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Blessed Are the Fathers


In honor of Father's Day, I'm joining Six Word Saturday and Sunday Scribblings with the following contribution...


Blessed  Are The Fathers Who Love

Blessed are the fathers... who bring a new life into the world because they love the mother and want to raise a family together;

Blessed are the fathers... who believe in commitment, who raise their children in the security of a home that withstands the tests and trials of life;

Blessed are the fathers... who have their priorities straight, and work hard to  provide for their families, who place their children's needs before their own;

Blessed are the fathers... who spend time with their children, who work with them and play with them, and are involved in their lives;

Blessed are the fathers... who teach their children to be giving and compassionate, and to be tolerant of others who are different from themselves;

Blessed are the fathers... who never raise a hand in anger against their child or their child's mother, and who never use hurtful words that continue to hurt for a lifetime;

Blessed are the fathers... who abstain from abusing alcohol and drugs, and who don't waste precious money on expensive vices like cigarettes, who shoulder their responsibilities with clear minds and healthy bodies;

Blessed are the fathers... who guide their children with patience and understanding, who discipline with firmness but also with tenderness and love;

Blessed are the fathers... who teach their children the value of laughter and tears, and that both are essential to healing;

Blessed are the fathers... who know that praise is as important as punishment, and that building a child's self-esteem is one of the greatest gifts you can give them;

Blessed are the fathers... who teach their children to be active, to turn off the tv and computer and video games, to get in the fresh air and do something;

Blessed are the fathers... who encourage their children's dreams, whatever they may be, and ensure they have the education they will need to fulfill them;

Blessed are the fathers... who remember that they also made mistakes growing  up, who know that choosing wrong is how we learn to make wiser choices;

Blessed are the fathers... who teach their children the value of money and the difference between wants and needs;

Blessed are the fathers... who teach their children to conduct themselves with respect and integrity, and to treat others the way they would like to be treated;

Blessed are the fathers... who raise their children with spiritual understanding and truth, who teach them to pray, and to be seekers all of their lives;

Blessed are the fathers... who teach their children to persevere, to know that whatever happens in life, there is always tomorrow - we can always pick ourselves up, get back on the path and start again;

Blessed are the fathers... who show their children what it means to be a good person not only by their words, but also by their example;

Blessed are the fathers... who never miss an opportunity to say "I love you" and "I am proud of you" words their children will hold in their hearts forever;

Blessed are the fathers... whose children will treasure the memories they made together all the days of their lives.

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Note: This is only a beginning, what other attributes should a good father have?

22 comments:

  1. I was lucky so I can tick quite a few of these. Great post of tribute to fathers.

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    1. You were lucky then, OldEgg! A child raised with love is a blessed child, I wish every child had that start in life!

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  2. what a lovely post ! I was blessed to have a dad who had all these attributes and I just hope my daughter too feels blessed ...

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    1. I'm sure she does TTT, you learned from your Dad how to be a good one, those are the best lessons in life!

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  3. Beautiful list! At first I thought, blessed are the fathers who have all of these qualities. And then I thought, blessed are the fathers who even have a few of these qualities :-)

    On another topic - which I want to mention on my blog but haven't done so yet - during my blogging break I realized that it's hard for me to read posts of a serious nature. I know that for a lot of people it's very helpful to hear about other people's struggles and eventual successes - but somehow it ends up pulling me down. So, I'm going to avoid them for a bit and see how I do.

    Basically, I'm following the same bloggers and will check whenever a new post is out, but if it looks like something that I might not handle well, I'll move on without reading. I feel bad not to read and comment on each and every post - however, I think this is something I need to try :-)

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    1. That's exactly right, Lady in Red, you don't have to be all of these things to be a good dad, you need to have at least some of them, it's about love in action, and that's what helps children grow into healthy, loving adults!

      On reading/commenting... I don't feel obligated to read or comment on every post a blogger writes, and you shouldn't either. I read the ones that appeal to me, and I comment on the ones that I really like or want to show support of. Sometimes a blogger I like writes something that just has nothing to do with me or I can't relate to. I skip over those, and that's ok. Blogging is not an obligation, if it becomes such, it is no longer fun! You pop in whenever you feel like it and I'll be pleased to see you! :-)

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    2. Thanks, Josie :) I answered on my blog but thought I would come over here as well. I don't feel obliged - but I do like keeping up so that I know what's going on with a blogger. However, for now I mainly just want to let people know that there's going to be a change in my method. Wouldn't want people to misunderstand :)

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    3. There are ocassional posts I feel uncomfortable with too, Lady In Red, I don't see anything wrong about just skipping over them and checking in with that blogger on another day. Of course sometimes I fire back, and usually live to regret it! ;-))

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  4. great list...maybe it should be taught in school

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    1. Certainly when teaching parenting skills, more should be required than how to diaper the baby and feed it when it cries. It really goes beyond parenting and is about character building in general, teaching and showing children how to become caring, sucessful adults.

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  5. Beautiful! And blessed are we who had wonderful fathers.

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    1. Indeed it works both ways, Forgetfulone! The fathers are blesed by their actions, their children are blessed because of them, and even the next generation is blessed because they too will be shown that kind of parenting to model after.

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  6. Amen. Fantastic. You've said it all!

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    1. I wish we could wrap these up in "dad packages" and make sure every child had one, Selma, in fact the same things pretty much hold true for mom's. I'm not saying that a parent must be and do all these things in order to be a good parent, but a child whose parents do some of these things a least is blessed indeed.

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  7. I had a mother who loved me so much and taught me so much! She had to take the place of a father too, since he deserted us when I was 5 years old. Since childhood I always knew that my heavenly Father loved me and that He would always take care of me. (:>)

    I always wanted my girls to have a good father...but that didn't work out with their birth father. But...God gave them a wonderful step-father who adopted them many years ago, and we have been married for 36 years. He is a good father to our three girls and a sweet grandfather to our girl's kids. We feel so blessed! (:>)

    This was a good post!
    Love, Linda

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    1. This is perfect, Linda, - a perfect lesson that "father" doesn't always have to mean the one who made you - other than when we're speaking in terms of our Creator. Your Mom fulfilled both roles and made sure you knew you were loved and valued. You did the same for your girls in choosing a step-dad for them who would love them and show them what a loving relationship should be. You are indeed blessed, and I'm sure he would say that you girls have blessed his life too!

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  8. Yes, these should be taught as tenets, especially, 'father' considered in many ways. I cherish the thought of the one who values his place and time in creating a family, sheltering his offspring, and embracing the womb that made this place. Thank you, Josie for preparing the list!

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    1. Thank you! Parenting is the most important job in the world, any parent who recognizes that responsibility and the weight it carries has their priorities correct, and their children will benefit greatly.

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  9. What a timely, loving, inspirational piece. Oh that each child had this kind of father. Blessed are all those that do.

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    1. Thank you Judy! I wish too, that we could give every child parents who love them this much, enough to do take the time and effort to do what is right in raising them. Those children are the luckiest people of all!

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  10. people who did not have good parents don't know how to be good parents, they need lessons.

    i love your purple flowers!!

    defining mama one

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    1. I agree Zongrik, you can't expect people to behave in ways they've never learned. I think parenting, not just the practical skills, but also the responsibilities and priorities that go along with it, needs to be a required course in school in order to graduate. We make people take a classes to get a permit to drive a car, but not to raise children - which presents the greater risks and responsibilities? Still I know some people who had really bad childhoods who have been wonderful parents because they were determined not to raise their children the sames as they were raised. If you care enough, you will find the answers to how to do it right! Purple is my favorite color, so I love these flowers too!

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