Dad Strong – Day 1

As I get ready for a new devotional for dads, I was excited to find another one from UNCOMMEN titled Dad Strong. It’s incredible getting the opportunity not only to go through devotionals for dad but also to be able to reach out and connect with the various authors or publishers to ensure they are ok with me doing it and building a network of people who I can work with towards helping men Be The Dads they need to be. Today’s devotional comes with the following description from Bible.com and am looking forward to this 5-day devotional series.

Join us as we look at what it means to be Dad Strong. We set expectations, get involved, look at how we speak, talk about boundaries and get ready for the transition. Dad Strong seems to goes hand-in-hand with being Uncommen.

UNCOMMEN – DAD STRONG – BIBLE.COM

Today’s devotional is connected to the verses from God’s Word found in Proverbs 3:5-6 that says:

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’

Proverbs 3:5-6

It is so important to trust in the Lord if we want to be the dads God created us to be. It is so important to trust in the Lord with all of our heart if we want to be and have the strength needed to be the dads God created us to be. Sometimes we might be tempted to go it our own way or try to get it all figured out but we need to lean in on our trust in the Lord and submit to Him instead to become the dads God created us to be. So instead of trying to figure it out on our own, today let’s choose to trust in the Lord with all of our heart, mind, and strength, leaning not on our own understanding and submitting to Him in all of our ways so that in so doing He will be able to make our path straight. Willing to trust in the Lord so that you can be the dad God created you to be?


Today’s devotional has been provided by UNCOMMEN (more details can be found https://www.uncommen.org/).

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

  • Setting expectations – how often do you end up getting into something where the expectations weren’t set clearly or understand and then it creates confusion or complications down the line when they aren’t being met?
  • We need to set expectations as children of God and to be the dads our kids, wives, and this world need us to be.
  • Today’s devotional gets started on the subject of Setting Godly Expectations
    • Today’s verse was written from the perspect of a father to a son.
    • Today’s verse helps us get Godly expectations for being the dads God wants, desires, and needs us to be.
    • This devotional will help us to consider how to be godly dads who love God and instruct our kids in His Way and through His Word.
  • Today’s devotional then moves on to disecting today’s verse, starting with Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
    • Do you trust that God is in control of every and all of your circumstances? Today’s verse tells us that to be the dads we must!
    • Do you realize that God is working for His glory and our good every day, week, month? Will you trust Him so that no matter what happens or is happening that You know that He is working for His glory and your good , so that you can be the dads He created you to be?
    • Let’s set our eyes on God and let’s meditate on His Word so that we won’t be fooled by the ways of this world and have wrong expectations.
      • Remember envisioning that having children would come easier?
      • Remember envisioning that raising babies would be simpler?
      • Remember how life has been able to dispell such expectations?
    • Let’s put all our hope and trust in God and that He is in control so that we can find comfort in the midst of the challenges, the trials, and the troubles.
  • Today’s devotional then moves to the next part of today’s verse with Do no lean on your own understanding.
    • We need to remember that we don’t know it all.
    • We need to remember that our understanding is based on the temporal space we are living in and so we don’t have the full view or prespective.
    • We need to remember that our understanding is flawed.
    • We need to remember that none of us are perfect because we are by nature sinful.
    • We need to also remember that God is perfect!
    • We need to remember how God knows the begining and the end!
    • Remembering all this makes the choice will be clear that we need to trust God rather than leaning on our own understanding.
    • Remembering all this makes the choice clear that we can’t trust our imperfect, flawed, and sinful nature but instead need to follow God!
    • Ok, so today a situation comes up what do we do and where do we turn? Let’s seek the counsel of the Holy Spirit!
      • The Holy Spirit is our comforter and our guide!
    • So to be the dads when babies and toddlers are constantly crying, we need to turn to the Word of God for our answers.
    • So to be the dads when our teenager is being difficult, we need to turn to the Word of God for our answers.
    • The answer isn’t in our brain, we need to trust God and invite Him into the situation to help lead and guide us into all righteousness.
    • So to be the dads God desires for us to be we need to be in the Word of God and in constant prayer! Constant fervent prayer!
  • Today’s devotional continues into today’s verse with In all your ways acknowledge Him.
    • To be the dads we need to acknowledge God in all we do, all we think, and all we say.
    • Let’s remember how God is our Heavenly Father and as such He knows and can help lead and guide us in how to be the dads.
    • Seeing how to be the dads from God’s perspective of being our Heavenly Father, we see how unconditional love is supposed to work.
    • Seeing how to be the dads from God’s perspective if being Heavenly Father to us as children of God gives us a view we couldn’t have had without Him.
    • Let’s be the dads who are stepping back in awe of how much God loves us inspite of and despite our disobedience.
    • Let’s be the dads who are stepping back in awe because how much God loves us is so evident.
    • Let’s be the dads who acknowledge God by being thankful and thanking Him.
    • Let’s be the dads who acknowledge God by living joyfully because the joy of the Lord is our strength.
    • Let’s be the dads who acknowledge God by sharing Him with our kids, our wives, and our world.
  • Today’s devotional points to the reality that by doing these things He will make our path straight.
    • Ever wondered what that means or how He will do that?
    • When we choose to be the dads who trust God and acknowledge God, He is able to guide us.
    • When we choose to be the dads who trust God and acknowledge God, He is able to correct us.
    • When we choose to be the dads who trust God and acknowledge God, He will guide and correct our path.
    • Let’s be the dads to our own kids who help guide them just as our Heavenly Father guides us.
    • Let’s be the dads to our own kids who help correct them just as our Heavenly Father corrects us.
    • Let’s be the dads to our own kids who guide and correct their paths just as our Heavenly Father does for us.
    • So let’s be the dads who listen to God through His Word by spending time in the Bible.
    • Let’s be the dads who receive correction from God through His Holy Spirit and His Word!
    • Let’s be the dads who walk out our lives following God’s commands!
  • Today’s devotional leaves us with some UNCOMMEN Questions:
  • Today’s devotional leaves us with an UNCOMMEN Challenge:

Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 7

It’s incredible getting to go through these devotions for dads. It’s even more incredible getting to reach out to the authors and connect with them. Today when I did my search for “dad” in the Bible.com plans, the next one on the list was from UNCOMMEN and titled – STRANGE – WORDS – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children. This one’s description aligns very strongly with our theme of Be The Dads. Here is a snippet that describes this devotional from Bible.com:

Now more than ever, the world is in need of strong fathers who love their families well. God provides the strength to those who seek Him and call upon His name. Being a father is a sacred responsibility because we reflect God’s love to our children. Men are called to lead and serve their families, and a very tangible way to do that is to pray over your children. God does amazing things in our lives when we ask for His help. But sometimes finding the words to pray over your kids can be challenging. This study includes seven things from Scripture that you can pray over your kids for each day of the week. Join us as we provide guidance and daily encouragement for great prayers based on Scripture over the next seven days.

Bible.com – UNCOMMEN

Today’s verses from God’s Word come to us from Psalms 86:4, James 1:2-4, Ecclesiastes 9:7, and 2 Corinthians 4:17-18.

‘Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you. ‘

Psalms 86:4

‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ‘

James 1:2-4

‘Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. ‘

Ecclesiastes 9:7

‘For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Going through tough times? Do you let your family know you are going through tough times? Do they see the struggle? Do they see the pain? Are you able to turn to God and receive what He tells us today through His Word? Are you able to share it with your family too? Are you able to put your trust in God to bring joy in the midst of these times? Are you able to consider it pure joy because you know how the rest of James plays out or what it says? Are you able to persevere because of your trust, your faith, and your hope in God? Are you ready to allow that perseverance to complete its work in and through you? Do you realize God has prepared the good works He has for you to accomplish already? Do you realize that God has opened true freedom to you through Jesus so that you can walk out of your life knowing you are approved? So today let’s remember and cling to the reality that our light and momentary troubles are achieving an eternal glory that is greater than them both. Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus! Let’s fix our eyes on eternity! Let’s not be distracted by the things that are temporary. Let’s be focused on living our lives for an eternal purpose. Let’s today decide to be the dads God created us to be. Let’s be the dads that our kids need. Let’s be the dads that our wives need. Let’s be the dads that this world needs. Let’s stand up! Let’s step up! Let’s be the dads!


Today’s devotional has been provided by UNCOMMEN (more details can be found https://www.uncommen.org/).

