Grads, Dads, and Our Heavenly Father

June. It’s a time for celebrating Grads & Dads, right?

Even though I’ve always poked fun at elementary school graduations and the like, it was hard for my heart not to melt when I found out my son’s school was holding a “Promotion Party” for the outgoing Kindergarten class. I mean seriously, can you stand the cuteness?

kindergarten-graduationIt’s also a time for reminding dads everywhere how important they are in our lives. Whether you have a father, are a father or have lost a father, I know you’ll agree that they have shaped your lives in some way or another.

For some of you, Father’s Day will be an incredibly difficult time. Perhaps you grew up without even knowing your father. I know many of you grew up with a father who was present physically, yet absent emotionally. Still there is an unfortunately large number of you who grew up getting deeply hurt by the very man that was supposed to cherish you.

But yet I pray you will rejoice this Father’s Day in the face of this adversity for one very important reason: you know our Abba Father!

He is and will be everything you desired in a father and MORE. He desires nothing more than to hold you closely in his hand, wrap his arms around you and lift you up. He stays as close as you allow Him and fills the void that our earthly relationships couldn’t hope to match! He is truly our first father!

For those of you who are married, you now have the privilege of seeing your true love be the father to your children. For me, there is no greater joy than to watch my husband leave a new legacy for our children.

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When I ask my kiddos what they love most about their dad, they say:
“He plays tickle monster with me”
“He’s funny”
“He takes me fishing”
“He’s strong”
“He makes me feel safe”
and probably the most unique to our family, “He takes me to Starbucks for pink donuts on my birthday” 🙂

So whether you are grieving the recent loss of your own father or celebrating your first Father’s Day as a family, why not take the time to mark this milestone:
– Have your kids make dad coffee and read him a book instead of bringing him the newspaper (ones I love for this month are Thank you God for Daddy by Amy Parker, I’d Choose You by John Trent, & Just in Case You Ever Wonder by the ever loved Max Lucado)
-Try to find pictures of past Father’s Days and start a compilation of pictures that you can add to year after year
– Create a Dad’s day off: give him permission to hide out in his man cave, sit and watch sports with him or actually ask him where he’d like to go to eat…then go there!

However you decide to celebrate Father’s Day this year follow the advice of Nike and Just Do It! Start your day by seeking the love of your Heavenly Father and then let that pour our into your favorite man in your life.

“We love each other because He loved us first” ~ 1 John 4:19 NLT


With a passion for teaching and mentoring others as her inspiration, Sami Cone began blogging in 2009 to encourage others to live their dream life and pursue their passions. A published author and seminar speaker, she draws on her experiences as a writer, editor, university professor, performer, professional athlete, and pageant winner to help women realize their full potential in life. Sami appears regularly on TV & Radio as a Frugal Expert and has been blogging for Tommy Nelson since 2010. Sami and her husband of seven years, Rick, thrive in Nashville with their two children.