Father's Day is Sunday!!!
I wanted to share how much I have grown to appreciate the role.... husbands, fathers, men....have in our lives.
Whether they realize it or not they are a huge factor in how we as women view ourselves. How we even treat ourselves. They can factor into our motivation of wanting to do something or not do something.
Daddies definitely have a HUGE factor in molding how our daughters will view men in their dating future. How the men in our lives treat our daughters will create a standard for our daughters....for young women.
When a Daddy continually stops to listen to the chatter of their 10 year old daughter instead of fiddling with his phone...it says to her, she is more important than that silly email that just binged!
When a Daddy opens doors, holds her in his lap, and gives her a reassuring hug....it says to her, she is important and deserves to be treated with love and respect.
When a Daddy helps her get back up on the bike, or pushes her to do just one more flip....it says to her to not give up trying even when things are hard.
When a MAN remembers his role in a WOMANS life then it makes it lovely for a WOMAN to remember how beautifully made she is and her role and just how very important that role is!
This Father's day I am going to give the amazing man in my life a gift that doesn't just last for a day. It is not something he can hold.
I want to give him a novena and fast.
I was thinking about this the other day when I came across a Father's Day Novena. I thought wow how perfect. I will start it the day after Father's Day for 9 days!
For me I love adding a type of fast (even if it is abstaining from one or two things) to my prayer life. For me it takes my prayer life to the next level. It gives it direction, purpose. But again that is for me.
I was even having fun with some ideas of how, what to suggest to give up for 9 days to see how it can be intertwined with the prayer.
1. Giving up nuts, almonds, to pray for a father's heart to continue to be strong and endure all the trials of this life.
2. Giving up alcohol or desserts or treats to remind oneself that the true celebration is knowing we have a special man in our life.
3. Giving up or limiting tv, computer, electronic time to remember to connect more fully and deeper with that man.
4. Giving up that one thing that reminds you of a deceased father, grandfather, important male figure in your life!
Take a moment today, this weekend, next week....to reflect and pray for the men in your life! And if you feel they are not living up to what God has called them to be or do....then pray for them to have the courage to be the men they are designed, created to be! Pray they continue or start having a strong armor for Christ!
NONE of us can do this alone.
WE ALL can use prayer!
Have a Fantastic Father's Day full of....
and our Heavenly Father!!!
Love, blessings, and prayers always,