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.

Finding Dad – Day 5

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: Mark 14:35-36, Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 9:10, Psalm 37:3-5, and Isaiah 26:3-4.

‘Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” ‘

Mark 14:35-36

‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” ‘

Deuteronomy 31:6

‘Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. ‘

Psalms 9:10

‘Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. ‘

Psalms 37:3-6

‘You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. ‘

Isaiah 26:3-4

It’s always interesting for me to read God’s Word and hear what He has to say. In the midst of the highs and the lows, hearing from God is still key. Some may wander off when things get easy but we need to stick close to God through it all so that we don’t get so far away or so far off track that we start to get tripped up or backsliding. Today’s verses get us started with Jesus right before taking on the most painful and torturous act of giving up His life for all of us. He could feel the pressure and the stress and He knew what was coming. He knew why He had come and that if there were another way to make a way that His Heavenly Father, His Abba Father, would be able to find it. He wasn’t trying to manipulate or change things but wanted to make sure there was no other way to break the power of sin and death that all options were exhausted and if it were the only way that He was all in. We hear that when Jesus says ” Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Jesus has warned us that in this world we will have troubles and at the same time spoke hope to us in that we can take heart because He has overcome the world. Jesus speaks hope and love to us when He calls us to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds because they are a refining process to help make us complete and lacking nothing. So let’s lean in on God through the troubles and the trials. Let’s trust Him! Let’s grab hold of what being the dad means and look to Him for instruction and direction, for discernment and correction, so that we can be the dads He has created us to be and become.

God’s Word for today continues to speak life and hope and encouragement to us. We get to hear God as we step up and step into His calling for us that He wants us to be bold and courageous, not because we are going it alone or going on ahead of Him but rather we can be bold and courageous because He is going with us and He will never forsake or abandon us. Let’s be strong in the Lord! Let’s be courageous in the Lord! Let’s walk through this life with Him!

God’s Word for today continues to call us to Himself. He desires for us to trust in Him and His name. He desires for us to cling to Him and not be forsaken.

God’s Word for today calls us to a higher level. God’s Word tells us to both trust God and out of that trust to do good. We are to stick close to God who never forsakes us and who is going with us and dwell in this land under His protection. Let’s seek God’s will, God’s purpose, God’s plan for us so that He will give us the desires of our hearts. Let’s remember to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and allow Him to take care of the rest. Let’s not allow the wind or the waves to make us sway in our walk but rather let’s commit ourselves to His ways and trust Him and allow Him to work in and through us so that His righteousness will shine through us and vindicate us through Jesus.

So today as we get started, let’s put our trust in God so that His peace that surpasses all understanding can guard our hearts and mind, allowing us to move forward steadfast in accomplishing His will, His plan, and His purpose through us. Let’s decide today to make our foundation be the Lord, the solid, eternal rock on which we will make and take our stand into eternity. Let’s trust Him with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength!


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)

  • Is there a way someone can get your attention? If they call you a certain way does it speak a different meaning?
  • Have you ever done something you probably shouldn’t have been doing and when called all your names show up and you are like “oh oh, I’m in trouble now”? Not just your first name and your last name but your middle names show up too?
  • When you think of being the dad, what name comes to mind? dad? daddy? pa? papa?
  • We see that Jesus uses the word Abba in today’s readings. We see it used 3 times in scripture. We only see it spoken by 2 people, Jesus and the apostle Paul.
    • 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.” – Romans 8:15
    • “Abba,  Father,”he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” – Mark 14:36
    • Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” – Galatians 4:6
  • Consider what dictionary.com has to say about the word Abba:
  • The name Abba was used by two people with strong relationships with God.
    • The name Abba was used by two people who had miraculous beginnings and encounters with God.
    • They both have intimate relationships with God.
    • Relationship is one of the words that resonates most to me about when the reality of Jesus came to me. After years of church and things, it wasn’t till the reality of having an intimate relationship with Jesus was revealed that my life was transformed.
    • It’s not about rituals and routines, it is about an intimate relationship with God, with our Abba Father.
    • We don’t need a mediator, we can go directly to Him because of our intimate relationship with Him and the saving grace of Jesus that opened this door to us.
    • Do you realize how deep the relationship was between Jesus and our Heavenly Father? It was so deep that Jesus uses the intimate name Abba.
    • Do you realize how deep the relationship was between Paul and Jesus after the encounter on the road to Damascus? The encounter between the savior of the world and a transformed Saul into Paul.
    • They were spiritual brothers for all of eternity after that encounter.
    • They both were leaning in so deeply to God that they lived lives like no others in all of history.
    • They both faced incredible dangers but trusted God because they knew His victory in the end.
    • Jesus wants us all to live in such a relationship!
    • God created each of us in His image and desiring to be in an intimate relationship with each of us.
    • Want to dig a bit deeper into Abba Father? Check out “Abba Father” – What Does This Name of God Mean? (biblestudytools.com)
  • So today as we journey down the road of discovering Abba and drawing closer to God our Heavenly Father, let’s lean in to having an intimate relationship with God!
  • Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts and start to live out our days walking and talking with God.
  • Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts and lives so that we aren’t trying to go it alone but instead are walking out this gift of life, the present, to bring praise, honor, and glory to God in Jesus’s name.
  • Our Heavenly Father is trustworthy!
  • Our Heavenly Father is a dad we can trust!
  • Let’s turn to God and start to be the dads that are like our Heavenly Father!
  • Let’s turn to God can grab hold of His promises so that we can know what being the dads is supposed to look like.
  • Let’s lean in to God so that we can become more and more like our Abba Father with each passing day.
  • We may be in an awkward spot if we are comparing our dads to our Abba Father, bringing in words like trust, but they are different and through Jesus we have a way to step into an intimate relationship with God, our Abba Father.
  • God is truth! God is light! God is love! So let’s trust our Heavenly Abba Father to help us step up and step out of our past.
  • Let’s grab hold of the reality that we have a dad, an Abba Father, and He is trustworthy!

