my husband can come home completely worn out from work and still get down and wrestle with the boys or read a book with them. 
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  • I am proud of the dad's in this nation that serve our country and don't make it home to bedtime, breakfast or even birthdays but calls, writes, emails and FaceTimes just to see their family for a few minutes. I am proud of the sacrifices those dads make and the way they shed tears over time they miss. I am proud of the time they do spend with their kids is time spent intentionally knowing they can't take a single moment for granted. 
     
  • I am proud of the way fathers practice what they preach to their children. It's not just "do what I say," but also "do as I do." I am proud of the fathers that make their footsteps worth following. I am proud that my husband has made his own shoes ones my boys aspire to grow into. 
     
  • I am thankful for the step-fathers, godfathers, uncles, and good friends that step in to help single moms. I am proud that regardless if that child has their biology they take the responsibility with a happy heart. A challenging and daunting task is one of determination and consideration for these men. I am grateful for the extra men I had in my life to shepherd me when times were tough. 
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  • I am thankful that my husband has a dad that is worthy of imitating. And that his dad is a joyful granddad with open arms for his grandchildren. I am proud that my husband has two generations of men that loved him well and gave him the initiative to be the dad he is. 
  • I am proud of grandfathers and the way they don't take off their 'dad hat' the moment their child leaves the nest but instead add another one to the collection the moment a grandchild is born. I love that each grandchild is another feather in that said hat. Grandparent's reveal the true meaning of "Children are a gift," (Psalm 127:3) because they're on the other side. 
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  • I am proud to have a dad that has never stopped caring or showing concern for me. I am proud of the Papa he has become to my kids. I am proud of the way checking in is really his way of saying, "I miss you." 
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  • But the ONE thing I am MOST proud of for my own husband is the way he directs our kids to Christ. I love that his heart is growing for the Lord daily and that he disciples our children in the way of the Lord. (Prov 22:6).

Happy Father's Day

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