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dadThere are good dads, excellent dads, not so good dads, and even very bad dads.

Mine was not bad, not excellent, not even absent. He was…complicated. It did not feel like I had a dad growing up, but the reasons for this were much deeper than what I could understand back then, and it’s only recently that I began to see things clearly, long after I was all grown up, long after my dad was gone from this earth. And at times, I long to tell him that I get him now, and that I even respect him, and am thankful for all he was for me. But that window is shut, and I receive grace for living.

But Dads are worth talking about. And good dads ought to be celebrated. Because they change the world. The lack of good dads seem to make for weak men and women, a society with no backbones. The presence of great dads builds strong men and women, courageous ones who dare to dream and go forward. And change the world a bit. Or a lot. I hope for my sons to be as amazing as their father has been to them, that they influence the places where they live by loving their sons and daughters, one life at a time for a million lives and then some.

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Dads have a ton of knowledge because they have lived so much longer than their kids, but knowledge is not what makes them great dads. They are great dads because they are present, and are choosing to love, no matter what. They won’t leave because it gets tough. They are in for the long haul. Great dads, they are great because when they teach by living with their sons and daughters the everyday stuff of life, by being present, by understanding that it’s a journey.

Great dads teach that life is made up of seasons, and it’s a lovely progression that ought to be embraced:

“Here, son, watch me to it!”

“Could we do this together?”

“How about you do it and I watch you?”

Dads, real dads, they reflect the heart of God.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

one-thousand7#931Finding the person I needed to find in the midst of hundreds of people

#932 Being able to love on my Emmaline

#933 Waking up rested

 

Sometimes, I link up with any or all of these wonderful writers: Hearts 4 Home, SDG, Hearts Reflected, WLW, EOA, Things I can’t say, Growing Home, Play Dates with God, Monday Musings, Hear it on Sunday,Inspire Me Monday, Tell me a Story, The Better Mom, a Mama’s Story, Into the Word, In and Around Mondays,OYHT, Gratituesday,Titus2Tuesdays, Extraordinay, Lessons from Ivy, Denise in Bloom, Sweet Blessings, Faith Filled Friday, Finding Joy, WholeHearted Home, Mom’s the Word, Reclaiming a Redeemed Life

 

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