In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

The Need for Emotional Provision

1 Thessalonians 2:10-12

 

Material goods are only a small part of providing for one’s family. A man is also

responsible for giving his household emotional stability. A dad has the power to convey to his sons and daughters that they have tremendous significance.

 

• Fathers can offer a sense of belonging. All of us yearn to be part of a group. Parentsbuild strong family ties by listening to kids’opinions and respecting their feelings. Whenthat is the case, children know they have a safehaven from unpleasant circumstances — theyfeel security in a circle of people who love them unconditionally.

 

• Fathers can give their children a sense of worth. So many boys and girls are growingup thinking they have no value. These kids tryto compensate for their poor self-imagethrough sex or drug use, but they end up evenmore disappointed. What a child needs is adad who makes him or her feel special by hisinvolvement — attending events, making timeto talk, and joining in hobbies.

 

• Dads can provide a sense of confidence. A father who expresses his support instills good self-worth and assurance in his children. Saying to sons and daughters, “I believe in you no matter what the outcome” lets them know that they are unconditionally loved. Then, even if a child fails, his or her sense of confidence will not waver.

 

Think about how you talk to and support your kids. Whether they are toddlers, teens, or adults, your children need your emotional provision. How well are

you providing?


Celebrate Fathers this month. Discover what our heavenly Father expects of dads and how He equips them to raise godly sons and daughters in Dr. Stanley’s series “How-To’s for Fathers.”

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