Happy Father’s Day!
If you have a loving dad in your home, or if you grew up in a home where there was a supportive and involved father, you have so much to celebrate! Children are blessed when their father contributes his unique gifts, perspectives, and personality to the family.
One of the best gifts we can give our children is a strong and peaceful parenting partnership. As moms, we tend to have our finger on the pulse of our families, but what a lonely and overwhelming assignment to try to be all things and do all things as a solo act when we have been given the gift of a dad who is present.
As moms, we tend to have our finger on the pulse of our families, but what a lonely and overwhelming assignment to try to be all things and do all things as a solo act when we have been given the gift of a dad who is present.Tweet
When we let Dad be Dad, our families receive the gift of lighthearted fun, the gift of a faithful provider, the gift of fatherly wisdom, and the opportunity to witness the beauty of a fully functioning team. I wrote about the great gift of a loving father for Joyful Life Magazine’s summer edition, and they’re also sharing the article on their blog just in time for Father’s Day. (So you can read it HERE for free!)
It’s my great hope that it will encourage you to lean into your own parenting partnership and heighten your appreciation for the guy your kids call “Dad.” And heaven knows, there’s always room for growth, so I’ve shared some very practical tasks you can work on if you need to make a course correction.
The dad my kids grew up with, and the guy my grown-up sons call today for advice would never claim to be Super-Dad. As his wife, I had the privilege of watching as he, imperfectly but faithfully, took his cues from his own Heavenly Father, and, eventually, I learned to do the same. When a husband and a wife trust for grace to work together, everyday life is half as heavy, and everyday blessings are twice as blessed.
Happy Father’s Day–and I hope the JLM article is a blessing to you!
When an approachable and wise father responds with grace to his children’s antics, they are given the opportunity to connect the dots toward a God who is both approachable and reasonable. #FathersDayTweet
Now Let’s Talk Books
(And this one’s for the mums!)
The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon
The aging process can be brutal, even under the best of circumstances. However, I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for those who have spent their long lives burning bridges.
Set in beautiful New England, The Forgotten Life of Eva Gordon opens with one of Eva’s multiple attempts to run away from her life. At age 75, the loss of independence that has come with her failing memory has in no way diminished her fierce desire for independence.
Eva longs for a return to her quiet life on the Cape, but her granddaughter’s gregarious lifestyle, her upcoming marriage, and the move to her husband’s family farm all promise to ramp up the level of unwanted chaos.
I was drawn to Eva’s crusty demeanor and to the multigenerational community of grace author Linda MacKillop has crafted to alternately bless and infuriate Eva. Her story is a cautionary tale for parents, for introverts, and especially for anyone careening beyond middle age and wanting to finish her journey with grace.
Like Eva, we cannot rewrite our past, but the blank pages of the future are full of hope. I’m grateful that God promises to hold my hand as we compose my story going forward.
Holding You in the Light,
A cautionary tale for anyone careening beyond #middleage and wanting to finish her journey with grace: #TheForgottenLifeofEvaGordon by @LindaMackillop via @KregelBooks.Tweet
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