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Activated June 2009

Fathers - June 2009

Good fathers are one of God's special gifts, and fatherhood is one of His special callings. Activated salutes those men who help make us all we can be.

01-06-2009
My Father’s Influence
My Father’s Influence

Growing up, the last thing I expected to become was an editor. For starters, I was a miserable student—“miserable” in both senses of the word. From almost the first day of first grade, I struggled to keep up with the class, and language was never one of my better subjects—at least not until tenth grade. The difference-maker then was my dad.

He had been an Army war correspondent during WWII and then a newspaper reporter for several years. He had changed careers in order to better support his growing family, but journalism was in his bones. When he offered to type...

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01-06-2009
God in Skin
God in Skin

I read once that a good father prepares us for our relationship with our heavenly Father, God.

My father may not realize it, but one thing that shaped my life was a conversation he and I had sitting on a hill overlooking our home the summer I was 18. He probably doesn’t even remember it—so simple and yet so typical of him and his wise and loving way of advising without overtly giving advice.

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01-06-2009
Real Fathers
Real Fathers

Every child needs a fathe ror father figure. Especially as he grows older, he needs a father even more than a mother. A father comes into the picture in a big way during adolescence, when the child needs discipline and strength more than ever. Fathers are usually the disciplinarian of the family, whereas mothers are inclined to be a lot more easygoing and lenient, especially if they have to handle the job alone.

A man can start being a good father by taking good care of the mother, even before the child is born. Then he needs to learn to help...

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01-06-2009
Fatherhood
Fatherhood

My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.

—Clarence Budington Kelland

 

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

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01-06-2009
Confident Children
Confident Children

Parents who are concerned about their children’s progress at each stage of their development, as nearly all parents are, need to realize what an important role a child’s self-image plays toward that end. Children with positive feelings about themselves, who believe they can succeed, are far more likely to.

Children make their first judgments about themselves and their abilities in the context of their home. Parents can find opportunities every day to develop their children’s self-confidence, which in the long run will help them grow into well-adjusted, well-rounded adults.

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01-06-2009
Influence
Influence

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.—Proverbs 22:6

 

Whenever you hear of someone doing a great thing, you may be sure that behind it somewhere is a great background. It may be a mother’s training, a father’s example, a teacher’s influence, or an intense experience of his own, but it has to be there or else the great achievement does not come, no matter how favorable the opportunity.—Catherine Miles

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01-06-2009
Thank You, Dad
Thank You, Dad

An open letter by Angie Frouman

Dear Dad,

These are some of the thoughts that come to mind as I sit down to write you for Father’s Day. I hope you know how much I love, admire, and appreciate you.

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01-06-2009
The Connection
The Connection

God’s idea of prayer is not a ritual, but loving and lively communication between a father and his beloved children.

But sad to say, most people don’t think they can talk to God like that. Some think they’re not religious enough, not righteous enough, or not spiritual enough. Some think He’s too big, too far above them. Some think He’s too busy to be concerned about them and their problems, which they think must seem awfully petty to Him. Some feel unworthy, not good enough. Some feel guilty or ashamed about things they’ve done. Some are even afraid of Him. If...

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01-06-2009
Understanding God
Understanding God

You don’t have to understand God in order to love Him. In fact, no one can ever fully understand God. It’s impossible because, as He says, His ways are far above our own. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”1 Forget trying to figure out God! Just accept His love by faith.

Jesus tried to make it simple. He said, “Unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”2 What baby or little child understands all...

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01-06-2009
Now I See
Now I See

I have to say that I genuinely admire my dad. But in saying that, I also have to admit that wasn’t always an easy thing for me to say. Over the years I’ve come to see more and more how much I couldn’t see.

I was the youngest of three children raised by a single dad. I’m sure it was tough for him, but he didn’t act like it around us. I can see now how wise that decision of his was. He had many difficulties of his own, but he made sure he remained an example of our heavenly Father...

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01-06-2009
A Godly Father...
A Godly Father...

…bases his life and actions on God’s Word.

Deuteronomy 12:28: Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.

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01-06-2009
Look on the Bright Side
Look on the Bright Side

Life is seldom problem free, and it seems that many of our problems involve the people closest to us—family members, co-workers, neighbors, and others with whom we interact on a regular basis. Even if those people aren’t the cause of our problems, they are affected by our reactions to them. If we are in the habit of reacting negatively, that can sour life and relationships faster than almost anything else.

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01-06-2009
Leading the Way
Leading the Way

Your children need Me, like you do. They need to learn to include Me in their daily lives. They need to learn to trust Me when the going is hard. They need to learn to depend on Me. They need to learn to bring their problems to Me. They need to learn to pray for others. They need to learn to listen to My voice, so I can help them make the right choices. Most of all, they need to learn to love Me and accept My love.

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