Finding Dad – Day 4

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: Genesis 49:22-28, Genesis 50:20, Matthew 3:13-17, and Ephesians 3:14-21.

‘“Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall. With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility. But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, because of your father’s God, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below, blessings of the breast and womb. Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers. “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he divides the plunder.” All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him. ‘

Genesis 49:22-28

‘You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. ‘

Genesis 50:20

‘Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”’

Matthew 3:13-17

‘For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.’

Ephesians 3:14-21

Let’s consider how God’s plans are better than our plans. Let’s consider how God’s ways are better than our ways. Let’s grab hold of what God’s Word speaks to us today through these verses. We get two peaks into God’s plan for Joseph in the midst of all He ended up going through and what all the various attackers and accusers tried to do to Him. Through it all God blessed Joseph, from being thrown in the pit that had no water, to being sold into slavery, to being thrown in jail, and in each case God blessed Joseph and when he was humble and came out of prison to face Pharoah, God was able to work in and through Joseph, not only to save the people of Egypt but also his father’s family too. What others had planned for evil, God was able to turn around and repurpose for good. They had purposed to end life but God’s purpose was to use Joseph to save lives by putting him in the right place at the right time with the right interpretation and favor to those in leadership.

As I reflect on how Jesus came and stepped into this world from the humility of being a baby, from the humility that although He was without sin, He had John baptize Him, and finally the humility to give up His life once for all on the cross so that the ultimate price to save lives would be paid and open the door for us to be able to be reconciled back to God. He was living His life and this humility was honored as He came out of the water when the voice of God from Heaven said

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

So let’s choose to receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Let’s choose to accept Jesus’s example for how to live out our lives. Let’s grab hold of the pray for the Ephesians for ourselves so as to be able to receive and respond to God as He deserves and grab onto His blessings and plans and purposes for our lives. Let’s receive the strength from God as we are weak. Let’s receive the Holy Spirit through accepting Jesus into our hearts as Lord and Savior. Let’s live out our lives in alignment with the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit. Let’s allow love to be our foundation, what we live our lives rooted in. Let’s never forget how great and how wide and how high and how deep and how long God’s love is for us. Let’s lean in because God’s love for us in Christ surpasses all knowledge and by accepting and receiving it we can be filled with the fullness of God. God is able to answer our needs and prayers, immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work in us, so let’s give Him the praise, the honor, and the glory forever and ever!


