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Theme of the Week: How to Be a Good Dad
Monday, July 21, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: Don't you see that children are God's best gift? (Psalm 127:3, The Message)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 127

When I think of what it means to be a dad, I think of a jolly father who says, "Come, come and sit on my lap. My boy, what did you do today? Did you make a mistake today? How did that go? What did you learn from that?"

[That dad] is a reflection of how I see our heavenly Father. Someone who's always there, always glad to see you, always glad to share a belly laugh. That father can be stern, but always in a loving way—never harsh, never cutting. Even when his kids know they've blown it, he fosters a relationship where his children can tell him anything. Consequences may come, even punishment. But in the midst of all that, he would never speak to them out of condemnation. His children would feel comfortable and safe speaking to him, no matter what they had done.

Is that an easy relationship dynamic to master? Hardly. Every one of us falls short. But it's an ideal we should strive for every day. Fatherhood is about being engaged with your kids, talking with them, wrestling with them, holding them when they need to be held. It's wanting to be there for the first step and all the steps thereafter.

—Jim Daly in The Good Dad

My Response: A man I admire for the way he treats his children is … What are the traits I admire most in this dad?

Adapted from The Good Dad by Jim Daly with Paul Asay. Copyright 2014 by James Daly. Used by permission of Zondervan.

Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, my children truly are gift s from you. Forgive me for those times I've neglected these precious gifts in my pursuit of other things. Help me to begin each day with a desire to be a good dad.

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Curt Schleicher

July 21, 2014  9:10am

This man i admire for the way he treats his children is Chuck Rusch. The trait i admire most in him is the respect that he receives from each one of them. In addition, the ways in which pursues them , encourages them, prays for them, and ultimately, lavishes love in their direction. in my opinion, he reflects the way Jesus loves me. Lord God, help me to be more like you, and in turn, be more of the father you want me to be for my children. Even though, they're grown, and my youngest daughter is married living & on her own, may you still help me to be the father they need and deserve. In Jesus name, amen.

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Arley Dueck

July 21, 2014  6:23am

Thanks for the encouragement,

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