UNCOMMEN - DAD STRONG - Settling Godly Expectations

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:
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