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)

  • What does a good dad look like to you? Do you have a role model to be able to use as a measure?
  • Are you using Jesus as your measuring stick and target to help you be the dad God created you to be?
  • Are you using Jesus as your measuring stick and hopes of what your dad could be?
  • Are you ready to let Jesus be your north star so that you can be the dad He needs you to be? No matter where you are today?
  • Are you ready to turn to Jesus to be the Father you need in the midst or abscence of where your dad actually is?
  • Are you ready to lead with love?
  • Are you ready to the difficult conversations that can help you understand why?
  • Are you ready to bless your children and be the dad?
    • How will you bless them? Will it be telling them you love them?
    • How will you bless them? Will it be telling them how proud you are of who they are?
    • How will you bless them? Will you be there for their events?
    • How will you bless them? Will you ask for forgiveness and look to be reconciled?
    • How will you bless them? Will you make time for them?
  • Let’s choose to be the dads we are called to be and the dads who bless our children.
  • Let’s support and encourage our kids as they grow up by providing them with a blessing.
  • Just like the fathers of old blessed their kids, let’s be the dads and bless our kids like Abraham passed the blessing onto Isaac and Isaac passed the blessing on to Jacob, and so on.
  • Let’s open the door to our kids futures by being the dads who bless our kids.
  • Let’s not allow our bad decisions or our past keep us from passing on God’s blessing to our kids.
  • Let’s be the dads God needs us to be for this world, this generation, and the generations to come.
  • Don’t be the dad who doesn’t pass on a blessing and as such leaves their kids out there wandering aimlessly because the don’t have their father’s blessing.
  • What the devil means for evil, God can turn around for good as we read about Joseph.
  • So don’t let your past, your mistakes, your situation keep you from being the dad your kid(s) need you to be and so pass on a blessing to them because of God’s love and your love for them!
  • Let’s accept God’s blessing, through Jesus as our Heavenly Father, no matter what we do or don’t receive from our earthly father.
  • Our future depends on what Jesus has already done!
  • Jesus came that we can have life and life more abundantly!
  • Jesus came that we can have a hope and a future!
  • Jesus has come that we may receive God’s blessing upon us!
  • So today, let’s receive the blessing of our Heavenly Father!

Finding Dad – Day 3

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: Matthew 6:14, Matthew 18:21-35, and Ephesians 4:32.

‘ For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. ‘

Matthew 6:14

‘Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”’

Matthew 18:21-35

‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’

Ephesians 4:32

Today’s verses hit home for me as forgiveness is one of the things I have learned is the key over the years. Be it through Cleansing Stream where I forgave my grandmother and it transformed my response to people touching or hitting my face. Be it through work where I forgave my managers and it allowed me to heal and move forward into what God had next. Forgiveness is the key. It is something I have even had the honor and blessing of getting to share as part of a Story Slam event where I could tell the story of where I was at, what happened, and how it changed me. It’s not a one-time thing unfortunately because we have to deal with people and hurting people hurt people which means we are going to get to practice forgiveness throughout our lives. So let’s dig into what today’s verses have to say. Our first verse happens to be the 2nd verse God spoke to me after I had forgiven the people who had hurt me. It helped me to realize that throughout the time while I was rejecting God’s prompt to forgive them I was hurting His heart and as the words “as you forgive others, I will forgive you” were spoken to me I started to apologize to God for not having listened and forgiven so many months earlier which He knew I should have done and prompted me daily to do so that I wouldn’t have had to deal with the downward spiral that comes with allowing bitterness, anger, and frustration to take root in our hearts. I have learned since then that my first response to being hurt, mistreated, abused, etc. is to forgive and then start to try and heal and move forward. Our second scripture is a powerful one as it reinforces the need to continuously forgive, not just once or twice, but enough times that you lose track and continue to forgive. The second verse was part of my story too as it was the song 7×70 that triggered the healing and forgiving process on that day. Sometimes we can forgive once and move on but other times we need to continue to be with or work with that person and they may not be good at how they act because of their own pain and hurt and as such they hurt those around them. As we forgive and stop taking the poison of bitterness, anger, and frustration, we can look into them to see what is hurting them and causing them to act that way too. Jesus came and paid the debt so we could be reconciled to God our Heavenly Father through forgiveness and so now it is our turn to forgive too. We don’t want to be like that other person in scripture today that gets called a “wicked servant” and have to deal with the penalty of unforgiveness. Our list verse for today points to forgiveness through being kind and compassionate. We don’t know what is going on in their lives to trigger or cause them to act this way. We need to be kind and compassionate to others as Jesus is and has been training us to be. We need to forgive them! Forgiving them takes the control out of their hands. Forgiving them stops the anger, bitterness, and pain that gets stirred up by unforgiveness. And Jesus paid the ultimate price for get us forgiveness, so let’s pass it along to those other people in our lives.


