The Best Father's Day Gift: A Loving Dad

The Best Father’s Day Gift: A Loving Dad

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.

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. #FathersDay

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.

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40 thoughts on “The Best Father’s Day Gift: A Loving Dad”

  1. I knew we had a different Mother’s Day to the UK but I didn’t realise we had a different Father’s Day to the US. I’ve never noticed that until this year. Suddenly my SM was filled with Father’s Day messages – it was very confusing!


  2. Such a blessing to have godly fathers!

    I love your plaid men in this photo! I’m sure I knew you had all sons, but I’d forgotten! It’s a different road when you have a bunch of boys!

    Happy Father’s Day!



  3. This is so true, Michele, “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.” (IMM #4)


  4. So very many solo parents…It’s one of life’s biggest challenges, not an easy road, bcz as you indicate turmoil is halved yet blessings shared when two are on board.


  5. I’m so grateful for my wonderful, godly dad; and for my husband who is such an amazing dad as well. Looks like two of my boys are already well on their way to being godly dads also – God is faithful!


  6. Our pastor-son included in his sermon yesterday some startling statistics. From broken homes come 63% of the suicides in the U.S., 85% of the behavior problems and dropouts, 71% of pregnant teens, 85% of prison inmates, 75% of shooters. (He shared more; those were the ones I could get written down.) I’m sure research would uncover more categories of trouble for those growing up without fathers. THIS may be the #1 underlying crisis behind much of what ails our country. More so now than ever I praise God for the godly mother and father who raised me, and the godly man gave me to share in the raising of our three children. We weren’t perfect by any means, but God augmented our efforts!


  7. It sounds like your husband has been a great father to all those boys! My own father, although imperfect like all of us, was also a wonderful father to my brother and to my two sisters and me. He’s been gone 12 years now, but I still miss him and would love to sit down and ask his advice on life.


  8. yes, the more I do life with the guy my kids call ‘dad,’ the more I appreciate who he is and the less I try to change him to be more like me!

    and the less I try to change him, the more he seems to respond to who I am in ways that have been truly life-giving.


  9. Michele, what a wonderful tribute article to those wonderful Father’s out there. I was blessed to have one of those, sometimes you don’t realize you had one until you look back. It’s sad, but it wasn’t until I, an only child took care of my elderly (late) dad that I looked back and saw it. We had many more special times together before his passing and I made sure he knew he was one of those special dads. BTW, I loved your article over at Joyful Life.
    Visiting you today from IMM#1&2


  10. I was so blessed to grow up with an absolutely wonderful man for a father. And both of my grandfathers were a huge part of my childhood, too. All three men meant so much to me and served as warm, caring, funny, helpful, and friendly role models. I miss them all. It’s such a wise piece of advice to let Dad by Dad.


  11. Wonderful article, Michele. It sounds like you and your husband make a great parenting team. 🙂 My husband and I process things differently and often come to different conclusions about certain situations. This past year, though, we were in total agreement about a tricky issue with one of our girls, and it was such an encouragement to work, pray and trust our way through it together—and with her. His perspective as a dad and a man was so helpful. I’m the one with more of he day-to-day input into things, so when he offers his counsel, it comes with a special weight.


    1. That’s a great description of the co-parenting life. I think I’m going to start inquiring of prospective couples as to whether the “love of their life” would make a good co-parent.


  12. I am so grateful to Chris for stepping up and becoming a step dad to my older two. We are a team and support each other to be the best parents we can be. Thanks for linking up with #DreamTeam


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