Recently, my daughter, Emma Grace, and I went on a lunch date. She’s never shy on things to talk about, but I still came armed with my own set of questions for her, questions about her beloved Daddy.
“What’s your favorite thing about Dad?”
“His sense of humor.”
“What’s your favorite thing to do with Dad?”
“Play guitar, because he’s so experienced.”
“What do you admire most about Dad?”
“That he’s a worship singer.”
“What’s one word to describe Dad?”
“What would you like to say to Dad on Father’s Day?”
With a chuckle she replied, “Happy Father’s Day.”
That’s when it hit me. She possesses that same humor that she loves most about her Daddy. She looks up to him and wants to be just like him. I love this, because little girls need their daddies. They need Jesus-loving men in their lives to love them and show them how gentlemen are supposed to treat them.
Dads, you have an amazing responsibility to be a shining example to your kids. They’re watching you and learning right and wrong, good and bad. Your voice is a powerful instrument that God uses to set the stage for adulthood.
Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he won’t depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Emma Grace has a message to Dads all over the world…
Dads, you are amazing the way you love us no matter what.
And even when you make us mad you still love us.
We love you, Dads, everywhere.
Dads, we can’t say thank you enough for the imperative role that you fill. Thank you for showing our kids what it looks like to love Jesus. Thank you for teaching good character to our precious children. Thank you for carrying the mantle of provider. Thank you for making us laugh with your awesome humor. We know it’s not easy, but from this wife and mother, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Moms, this Father’s Day make Dad feel extra special, loved, and appreciated by having your kids take the time to tell him how awesome he is. Words are powerful, and the Dads in our lives need to hear what we think about them. Have your kids write a card or a poem to Dad. Thank You, God, For Daddy is a great book to read to your kids to get them inspired to write their own story. This simple board book with its rhyming text is one of the sweetest Daddy books I’ve ever read. I’m also a little partial to lions since I live in Africa (smile).
To her own Daddy, Emma says, “I love you. You’re the best Dad ever.”
Emma would like to ask, “What do you think about your Dad?” We’d love to hear in the comments!
Jen Price:Wife, mother, lover of people, photographer, knitter, blogger and world traveler, Jen Price has traveled to dozens of countries, not merely as a tourist, but rolling her sleeves up and going well off the beaten path so that she might get to know the people, learn the culture, and find the heart of the place. In 2005, Jen co- founded Ten Thousand Homes, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and homes to thousands of children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she and her family live in South Africa. Jen continues to travel internationally, camera in tow, with more passion than ever to tell the stories of beautiful people the world sometimes forgets. You can check out her stories and photos on her blog, I Believe In Love.
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