This Week’s #Devotingmothers Devotional: Fatherhood

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Fatherhood

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” Billy Graham

Mommas, I’m going out of my comfort zone the next few weeks with our devotions. In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, we will devote the next three weeks to the men in our children’s lives.

Dads are important. In our culture, they often get a bad rap, are portrayed the fool, or are just seen as ancillary characters in the family. But none of it is true. An involved, loving father is a blessing to your children, and to you.

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“Nothing matures a man like becoming an involved father.” Dr. Bill Sears

I’ve had the privilege of being in the delivery room with families in which big, tough guys are brought to tears experiencing the birth of their children. It’s a beautiful, humbling thing to watch. Right from the beginning, a dad impacts his child in meaningful ways, and likewise, a child can change a man’s life for the better. It’s right there, in that delivery room, when a man realizes what he is fighting for, where he can make a significant impact, and how his love and care can shape another’s life.

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Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.  Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Psalms 127:3-5

Dear Father God,

Thank you for giving us children. Your Word, says they are a reward given to us from You. Thank you for creating the idea of family, in which a man and a woman come together to each contribute their own strengths and abilities to raise these blessings. Forgive us, when we try to do it all, on our own, and do not appreciate that You have made us uniquely different as men and women. For we each have a role to play in the caring for our children.

As mothers, allow us this day, to see our husbands as You see them. Allow us to appreciate the special gifts that they have, and to not interfere with how they parent. Please give us the gift of growing in our love as a couple, as we raise children together. Forgive us when we care solely for our children, and neglect our marriage. Help us to ultimately serve You, in order to serve our family well.

Amen

Reflection II

Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers, and singers of song.” Pam Brown

As a dad, you don’t have to wait to be an involved father until your child is walking and talking. Often, we incorrectly send the message that the infant period is just for mom and baby. Even before baby is born, a dad can start to impact his child; take walks together, talk to baby, read to her, sing, or play your favorite music.

Once baby is born, there’s plenty of snuggling, rocking, and holding dad can do. The secret is that many times it’s dad who is better at swaddling and calming a cranky baby. Hang out and share eye contact, get on the floor for tummy time, and make time for just daddy and babe.

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And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:18

This weekend, as we celebrate Father’s Day, take the time to sincerely thank the fathers in your life, and above all, to thank Your Heavenly Father. For even if you don’t have earthly fathers who stand in the gap for you and your children, you do have a Father in Heaven who calls you His own.

 

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