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 the importance of being present as a dad?
  • Do you realize the impact on others when you can’t or won’t or aren’t there?
  • Are you prioritizing the role of dad high in relations to the other roles you play in life?
  • Consider how your child feels when they don’t go to a Father/Son or Father/Daughter event with you.
  • Consider how your child feels when they go with someone else because you can’t or won’t or aren’t there.
  • Nothing replaces or can replace dad being at such events.
  • What is keeping you from being present?
  • What can you do to be present?
  • What can you do to show your love and honor for your child during these special times?
  • Can you be there virtually cheering them on?
  • Can you make adjustments to your schedule or life to be able to be there with them or for them?
  • Can you make a way to remove or reduce the awkwardness for your child?
  • Can you be the dad?
  • Are you ready and willing to work through the process of healing?
  • Are you ready and willing to work through the process of reconciliation?
  • Anger, bitterness, frustration, and more are like a poison to you and become self-destructive.
  • I remember the downward spiral that came out of it and forgiveness is the key to stopping the ingestion of the poison and starting to bring healing to the relationship and situation.
  • Let’s be the dad that our kids need.
  • Let’s be the dads who will work through and work on the reconciliation process and ask for forgiveness.
  • Let’s be the dads who will humble themselves enough and admit to the wrongdoing.
  • Let’s be the dads who do our parts so that our kids won’t repeat our mistakes and hurts.
  • Let’s be the dads who do our parts to help our kids have a healthy and whole life.
  • Let’s not allow sin to fill the hole that was left by a missing, abscent, or disfunctional dad.
  • Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts to fill and heal that hole.
  • Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts to bring hope that fills the void caused by a dad that wasn’t there.
  • Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts to turn the anger into amazement.
  • Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts to turn the vulnerability feeling to valued and valuable.
  • Let’s invite Jesus in as the child and allow Him to help us to love our dad more.
  • Let’s invite Jesus in as the dad and allow Him to help us to love our child and being a dad more.
  • Let’s be the dads God created and purposed for us to be.
  • Let’s be the dads by finding ways to heal and reconnect with our kids.
  • Let’s be the dads by finding ways to heal and reconnect with our kids mom.
  • Let’s allow Jesus to fill the gap, fill the hole so that we are satisfied.
    • our longings are satisfied
    • our hurts are satisfied
    • our fears are satisfied
    • our resentment is gone
    • we go from blaming to embracing
  • Let’s allow Jesus to work in us to bring healing and forgiveness.
  • Let’s love Jesus and allow Him to bring reconciliation between father and child. Let’s be the dads!
  • Jesus is our Heavenly Father!
    • He changes our heart!
    • He enables us to be able to change our hearts towards our earthly fathers.
    • Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life!
    • To be the dads, we need Jesus!
    • To be reconciled to our dads, we need Jesus!
    • Through Jesus we have forgiveness, grace, and sonship to God!
    • When we accept and receive this, we don’t need to holding our earthly father accountable for it.
    • We can forgive!
    • Will you break the chains by forgiving today?
    • Will you let go of the hurt by forgiving today?
    • Will you receive the hope by forgiving today?
    • Are you ready to start with Jesus and allow Him to bring restoration and reconciliation into your life?

Let’s be the Dads our kids need! Let’s forgive our dads so that we can move forward in and through Jesus!

Finding Dad – Day 2

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: Ephesians 1:3-6, 2 Peter 1:3-9, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, and Isaiah 53:4-6.

‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. ‘

Ephesians 1:3-6

‘His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. ‘

2 Peter 1:3-9

‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. ‘

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

‘Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. ‘

Isaiah 53:4-6

Today’s verses speak so much to the love of our Heavenly Father and how much He has done for us. Through Jesus, He has with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm. Our heavenly Father has chosen us, and all we need to do is receive and accept it. By receiving and accepting it, we get adopted into the family of God through Jesus. So will you accept God’s grace into your life for the glory of God through Jesus? We already read more about how our Heavenly Father has provided for us everything we need to be able to live a godly life through Jesus who has called us, stands at the door knocking, waiting to see if we would open it and invite Him in. Through Jesus, our Heavenly Father has given us incredible promises that allow us to be a part of His works and plans for this world, escaping from the corruption and evil desires of this world. We see how we can build upon each thing He has given us to help us become more and more like Jesus daily. It speaks to making every effort to add to our faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if we possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s keep our eyes on the ball, keeping our focus on Jesus so that we don’t miss it, we aren’t blind to it, and forget the truth of how Jesus came and broke the chains of sin and death in order to make a way for us to be able to spend eternity with Him in heaven. It doesn’t mean we won’t have troubles because Jesus was clear in John how in this world we will have troubles and equally as clear that we can take heart because He has overcome the world. In the midst of troubles, God will comfort us, when Jesus left He sent the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and our guide. In the midst of troubles, the comforter will comfort us so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. God opens a conduit to help us be comforters to those in trouble, just like He does for us. Jesus paid it all, He nailed the pain and the suffering to the cross, once and for all. Jesus took our sins and bore the punishment of being pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities in or to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way for us to find true peace with God and so that we can find true healing by His stripes and wounds. Let’s turn back to God rather than being like sheep that have gone astray, trying to figure it all out on our own. Let’s accept and receive the gift of God that is salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord!


