I just got to have the most incredible experience of directing a camp for teenage boys who are or have been in the foster care system with some amazing staff and counselors who made it an excellent weekend for all the campers. Today I am back and we continue with this great devotional as I come back to my regular routine and again need to lean in on our devotional to acquire wisdom and discernment, instruction and direction that can be used for the glory of God at this moment.
This devotional caught my eye when I read the following description:
“An NFL chaplain, a preacher, a comedian, and a chief of police share a powerfully honest and insightful guide for men who sincerely want to improve relationships with their kids. God the Father gifts us with the perfect example for being dad. If you’re not the dad you thought you’d be at this point or simply looking to up your dad game, Imperfect Dads, One Perfect Father will encourage you.”Imperfect Dads, One Perfect Father | Devotional Reading Plan | YouVersion Bible
Scripture for Today’s Devotional:
‘that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. ‘Matthew 5:45
God’s Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path! God’s Word is a love letter showing how much He loves us! God’s Word never returns void!
Let’s be the dads who choose to live as children of our Father in heaven! Let’s be the dads who live our lives with love and hope no matter if we see sun or rain! Let’s be the dads who live in the joy of the Lord no matter if it is sunny or rainy! Let’s be the dads who choose to be good and not evil! Let’s be the dads who choose to live our lives as righteous rather than unrighteous!
Today’s devotional has been provided by FIVE STONES CHURCH.
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)
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Takeaways from Today’s Devotionals:
“Fathers Who Walk Away“
- Let’s be the dads who choose to be just rather than unjust!
- Let’s be the dads who thank Jesus that we can live as saints rather than sinners!
- Let’s be the dads who are willing to serve and be the dads God is calling us to be!
- Let’s be the dads our wives need us to be!
- Let’s be the dads our kids need us to be!
- Let’s be the dads our world needs us to be by choosing to follow a religion that is pure and undefiled before God by chasing after the words of James 1:27
- ‘Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.’ James 1:27
- Let’s be the dads who care for orphans who depending on where you live in the world may look like kids in the foster care system as many orphanages no longer exist today.
- Let’s be the dads who choose to serve the orphans and widows!
- Let’s be the dads who realize the importance of being present for our wives and kids!
- Let’s be the dads who realize the devastation that takes place when a dad isn’t present for their wife and kids!
- Let’s be the dads who realize the detrimental effect on the American family and society of absent dads!
- Let’s be the dads who don’t want to be or become part of the statistics which we probably still don’t fully understand the full impact of absent dads!
- Let’s be the dads who know that we are an important part of our family’s success and kids’ future and so choose to live our lives in a way to ensure it goes well!
- Let’s be the dads who look to live our lives with our kids in a way that mix well together rather than remain separated even when combined like oil and water!
- Let’s be the dads who take hold of God’s Word and His plans and purposes so that we can live our lives in a relationship with our kids!
- Let’s be the dads who choose to not allow free will and rebellious ideas to screw it up!
- Today’s devotional closes by pointing out the following:
- “Trouble between God the Father and His creations began even before man was created. Lucifer refused to accept God his Father as creator and Father. That rebellion caused eternal division and separation from God’s presence. The “father wound” continued with Adam. Yeah, that Adam, the first guy, and dad. His sin also created separation from God the Father. As dads, the hope we have is in the redemption and restoration through God’s only begotten son, Jesus Christ. We don’t have to walk away because never once has our Father abandoned us. “
- Today’s devotional concludes with the following challenge and action plan: