I'm so glad you're here.
Blessing counting leads to gratitude which leads to peace, contentment, and happiness . . . not from having what you want, but from wanting what you have.
I am going to take the rest of this week off from writing . . . taking a necessary break. (I written 5 days a week for several years. Whew. Maybe you need a break from me.)
My Dad is visiting from Florida and I have an upper respiratory infection. I’m struggling to keep up with everything, and I want to be able to enjoy these precious days with Dad. So please excuse me, I will be resting and playing through the end of the week.
Maybe we’ll take some leisurely walks, enjoy a little pool time, and get some frozen custard at Ted Drewes. Yay!
While I’m off I would love to have you take some time to dig around in the archives, or . . .
here are 7 suggested posts if you don’t have time to do your own exploring.
I’m already looking forward to being back with you on Monday.
Be blessed. Be a blessings.
What are the Drawbacks of Tunnel Vision?
How many times have I’ve ended up stuck in tunnel vision,
unable to see anything around me, sitting on my behind, going nowhere!
* How often do I look through a tunnel of want, need, or going to do and miss the wonder God has planned for me. I can easily miss the magnificent while focused on the mundane!
* How many times have I grabbed the tunnel of judgement to help me focus on someone else’s mess, not addressing the obstacle course of problems tossed around me.
* How often do I peer through the tunnel of envy . . . wanting what other’s are enjoying; failing to notice the piles of blessings God has stacked around me.
Tunnel vision can me cause all kinds of trouble.
What are the Benefits of Tunnel Vision?
If my tunnel vision is focused on Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, there is no limit to what I am able to see. Focused on Jesus, I can see beyond my circumstances, my desires, and the mundane to unlimited possibilities. Focused on Jesus my narrow world of self opens up to a world that includes loving others. Focused on Jesus my world is colored with hope. There are no limits when I’m focused on Jesus. Because:
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Dear friends, let us love each other, because love comes from God. Those who love are God’s children and they know God. 1 John 4:7
Lord, give me tunnel vision. Help me to seek You with all of my heart. You are my source of strength and hope. You give me hope for the future. A future You have prepared for me. Focus my eyes on You, Lord, the author and perfector of my faith. Amen.
Do you know a dad who needs a pat on the back?
Maybe the question would be better if we asked . . . do you know a dad who doesn’t need a pat on the back?
Moms and dads are constantly second-guessing themselves. I should have done. I shouldn’t have done.
I believe our society is especially hard on dads.
Let’s take this weekend and commit to doing our best to change that for the fathers we know.
In Should We Only Honor Deserving Dads, I shared three important ways we can build dads up and give them a well deserved back pat.
If you’re looking for a quote to add to a note or Father’s Day card, check out – Best Quotes to Encourage Your Favorite Dad.
And finally if you just need a little day brightener watch – Here’s to You, Dad – Cutest Video Ever.
Happy Father’s Day, Dads!!
(Painting by Ron DiCianni)
Here’s to you, Dad.
To you who have known sleepless nights,
To you who have chased bicycles, thrown baseballs, and flown kites.
To you who have attended countless games, concerts, plays, and parent’s nights.
To you who have played games, attended tea parties, and wiped noses.
To you who doubt your abilities and still get up everyday and do your best.
Here’s to you dad!
Thank you for honoring your God-given responsibility.
Thank you for loving your babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers . . . tweens, teens and beyond.
Thank you for never giving up . . . you’re the best!
We love you!
“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, singers of songs.” ~ Pam Brown
“Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.” – Ruth E. Henkel
My children, listen when your father corrects you. Pay attention and learn good judgment. Proverbs 4:1
“It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.” ~ Friedrich von Schiller
So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. Luke 15:20
“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” ~ Clarence Budington Kelland
“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” — Unknown
“A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.” ~ Author Unknown
I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ. Jude 1:1
“If all fathers were to hold out their hands in friendship, yours is the one I’d hold.” Author Unknown
For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:12
But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life. 1 Corinthians 8:6
Mother’s Day is the day we tell moms they’re wonderful. We honor them with love through gifts and attention. The goal is to make moms feel appreciated for all they do and celebrate their role in the lives of their children and their influence on society.
Father’s Day on the other hand is the day dads are challenged to do a better job.