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)

  • What comes to mind about the way you chose to live your life as a child?
  • Have you been able to get beyond that and step up and step in to who God has created you to be?
  • Have you been able to accept the calling He is putting on your life?
  • Last year I leaned in on God’s purpose for my life as I was reading a book and Be The Dads is what has been kindled and I am starting to walk out for His glory.
  • Did you ever act out when you were a kid because of the state of your heart?
  • Did you ever act out when you were a kid because of your relationship with your dad or parents?
  • Did you ever find yourself in the midst of living a self-destructive lifestyle?
  • Did you ever get to a tipping point where you had a door open or an encounter?
  • For me I know my family took me to church from time to time, be it my parents or my grandmother.
  • For me I know I really didn’t get it.
  • For me I know I even felt God tugging at my heart while I was in university and so went back to that church and went through the confirmation process. I had to leave before the final ceremony but when I got back for Christmas break they performed it then.
  • For me it wasn’t till I was in my thirties that the big aha moment showed up that it wasn’t about rituals and routines but rather about a relationship with Jesus.
  • The reality that Jesus cam to fulfill God’s plans.
  • The reality that Jesus was fulfilling the Father’s plan of being the Father to the fatherless.
  • I remember going to cleansing stream and having a lady praying for me and asking for forgiveness for my grandmother about something there is no way should could have known and crying as God broke that stronghold off my life.
  • Do you realize you have a dad who can be a role model for how you choose to live out your life and His name is Jesus?
  • Do you realize even if you don’t have your own dad and are fatherless that it doesn’t mean you are alone and can’t change the pattern for the next generation?
  • Are you willing to allow God to heal those wounds through Jesus?
  • Don’t let daddy issues of the past rob you of all God wants in and through your life.
  • Let’s put our hope and trust in Jesus so that those issues can be broken off and taken away.
  • God wants to adopt us all into His family. Through Jesus we become sons and daughters of the most high God.
  • Through Jesus what was lost is now found.
  • Through Jesus what was broken is now restored.
  • Through Jesus what was rejeceted is now redeemed.
  • Let’s choose to receive the gift of Jesus into our lives and allow Him to work in and through us to help us become more and more like Him.
  • Grab hold of the reality that grace breaks the grudge.
    • worship supersedes wrath
    • the heart of hurt turns into a heart healed by hope
  • We may or may not have the dad we long for but either way we do have a Heavenly Father that makes up for it.
  • Today let’s embrace Him and start out our day and the the rest of our lives walking it out changed and transformed to become more like Jesus.
  • Let’s not let the past prevent us from becoming the dads God created us to be.
  • Let’s not let the past prevent us from reconciling and becoming the dads we are supposed to be.
  • Let’s not let the past hold us back from making the next generation strong because they stand firm on the rock of Jesus Christ and are healed and whole because of it.

Finding Dad – Day 1

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: Malachi 4:4-6, Psalm 68:4-6, and Matthew 3.

‘“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel. “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”’

Malachi 4:4-6

‘Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds ; rejoice before him—his name is the Lord . A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. ‘

Psalms 68:4-6

‘In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ” John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”’

