Love that Strengthens: Thoughts for My Father

My father is one of the sweetest men I know. He is probably not the easiest person to live with, but he is a man of honorable character who has had his share of experiences. In the midst of it all I am proud to call him a good man and God knows he really is. I often allow my heart to melt and speak to him and once in a blue moon (such as today); I celebrate his life. I have learned to act swiftly when it comes to a loved one.

“I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.” — William Penn

My father is my biggest fan. He’s loved and nurtured me for as long as I can remember and he does it still. He was my best friend before I could understand and appreciate the meaning of friendship. We’ve had our tough moments followed by a period of deep sadness and profound sorrow. While the Earth stopped moving around us and the Lord revealed His plans for us; we experienced the love of God that strengthens and renews. That was our moment of awakening.

For the first eighteen (18) years of my life, I learned tremendously from him. Some people judged him by what they saw him to be and others by what they knew him to be. Yes, my father was a disciplinarian; however, those he thought knew they would be going to bigger, better things in their life. Those who knew him or got to know him well regarded him with respect.

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” — Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NKJV)

Fathers are a blessing. They are necessary and invaluable to their daughters’ development. They teach us:
» To obey the Scripture
» To love ourselves just the way we are (self-worth)
» To respect our Mothers/Elders
» Family values
» The Importance of education
» Self-defense
» The difference between right and wrong
» Honesty, Integrity, Gratitude, Loyalty, Hard work
» Forgiveness, Accountability, Patience, Persistence
» The male side of things (to seek out healthy relationships)
» They encourage us to be the best we can be … etc.

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I suppose one could safely say that I am my father’s daughter. I have learned so much about the gift of giving just by watching him. We give of ourselves totally and of our time freely to those in need. We continue giving, even to the ungrateful.

To those who have lost their earthly fathers and those who are estranged to their fathers for one reason or another, the scripture points out that God is “a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.” — Psalm 68:5-6 (NIV). The Heavenly Father loves and watches over you.

Happy Father’s day Dad! Thank you for always providing for us. May our Almighty Lord bless and keep you safe always. I Love You.


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Poet, Writer and Published Author. Insatiably passionate about gardening, Health and Wellness. I enjoy collecting Vintage and Antique choice pieces.

2 thoughts on “Love that Strengthens: Thoughts for My Father

  1. Daddy

    I have listened to many eulogies read during funerals concerning the departed to whom many good things are said but they cannot longer hear those praises. I shaded tears of joy reading on Facebook what you’ve written about me while I’m still alive. I act humanly to do the best towards my siblings and mankind.
    Many thanks my daughter for sharing your feelings and thoughts about me.

  2. LS

    What a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to your father.

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