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

JOY

  • Today’s devotional kicks off with an incredible prayer connected to today’s verses:
  • Ever had a time where it was hard to find joy?
    • What did you do?
    • Where did you turn?
    • How did you respond?
  • Were you able to turn to God and grab hold of His Word, His truth, and His promises?
  • Were you able to see or find joy in all things?
  • Were you able to demonstrate it so that your child can see there is always another side that brings joy in the morning?
  • Are you able to live a life that demonstrates joy in every situation so that your kids know all things are possible with God?
  • Are you able to live a life that shows your kids how to find joy in the midst of trials and troubles?
    • Taking heart when you face troubles because you know that Jesus has overcome the world?
    • Considering the trial pure joy by faith in Jesus and allowing your faith to grow and persevere as you are refined and purified so that when perseverance has completed its work in you that you will be complete and lacking nothing?
  • Consider turning to the Psalms where David shows how he dealt with troubles, trials, pain, and suffering.
    • ‘Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you. ‘ – Psalms 86:4
  • Let’s be the dads who pray for our kids.
  • Let’s be the dads who pray that our kids will be able to be glad, filled with the joy of the Lord as their strength, to the depth of their heart.
  • Let’s be the dads who pray that our kids will be able to see and experience joy in all things and at all times.
  • Let’s be the dads who pray that our kids will be able to find joy no matter which painful life experience comes their way.
  • Let’s be the dads who pray that our kids will be able to find joy no matter which painful life experience they have to face.
  • Let’s be the dads who exemplify and pray that our kids too will be able to let the joy of the Lord be their strength so that every day, no matter what happens, they can say Happy Today!
  • Let’s be the dads who demonstrate and pray that our kids too will be able to live in confidence of God, being filled with faith, no matter what they are going up against!
  • Let’s be the dads who model joy in difficult times so that when our kids follow that example they will find themselves with joy, courage, confidence, and a healthy state of mind.
  • Let’s be the dads who model turning to God as our source of joy and hope so that when our kids follow our example they too will be unstoppable because they walk out their lives in pursuit of God’s will, God’s purpose, and God’s plan for their lives.
  • Let’s be the dads who model a life of joy so that it helps build a blessed house and as our kids follow this example the house will be doubly blessed.
  • Let’s remember our kids are a gift from God!
  • Let’s remember our kids are an inheritance from God!
  • Let’s remember how our kids are gifts to remind us of new life!
  • Let’s remember how our kids are gifts to remind us of energy!
  • Let’s remember how our kids are gifts to remind us of optimism for good things God has in store!
  • Let’s never allow our crazy days to keep us from coming home and receiving and being thankdful for the joy that our children bring to us.
  • Today’s devotional post closes out the series and the close their devotion with these statements:

Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 6

It’s incredible getting to go through these devotions for dads. It’s even more incredible getting to reach out to the authors and connect with them. Today when I did my search for “dad” in the Bible.com plans, the next one on the list was from UNCOMMEN and titled – STRANGE – WORDS – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children. This one’s description aligns very strongly with our theme of Be The Dads. Here is a snippet that describes this devotional from Bible.com:

Now more than ever, the world is in need of strong fathers who love their families well. God provides the strength to those who seek Him and call upon His name. Being a father is a sacred responsibility because we reflect God’s love to our children. Men are called to lead and serve their families, and a very tangible way to do that is to pray over your children. God does amazing things in our lives when we ask for His help. But sometimes finding the words to pray over your kids can be challenging. This study includes seven things from Scripture that you can pray over your kids for each day of the week. Join us as we provide guidance and daily encouragement for great prayers based on Scripture over the next seven days.

Bible.com – UNCOMMEN

Today’s verses from God’s Word come to us from Psalms 46:1, Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 4:4-7, and Isaiah 41:10.

‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. ‘

Psalms 46:1

‘You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. ‘

Isaiah 26:3

‘Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ‘

Philippians 4:4-7

‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ‘

Isaiah 41:10

I like how today’s verses speak to how we can put our trust in God because He isn’t out there somewhere but He is with us. So let’s be the dads who put all of our hope and trust in God because He is our refuge and our strength. Let’s be the dads who put all our hope and trust in God because He is our ever-present help in times of need and trials. Let’s be the dads who put all our trust in God and walk with steadfast minds so that God’s perfect peace will be over us. That’s right let’s have minds that are resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. To use other words let’s have minds that are loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true, constant, staunch, trusty, firm, determined, resolute, stalwart, stout, relentless, implacable, single-minded, unchanging, unwavering, unhesitating, unfaltering, unswerving, unyielding, unflinching, inflexible, and uncompromising. Let’s be the dads who rejoice in the Lord always! Let’s be dads who let our gentleness be evident to all. Let’s be the dads who draw near to God because we know He will similarly draw near to us. Let’s be the dads who pray rather than worry. Let’s be dads who lean in on prayer rather than being tossed around by worry. Let’s be the dads who petition God when we are faced with something rather than allowing fear and worry to rob us of our peace and joy. Let’s be the dads who thank God for who He is and what He has, is, and will do rather than focusing on the lies or tricks of the enemy who wants us to focus on things we don’t have or could have and start to covet or worry about them. Let’s be the dads who present our asks to God. Let’s be the dads whose hearts and minds are protected and guarded in Christ so that we are able to walk in the peace of God that transcends all understanding. Let’s be the dads whose faith outranks and outperforms and overpowers our fears because God is with us. Let’s be the dads whose faith outranks and outperforms and overpowers our fears because we know who God is. Let’s be the dads whose faith outranks and outperforms and overpowers our fears because is giving us the strength and help we need. Let’s be the dads whose faith outranks and outperforms and overpowers our fears because God’s right hand is upholding us. Let’s be the dad who is able to share this and pass it along to the next generation and the world around us.


Today’s devotional has been provided by UNCOMMEN (more details can be found https://www.uncommen.org/).

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

FEAR

  • Today’s devotional kicks off with an incredible prayer connected to today’s verses:
    • “Today’s Prayer  “Thank you, Heavenly Father, that you have not given our child a spirit of fear. We pray our children walk in power, love and sound minds.””
  • Ever noticed when fears arise in you?
  • Ever noticed when fears tend to arise for your kids?
  • Ever seen them show up at bedtime?
  • Ever taken the time to stop and listen to what has happened during their days?
    • Ever gotten to hear some pretty dark things that took place?
    • Ever gotten to hear some pretty difficult things that took pleace?
    • Ever noticed how in the midst of the darkness and the stillness of the night, a door seem to open?
  • When you pray, how do you incorporate God’s Word into your prayers about the situation?
  • When you pray, are you able to incorporate God’s Word into your prayers so that it isn’t just you saying but God’s promises and God’s Word speaking over the situation?
  • Let’s be the dads who incorporate God’s Word into our prayer to be able to take on the fears, the worries, the doubts that come against our kids in order to confront those fears, doubts, and worries.
  • Let’s be the dads who pray God’s Word in order that our kids can walk in power!
  • Let’s be the dads who pray God’s Word in order to teach our kids that they have this power over their fears!
  • Let’s be the dads who pray God’s Word in order to teach our kids that they have this power over their thoughts!
  • Let’s be the dads who pray God’s Word in order to give them the gift and lesson that will give them strength and peace!
  • Let’s be the dads who pray God’s Word in order to empower our kids to claim this power in Jesus’s name through the Holy Spirit!
  • Let’s be the dads who pray God’s Word for and over our kids who aren’t able to understand it yet so that they can hear, learn, and one day understand the power God has and is giving them!
  • Let’s be the dads who pray God’s Word and share the truth and importance of sound mind.
    • For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (KJV 2 Timothy 1:7)
    • For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (NIV 2 Timothy 1:7)
    • For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (NLT 2 Timothy 1:7)
    • That precious memory triggers another: your honest faith—and what a rich faith it is, handed down from your grandmother Lois to your mother Eunice, and now to you! And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible. (MSG 2 Timothy 1:5-7)
  • Let’s be the dads to don’t get trapped or pulled into this world’s culture of fear.
  • Let’s be the dads who can help our kids, our wives, and others who are constantly living in fear by helping them get the right help and treatment so it can be dealt with appropriately.
  • Let’s be the dads who pray today’s prayer to help fight this battle we are facing.
  • Let’s be the dads who pray for our kids to be given a sound mind to stand against the attack from the evil one.
  • Let’s be the dads who pray for our kids to be given a sound mind to make the right decisions to move forward in spite of their fear.
  • Let’s be the dads who grab hold of and share the reality that God tells us over 365 times in the Bible “Fear Not”

Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 5

It’s incredible getting to go through these devotions for dads. It’s even more incredible getting to reach out to the authors and connect with them. Today when I did my search for “dad” in the Bible.com plans, the next one on the list was from UNCOMMEN and titled – STRANGE – WORDS – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children. This one’s description aligns very strongly with our theme of Be The Dads. Here is a snippet that describes this devotional from Bible.com:

Now more than ever, the world is in need of strong fathers who love their families well. God provides the strength to those who seek Him and call upon His name. Being a father is a sacred responsibility because we reflect God’s love to our children. Men are called to lead and serve their families, and a very tangible way to do that is to pray over your children. God does amazing things in our lives when we ask for His help. But sometimes finding the words to pray over your kids can be challenging. This study includes seven things from Scripture that you can pray over your kids for each day of the week. Join us as we provide guidance and daily encouragement for great prayers based on Scripture over the next seven days.

Bible.com – UNCOMMEN

Today’s verses from God’s Word come to us from Philippians 2:3-4, Mark 10:45, and John 13:12-17.

‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. ‘

Philippians 2:3-4

‘For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ‘

Mark 10:45

‘When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. ‘

John 13:12-17

Today’s verses created a check in my spirit. They made me consider my words and my responses in recent days and how for me to be the dad I am supposed to be, I need to cling onto today’s Word from God and apologize for my past behaviors with my spouse. (done – had to do it before I could continue here – just like Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:24.) Between today’s verses above and the verse of the day I had on my phone that says from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks, I know today is off to a great start. Let’s be the dads who do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Let’s be the dads who live in humility, valuing others above ourselves. Let’s be the dads who don’t look for our own interest but the interest of others instead. Let’s be the dads who serve others, since Jesus came to serve rather than be served, so should we. Let’s be the dads who will stoop down and follow Jesus’ example and do as He has done so that we can walk in His blessings. Let’s then be the dads who pass along this lesson and these truths to our children. Let’s be the dads who lead by example and train up our kids in the way they should go so that when they are also they will not sway but walk out their lives in alignment with God’s purposes, plans, and will.


Today’s devotional has been provided by UNCOMMEN (more details can be found https://www.uncommen.org/).

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

SERVANT HEART

  • Today’s devotional kicks off with an incredible prayer connected to today’s verses:
    • “Today’s Prayer: “Heavenly Father help our child to have a servant’s heart. Help them to see the needs of others, and consider them before their own. Open up their eyes to the world around them and how they can serve.””
  • It’s incredible to get to see my kids grow up and look to serve others. It’s an amazing feeling of joy that comes from seeing each of them in their own ways see the needs of others and be willing to help.
  • Has anyone shown you kindness lately?
  • Have you experienced and random acts of kindness?
  • Are you showing others kindness today?
  • Are you creating random acts of kindness in your world?
  • Are you seeing a need and deciding to fill it?
  • Every good and perfect gift comes from God.
  • God provides enough that we are able to be good and generous in every situation.
  • Knowing this are you able to give? to serve? to value others?
  • Today’s devotional asks this important question:
    • “How much easier is it for us to give when we know we will be taken care of by our own heavenly Father?”
  • So let’s be the dads who show and share with our kids the importance to look for opportunities to serve those in need.
  • Let’s be the dads who are ready and prepare our kids to look for opportunities to serve those in need.
  • Let’s be the dads who trust God as we pray today’s prayer to open doors of opportunity to demonstrate a servants heart to each other in the home and to others when we go out.
  • Let’s be the dads who trust God as we pray today’s prayer to open doors of opportunity to demonstrate a servants heart towards our wives as an example to our kids of the way to live and treat our spouses.
  • Let’s be the dads who trust God as we pray today’s prayer to open doors of opportunity to demonstrate a servants heart through helping our kids share with their siblings and friends.
  • Let’s be the dads who trust God as we pray today’s prayer to open doors of opportunity to demonstrate a servants heart through helping our neighbors.
  • Let’s be on the lookout for ways to train up our kids in the way they should go.
  • Today’s devotional comes with a challenge:
    • UNCOMMEN Challenge: What are some ways you can help encourage your child to see the needs of others around them? How can you demonstrate a servant’s heart today and model that for your child?”

Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 4

It’s incredible getting to go through these devotions for dads. It’s even more incredible getting to reach out to the authors and connect with them. Today when I did my search for “dad” in the Bible.com plans, the next one on the list was from UNCOMMEN and titled – STRANGE – WORDS – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children. This one’s description aligns very strongly to our theme of Be The Dads. Here is a snippet that describes this devotional from Bible.com:

Now more than ever, the world is in need of strong fathers who love their families well. God provides the strength to those who seek Him and call upon His name. Being a father is a sacred responsibility because we reflect God’s love to our children. Men are called to lead and serve their families, and a very tangible way to do that is to pray over your children. God does amazing things in our lives when we ask for His help. But sometimes finding the words to pray over your kids can be challenging. This study includes seven things from Scripture that you can pray over your kids for each day of the week. Join us as we provide guidance and daily encouragement for great prayers based on Scripture over the next seven days.

Bible.com – UNCOMMEN

Today’s verses from God’s Word come to us from James 1:22, Deuteronomy 6:7, and 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

‘Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. ‘

James 1:22

‘Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. ‘

Deuteronomy 6:7

‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Today’s verses speak to us the importance of God’s commandments. They speak to the importance of raising the bar in order to keep the average from continuing to drop. They speak to the power and the purpose of God’s Word and how critical it is for us to be the dads and ensure that the next generation is trained up and ready for the life ahead. We see it in James where we need to have an active faith and be doers of the word. We see it in Deuteronomy where we need to continue pouring the truth of God, His Word, and His commandments into the lives of our kids. We see the power and purpose and origin of God’s Word in 2 Timothy and how we need to be using it and sharing it in a way that teaches, rebukes, corrects, and trains our kids up in righteousness so that they will be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


Today’s devotional has been provided by UNCOMMEN (more details can be found https://www.uncommen.org/).

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

DESIRE FOR GOD’S WORD

Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 3

It’s incredible getting to go through these devotions for dads. It’s even more incredible getting to reach out to the authors and connect with them. Today when I did my search for “dad” in the Bible.com plans, the next one on the list was from UNCOMMEN and titled – STRANGE – WORDS – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children. This one’s description aligns very strongly to our theme of Be The Dads. Here is a snippet that describes this devotional from Bible.com:

Now more than ever, the world is in need of strong fathers who love their families well. God provides the strength to those who seek Him and call upon His name. Being a father is a sacred responsibility because we reflect God’s love to our children. Men are called to lead and serve their families, and a very tangible way to do that is to pray over your children. God does amazing things in our lives when we ask for His help. But sometimes finding the words to pray over your kids can be challenging. This study includes seven things from Scripture that you can pray over your kids for each day of the week. Join us as we provide guidance and daily encouragement for great prayers based on Scripture over the next seven days.

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Today’s verses from God’s Word come to us from Romans 8:6, Psalm 121:5-6, and Ephesians 6:10-18.

‘The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. ‘

Romans 8:6

‘The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.’

Psalms 121:5-6

‘Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. ‘

Ephesians 6:10-18

Looking into what it will take to thrive in 2022 I noticed preparation is key. We need to be ready when the door opens to step up and step into what God has planned and purposes for us. So we need to get prepared by aligning our thoughts with the Spirit and not get distracted by the ways of the world. We need to be so focused on living a life aligned with the Spirit that His peace that surpasses all understanding will guard and guide our hearts and minds. In order to stay focused and move forward into a year to thrive, we need to lean in on and trust in God for as today’s Word says “The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.” So how do we walk into this time to thrive? We need to make sure we are dressed up and ready. So let’s grab hold of the words from Ephesians 6. Let’s be strong in God’s mighty power! Let’s put on the full armor of God so that we can stand against the plots of the devil. Let’s not get drawn into thinking our battle is against the people around us but instead remember that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Let’s stand firm, equipped with the full armor of God! Let’s put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Let’s stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, holding all the tools needed to fight against the devil’s lies and his distortion of the truth, which is the truth of God that will help us discern what we are hearing, seeing, and feeling. Let’s stand firm then, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, guarding our hearts and vital organs from the devil’s tactics of attacking our self-esteem by trying to undervalue and undermine our self-worth and even question our position with God. Let’s hold tight to our breastplate of righteousness and remember we have God’s unconditional love through our position in Jesus. Let’s stand firm then, with our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Let’s be ready to speak and not be held back by the lies and threats of the devil who is trying to keep us from speaking and sharing the Good News of Jesus. Let’s be ready to share the gospel of peace from Jesus even when the devil tries to plant seeds of doubt about our ability to speak or like what happened to Moses if anyone will listen. So let’s pray so that we can speak with the strength and boldness we need to give our testimonies and praise God publically! Let’s stand firm then, taking up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Let’s not allow the enemy’s attempts to attack us through the words and actions of others to keep us from standing firm. Let’s not allow the enemy’s attempts to attack us through the words and actions of others to fall into temptation, discouragement, or even wrong behaviors. Let’s choose to admit we need help, we need a savior, we need God to make us tougher and tough enough to make it through the trials. Let’s stand firm then, taking the helmet of salvation to protect our heads and our minds. The devil tends to try to get into our heads and our thought life and so we need to put on the helmet of salvation to protect our thoughts and our minds from bad ideas, anxiety, and even fear. Let’s call on God wearing the helmet of salvation, He will renew us, He will give eyes to see the truth, He will give us minds that will remain focused on Him and His will and His way and His purposes and His plans all throughout the day. Let’s stand firm then, taking hold of the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. The sword of the Spirit is our one offensive weapon in this battle. The Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword. The Word of God is active and alive! The devil tries to neutralize our power through confusion, intimidation, and fear, but by holding the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, we can walk with confidence from God speaking God’s Word through the scriptures and taking hold of the promises of God! So today, let’s be alert and pray without ceasing.


Today’s devotional has been provided by UNCOMMEN (more details can be found https://www.uncommen.org/).

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

PROTECTION

  • Today’s devotional kicks off with an incredible prayer connected to today’s verses:
    • “Today’s Prayer: “God we ask that you put a hedge of protection around our child. Guard them against attack from the evil one. Watch over them day and night.””
  • Do you realize how important protecting your kid(s) is?
  • It is probably the most important responsibility we have being the dads is to protect our kids.
  • Do you realize the events and situations that are going on in this world and the impact they can have on your kids?
  • Do you realize how they can cause harm, anxiety, and fear in the hearts and minds of your kids?
  • God’s Word speaks that He will protect us!
  • God’s Word speaks that He doesn’t want us to be living our lives in fear!
  • So with all the media and social media bombarding our lives, we need to be vigilant or else our kids or even ourselves might fall into places of sin.
  • The devil is like a lion, searching for the weak and vulnerable, so he can destroy them.
  • He is looking for the opportunity to attack when our guard is down.
  • So let’s pray and ask God to provide protection for our the mind, heart, and bodies of our kids.
  • Let’s remember to put on the full armor of God and to get our loved ones to do the same.
  • Let’s be the dads who walk around wearing the full armor of God!
  • Let’s be the dads who are equipped and ready to stand our ground for our kids and wives and world.
  • Let’s be the dads who pray continuously for ourselves as dads, for our kids, for our wives, and for the world around us.
  • Today’s devotional finishes with a challenge:
    • UNCOMMEN CHALLENGE: After you pray this prayer over your child, walk around your house or apartment and pray for protection in each room of your home and the surrounding property. Ask God to give you discernment on areas that need extra protection.”

Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 2

It’s incredible getting to go through these devotions for dads. It’s even more incredible getting to reach out to the authors and connect with them. Today when I did my search for “dad” in the Bible.com plans, the next one on the list was from UNCOMMEN and titled – STRANGE – WORDS – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children. This one’s description aligns very strongly to our theme of Be The Dads. Here is a snippet that describes this devotional from Bible.com:

Now more than ever, the world is in need of strong fathers who love their families well. God provides the strength to those who seek Him and call upon His name. Being a father is a sacred responsibility because we reflect God’s love to our children. Men are called to lead and serve their families, and a very tangible way to do that is to pray over your children. God does amazing things in our lives when we ask for His help. But sometimes finding the words to pray over your kids can be challenging. This study includes seven things from Scripture that you can pray over your kids for each day of the week. Join us as we provide guidance and daily encouragement for great prayers based on Scripture over the next seven days.

Bible.com – UNCOMMEN

Today’s verses from God’s Word come to us from Jeremiah 29:11, Revelation 1:17, and Proverbs 19:20-21.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.

Revelation 1:17 NIV

Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:20-21 NIV

As we head into 2022, with the word THRIVE being my word for the year and with the kick-off of the Be The Dads devotional series, I am looking forward in anticipation of what God is going to do. I am looking forward to seeing the plans God has for me and the Be The Dads direction and opportunities. I am clinging to the Word of God that speaks to my future even found in today’s verses. God knows His plan for me and for Be The Dads. God’s plan is to prosper and not harm. God’s plan will bring hope and a future. I can trust God’s plans because He is outside of my time limitations, He is the first and the last and never changes. So I make time to spend with God in prayer and listening to Him through His Word and the Holy Spirit. I listen to get advance for this day. I accept discipline to help me stay or get back on track depending on the day. I seek God’s wisdom and discernment through each day. I desire that my plans be His plans because when we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, He takes care of the rest. I see to THRIVE for His glory and according to His purpose. So today let’s choose to be and become the dads that God created us to be for our kids, our wives, and our world.


Today’s devotional has been provided by UNCOMMEN (more details can be found https://www.uncommen.org/).

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

THE FUTURE

  • Today’s devotional kicks off with an incredible prayer connected to today’s verses:
    • “Today’s Prayer “God I pray for my child’s future. Help them to discover the gifts you have blessed them with. I pray for the future friends. I pray for the future spouse. I pray that they would follow you now and into eternity.” “
  • I recently had to pray a prayer of trust and release for my oldest daughter as she went off to boot camp. It was a prayer similar to the prayer Moses’ mom prayed as she let him go into the Nile. It was a prayer of blessings and protection from God. It was a prayer for her future. 2022 will come with one more such change when my younger daugter will head off to college in the fall after her senior year this spring.
  • We all know what a crazy world it is out there and nothing is guaranteed.
  • We all know that by being the dad God created us to be, we have the opportunity to raise them up in the way they should go and then give them into God’s hands and pray that they will not depart from them.
  • Let’s be the dads who have the faith that God is in control and pray for the future of our children.
  • Let’s be the dads who have the faith that God is in control and pray that He will make a way for them.
  • Let’s be the dads who have the faith that God is in control and pray that He will guide our children through their lives.
  • Let’s be the dads who have the faith that God is in control and help our kids learn new skills and abilities.
  • Let’s be the dads who have the faith that God is in control and help our kids be able to discover gifts that God has uniquely designed into them.
  • Let’s be the dads who have the faith that God is in control and pray that He will help them through their daily lives.
  • Let’s be the dads who have the faith that God is in control and pray that He will provide them with quality friends.
  • Let’s be the dads who have the faith that God is in control and pray that He will ensure the good friends stay and the questionable ones be removed from their lives.
  • Let’s be the dads who have the faith that God is in control and pray that He will bring them a godly and faithfilled spouse.
  • Let’s be the dads who have the faith that God is in control and pray that He will raise them up to be godly partners.
  • Let’s be the dads who have the faith that God is in control and pray that He will raise them up to follow Himself.
  • Let’s be the dads who have the faith that God is in control and pray for our kids future, entrusting them in faith to their Heavenly Father.
  • Today’s devotional finishes with a challenge:
    • UNCOMMEN Challenge: What are some other ways you can pray for your child’s future? “

Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 1

It’s incredible getting to go through these devotions for dads. It’s even more incredible getting to reach out to the authors and connect with them. Today when I did my search for “dad” in the Bible.com plans, the next one on the list was from UNCOMMEN and titled – STRANGE – WORDS – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children. This one’s description aligns very strongly to our theme of Be The Dads. Here is a snippet that describes this devotional from Bible.com:

Now more than ever, the world is in need of strong fathers who love their families well. God provides the strength to those who seek Him and call upon His name. Being a father is a sacred responsibility because we reflect God’s love to our children. Men are called to lead and serve their families, and a very tangible way to do that is to pray over your children. God does amazing things in our lives when we ask for His help. But sometimes finding the words to pray over your kids can be challenging. This study includes seven things from Scripture that you can pray over your kids for each day of the week. Join us as we provide guidance and daily encouragement for great prayers based on Scripture over the next seven days.

Bible.comUNCOMMEN

Today’s verse from God’s Word comes to us from 2 Peter 3:18:

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

2 Peter 3:18 NIV

These are powerful words and words that we need to cling to and in looking to be the dads God created us to be, it is also something that we want and we need for our kids to receive too. Let’s expand on today’s verse to get additional context for these words being spoken. It is in relation to the day of the Lord, the day when Jesus will be coming back and we will get to spend eternity with Him.

‘Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

2 Peter 3:1-18

So today, let’s be the dads and stimulate wholesome thinking for ourselves, our kids, our wives, and our world. Let’s be ambassadors and encouragers for Christ so that people won’t be drawn away from God but will draw closer to God even when things get tough, get painful, and seem uncertain or unclear. Don’t get swayed or persuaded to step away because of God’s timing. God’s timing is perfect. He sees the beginning and the end. To God, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day and so don’t get wrapped in the debate of timing. God’s timing is perfect and He isn’t being slow, remember He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. So let’s be prepared! Let’s prepare our kids, our wives, and our world to be ready for that day when Jesus returns. The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything were done in it will be laid bare. So we need to be prepared and be the dads! We need to be prepared and help our kids and wives to be ready. Let’s decide to live lives that are holy, set apart for God, and aligned to God’s purpose, plan, and will. That day is coming and it will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. God will keep His promise to us though and so we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. So let’s be ready and be the dads so that our family will be ready too. Let’s lead by example so that we can all live as a family that will be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with Him. So today, let’s put on the full armor of God, stand firm, and be on our guard. And so let’s grab hold of today’s verse which tells us:

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

2 Peter 3:18 NIV

Today’s devotional has been provided by UNCOMMEN (more details can be found https://www.uncommen.org/).

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

KNOWING CHRIST

  • Today’s devotional kicks off with an incredible prayer connected to today’s verse:
  • Let’s be the dads who not only pass on the knowledge of Jesus but also the important of knowing and being in relationship with Jesus.
  • Let’s be the dads so that our kids will have everything they need in and through Jesus so that they won’t be tempted or drawn into the world that will offer them many things, some good and some bad.
  • Let’s be the dads that help introduce our kids to Jesus so that they too can walk out their lives in relationship with Jesus.
  • Let’s be the dads that help our kids, our wives, and ourselves have the right thought life.
  • Today’s devotional stops us and gets us to consider this:
  • Let’s not get distracted by the things of this world.
  • Let’s not get derailed by the worries of this world.
  • Let’s not spiral out of control by the things of this world.
  • Let’s determine to be the dads and to live our lives in a way that will both glorify God and bring a legacy that has our kids loving God and walking out the rest of their lives in relationship with Him.
  • Are you ready to stop, to pause, to focus? Studies say we spend about 30 minutes a day without distractions.
  • Are you ready to stop, to pause, to focus? Studies say we spend about 3 hours per weekend (that’s right over 2 days) without distrations.
  • So will you make the time to be with and spend time with your kids?
  • Will you choose to be the dads and make time to be with and pour into your kids and their lives?
  • Will you choose to be the dads and make the time you get to spend with them be time spent pouring the love of Jesus into their lives?
  • Will you choose to be the dads and make the things around your home speak to the importance of a relationship with Jesus?
  • Will you choose to be the dads and make the things around your home help them know Jesus?
  • Today’s devotional finishes with a challenge:
    • UNCOMMEN Challenge: What changes could you make in your home or daily routine to help encourage your children to know and walk with Christ?”

