“For you have not received a spirit of slavery … but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons [daughters] by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15

3.  Send words of appreciation to a friend who is a daddy. Don't forget your spouse.

If you're a single mother and your child’s father isn’t here:

1.  Reflect Father God’s love to your child.

Take your young child on a fun outing on Father’s Day weekend, celebrating Father God’s presence in your family.

Ask how your child is feeling about Father’s Day. Give him freedom to share difficult emotions. Comfort him with your understanding, having confidence that God can heal all hurt directly as Father to your child.

Send a card to your older child with an encouraging note and Scripture. Sign it, “Love, your Heavenly Daddy."

2.  Allow God to love you as His child.

Parenting draws out our greatest vulnerabilities. Confide in God as Father, who is intimately near.

“Praise be to God ... Father of compassion … who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 1 Cor. 1:3,4

If you're blessed enough to have a father to call daddy:

I'm so very happy for you. Look into his eyes as you hand him a gift or card, and say his name. 

Here, Daddy. This is for you.

For all fathers reading this:

Love harder, even if it costs you everything you have.

You are making a difference, the kind that lasts into eternity.You can never lose who you are. You will find yourself in the hearts of the children you love, along with the Father who lovingly carries you all the way until you are home.

I'd like to close by sharing a promise I’ve come to cherish. It takes my breath away every time I read it -- because I know it's true.

"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he,
I am he who will sustain you.

I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you."
 (Isaiah 46:4)

Bonnie GrayThe Faith Barista, serves up shots of faith for everyday life. 
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Publication date: June 15, 2011