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Strong Hands Soothe Fear

Fear Fatherhood Confidence

Contributed By: Ben Kurz | Date Posted: 2019-11-25

Scripture: Psalms 23:4 ; Isaiah 41:10

Author: Ben Kurz
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ILLUSTRATION

It was bedtime and my wife and I had all the lights in the house turned off to help our little three-year-old son prepare for bed.  The only shining light was in the room where the three of us were sitting.  With a not-yet-tired voice, my son said, "Daddy, I need to go potty."  Thankful that he was finally learning to use the bathroom on his own, I said, "OK, you know where the bathroom is."  I watched as he skipped to the short hallway leading to the bathroom, only to see him turn and run back to me.  

"Daddy, I can't go there.  It's dark."  

"Then turn the light on," I said flatly.

"Daddy, It's scary. I want you to come with me," my little son begged.  

With a sigh, I got up and walked behind my son as he trotted toward the bathroom.  When we reached the dark hallway, he turned to me and said, "Daddy, put your hands on my shoulders."  I put my hands on his small shoulders and followed as he confidently walked on into the darkness.  

"Why don't you turn the light on?" I asked.

"It's OK, Daddy. I don't need to," he said, "because you're with me."

APPLICATION

How often we encounter the dark hallways of life!  What gives us courage to walk boldly on when we can't see the outcome?  With faith like a child, we cling to the knowledge that our Father's strong hands are on our shoulders!  "Even if I walk through dark shadowy valleys, I will not fear, because You are with me!"  (Psalm 23:4, paraphrased)

From "Daddy" to "Dad"

Dependence on God Fatherhood Parenting

Contributed By: STIRLING BERRY | Date Posted: 2018-08-13

Scripture: Romans 8:15 ; Galatians 4:6

Author: STIRLING BERRY
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ILLUSTRATION

Do you remember when you stopped calling your dad, "Daddy"? I do. 

I was about 6 or 7 years old and I remember being outside with my dad. He began a  conversation with our next door neighbor, which I interrupted by calling out "Daddy!" Up until then, I had always called my dad, "Daddy." 

But when I called out, "Daddy!" he gave me a funny look and he and the neighbor just chuckled, like that was baby talk.  I never called him "Daddy" again.

APPLICATION

The Aramaic/Hebrew word "Abba" is the equivalent of our English "Daddy."  But unlike our relationship with our earthly father, our heavenly Father will never chuckle at us for calling Him Daddy.  That's because we will never outgrow our child-like dependence on Him.

Quite the opposite. The more we grow in our faith the more we will realize our total dependence on our heavenly Father.  That's why God loves it when we call Him "Abba."  That's who He is and who He will always be to us. 

"Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father" (Galatians 4:6). 

Fatherhood Quotes (Part 2)

Fatherhood Quotes Fatherhood Parenting

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-11-07

Author: Various
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ILLUSTRATION

“‘Walk a little slower, Daddy,’ said a little child so small. I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall.  Sometimes you steps are very fast, sometimes they’re hard to see; so walk a little slower Daddy, for you are lead me. Someday when I’m all grown up, you’re what I want to be, then I will have a little child who’ll want to follow me. And I would want to lead just right, and know that I was true; so walk a little slower, Daddy, for I must follow you!’” [Author unknown]

“Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.” [Author unknown]

"Any fool can be a Father, but it takes a real man to be a Daddy!" [Unknown]

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." [Unknown]

"Fathers, be good to your daughters … You are the god and the weight of her world. So fathers, be good to your daughters. Daughters will love like you do. Girls become lovers who turn into mothers, so mothers, be good to your daughters, too." [Johan Mayer, singer-songwriter]

"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." [Clarence Budington Kelland (1881 – 1964), an American fiction writer]

"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys." [Harmon Killebrew (1936-2011), was an American professional baseball player]

"Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope." [Bill Cosby, American comedian and actor]

"A father carries pictures where his money used to be." [Unknown]

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." [Mark Twain (1835-1910), born Samuel Clemens, was an American author and humorist]

"Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again." [Jimmy Piersal, American professional baseball player]

"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong." [Unknown]

"Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys." [Unknown]

"A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child." [Unknown]

"I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example." [Mario Cuomo, former governor of NY from 1983 to 1994]

"Be a dad. Don’t be "Mom’s Assistant".... Be a man.... Fathers have skills that they never use at home. You run a landscaping business and you can’t dress and feed a four-year-old? Take it on. Spend time with your kids.... It won’t take away your manhood, it will give it to you." [Louis C.K., Mexican-American comedian, screenwriter, producer, film director, actor, voice actor, and film editor]

"Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice." [Unkonwn]

"By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder--infinitely prouder--to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys." [Douglas MacArthur, (1880 –  1964), American five-star general and field marshal of the Philippine Army who was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II]

APPLICATION

Many of the above quotes present their own points of application. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editors of Illustration Exchange or Orthodox Christianity.

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