What Dad Needs – Day 5

As the year continues and I look for devotionals about dads, the next one that came up is called What Dad Needs. I am walking through the devotionals in the order that the Bible.com plans show them when I do a search for dad. It is different from the previous devotionals I have worked through this year but to make it something that will and can honor God, I am allowing the search results to determine what devotionals to work through. What Dad Needs is a 5-day devotional and is described on Bible.com this way:

Fathers are people who constantly sacrifice for their families with very little recognition. There are many ways to give back to these men in our lives, but it is sometimes difficult to know what they are and how to implement them everyday. As you dive into Biblical ways to recognize and strengthen your relationship with your earthly dad, you will also see the many ways they reflect our Heavenly Father.

What Dad Needs

Today’s verses from God’s Word come to us from Proverbs 22:6, Proverbs 23:15-21, and Romans 3:23.


Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6 NIV

My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed; my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right. Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path: Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Proverbs 23:15-21 NIV

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Romans 3:23 NIV

Ever paused when you hear, see, or read God’s Word to see what it is saying to you right here and right now? Today’s devotional gives us three readings to chew on and consider what God is trying to say to us since His Word is alive, His Word is active, and His Word is sharper than a two-edged sword, the sword of the Spirit. To be the dads God created us to be, we need to be raising our kids in the knowledge and trust of Him. We need to help them to not only hear about but see that we have a living and breathing relationship with God and they can too. We need to help them to see it everywhere by the ways we bring God into our every situation, the good ones, the bad ones, and even the ugly ones. We can help them to build up their faith and trust in Him so that when they grow up and leave the nest, our home, and we give them into God’s hands they will remember, they will have their own relationship with God, and they will not turn away from Him for the rest of their lives, leaving an incredible and godly legacy for them and future generations.

Proverbs 23 shares a bunch of interesting nuggets for us to grab a hold of as we live out today. We need to pass on God’s wisdom so that our kids have wise hearts and lips that speak what is right. We need to pass on the importance of humility and love so that their hearts won’t become envious but instead be passionate and committed to God and His will and purposes. Let’s help them to take hold of the reality that God has a plan for them and it includes giving them hope and a future. Let’s help them to know the difference between right and wrong so that they can walk down the right path which is narrow and leads to life. Let’s help them to be content and godly leaders who don’t fall into the trap of drinking and gluttony that leads to poverty.

We need to help them walk their lives with the reality that nobody is perfect. God’s Word tells us how all have sinned, missed the mark, and aren’t perfect and hence fall short of the glory of God. We are all in need of a savior and His name is Jesus! We need to help them both by example and support. So today as we step into this day, let’s be the dads God created us to be so that our kids, our wives, and our world will get the best version of us.


Today’s devotional has been provided by Gregg Matte from Houston’s First Baptist Church (more details can be found https://houstonsfirst.org/). Today’s final chapter included a link for more information about this devotional that points here: https://houstonsfirst.org/message/three-things-every-dad-needs-from-proverbs.

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

  • Have you taken up the offer from God’s Word to be saved?
  • God’s Word tells us that we just need to call on the Lord and receive His gift of eternal life.
  • Have you invited Jesus into your heart yet?
  • Have you gone from being saved to living out a relationship with Jesus?
  • It took me till I was in my 30s to realize it wasn’t about checking boxes, following rules and regulations, but rather it is all about having a real and living relationship with Jesus!
  • Are you living an active faith where your faith causes you to live out in action God’s love for you and for others?
  • Faith without actions is dead.
  • We can’t just be talking the talk, we need to be walking the walk (faith in action).
  • It’s a matter of the heart! It’s not about being perfect, for God’s Word tells us that none of us are. We all miss the mark at some point.
  • God searches our hearts! When we invite Jesus into our hearts, we are able to let Him create a new heart in us, a clean heart.
  • So let’s not try to go it alone! Let’s pursue God in this life we have to live.
  • Do you realize the greatest gift you can give your Heavenly Father is your heart?
  • Do you realize it isn’t that different from what your earthly father wants, that you give your heart to God?
  • Will you choose Jesus in response to what dads have taught you?
  • Do you realize just like God, dads aren’t looking for perfection but rather for your good?
  • Do you realize dads want you to have a heart that is seeking wisdom from God and Jesus above all else?
  • Do you realize that dads are willing to help guide you down the right path? to help you get back on track when you get lost?
  • Do you realize that dads are overjoyed in knowing that their children have received, listened, and developed an understanding of what they have been taught?
  • Do you realize that by trying to please our Heavenly Father, we naturally please our earthly dad?
  • Will you show up in order to show God you are wanting more of Him?
  • Will you show up in order to show God how important He is to you?
  • Are you ready to take the various things covered in this devotional to honor your dad and apply them to honoring God?
  • Will you choose to respect His importance?
  • Will you choose to carry out His legacy?
  • Will you choose to spend time with Him?
  • Will you choose to spend time in His Word?
  • Will you choose to spend time in prayer?
  • Will you choose to live a life in alignment with His commandments?
  • Will you choose to delight God by your choices in how you live out your life?
  • Will you choose to take the wisdom your dad gave you and use it to shape your life?
  • Will you choose to reflect on what your dad taught you?
  • Will you consider what he has taught you and choose to live wisely?
  • Today’s devotional closed with the following prayer:
    • “Prayer: Father, we thank You for the past few days we have spent in this devotional. Thank You for teaching us about our fathers and about who You are. Help us to take all that we have learned and use it to reflect Your love. We ask that You bless our fathers. We bless Your name. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

What Dad Needs – Day 4

As the year continues and I look for devotionals about dads, the next one that came up is called What Dad Needs. I am walking through the devotionals in the order that the Bible.com plans show them when I do a search for dad. It is different from the previous devotionals I have worked through this year but to make it something that will and can honor God, I am allowing the search results to determine what devotionals to work through. What Dad Needs is a 5-day devotional and is described on Bible.com this way:

Fathers are people who constantly sacrifice for their families with very little recognition. There are many ways to give back to these men in our lives, but it is sometimes difficult to know what they are and how to implement them everyday. As you dive into Biblical ways to recognize and strengthen your relationship with your earthly dad, you will also see the many ways they reflect our Heavenly Father.

What Dad Needs

Today’s verses from God’s Word come to us from Proverbs 11:25 and Proverbs 25:25.

‘A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. ‘

Proverbs 11:25

‘Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. ‘

Proverbs 25:25

When you think of resources and giving what comes to mind? Is it a closed fist in order to try and keep what you have or is it an open hand so that God is able to both add to it or replenish it as you are living a generous life? Do you realize that a closed fist may allow you to keep what you have but it also prevents God from being able to give you more? Let’s consider what God’s Word has to say about it in verses like:

  • If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? — 1 John 3:17
  • Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. — Galatians 6:2
  • And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. — Hebrews 13:16
  • Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” — Luke 6:38
  • Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. — Luke 12:33
  • Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done. — Proverbs 19:17
  • The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. — Proverbs 22:9
  • Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses. — Proverbs 28:27
  • They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing. — Psalm 37:26
  • Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. — Psalm 112:5
  • They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor. — Psalm 112:9
  • You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. — 2 Corinthians 9:11
  • In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ — Acts 20:35
  • Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. — Malachi 3:10
  • For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. — Matthew 6:21
  • And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” — Matthew 10:42
  • One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. — Proverbs 11:24
  • and many more are seen throughout scripture.

It’s a matter of the heart! We also are warned not to love money for the love of money is the root of all evil.

So let’s be generous on every occasion because of what God has placed in our hands. Let’s refresh others, for we know that even giving a cup of cold water for God’s purpose, in Jesus’s name will have its reward. As we refresh others, sowing refreshment, the law of sowing and reaping apply and as such we will be refreshed. It’s interesting how the power of a cup of cold water is spoken in proverbs too and how it parallels receiving good news. Will you be a bearer of good news? Will you share the good news you have received with others? Will share the good news generously with others? Do you realize how many people out there are wandering and wondering if there is anything good, any goodness, any good news? Will you be the bearer of the good news of the love of God? Will you be the bearer of the good news that God loves you so much He sent Jesus? Will you be the bearer of good news so that others can grab hold of the reality that Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world but rather that He came that through Him this world could be saved? Don’t grab onto the fear this world is peddling. Don’t grab onto the sadness this world is giving away. Receive the love of Jesus! Receive the Good News of Jesus! Accept Him into your life and start to live in a relationship with Him!