Matthew 3:1-17

Reflecting on today’s verses brings some pretty interesting perspectives to the day. We see God has a plan, one that He had not only made but also foretold through the prophets of old hundreds of years ago. In Malachi, we learn how God the Father will send a messenger ahead of Jesus whose purpose is to reconcile families, the heal hearts so that it isn’t a time of natural disasters and destruction. In Psalms, we learn the importance of praising God the Father and who He is to us. We learn that He is the ultimate Father, the one who is always there and ready to take a stand for those in need, He is the father to the fatherless, the defender of widows, the one who brings the lonely into His family, the one who leads out the prisoners of sin with singing. We see how those who rebel against Him choose for themselves to live in a sun-scorched land. Our two old testament readings point us to what is revealed in today’s reading from Matthew 3. In Matthew 3, we see how John the Baptist is the Elijah they spoke of who comes in advance to prepare people for the coming of Jesus. We see how John the Baptist is the one that Isaiah spoke of in Isaiah 40:3 who came to prepare the way, the hearts of the people for the arrival of Jesus. In Matthew 3, John speaks to the reality that He isn’t the messiah but rather one who comes to get everyone ready for His arrival. John even humbles himself to express the degree of difference between Jesus and himself when he speaks to the baptism of water versus the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus speaks to the importance of both when He gets John to baptize Him in water. If it is good enough for Jesus then it means it is important and good enough for us to also be baptized in water. God the Father reveals Himself as Jesus comes out of the water from being baptized when He says: “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

God’s Word is so powerful and never returns void! God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path! God’s Word is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. So let’s never walk away from the Word of God but spent time meditating on it so that we can walk out our lives in alignment to His will, His purpose, and His plans for us.


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 gotten caught up in something and discovered there was no answer?
  • Ever spent time investing in something that ended in a sense of feeling incomplete?
  • Don’t you prefer when there is an actual conclusion to the story?
  • Don’t you prefer when there is a way as Paul Harvey used to put it “the rest of the story”?
  • Imagine being the Jews in the Old Testament with all the messages and prophecy and yet no Jesus.
  • We see in today’s verses from Malachi how it gives the proposition of a blessing and a curse.
  • We see in today’s verses from Malachi how it gives us a declaration that Elijah’s preaching will either bring the hearts of the fathers back to their children or God will strike the land with a curse, and then the Old Testament ends.
  • Can you say cliffhanger?
  • What is going through everyone’s mind over the next 400 years?
  • Imagine the last words spoken being “Dad is either coming home to love you or you’re going to live in a curse”.
  • How woud that make you feel? How would deal with the waiting? How would you deal with the relationships in your life?
  • Ever had to live out that tension in your own life? Wondering if dad is coming home?
  • Ever had to live out that suspense in your own life? Wondering if dad is coming your event or activity?
  • Ever had to live out that worry in your own life? Wondering if dad is going to show up for this important life event?
  • Do you wait for and hope for a message from your dad? A text? A call? An email? A birthday card? Something to let you know he cares and you matter to him?
  • Did it feel like a curse during the times of tension, of suspense, of worry, and even having to wait or hope?
  • No matter where you are at today, let’s grab hold of God’s Word, God’s truth, and that He is our Heavenly Father.
  • Let’s not be the dads who cause such tension in our kids lives.
  • Let’s not be the dads who cause such suspense in our kids lives.
  • Let’s not be the dads who cause such worry in our kids lives.
  • Let’s be the dads that God created us to be so that our kids can walk out their lives in faith, trusting in God, and knowing that not only does their Heavenly Father love them but so does their earthly father and that they really matter to us.
  • Can you imagine the reality and realization of the end of the 400 years of silence when John the Baptist showed up?
  • Can you imagine the feeling that would have been taking place when John the Baptist announced the arrival of Jesus?
  • The Good News, the Gospel of Jesus breaks the curse and fills the void!
  • The Good News, the Gospel of Jesus answers the curse of the fatherlessness!
  • The Good News, the Gospel of Jesus redeems the love we long for from dad.
  • We need to find our life in Christ first!
  • We need to fill the emptiness of waiting with Jesus!
  • We need to fill the emptiness of wondering with Jesus!
  • We need to fill the emptiness of hoping with the redemptive power of Jesus!
  • Jesus is our spiritual Dad.
  • So let’s model our lives after Him so that we can Be The Dads God created and desires for us to be for our kids, our wives, and our world!

Rad Dad! – Day 6

As we continue this year the next plan I have selected to go through is “Rad Dad!” which is a 6 day devotional through the Bible.com site.

Day 6 – How has becoming a father changed your perspective on a Father’s love for his children?

Today’s devotional is connected with Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 6:1, and Deuteronomy 6:7.

