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Hubby and Jase many years ago.

“Papa is strong!” He declared, adding as much depth as his two-year-old voice would allow and clenching his fists, holding his arms up in the typical fashion to show strength.

My husband sat at the end of the table.

Our grandson sat on his mother’s lap, just next to Papa.

I was across the dining table from our daughter and grandson.

My husband didn’t hear his declaration, he was looking at work emails and other conversations were happening, so I was certain our grandson’s voice blended into the pleasant chatter.

So, Bubba said it again.

“Papa is strong!” With all the inflection and emotion of the first.

But he didn’t pause for a response this time.

Instead he repeated himself three times, one after another, all the time focused upon my husband.

He still didn’t hear him, so I interrupted.

“Sweetheart, did you hear Bubba? He’s talking to you.” I smiled at my husband, knowing he’d not want to miss this.

“No, I’m sorry,” he turned. “Sorry, Buddy, what was that?”

“Can you tell Papa what you said again?” Our daughter prompted.

Bubba realized he had Papa’s attention, so he smiled broadly before speaking again.

Papa is strong!” He burst out pumping his arms to show his enthusiasm.

My husband smiled as only a blessed Papa can.

Bubba was questioned by his mother, “What about Daddy?” And they turned to face the opposite end of the table where his father sat.

Daddy is strong!” “Daddy is strong!” “Daddy is strong!”

And we all laughed and agreed with him.

Bubba was content with his announcement being so well received and conversation returned.

Our daughter and husband took the little ones home after dinner.

Our family went to our church’s Movie Night.

We watched Show Me the Father by the Kendrick brothers.

If you’ve not seen it, I’d recommend it, it was wonderful.

It’s not a film for entertainment, but rather for teaching and encouragement.

It’s about fatherhood.

This morning in prayer, I spoke with the Lord about the emotions the movie brought up in my heart.

He reminded me of our grandson’s declaration at dinner.

Then, He reminded me of scripture.

Psalm 68:5 KJV — A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

Titus 3:7 KJV — That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Romans 8:17 KJV — And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

For the Christ follower, we are joint heirs with Jesus and can call to our Heavenly Father just as Christ did.

That precious child’s security in his father and grandfather is only a glimmer of the safety our souls find in the salvation granted by our Heavenly Father through the sacrifice of His Son.

Children long to have security in the strength and protection of their birth father, and whether we realize it or not that same longing resides in every heart who has yet to find safety for their souls in a personal relationship with their Heavenly Father.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your sacrifice. Thank You for Your obedience to Your Heavenly Father through which You both suffered and died to save me. Thank You for Your Resurrection! Thank You for the beauty I enjoy in Your salvation and the love of my Heavenly Father. Lord, for those whose experience with a father on Earth has been painful, even tragic, I humbly request that You reach them where they are and heal them completely. Let them see the truth, that You are not like us, You are perfect, holy, righteous, just. Please let their hearts be turned toward You and find healing from the pain of broken relationships and unfaithful people. Lord, let those who know You and are known by You, those who are fathers right now live honorably. Give them wisdom, guidance, and understanding to raise children who will call upon Your name because they want to emulate their father, because they want the same relationship with You that their father has. Thank You, Jesus. Thank You for showing us the Father. In Your name, Lord, I pray. Amen.

June 20

Today’s prayer:

Psalm 5:3 KJV — My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. This verse specifically touches my heart this morning. How great and gracious You are! What incredible compassion, understanding, and patience You have. You are how our lives are sustained daily and what a blessing that is! Lord, I lift up fathers today and I thank You for them. Lord, I humbly request that those in leadership of the family would take their role as they should, that they would realize the importance and responsibility of the position You have given them. Lord, a general of an army is acutely aware of his role and the responsibility he cares, please let fathers know they too are carrying an incredible responsibility. Help them to understand their families, to spend time instilling those things which have lasting value. Please teach them through Your Word and Your Holy Spirit. Lord, thank You so much for those men who are serving diligently. Thank You for those fathers who have walked with integrity and led their families with honor. Lord, thank You for men who stand in prayer and lift up others. Thank You for those who work hard day after day to support their families. Thank You, Lord, for the young men who have yet to be fathers, but are diligent in seeking You and looking forward to the blessing of being called “father”. Lord, thank You for those men who reach out and mentor children who are not their own, but are in desperate need of a father. Thank You for teaching us about our Heavenly Father and making the truth of His love tangible. Thank You! I praise Your holy name, Lord! You are great and greatly to be praised! Amen.


It was God’s idea from the beginning.

And God has a perfect plan for every father.

God created man and woman in His image and began the first family. Genesis 1:26

Adam was the first father.

Unfortunately, Adam’s fatherhood includes incredible pain.

But God gave him and Eve comfort with the birth of Seth. Genesis 4:26

Throughout scripture we find stories of godly fathers, as well as those who failed.

It’s in the pages of the Bible we find what God’s plan for fathers is.

Ephesians 6:4 KJV — And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Psalm 44:1 KJV — To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, Maschil. We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.

Proverbs 17:6 KJV — Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

Malachi 4:6 KJV — 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.

Fathers are vital to the health and well being of their children.

God made the first family a father and mother, because children need both.

Sin has forever left stains upon the family, but it’s not a hopeless institute.

Jesus, Himself redeemed the sinner.

Therefore, no matter the circumstances, the family too can find hope.

Those of us who are women, wives, and mothers need to love, support, and pray for the husbans and fathers.

Those who are men, fathers, and husbands have the scriptures to guide and direct them as to God’s plan on raising their family.

They are called to love their wives and children.

1 Peter 3:7, Ephesians 5:25, Colossians 3:19 & 21,

There are so many examples in scripture where God used a godly man mightily in the lives of others.

Elijah used in Elisha’s life.

Moses in Joshua’s.

Paul in Timothy’s.

A godly man can be used to grow, guide, and hone those younger than himself.

It’s not easy, nor is it a one time thing.

Mentoring others is costly.

But God Himself set up the blessings which grow from a godly father training the hearts of children.

Today, let us pray for fathers.

Let’s lift them up before the Lord and seek God on their behalf.

Thanking Him for the gift of godly fathers and praying for those who have yet to walk in their calling.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for fathers. Thank You for godly men who live for You instead of themselves. Lord, please protect and lead these men. Please hone them daily to be more like You, that their lives might accurately reflect You. Jesus, we know it’s so difficult to live each day in this sinful, broken world. Yet, now more than ever we need godly men. Husbands and fathers to rise up and fulfill their calling to follow You with a whole heart. Please let it be so. Thank You, Jesus. We love You! Amen.

To my husband, father-in-law, and son-in-law: Happy Father’s day.