To make my point . . . check out the Wiki.answers.com response to the question – “Why do we celebrate Father’s Day?”:
- We have it to thank those in our life who have been there to be role models and good caretakers.
- To honor our fathers (if you have one to honor that deserves it) and all the other influential men in your life. It is a day to show the fathers/father figures that they are loved enough to have their own day.
We don’t question whether a mom “deserves honor” on Mother’s Day. Should we only honor deserving dads?
The Commandment doesn’t say:
Honor your father (if he deserves it) and your mother so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Deuteronomy 5:16
Honor is defined as – to regard with great respect.
Pastors, Please Give Dads a Pat on the Back
The father sitting in the your church this weekend is doing his best. He is leading his family to be part of a faith community. He is a work in progress. No he’s not perfect, but neither is the mom sitting beside him or the children sitting around him.
Raising children is hard. There are too many questions and too few answers, too many comparisons and too few back pats, too much second-guessing and too little affirmation.
So, for one day this weekend . . . please encourage fathers with an enthusiastic “well done.” Remind them that like moms their role of parent is extremely important, and that like his female counterpart he’s doing the best he is able. Remind him of God’s love and presence as he does this mostly under-appreciated assignment.
Moms, Please Praise Your Children’s Father in Front of Them
He has his faults, but so do you. There is a quote that says, “The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” ~ Credited to John Wooden, Theodore Hesburgh, Henry Ward Beecher, Martha Vander Marel.
Another saying should be, The best thing a mother can do for her children is to respect their father.
Rev’s parents divorced when he was in his early teens, yet his mother never allowed her children to disrespect their father nor did she discredit him often saying, “A marriage involves two people, neither one is solely to blame when it falls apart.”
Whether you live under the same roof or not, make it a habit to encourage your children’s father in front of them. Tell him you appreciate him and respect him. (A side benefit may be that if he’s not the person you dreamed he would be . . . he may try harder to become the person you say he is.)
Parents, Please Stop Comparing and Start Encouraging Each Other
I used to believe that parenting was input – output. Put in good parenting and out comes good children.
It’s just not an absolute fact!
Good parents can have rebellious children and bad parents can have terrific kids. It’s called free-will.
So, let’s stop comparing and judging our parenting styles and our children. Let’s pray more for wisdom, for our children, for other parents and their children. Let’s stand together and build each other up and stop allowing the behavior of our children to define us. (Okay, enough on that for now.)
This weekend honor dad.
Everyday – respect each other, and cover each other with prayer and encouragement. We will bless our families in the process.
Let me begin by giving the guys a head’s up . . . this post is not for you. However, I do believe that there is probably a lady in your life with whom you should share it.
My Need to Know Bathroom Story
Last week while attending a theater performance, I did my regular pre-show visit to the bathroom.
This is a very large venue and this particular bathroom is their busiest holding upwards of 20 stalls.
I only had to wait a moment or two before a corner toilet became available.
Hopefully this isn’t TMI – Continue reading
Wagon in the Woods
I wish we knew the whole story.
We know where it started and where it stands now, but so much of the middle is unknown.
We were told a farmer in East Germany made it in the late 1800′s.
After WWII, when the Russians took over East Germany
farmers received tractors, but tractors needed gas . . .
and gas was scarce.
So, wagons returned to service.
We don’t know how or when it arrived in the U.S. Continue reading
Prayer to Surrender Control
For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for well-being and not for trouble, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Father, It’s hard to give in and give up control, to surrender my wants and wishes. It’s hard to trust You when my inner self is screaming, “Me, me, me.”
Help me Lord, I know Your ways are best, but my inner two-year old whines to get her way.
So, I foolishly do things my way, and end up in a mess. You’ll rescue me, won’t You? Continue reading
I’ve done a lot of thinking about flattery this week. And as often happens, I have more questions than answers. I want to be an encourager not a flatterer, but to know which way I lean I need to ask myself some hard questions. Maybe you need to ask yourself these questions, too.
These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want. Jude 1:16
10 Questions about Flattery
How to tell if you’re a flatterer.
1. Are you nicer to someone when you want something from them?
2. Are you kind to strangers, servers, sales-people, etc. – someone you may never meet again?
3. Are you patient with other drivers no matter what kind of car they drive? Continue reading