Making Glad Dads

On Father’s Day and every day we need to teach our children to be grateful for their fathers, listen to their instruction, and make ‘Glad Dads’.   If your child does not have an earthly father, emphasize his relationship with his Heavenly Father.

…children take pride in their fathers
Proverbs 17:6

My son, hear the instruction of your father…
Proverbs 1:8

A person who loves wisdom makes his father happy…
Proverbs 29:3

Bible:

Proverbs 29:3 Are you doing those things that please your Dad?  The Bible says the best way to make your dad happy is to be wise – to do and say those things that please God – to choose to do the right thing.  We can ask God to help us make our  ‘dad glad’.

John 8:26-28 Jesus said, “I do always those things that please the Father:  His Father is God.  Jesus always pleased God.  Jesus said that He only talked about the things He had heard His Father talk about.  He said He did nothing but what His Father had taught Him to do.  God is our Father too and we should always please Him.  But God, who is our Heavenly Father, has given us an earthly Father.  We please God when we listen to our dads just as Jesus listened to his Dad.

Luke 15:11-22 There was a young man who didn’t listen to his dad.  He decided he wanted to leave his dad so he asked for all the money that belonged to him and he left.  When the son got far away, he began to do bad things in bad places with bad people.  Soon he had spent all his money and had nothing to eat and no where to go but back home to his father. He went home and told his dad that he was sorry for all the bad things he had done.  His dad was glad he came home; he forgave him for everything.

Ephesians 6:1-2 God tells children to obey their parents and to honor their father and mother.  This will please God and it will please your dad.  Obeying your parents means doing what they say to do.  Honoring your parents means to have respect for them – like when your dad is talking, be quiet until he has finished – or when your dad says something, don’t argue with him.  Obeying and honoring your parents will please your dad and it will please God.

Philippians 2:13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him. Jesus did always those things that pleased His Father.  How can we always do those things that please God and our dad?  The Bible says that God will work in us to do those things that please Him.  Sometimes when you find it hard to do the things that please God or your dad, remember that God promises to help you do the right things if you ask Him.

Prayer: God, thank you for my dad.  Help me to listen to him and obey.
Thank you that my dad takes care of me.  God, please take care of my dad and help him with all the things he has to do.

Suggested Activities:

  1. Make a poster for the fridge with one of the Bible verse and a picture of dad and pictures of some things he does.
  2. Play ‘Follow the Leader’ with dad being the leader.
  3. Play ‘Dad Says’ like ‘Simon Says’.
  4. Show things that belong to dad. Cover the items, sneak one item away, and let child guess what is missing.
  5. Make hand prints on a plaque for dad.
  6. Greet Dad with hugs and kisses at the door when he comes home from work.
  7. Make a thank you card for dad.  List, draw, or find pictures of things dad does and thank him for doing them.
  8. Color one of these pages from Ministry-to-Children.com
  9. Bake cookies for Dad in shapes of things he uses such as a car, tie, hat, ball, tools, etc.
  10. Talk about ways to make a ‘Glad Dad’:
    1. come when he calls
    2. listen when he talks
    3. hear and obey his instructions

     

Songs:

God Made My Daddy (listen)
(lyrics) God made my daddy; he helps me do so many things.
I love my daddy; he takes care of me
or
God is my Father; He helps me do so many things.
I love my Father; He takes care of me.”

Glad for Dad (listen)
(lyrics)I’m glad today; I’m glad today.
For my Dad, I’m glad today.
God, please help me make my Dad glad

Books
We’re Very Good Friends, My Father and I
The Prodigal Son (Arch Books)
Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter)

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Remember on Memorial Day

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 Let’s not forget what this long weekend is about.  Many have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.  God made a decree many years ago that we set up memorials to help our children know about the things that happened in the past:

Joshua 4:6-7
We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future, your children will ask, “What do these stones mean to you?”  Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s covenant went across.” These stones will stand as a permanent memorial among the people of Israel.”

