Sunday Scriptures — P.E.A.R.L.S. for Dad

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

With today being Father’s Day I thought of what each of us could give those in our lives who are either our fathers, have been like a father to us, or are the father of our children. P.E.A.R.L.S. for dad. That’s it. And the best part is they won’t cost us a thing.

P.E.A.R.L.S.

Pray. We know how effective it is to pray for one another. Mountains are moved. Burdens are lifted. Peace is restored. The dads in our lives need prayer on a daily basis, just like everyone else. Why wouldn’t we pray for them?

Encourage. We all need to be encouraged when the going gets tough. And even when it’s smooth sailing. We need to be reassured what we do is important. That we matter. That someone’s in our corner cheering us on.

Appreciate. This is a biggie. Everyone likes to know someone appreciates the effort they put into what they do. How difficult is it to tell someone you appreciate them? It isn’t difficult at all. Just do it. Say thank you.

Respect. No rolling our eyes. No muttering under our breath. No snide remarks. Respect. That’s what I’m talking about. Yes. Aretha Franklin’s song is humming through my brain. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Take care, TCB.

Love. Okay. There are a lot of songs running through my brain on this one, but how about we go with a song from my church camp days. Love, love, love, love. The gospel in a word is love. Love thy neighbor as thy brother. Love, love, love. When was the last time we said, “I love you” and really meant it? Or better yet, let’s show our love by doing something we know dad would like without being asked.

Support. It may appear our dads don’t need our support, but I believe that would be a wrong assumption. They’ve started another DIY project … support their effort regardless of the results. Another hobby added to the list? If you can’t be an active participant, at the very least, be interested. Facing a tough place? Stand by them.

Although these P.E.A.R.L.S. today are directed to dads on Father’s Day, if you think about it, they apply to each and everyone of us. Dad. Or not. What pearls would you add to the string?

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Honor (respect, obey, care for) your father and your mother, so that your days may be prolonged in the land the Lord your God gives you. Exodus 20:12 (AMP)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Father to the Fatherless

Pie and Pilot

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Sunday here in the States, we celebrated Father’s Day. For some this day is a day of celebration. For some it is not. For some memories of a loving relationship bring smiles. For some memories of a painful relationship being tears.

Even though our family enjoyed a nice lunch together after church Sunday and happily celebrated Pilot, there was sadness in my heart. I longed for my father’s presence even after all these years since his death. 36 to be exact. That’s a long time to still miss someone, but I do.

My dad and me

For one of my friends it took decades before she could call God Father because of the dreadful abusive relationship she had with her biological dad. Her experience of a father was the exact opposite of who we know God to be.

Perhaps you can relate to her situation.

It took her decades to understand who God truly is.

God is our Protector. Our Provider. Our Healer and Defender.

He does not inflict pain on us. He does not withhold his affection from us. He binds us up when we hurt.

He is All Loving. Patient. Kind.

God does not treat us as our sins deserve.

Although I miss my dad and look forward to the day we will be united in heaven, I praise God as my Heavenly Father for not leaving me orphaned.

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God is the Father to the fatherless. That means he loves us beyond measure. It does not  matter if our earthly dads have died physically, or if they withdrew their love from us and are emotionally dead to us.

Whatever your relationship with your dad, I pray you know your Heavenly Father loves you with an everlasting, unconditional love that will never fade.

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Sing praises to the Lord! Raise your voice in song to him who rides upon the clouds! Jehovah is his name—oh, rejoice in his presence. He is a father to the fatherless; he gives justice to the widows, for he is holy. Psalm 68:4-5 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers out there. I hope each and every one of you have a relaxing, joyful day.DadI’ve talked about my dad in other posts I’ve written. Seems to be a subject I like.

My dad died in 1980, from a massive heart attack, a couple months after his 62nd birthday. He is dearly missed.

Fathers come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. They come in all kinds of colors and Stick mendispositions. Some are stormy. Some are calm. Some are demonstrative with their affection. Others are not. Some are actively involved in their children’s lives. Others are absent, and couldn’t care less.

I’ve mentored juveniles in our prison system, who had less than kind words to say about the men who contributed to their birth. Flip-side, I’ve been around children who couldn’t wait to spend time with their dads.

Good dads. Not so good dads. Both abound.

Pilot Breezing Up

Pilot Breezing Up

When I created a counted cross-stitch sampler for Pilot, one Father’s Day, I had trouble deciding between stitching the saying, Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, or A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but always a guiding light whose love shows us the way.

I picked the second message, partly because of the nautical reference.

No matter what our earthly fathers, dads, may be like, or have been like, we have an amazing Father in Heaven. He is unlike any father we could ever know, or even imagine. His love is unfailing. It never ends. God’s love doesn’t depend on how good we are. Sure, our Heavenly Father disciplines us, and that hurts, but he does it because he loves us too much to leave us in our sin. He doesn’t want us to be separated from him.

Our Heavenly Father wants what is best for us. He loved us so much, he sacrificed his son, Jesus Christ the Messiah, so we could have a way to live with God in Heaven.

What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.

I John 3:1 The Message

High Valley sums up how some of our earthly dads may have shown us their love. Even when we didn’t realize that’s what they were doing, at the time.

Author, Michael K. Reynolds, has an excellent post on his blog, Real Life. Real God.  Is This the Best Father’s Day Present…Ever? Stop by and check it out.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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