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

Proverbs 22:6

‘These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. ‘

Deuteronomy 6:1-2

‘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

It is interesting the theme I see when looking through today’s verses. It is the importance of pouring God’s Word into the lives of our kids. We see it in how we are to raise them up in Proverbs 22. We see it when Moses is telling the people the importance of making sure that everyone knows God’s commands, decrees, and laws. We see it win how we are to impress them on our children. It shouldn’t be a once-a-week or once in a while thing but rather an all-day and everyday type of thing. We should be leading by example daily so that when we are sitting around a home they get it, when we are walking or out and abound the roads, and even when we put them to bed and get them up for the morning. God’s Word is so important and so critical to being able to achieve God’s purpose and plans for our lives and for their lives. For us to be the dads God created us to be we need to raise up our kids in the way they should go. Yes, we aren’t perfect and neither is anyone else, for all have sinned. But Jesus has come that we may have life and life more abundantly, so let’s lean in on God, let’s invite Jesus into our lives, and let’s be people who are humble enough to apologize when we miss the mark. Let’s allow the way we use our words, the way we work, the way we act point people to God! Let’s decide to turn back to God and get back on track to being or becoming the dads God desires for us to be, so that the next generation will be able to walk out their lives healthier than we have and with the confidence and trust in God we all need. It’s not too late for a second chance! It’s not too late to repent and reconcile! So today let’s be the dads we are supposed to be for our kids, and for the world.


Today’s devotional has been provided by Varsity Skateboarding Organization (more details can be found here: https://varsityskate.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)

  • Remember how we sow what we reap?
  • So today as we go out there, let’s be the dads and sow lots of seeds for God!
  • Let’s be good examples and people who fully trust in God so that we can not only sow the seeds into the lives of our kids and others, but can point them in the way they should go so that they won’t depart from it.
  • Unfortunately in this world we will have troubles and people aren’t perfect and so if we don’t get filled with faith or washed in faith daily, it can wear off and people turn away from Jesus which is so sad.
  • So let’s be the dads that make sure our kids grow up knowing the Word of God!
  • Let’s be the dads that love God and teach His ways to our kids!
  • Let’s be the dads that share the testimony of God working in and through our lives with our kids!
  • Let’s be the dads that also point to the unchanging Word of God that is dependable forever!
  • Let’s be the dads that help our kids get a firm foundation to build their lives upon!
  • Let’s be the dads that make decisions for our kids the reinforce what we read in Proverbs today so that we train up our kids in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it.
  • So where are you at today?
  • Are your kids seeing and getting what they need?
  • Is your family seeing and getting what they need?
  • Have they seen enough? Are you living your life to the full so they can see it, experience it, and believe it?
  • Are you being the dad you were created to be so that your kids are raised the way they should go?
  • Are you living a life that reflects all of what God’s Word tells us to the world around us so that we can be the dads they need?
  • Let’s be the dads who teach the Word of God and then give it up to God to help them remember what they have been taught and will be led by the Holy Spirit.
  • Let’s be the dads who help them realize they can trust Jesus and lean on Him through the highs and lows of life.
  • Let’s be the dads who introduce them to Jesus so that they can have their own authentic and intimate relationship with Him!
  • Let’s be the dads who train them up in the way they should go so that it leaves the legacy that they will do the same with their kids and so on and so on and so on.

Rad Dad! – Day 5

As we continue this year the next plan I have selected to go through is “Rad Dad!” which is a 6 day devotional through the Bible.com site.

Day 5 – How has becoming a father changed your perspective on a Father’s love for his children?

Today’s devotional is connected with Proverbs 22:6.

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

Proverbs 22:6

As I read this proverb it hits me. We raise up our kids to be independent and be able to go out and live their lives. One day sooner than we could have imagined off they go out into the world, on their own. As my oldest left for Navy boot camp to kick off the year she was pursuing a God given dream. She was heading out into the world to be able to help save people physically with the training of being able to save people’s souls. I wondered how graduating with a pastoral degree she would go into the Navy but then realized who better to send to help someone in need of rescue than a pastor. I am so glad God got a hold of me all those years ago when she was just a baby so that her mother and I would be able to start her and her siblings off on the way they should go. I am so glad that God taught us all the way we should go as our Heavenly Father. As she left to kick off the year, I held tight to God’s promise that even when she gets old she will not turn from Him. This is a year of change and I have a second who will be leaving home to go off to college. I am glad she was born into our relationship with God and she has been able to start her own personal walk with God. When the time comes for us to let her go too, just like Moses’ mother who let him go into the Nile, again I will be able to let go and let God go with her. I will be able to trust God and know He is faithful to His Word and so even when she goes that she will not turn from Him and His ways. God is such a great example of a dad. So today as we look to be the dads He desires for us to be, let’s grab hold of Him and His Word and His promises so that we can live out our today in a way that will bring Him the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name.