Today’s devotional has been provided by Gregg Matte from Houston’s First Baptist Church (more details can be found https://houstonsfirst.org/)

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

  • What is it you look forward to that helps you get through the day?
  • After a long day at school, what are you looking forward to that helps you get through the day?
  • After a long day at work, what are you looking forward to that helps you get through the day?
  • Is it time to relax in tub? in front of the tv? hanging with the family? connecting with friends?
  • What is it that motivates you to push on?
  • What is it that is refreshing you when you are weary?
  • Is it encouragement from a father’s hug?
  • Is it encouragement from a father’s words of affirmation?
  • What do you do if you see that your dad is the one struggling? needing encouragement? feeling weary?
  • Are you ready to be the one who provides refreshment, refreshing, love, a hug, encouragement?
  • Are you ready to be the wife who provides refreshment, refreshing, love, a hug, encouragement to their husband?
  • Are you ready to be the kid who provides refreshment, refreshing, love, a hug, encouragement to their dad?
  • Are you ready to be the friend who provides refreshment, refreshing, love, a hug, encouragement to their friend?
  • Are you ready to show dad your support by providing refreshment?
  • Ever wonder what it would look like or take to refresh a dad?
    • What about telling them they are doing a good job?
      • What about giving them a pat on the back and saying “you are doing great”?
      • What about expressing that the work they are doing is noticed?
      • What about expressing that the work they are doing is appreciated?
    • What about making quality time together as a family?
      • What about making time to enjoy each other’s company?
      • What about making time to be together and have fun?
      • What about making time to have dinner together?
      • What about making time to have a game night together?
  • Imagine being the dad who receives a gift, beautifully wrapped, with a letter inside that says “I will give you one hour every single day after dinner this year to do whatever you want together”.
  • Imagine the value that it spoke to the dad!
  • Imagine the value that time had on both of their lives!
  • It’s priceless! It’s incredibly valuable! It speaks volumes! It speaks value!
  • Ready to refresh your dad? Let them know you appreciate them and they are doing a good job!
  • Ready to refresh your dad? Intentionally make time to be with them.
  • Ready to refresh your dad through verbal expressions?
  • Ready to refresh your dad through initiating quality time with them?
  • Ever considered ways to be consistent in this?
  • Just like faith that needs to be filled up daily because it leaks, so does the tank of a dad and so he needs refreshing regularly.
  • Can you find a way to consistently refresh your dad?
  • Today’s devotional closes out with the following prayer:
    • Prayer: Father, thank You for opening our eyes to see that when we refresh others, we are refreshed. Help us to be intentional about spending time with You through Your Word. Help us to be intentional about spending time with our earthly fathers. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

What Dad Needs – Day 3

As the year continues and I look for devotionals about dads, the next one that came up is called What Dad Needs. I am walking through the devotionals in the order that the Bible.com plans show them when I do a search for dad. It is different from the previous devotionals I have worked through this year but to make it something that will and can honor God, I am allowing the search results to determine what devotionals to work through. What Dad Needs is a 5-day devotional and is described on Bible.com this way:

Fathers are people who constantly sacrifice for their families with very little recognition. There are many ways to give back to these men in our lives, but it is sometimes difficult to know what they are and how to implement them everyday. As you dive into Biblical ways to recognize and strengthen your relationship with your earthly dad, you will also see the many ways they reflect our Heavenly Father.

What Dad Needs

Today’s verses from God’s Word come to us from Proverbs 17:17, Romans 10:13, and Psalm 145:4.

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Proverbs 17:17 NIV

for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:13 NIV

One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.

Psalms 145:4 NIV

Where are you today? What does your life look like? Do you realize what Proverbs 17:17 is saying to us today? Do you realize it is calling us to a Christ-centered life? Do you realize that it is calling us to the two central love principles for living life? Loving God with all our hearts, mind, soul, and strength and loving our neighbors as ourselves? Ever considered how natural friendships tend to be based on a common belief, interest, or passion and how if one of the two changes direction the friendship seems to fall apart? In comparison when we are brothers and sisters in Christ, we have the same Holy Spirit and the love of God in the center of our relationships and so when adversity comes up we have a firm foundation and a central core to be able to withstand the test. God never called us to do this life alone which is why He gave us one another and wants to be in a relationship with us. So let’s put Jesus where He belongs at the center so that when we engage or connect with other people He is the center and so just as a string of three strands is not easily broken, the relationships we build will be strong too. If we find ourselves somewhere without brothers and sisters in Christ then we are probably in a position to introduce people to the love of Jesus! We are positioned in just the right place to share with them our second verse for today the reality and truth of salvation. We are positioned to tell them the good news and get them to call upon the Lord too. As we step up, step out, and step in to what God has for us we will be able to share from generation to generation the incredible works God has and is doing in and through our lives. Let’s testify of His goodness! Let’s testify of His greatness! Let’s testify to His love! Let’s tell of His mighty acts.


Today’s devotional has been provided by Gregg Matte from Houston’s First Baptist Church (more details can be found https://houstonsfirst.org/)

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

  • Ever noticed how hurting people hurt people?
  • Ever seen the reminder of the deep hurt people are facing and causing in our world because of sin being in it?
  • Consider the children who need a dad, who need a mom, who need love that are being abandoned.
  • Consider the needy who are facing poverty, have lost their homes, their possessions and are seen on street corners.
  • Consider the violence taking place all over the place.
  • Consider the crime that seems to be running rampant out there.
  • Consider everything you are seeing and witnessing personally and via the media.
  • Imagine if the men would choose to Be The Dads and step up in a godly way consistently.
  • Imagine if the men would share the hope and truth of Jesus and Be The Dads so that their children would see the benefits of a relationship with Jesus by the way they live their lives and how Jesus is impacting them and their family so that their children would be raised up in the way they should go so that they too could stand firm because of their own personal relationship with Jesus.
  • Will you choose to be a godly father to your kids so that they too will receive and pursue God in their lives?
  • Do you realize the consequences of not picking up this mantle?
  • Do you realize the impact of an absent dad? (This world needs you to Be The Dads you were created to be)
    • Statistics show that there is a 4x greater likelihood of poverty!
    • Statistics show that there is a 7x greater likelihood of teen pregnancy!
    • Statistics show that there is a 2x greater likelihood of dropping out of high school!
    • Statistics show that there is a higher change of substance abuse!
    • Statistics show that there is a higher change of depression!
  • There is a benefit and it is important that we Be The Dads that produce and provide a legacy to the next generation!
  • As a dad, our decisions affect generations to come! Will you Be The Dads who start a good or bad cycle? Will you Be The Dads who will break a bad cycle?
  • Once the cycle has begun it is hard to break them.
  • Do you realize that living life with your kids can have long lasting impact to their future decisions?
  • Do you realize that living life for Jesus and in relationship with Jesus can produce a lasting legacy through many generations?
  • The greatest legacy we can receive and give is the one in which a living relationship with Jesus is at the center.
  • It’s a legacy that connects believers over thousands of years and doesn’t matter what sins are taking place in the world.
  • Our Heavenly Father sent His Son Jesus, once for all, who gave His life on the cross as the ultimate sacrifice to pay our debt and offer us eternal life with Him.
  • Legacy is important to God!
  • Legacy directly impacts our lives!
  • Did your dad Be The Dad who left you with a godly legacy on this earth? How has it impacted you and your life?
  • Did your dad Be The Dad who left you with a godly legacy on this earth? How are you thanking him for stepping up and Being The Dad?
  • Are you thanking them by producing and passing on this legacy to the next generation?
  • Today’s devotional closes with this prayer:
    • Prayer: Father, we thank you for Your legacy and that we have access to it regardless of what our earthly legacy looks like. Thank you that we have an opportunity to continue this legacy with our own families, friends, and even strangers through choosing You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

What Dad Needs – Day 2

As the year continues and I look for devotionals about dads, the next one that came up is called What Dad Needs. I am walking through the devotionals in the order that the Bible.com plans show them when I do a search for dad. It is different from the previous devotionals I have worked through this year but to make it something that will and can honor God, I am allowing the search results to determine what devotionals to work through. What Dad Needs is a 5 day devotional and is described on Bible.com this way:

Fathers are people who constantly sacrifice for their families with very little recognition. There are many ways to give back to these men in our lives, but it is sometimes difficult to know what they are and how to implement them everyday. As you dive into Biblical ways to recognize and strengthen your relationship with your earthly dad, you will also see the many ways they reflect our Heavenly Father.

What Dad Needs

Today’s verses from God’s Word come to us from Proverbs 23:22, John 14:15-21, and Romans 12:10.

‘Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. ‘

Proverbs 23:22

‘ “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” ‘

John 14:15-21

‘Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. ‘

Romans 12:10

Ever read God’s Word looking for what He wants or you can give Him? Ever read God’s Word in order to earn more about who God is, His heart, His passion, His desires, and His plans? Ever grabbed hold of the idea of loving your Heavenly Father from reading God’s Word? Ever grabbed hold of the idea of inviting God into your heart and ask Him to lead and guide you through this world and this life? Ever taken time to ask God what your purpose is and what He wants you to do in and through it? This blog came out of one of those such moments last year when God showed me that being the dad for my kids and my wife was my purpose and then He expanded upon it and hence today we have Be The Dads.

Let’s take a look at today’s verses before we check out my notes from today’s devotional. Today’s verses get us started by looking towards our parents, the parents God has given us, and the parents who God commanded that we honor so that things will go well with us and have a long life. Today’s verse speaks to listening to dad. Are you ready to get advice or direction from dad? Are you ready to listen to what he has to say? Do you realize that honoring your parents isn’t something for while you are a child but continues as they age too? As they age, they may weaken but that doesn’t take away God’s desire and plan for us to still honor them. Let’s grab hold of what we read in Ephesians 6:2-3 where it says “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” Let’s choose to submit to God’s command so that we don’t sway or turn from them and have to deal with the consequences spoken of in Proverbs 20:20 ‘If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. ‘ and Proverbs 30:17 ‘“The eye that mocks a father, that scorns an aged mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures. ‘.

So today, let’s choose to love our Heavenly Father, God! Let’s demonstrate our love by obeying His commandments. Let’s walk out each moment of each day leaning in on Jesus and following the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit so that when we ask, Jesus will be our advocate that helps us in and through each situation we face. Let’s be sensitive to the prompting of the Spirit for He speaks truth! Let’s not be swayed by the ways of this world for they don’t know the truth because they won’t accept God and hence don’t see nor know Him! Thanks to Jesus and inviting Him into our lives as our Lord and Savior, we do know God and the Holy Spirit will be that prompting, that still quiet voice to direct our paths. By inviting Jesus in, the Spirit is in us and so we are never alone or apart from God and so we get to hear from Him and choose to walk in alignment and obedience to His will. So let’s choose today to live out our day in Jesus and with Jesus so that in all we think, we say, and we do, God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory. Let’s live out today in an overflow of the love God is pouring into us through Jesus.

Will you allow this overflowing love to make you live your life in a way that devotes yourself to others? Will you allow this overflowing love to make you live your life in a way that honors others above yourself? How will you choose to live today that when others see you they will glorify your Heavenly Father? Let’s choose ways that will bring Him the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name.


Today’s devotional has been provided by Gregg Matte from Houston’s First Baptist Church (more details can be found https://houstonsfirst.org/)

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

  • Ever noticed how in society today men are being told they are doing it wrong?
  • Ever noticed how in society today dads are being told they are doing it wrong?
  • Ever noticed how diminished or reduced the dads role is being portrayed in the media? TV? Shows? Movies?
  • Ever noticed how dads are being portrayed as goofy or misinformed?
  • Ever noticed how dads are being portrayed as not coming up with good solutions or being absent from the situations?
  • Ever noticed how dads are being portrayed as stirring things up and then letting someone else have to deal with the clean up?
  • We need to go back to God’s Word and understand God’s plan and purpose for dads.
  • We need to go back to God’s Word and take hold of the calling God has put on dads.
  • Society tends to spend a lot of time focusing on self-reflections and awareness to help with growth but forget to include recognition and appreciation.
  • This is true when it comes to dads too.
  • Are you giving your dad recognition when he does something that deserves it?
  • Are you giving your dad love because he is your dad?
  • To most dads recognition and love are received and felt when they are given respect.
  • Today’s devotional defines respect this way:
    • “Respect is defined as a feeling of deep admiration for someone elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.”

What Dad Needs – Day 1

As the year continues and I look for devotionals about dads, the next one that came up is called What Dad Needs. I am walking through the devotionals in the order that the Bible.com plans show them when I do a search for dad. It is different from the previous devotionals I have worked through this year but to make it something that will and can honor God, I am allowing the search results to determine what devotionals to work through. What Dad Needs is a 5-day devotional and is described on Bible.com this way:

Fathers are people who constantly sacrifice for their families with very little recognition. There are many ways to give back to these men in our lives, but it is sometimes difficult to know what they are and how to implement them everyday. As you dive into Biblical ways to recognize and strengthen your relationship with your earthly dad, you will also see the many ways they reflect our Heavenly Father.

What Dad Needs

Today’s verses from God’s Word come to us from Proverbs 30:11, Proverbs 8:17, and 1 Corinthians 11:3.

“There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers

Proverbs 30:11

I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

Proverbs 8:17

But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

1 Corinthians 11:3

Let’s get a bit more context for our first verse. Let’s take hold of what God has to say and is describing in relation to characteristics of godless people or a godless generation. Let’s take hold of what God has to say in speaking to hateful and wicked people.

‘“There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers; those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth; those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful; those whose teeth are swords and whose jaws are set with knives to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among mankind. ‘

Proverbs 30:11-14

Looking a bit deeper into the verse we find that the people being referenced in the Hebrew is generation. So “those” who are the generation and are speaking to a generation with these characteristics. From this Proverb, we discover that a godless generation is one where the children are ungrateful and demonstrate it by dishonoring their parents. We see how this contradicts the Commandment about how to treat your parents, the fifth commandment that comes with a promise of blessing being: ‘“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. ‘ – Exodus 20:12. We see how this can or could impact a generation when they don’t care or don’t bother to learn from their parents. It speaks to how such a family will be dysfunctional causing a rebellion that will go beyond the family unit itself. If we don’t have a framework for wisdom to be transferred or downloaded to the next generation, it is a recipe for disaster. When this happens we see people casting off healthy restraints and boundaries. When this happens we see people making up their own definitions of love and peace compared to God’s definition and in so doing turning to things like drugs, sex, and other such behavior that can impact generations to come if they don’t turn back to God and pursue Him and His plans and purposes.

Proverbs next speaks to us those who love wisdom. Not the emotional type of love but the love that acts in preference for others. Wisdom speaks to how it loves those who love wisdom. We need to be acting out or living out our lives with godly wisdom. We need to be living out our lives with godly wisdom which is true!

‘Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge. ‘

Proverbs 8:6-9

We need to be living out our lives with godly wisdom that is true, as what we sow we will reap, and as we see from the above verses, in combination with the verses that follow, it will be more likely that we will see good results.

‘Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. ‘

Proverbs 8:10-11,18

So let’s lead with love, true love, the kind of love demonstrated by God when He first shows us love through giving us, Jesus. We see in the verse that there is also a need to seek wisdom. We see in the old and new testament how God speaks to the importance of seeking God and God’s will. We read in Jeremiah 29 (where we learn about God’s plan for us) how it is important for us to seek God:

‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” ‘

Jeremiah 29:11-14

We read in Romans how God’s truth isn’t hidden if we want to find it if we are willing to seek it out.

‘The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. ‘

Romans 1:18-20

So we need to love, true love, with action, not just emotion. We need to seek, seeking to find, with the willingness and desire to receive.

So today let’s grab hold of God’s plans, God’s purpose, God’s hierarchy. Ever found people grab one verse and use it as a platform to drive debate or division without taking into account the full context? Today’s verse from 1 Corinthians is an example of just such a thing. God’s set up a hierarchy of authority on purpose, for a purpose, with a purpose. God gives authority as we see when He gives it to those in leadership over us and we take hold of Proverbs 21 which tells us that the heart of the king is in God’s hands. It is interesting to see how people try to twist words or make up their own interpretation. Some may try to twist authority to mean superiority which isn’t the case. So let’s grab hold of God’s plan and God’s structure so that we can live it out to the full.


Today’s devotional has been provided by Gregg Matte from Houston’s First Baptist Church (more details can be found https://houstonsfirst.org/)

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

  • Do you realize it is hard to be a dad?
  • Do you realize it isn’t an easy role?
  • We are each unique and God created us that way.
  • The role of dad is huge and very important.
  • Do you ever consider the weight of being dad brings with it?
  • Do you ever consider the weight of being the head of the household?
  • Do you ever consider the expectations that come from or with being dad?
  • Do you ever consider that dads are human too?
  • Do you ever consider how just like every other human that is imperfect and make mistakes, dads aren’t perfect.
  • Ever noticed how we can be our own worst critic?
  • Dads don’t need you to help pile on the criticism of their shortcomings but rather need your encouragement and signs of gratitude.
  • Ever seen how showing gratitude to your dad has lit up the room?
  • Do you realize that to show gratitude or affirmation doesn’t require some huge or grand gesture?
  • Do you realize that there are practical ways to be able to do it daily and not break the bank?
  • Let’s decide that we will use gratitude, affirmation, and appreciation to help build our relationships with our dads and strengthen our relationship with them.
  • Let’s decide today to not only do this for our earthly father (if we have a relationship with them) but also with our Heavenly Father whose greatest desire is to have a relationship with you.
  • Let’s not grow weary in doing good, let’s consider and reflect upon what God’s Word tells us to do to fill the needs of dad.
  • What Dad Needs provides insight and guidance through this 5 day devotional.
  • Let’s prepare our hearts to learn.
  • Let’s not only look for ways to be the dads for our wives but allow our wives to build and strengthen their relationships with us.
  • Let’s not only look for ways to be the dads for our children but allow our children to build and strengthen their relationships with us.
  • Let’s not only look for ways to be the dads for our friends but allow our friends to build and strengthen their relationships with us.
  • Let’s allow the importance of our relationships with our earthly and Heavenly dads be built up and strengthened.
  • Today’s devotional closes with the following prayer:

Finding Dad – Day 7

As we continue this year the next plan I have selected to go through is “Finding Dad” which is a 7-day devotional from the Bible.com site by Luke Cunningham and published by The Ark Church. It caught my attention as I was looking for my next dad related devotional because it says in the introductory paragraph:

Jesus didn’t come to replace the role of dad, He came to redeem it! In Finding Dad we discover how to forgive, heal, and reconcile the father wound while finding trust, protection, and identity in our heavenly Father.

