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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day, especially to my wonderful dad Bill.

I thought posting this excerpt from liveprayer.com's daily devo would be appropriate:


How often do we take what dad does for granted? There are Godly men out
there who are the spiritual heads of their homes. They work hard to provide
the income needed to sustain day to day life. They love and honor their
wife. They realize their children are gifts from God and help nurture and
mold their lives. These dads realize that serving God is their divine
purpose and being the head of their home is their first and most important
ministry. Today is a day to make sure dad knows just how much we love and
appreciate him.

For those dads out there who are working hard to be the kind of dad I just
described, know that you are in my prayers. Know that each day as you spend
that special time alone with the Lord, He will encourage you, prepare you,
and make you adequate for that day. You are on the path God wants you to be
on as you strive each day to serve Him, making your wife and children your
number one priorities. Balance is one of the biggest hurdles you face each
day, and I pray the Lord will help you find that perfect balance between
work, home, serving Him, and relaxing.

The other big hurdle is being able to give God control. Having so much
responsibility each day, letting go and really trusting God at certain times
is not easy. Just remember, in John 15:5 it says "Without me you can do
nothing." God has given you great talents, great gifts, but without the
Lord's strength, and He being in charge, it won't make any difference. Make
your faith real daily as you learn to trust Him more each day.

I recognize today that there are also many dads who aren't the kind of dad
I described. Unless someone is totally committed and surrendered to the
Lord, overseeing the responsibilities of marriage and children often
suffer. Without the Lord leading your life, getting caught up in all of the
traps of this world happen frequently, and life really never makes much
sense. The importance of being a husband, a father, don't have the
significance they should. That is why so many men have left the home,
abandoned their children, and continually are caught up in every kind of
sin imaginable.


For those wives, ex-wives, and children of dads who haven't been the Godly
dad the Bible talks of, pray for your dad. Know that deep down he is
hurting, and only surrendering to Christ will change that. God loves your
dad more than you do, and He is the one who can change your dad's heart.
I'll pray with you for your dad.

For you dads
out there today, let me encourage you by telling you...if you keep Jesus
first in your life, He will help you overcome the trials of this life, and
allow you to see victories in every area of your life. In your marriage,
in your children, in your career, in your service for Him....if you will
simply trust Him and operate in His strength, you will know blessings and
joy above and beyond anything you ever imagined.

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