Today’s devotional has been provided by Varsity Skateboarding Organization (more details can be found here: https://varsityskate.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 type of an example are you setting for your kids?
  • Are you someone who connects and talks to others?
  • Are you someone who will even talk to people you don’t know?
  • Are you someone who is giving? Are you someone who is generous?
  • When you talk to others do you have certain questions you ask them?
  • Would you consider if you don’t today to ask them “Do you have a church home?”?
  • Would you consider if you don’t today to ask them “Do you know Jesus?”?
  • Today’s devotional speaks to how their dad used to do this and how it was to help lead them in the way they should go, down the right path.
  • So when you were a kids did you see your dad show you the same level of love no matter what good or bad thing you did?
  • If you are a dad, are you pouring that same level of love into your kids no matter what good or bad things they do?
  • Are you ready to lead them and love them and allow them to do what they love to do?
  • Do you realize the importance of doing what you love?
  • As I read today’s devotional, it made me think of the old quote from Confucius that says “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”
  • Are you remembering the lessons of old that taught you right and wrong?
  • Are you ready to teach those same truths to your kids? Are you ready to be the dad that by example models right and wrong?
  • Are you ready to teach your kids that no matter what they do, your love for them will never change?
  • Are you ready to teach your kids to the importance of loving everyone?
  • Are you ready to teach your kids never to judge?
  • Are you ready to teach your kids to always show compassion?
  • Are you ready to teach your kids to make sure everyone they come in contact with knows who Jesus is?
  • Are you ready to be a Rad Dad?
  • Are you ready to Be The Dads God created you to be and that your kids, your wife, and your world need you to be?
  • Are you ready to show the right path and reminding them to do the same for their kids?
  • Remember to live out today’s verse of the day so that when they get older they will do the same thing.

Rad Dad! – Day 4

As we continue this year the next plan I have selected to go through is “Rad Dad!” which is a 6 day devotional through the Bible.com site.

Day 4 – How has becoming a father changed your perspective on a Father’s love for his children?

Today’s devotional is connected with Proverbs 3:5-6.

‘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

As I consider this and how my 2022 has begun, I have picked up the theme from our church sermon series and am holding onto 2022 being a year to THRIVE rather than like the past couple of years of just trying to survive. To thrive we need to change or have changed from how things were, how we were. I originally thought that meant the known changes taking place in my family as being the dad of 2 girls who will be leaving the house this year as one goes off to navy boot camp and the other to college to play collegiate soccer. As the first week of the year took place I was struck by more change in my corporate life too and at first, started to figure out what this meant and thanks to a REVIVE week which is what our church titled our week of prayer and fasting, I was able to exchange any concerns, worries, or anxieties by casting them on God because He cares for me and grabbing hold of the reality that if I want 2022 to be about a year of thriving, I need to take hold of the changes and pursue God’s plans and purposes for how they will help me to thrive. God’s plans are for good and not for evil! God’s plans are to give us hope and a future. So for that reason, I couldn’t be leaning on my own understanding because I don’t have or know the full picture that God is operating in. For that reason, I needed to trust in the Lord with all my heart. And so as we arrive at today’s devotional it is quite timely not only from a personal perspective but also from the perspective of being the dad of two adult girls who is stepping out into the world this year. By trusting in God rather than trying to lean on my own understanding of what is taking place, my faith, my hope, and my trust are that by submitting to God in all my ways, He will make my path straight!

Being the dad I need to be and we need to be for our kids, our wives, and our world means trusting in and submitting to God in all our ways! Are you ready to thrive by leaning in on God? Are you ready to thrive by trusting fully in God? Are you ready to thrive by submitting to God in all your ways? Let’s decide today to make 2022 a year to thrive as the dads God created us to be!


Today’s devotional has been provided by Varsity Skateboarding Organization (more details can be found here: https://varsityskate.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)

  • So did your perspective change when you had a child?
  • Did your perspective on God change when you had a child?
  • When they start saying your name or crying out to you do you notice the impact and feeling it has and creates?
  • Did it impact your thoughts of “Abba Father”? “Abba daddy”?
  • Did that bit flip in your head? The feeling that you would do anything, even die for your child?
  • Would you take a bullet for your child?
  • Imagine how much God loves us that He gave His one and only Son to die for us, even to the point of the excruciating death on a cross.
  • Before kids we don’t really get what sacrificial love is.
  • After kids it opens our eyes to just how much God loves us that He would do that for us.