Finding Dad on Bible.com

Today’s devotional relates to the following verses: Galatians 4:4-7, 1 Peter 2:9, and Colossians 2:6-15.

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “ Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

Galatians 4:4-7

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:9

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Colossians 2:6-15

As our reading through the Finding Dad devotional comes to a close, God’s Word continues to deliver, never returning void. So let’s grab hold of the truth of God and how Jesus came to this world on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose. Jesus came into this world humbly as a baby, living a sinless life, with the purpose to redeem us who choose to believe and receive the gift of grace, adoption into the family of God. By accepting and receiving Jesus into our lives as our Lord and Savior, God sends His Spirit into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out Abba Father to our Heavenly Father, breaking the chains of sin and slavery to sin and becoming children of the Most High God. We get the benefits of becoming an heir of the King because of our adoption into God’s family as His child. God’s Word is so incredible when we take the time to read and meditate on it. God’s Word speaks to us who receive this freely offered gift of God that we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that we may declare the praises of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light. So today as we start this day and get ready for what is yet to come, let’s grab hold of the truths of Colossians 2 as well. As we walk out today with Jesus, let’s continue to live our lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as we were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Let’s live out today shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves, so that no one takes us captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. It’s not about that, it’s all about Jesus, for in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ, you have been brought to fullness. Let’s grab hold of Jesus and what God’s Word speaks: “He is the head over every power and authority. In him, you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Let’s live out our today being the dads God created us to be. Let’s not allow the stereotypes or the lies about the lack of importance of being the dad really is. Let’s not allow the world to rob us of our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Let’s model our lives after Him so that this world will see that being the dad for our kids, our wives, and our world is important and a very high calling.


Today’s devotional has been provided by The Ark Church (more details can be found https://arkhuntsville.com)

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

  • Do you realize who you are?
  • Do you realize the power and the influence that comes from it?
  • Do you realize the power and the influence you will get when you let them know who you are?
  • You are a child of God.
  • You are redeemed by Jesus.
  • Are you ready to live out today with this identity?
  • Are you ready for the access this identity will give you?
  • Are you ready to access what you can really do because of who you are?
  • Don’t get stuck in the performance trap! Don’t get stuck trying to do something before becoming someone!
  • Let’s become secure in who we are!
  • Let’s be who God created us to be rather than allowing something to try and define who we are.
  • Did you catch that? “when we are secure in our identity, we can ‘do something’ without being defined by something.”
  • Let’s allow the roots of who we are to go deep and strong into the soil that is God, the firm foundation that is Jesus so that we can stand up, stand strong, and not fall over.
  • Let’s allow the roots of who we are to go deep and strong into the soil that is God, the firm foundation that is Jesus so that we don’t get blown around by the winds of the times.
  • Let’s grab hold of who we are! Let’s find God’s peace in the reality that we are children of God!
  • Let’s not a lose hope or lose sight of our Heavenly Father and then find ourselves lacking our identity!
  • When we try to go it alone and don’t allow God to stay in the picture as our Heavenly Father, our Abba Father, our Dad, part of our identity goes along with it.
  • Let’s not let go of God and find ourselves wandering through a journey of self-disocery that opens doors to wrong relationships, wrong situations, wrong behaviors, and worse.
  • Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus so that we don’t get lost or lose focus or end up looking at or watching things we shouldn’t be, getting trapped in sin, living out life in rebellion, and getting into trouble.
  • Remember that quote I started this post with? Jesus has redeemed the role of Father and reconciled us to Him and as such our identity is in Him.
  • Let’s grab hold of what Paul told the Galatians in today’s verse: Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “ Abba, Father.”
  • Let’s take hold of our identity by grabbing hold of how Paul speaks to the Galatians and us today: you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. So our identity is that we are God’s own child.
  • I am God’s own child. You are God’s own child. So are you ready to grab hold of and live out the reality of your identity?
  • In that identity sin has no hold on us!
  • In that identity performance doesn’t define us!
  • We didn’t do anything to deserve it or get it, we just had to accept the gift of grace and become Abba Father’s child!
  • So let’s decide today to live with the identify of being God’s child!
  • Let’s live with the comfort that we are His children!
  • Let’s stop allowing the world to define us!
  • God has already identified us, so let’s live with the identity He has given us!

Finding Dad – Day 6

As we continue this year the next plan I have selected to go through is “Finding Dad” which is a 7-day devotional from the Bible.com site by Luke Cunningham and published by The Ark Church. It caught my attention as I was looking for my next dad related devotional because it says in the introductory paragraph:

Jesus didn’t come to replace the role of dad, He came to redeem it! In Finding Dad we discover how to forgive, heal, and reconcile the father wound while finding trust, protection, and identity in our heavenly Father.

Finding Dad on Bible.com

Today’s devotional relates to the following verses: Romans 8:14-17, 2 Thessalonians 3:5, Psalm 23:1-6, and Ephesians 6:10-15.

‘For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “ Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. ‘

Romans 8:14-17

‘May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. ‘

2 Thessalonians 3:5

‘The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’

Psalms 23:1-6

‘Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. ‘

Ephesians 6:10-15

God’s Word is so powerful, so let’s reflect on what the verses associated with today’s devotional have to say. The verses from Romans points to a change, a change by receiving Jesus and allowing the Spirit to take residence within us. The verse speaks to how the Spirit doesn’t come to enslave us nor cause us fear but rather it brings freedom and the love of being adopted by our Heavenly Father, our Abba Father. At that moment we are transformed and become children of God. It opens the door to eternity with God both in the suffering of the here and now and the everlasting hope and love and life that is waiting for us in heaven. The theme of the verses points for us to lean in on Jesus and to receive and accept His love and to take heart because He has overcome the world and to consider it pure joy when we face trials by allowing perseverance to complete its work in us so that in the end we will be complete and lacking nothing. So don’t try to go it alone but rather, stick with your Heavenly Father, who is our shepherd, our shepherd who has and owns everything, our shepherd who ensures we lack nothing. Let’s allow Him to lead and guide us. Let’s allow Him to direct and instruct us. Let’s allow Him to lead us by still waters and take rest in green pastures. Let’s allow His direction and instruction to keep us on the straight and right path to His purposes and plans for us. Let’s not allow the tactics of the devil to cause us fear and draw us off course but instead, stick with God and whose staff and rod comfort us. Let’s trust God in the midst of it all because we know that no matter what our enemies and the enemy of our soul are conjuring up, God is preparing a table for us, He is anointing our heads so that our cups will overflow, and knowing how His goodness and love will follow us all the days of our lives and we will get to spend eternity with Him in His house forever. So let’s be ready! Let’s get prepared! Let’s stand firm on the solid rock that is Jesus Christ! Let’s put on the full armor of God so that we can stand against the devil’s evil schemes. Let’s remember that our battles aren’t against people, that’s right we aren’t battling against flesh and blood but rather the powers and principalities of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Let’s be ready for the evil day coming our way by putting on the belt of truth buckled to our waist. Let’s be ready by putting on the breastplate for righteousness to protect our hearts. Let’s stand ready by fitting our feet with the gospel of peace. Let’s be ready for the fiery darts of the devil by holding strong to the shield of faith. Let’s protect our minds by putting on the helmet of salvation. And let’s be ready to counter-attack by holding onto God’s Word, the sword of the Spirit that will help protect as well as allow us to go on the offense too.


Today’s devotional has been provided by The Ark Church (more details can be found https://arkhuntsville.com)

Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me: (check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)

  • Ever let your imagination get the best of you?
  • Ever responded or reacted out of fear causing you to overreact and do something rash?
  • Ever watched a scary movie and then your imagination caused you to have thoughts and fears caused by any sound or movement you saw?
  • We might be ready to take one for our family and protect our home.
  • Are you a father who is looking to be the dad his wife and kids need?
  • Have you ever experienced the protection of your father?
  • Have you ever had an incident with your father that caused you to no longer feel safe or protected?
  • Let’s grab hold of today’s Word of God that speaks to God’s redeeming power to protect us.
  • Let’s grab hold of the reality that we should feel protected thanks to the redeeming work of Jesus.
  • Let’s take hold of what we read in Romans 8 today, how we receive the Spirit through adoption into the family of God.
  • Let’s take hold of what we read in Romans 8 today, how we get to participate in the glory of God thanks to receiving the Spirit.
  • Let’s take hold of what we read in Romans 8 today, how when we received the Spirit it rids of us fear.
  • Let’s take hold of what we read in Romans 8 today, how when we received the Spirit it brings triumph over sin.
  • Let’s take hold of what we read in Romans 8 today, how when we received the Spirit it opens us up to be crying out and even screaming out Abba Father.
  • Abba Father is our protector and overwhelms the fear with faith.
  • So today, let’s take heart and rest safely in the Spirit of God.
  • Let’s take heart because we have a Heavenly Father, our Abba Father, who protects us.