FATHER’S DAY

You know, it’s funny – I hear people say there’s so much DRAMA on facebook.  I guess I have the right friends, because we all post prayer requests and we pray for each other.  When it comes to prayer, I believe there is strength in numbers – and it’s great to know I have some 200 plus people praying for me!

This portion of Scripture appears right after the list of armor we are to wear every day:

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I’d love to have this to look at every day.  Do you have all of this memorized?  Sad to say, I don’t.  I can’t remember what I had for lunch today!  If we are wearing every piece of armor, we are in a great place to pray for others!  Some days there are so many prayer requests in my news feed – and I don’t say long, eloquent prayers – but I believe God hears the brief but sincere prayer for a brother or sister in Christ.

It’s a choice to drop the drama on facebook and pick up the armor and support someone in prayer.  God wants us to pray for one another.  Did you know when you begin to pray for a person, it’s impossible to be angry at them?  Pray for those who persecute you – it’ll really confuse them too – I like that part.  If you want to have even more fun – let them KNOW you’re praying for them.  LOL – mind blown!

I know some folks think of prayer as a last resort, but let me tell you – in my opinion, it’s the best thing to do, and should be the first option we think of.  We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, but our God knows, and He wants us to keep Him in the loop.  I might ask friends for advice, and I may or may not take it…  but when I ask God for help, I have my eyes and ears open, eagerly waiting for His answers!  It’s a privilege to pray for a brother or sister, and I’m so thankful when they let me know they are praying for me too!

Happy Father’s Day!

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If you are able to hug your daddy – hug him twice!  Have a wonderful day!  🙂

 

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TL FATHER'S DAY-screenshotTHANK YOUI’m so thankful for the lessons my earthly father taught me.  I had him until I was 28 years old, which is a blessing because so many people lose their father at a much younger age.  I was married and settled by the time I lost him, but there is still a large empty place in my heart, I must admit.  ❤

FATHER by McKane Davis

BROAD SHOULDERS – bear the weight of our world.

DEEP EYES – the window to a thousand stories.

GIVING HANDS – give charity unnoticed.

STRONG ARMS – protection from our darkest fears.

KIND HEART – of forgiveness, happiness, and love.

How did my father get so smart?  He sought wisdom from the source, God.  I know in life, my daddy knelt in prayer to seek God’s will on everything.  I guess that’s the most important lesson he taught me.  I learned to pray, to seek God’s will and His way throughout my life.  Thank you, daddy, for teaching me to pray!

THANKFUL FOR A DAD THAT PRAYS

A father’s love is strong and sure, a quiet kind of care, a haven for his family, a promise to be there.  – Unknown

What a blessing it was to be adopted into the Turner household!  So many adopted people get all hung up over the fact that they are adopted, but I just remember that God had a plan, and me being with them was a significant part of His overall plan for my life.  I wouldn’t change a thing even if I could. 

WHAT DID YOU GIVE ONE LITTLE GIRL?  A popular game or expensive toy?  A Campfire Girl uniform, a Barbie doll?  Oh these things are fine and so much fun, but is that all?  Surely there was more to raising your adopted daughter than that.

Did you give her a real live pet, perhaps a cat!? If she had to choose what she wanted more than these, she would spend the day, the entire day with her daddy, together down on their knees:  praising the Savior, praising the King, for all of their blessings, for every little thing!

There were teachable moments, there were life lessons learned; these were the rewards of living, yes, they had to be earned.  Many crowns you received in heaven when your life was through – they were given because you gave her your time – a part of you.

– Linda Palmer

Happy Father’s Day in heaven, daddy!  I love you!  🙂

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Our Heavenly Father,

Please bless all the fathers in the world.  Guide them to be good role models and loving to all their children.  Help them to be a father like You are.  Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way.

In Jesus’ Name,  Amen.

We glean so much from our earthly fathers, don’t we?  As children we watch their mannerisms and pick up on the habits and traits they hold dear – and sometimes make them our own.

My dad had a very rigid work schedule.  He was the boss and had to be a shining example of punctuality.  I remember every morning before he left the house, he would say…  WATCH, WALLET, GLASSES.  Those were the 3 things he wanted to make sure he took with him!  Now that I’m – um…  shall we say, more mature…  guess what I do???

Before I leave the house, I say, WATCH, PURSE, GLASSES.  I hear you laughing at me…  quit it.  LOL!

Children are watching and taking mental notes.  Don’t ever think they are not paying attention.  When God gives you the privilege of becoming a parent, it comes with so much responsibility.  It’s wrapped up in love and joy – but ultimately it’s a lot of responsibility.

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!  – Lydia M. Child

What a blessing when there is plenty of support from family and friends because it really does take a village to raise a child in this day and age.  Raising a child to love the Lord and learn His ways is the goal of Christian parents.  Our Heavenly Father gives us the wisdom and insight to navigate through life as our earthly father teaches us life lessons as we grow up.

We may not shower him with praise nor mention his name in song, and sometimes it seems that we forget the joy he spreads as he goes along, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t know the wonderful role that he has had.  And away down deep in every heart there’s a place that is just for dad.  – Unknown

As children grow, we see not only physical maturity, but spiritual maturity too.  Between the lessons learned from their earthly father and Heavenly Father, a great balance is seen.  It’s what makes us smile and thank God for His influence in their lives.  We begin with the simple message…  Yes, Jesus loves me…  the Bible tells me so!  We pray they accept His love and make a decision to love Him back and honor Him with their lives.

Lucinda and I had such fun writing this poem about the influence our earthly fathers had on us and the awesome influence our Heavenly Father continues to have on us.

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Have a wonderful Father’s Day!  🙂

 

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REMEMBER THAT DAD

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“It’s in the Book” was one of my dad’s favorites! I remember how my daddy laughed until he almost cried.

This Father’s Day I am shrouded in memories that warm and comfort my spirit. I am so grateful that God created us with minds that are able to remember the past.

Of course there are big moments, like when my dad walked me down the aisle to be married. I guess that was one of the largest moments. The times our family went to the circus, or the zoo at Riverside Park here in Wichita are special memories. We really didn’t have to be doing anything – sometimes we just had a good time sitting on our picnic table in the back yard eating watermelon.

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. – Bill Cosby

My mom did not drive and we lived in the country. Our Avon representative was our go-to for all gifts – Father’s Day was no exception. Every year the Avon lady had a new suggestion for something my dad would just love to receive. Daddy always played his part to perfection! He never let on that he didn’t like his soap-on-a-rope!

Daddy was always gracious and kind. I loved to see him smile and I pray to God every day that I never forget what his laugh sounded like! You know that amazing feeling you get when you spray a wonderful scent into the air? That’s how I felt when I heard my father laugh! It was genuine and honest with no pretense and nothing held back. He was fun to be with and never fake or phony. I hope I inherited those same qualities.

Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. ~Gloria Naylor

I do… I really do miss my daddy. My best friend once told me that she knew I was not selfish enough to wish him back here on earth from the splendor of heaven. No, I’m not that selfish. It wouldn’t do much good to wish anyway, would it?

I know one day I will see him again. He’s busy in heaven. I need to get busy down here on earth. ❤

I hope you will enjoy this month’s steeple poem!

(6) HAPPY FATHER'S DAY FROM THE STEEPLE

Happy Father’s Day!  🙂

I STILL BELIEVE AS I GRIEVE

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THE FRIDAY BEFORE DAD'S DAYGod can use anything to inspire a blog post! Yesterday I was reading through my news feed on facebook and noticed a post about how in days gone by, people who are left-handed were thought to be evil. I honestly did not know that. I knew that life for a southpaw was more difficult because let’s face it – it is a right-handed person’s world. Daddy used to tell me that it took him twice as long to learn how to use scissors – because when he was a kid there was no such thing as scissors for left-handed people. I remember thinking that was very mean and cruel. Daddy also told me that in school they tried to get him to do things with his right hand. He just refused to conform. Yep – that’s my dad! Left-handed and darned proud of it!

Evil, huh? Wow. That seems extreme to me. How could anyone think someone was evil just because they favor their left hand? That’s crazy.

Here are the real facts:

  • 10% of people are left-handed according to a report by Scientific American.
  • Geniuses are more likely to be left-handed – 20% of the top scoring SAT takers are left-handed.
  • 31% of Major League Baseball pitchers are left-handed.
  • Of the last 5 Presidents, 3 were lefties – Obama, Clinton and Bush Sr.
  • All lefties: Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Barak Obama, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo da Vinci

I’m proud to say that my dad was a lefty and even though he did not go beyond the Eighth Grade in school, he pursued so many avenues in life! He went to school and earned a license to sell real estate. He took courses at night to learn specialized carpentry skills and made a very good living as a finish carpenter. In that way he combined his art with cabinetry. He made a living doing what he enjoyed most. He loved art and wood was his medium.

I love you and miss you like crazy daddy!

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THANKFUL FOR A DAD THAT PRAYS
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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!! This is a day to honor fathers and other special men in our lives.

Lucinda Berry Hill has two special men to honor today.

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “Any man can be a father, it takes someone special to be a dad.” I was a single mom for 10 years! My daughter never knew her birth father (his loss). When my daughter was 10 years old I got married for the first time. As soon as we had the money, my husband adopted my daughter. When in front of the judge, my husband said Charlotte was already his daughter and this was just to change her name. The two of them are so close, sometimes I think closer than she and I. But that’s ok, she has 10 years to make up for. So I want to say thank you to my husband and to all of the other men out there who are so great at being a “dad.”

I would like to honor my Grandpa this Father’s Day. I was 20 years old when he passed away. But before he left us he was able to read some of my very early poetry. I started writing when I was 12. I even typed, yes on a typewriter, them out and put them in binders. One for my mom, one for my dad and one for my grandparents. My grandpa made a tape recording of himself reading these poems. That meant so much to me. His support meant so much. He wasn’t here when my first book was published, but I’m sure he’d be very proud of me if he were here.

Vicki LaFleur is honoring her dad today.

Leo LaFleur, my Dad was the greatest man I never knew. Which sounds quite sad but he knew I would come to learn things in time. Dad worked at a Steel Mill as a welder in the blast furnace which is one of the hottest places on earth to work and he worked as much overtime as he could too, in order for us kids to wear nice clothes, to live in a nice home, to take music lesson etc. and by him doing this it allowed our mother to do what she loved to do and that was to take care of her home and children. When he did have time off he coached my brother’s baseball team or would work in the garden or take the boys hunting and fishing, my little sister would tag along with them. Holidays were his favorite, Dad may have pinched a penny till Abe Lincoln got tears in his eyes but come Christmas under our tree was everything us kids dreamt it would be. But because of him being frugal when he passed away he left my dear mother without having to wonder how she would survive her golden years. On the fourth of July or New Years, he would get outside and had as much fun as anyone I ever saw popping fireworks with the kids who unlike me were not afraid of them. I do remember dad taking me to see a movie or two with him or to get an ice cream cone. I was such a timid child with dad and try as he might I stood at my mom’s side never wanting to leave there. When it came to learning to drive and swim he would not take my “I don’t want too’s” because of my fear, he made sure I did learn how to do both, I am grateful. I love my daddy and he supported me in my love of my mom and my little animals he never had the heart to say I could not have. He was truly a great man.

And of course I could not let this day go by without honoring my sweet daddy.

My daddy taught me so many lessons in life! I learned that every action begins with an attitude. If you go into a project with a bad attitude, you will probably not be successful. And how do you measure real success – by how much money you make? Well, that is certainly one way to measure success, but not always the best way. A person who is truly successful is a happy person. My dad got up whistling every morning. He sang around the house – just silly little tunes. He sang to my mama as he walked by her in the kitchen. He was the best role model for positivity I’ve ever seen! Don’t complain as you crawl out of bed and drag yourself to the coffee pot. Be excited because you get to live another day and you get to do something great with it! The thought produces the attitude. The attitude sets the tone for success or failure. It’s as simple as that.

I love you daddy. I’m keepin’ it positive!!!
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Enjoy Father’s Day!  ❤ ❤ ❤