Memorial Day originally began in 1868 as a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who died in the Civil War. In more recent years our government passed a resolution that Memorial Day be observed on the last Monday of May as an occasion to remember and honor the men and women who died in all wars.

During this Memorial Day weekend be sure to talk to your children about the reason for the holiday.  Here are some suggestions:

As children, our boys loved to pretend to be soldiers, dressing in full camouflage.  When they got older they made this short film to illustrate one of their father’s sermons:

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Mothers

We as mothers have been called to the hardest, most overwhelming responsibility EVER!  However – it is also the greatest privilege that God bestows – to love and influence a life from the womb to the tomb! God really loves mothers!!

Here are previous Mother’s Day blog posts you might find encouraging if you have some reading time this weekend.

Train Up The Child From the Womb to the Tomb

The Far-Reaching Affects of Godly Mothers

God Wants You to Have a Happy Mother’s Day

What Makes a Happy Mother?

We Have This Moment as Mom to Make a Memory

Just a Mom???

A Prayer For Moms

                      Happy Mother’s Day!!

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Labor Really Begins After Birth

 Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.
Galatians 4:19

Paul told the Galatians that he was laboring as in birth to see that they fully know Christ. It is imperative that we as parents follow his example.  We are well aware of the labor of childbirth to bring about physical birth, but are we aware that the labor doesn’t stop there?  The labor in childbirth brings forth the physical body which is only temporal, but our child has a spirit as well which is eternal.  Therefore, shouldn’t there be more labor in spiritual training than in physical ?

It takes time and effort to see that Christ is developed in our child.  Susanna Wesley knew this very well.   She spent an hour a week individually with each of her 10 children, helping he or she to be totally submitted to God.  When asked about her method of preparing her children for spiritual maturity she replied:

“No one can, without renouncing the world, in the most literal sense, observe my method; and there are few, if any, that would entirely devote above twenty years of the prime of life in hopes to save the souls of their children, which they think may be saved without so much ado; for that was my principal intention, however unskillfully and unsuccessfully managed.”

So exactly what is involved in this labor?

The labor actually begins when we start to discipline the child.  Even as infants, children do not wish to be disciplined.  As we try to get our child to obey, we begin to feel the pain of the child pulling away from any restrictions we put on him..  If we tell a 2 year old to pick up his toys, he is going to see if we really mean it. If  we have reached the teen years and still haven’t dealt with the issue of obedience, it is not too late, but the labor is going to be more intense. It would be much less painful for us just to let the 2 year old’s disobedience go unpunished, or to not put our teenager on restriction. But when we realize we are training our child’s spirit which is the way he or she will respond to God, we should be willing to labor in disciplining.

Next, there is much effort and time that must be spent in teaching the Word to the child.  Deuteronomy 11:19 says: “And you shall teach them your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” 

That’s a plethora of teaching and it will take preparation on our part to study the Word so we can teach it as we go on our way with our children; as we have times of teaching as we sit in our house; when we tuck our children in at night; and when we get them up in the mornings.

Also included in this labor is time spent in earnest prayer.  It is important to pray about each issue in our child’s life, no matter what age they are or how large or small the situation.  An old preacher named Oliver Price once said,  “God works in the child’s life through the parent and the parent works in the child’s life through prayer.”   Job got up early in the morning to pray for his children as recorded in Job 1:5 “…Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said it may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.  Thus did Job continually.”

As I read the Bible, I like to find verses to pray for my children.  An example is 1 Peter 3:11 – pray that he or she will “turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.”

We can prepare our children for living in these troubled days and it is imperative that we do.  This is the most important labor you will ever do.  Trust me, it is worth it!!!  God will not forget your labor of love with your children.  Afterwards you will realize a peaceful harvest of right living for your children; see God’s Word prospering in them; realize answers to your earnest prayers for them, and you will have no greater joy than hearing your children are walking in the Truth.

Hebrews 6:10
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown in his name, having helped the saints.

Hebrews 12:11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening–it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

Isaiah 55:11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

James 5:16 The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth.

 

 

 

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