As I prepare for today and read from today’s devotional what comes to mind is the importance of spending time with our wives and our kids and our friends, in that order. So let’s take that to heart as we consider our schedules and time to ensure we make time or take time to be with our wives and our kids and our friends to ensure a healthy marriage, a healthy family, and healthy relationships. Let’s be the dads our wives, kids, and this world need us to be!
Today, we continue with our 10-day devotional with day 8. 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:
‘And He answered, “Why did you have to look for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” ‘Luke 2:49
God’s Word is so powerful and insightful, especially the red characters in the version I read that highlight Jesus’ words. To stop for a moment and hear what He has to say to the people at the moment and then to me.
Let’s be the dads who are about the work of our Heavenly Father! Let’s be the dads who are living our lives pursuing God’s purpose and plan for our lives! Let’s be the dads who are living our lives for our good and God’s glory! Let’s be the dads who don’t neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near! Let’s be the dads who choose to go to the house of God not just to receive but also to give! Let’s be the dads who realize that sometimes we don’t go to church because of or out of need but rather because others need us to be there to help encourage them! Let’s be the dads who look to Jesus’ life to help us live our lives to the full! Let’s be the dads who remember that Jesus came so that we could live life and life more abundantly! Let’s be the dads who are Jesus with skin on to the world around us!
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 Love Beyond Biology“
- Today’s devotional calls out an interesting reality about today’s scripture when Jesus says that He would be at His Father’s house when it says/shares: ““You’re not my real dad,” Jesus said.” and then catch themselves and say: “Okay, maybe we’re putting words in the mouth of a 12-year-old Jesus when His mom and dad asked where He’d been after they had been separated from Him for three days. And, although His parents must have known Jesus wasn’t the typical preteen boy, they were indeed His parents and rightfully concerned about Him. Yes, even Joseph, His stepfather.“
- Let’s be the dads who are concerned about the well-being of our children!
- Let’s be the dads who no matter if we are fathers or stepfathers, can respond well, even when our kids say things that sting or hurt us!
- Let’s be the dads who realize that even Jesus had to deal with family challenges, a blended family with Joseph as His stepfather, and the history of His family tree of dysfunctional people. (some references to help you track or check it out)
- Jesus Family Tree – What to Know and 7 Fun Facts (crosswalk.com)
- Genealogy of Jesus Chart – Jesus’ Family Tree Chart (conformingtojesus.com)
- lifeissues.net | Jesus’ Dysfunctional Family Tree
- Jesus Came from a Dysfunctional Family | Harbor Church Honolulu (harborhonolulu.org)
- Jesus’ Dysfunctional Family Tree | Ron Rolheiser
- Let’s be the dads who realize that just because of problems in the past or our family tree, that doesn’t mean we are disqualified from doing great things for God!
- Let’s be the dads who are aware that “Men are often without a foundation for establishing their authority where their wife’s children are concerned.“!
- Let’s be the dads who consider and realize the challenges going into relationships when it comes to our past, their past, and the present!
- Today’s devotional calls out the tough reality of the challenges of stepping into a blended scenario as follows:
- Today’s devotional closes with the following:
- “Where do dads (stepdads) go for direction in preparing for their new role? To the one perfect Father, of course. But how is the role of being a stepfather addressed in the Bible? Just what authority do stepfathers have in the lives of a blended family’s children? Let’s ask WWJD—What Would Joseph Do?“
- Today’s devotional gives us this challenge and call to action: