Father’s Day: What if you didn’t have such a great earthly dad?

With deep gratitude I say this: I had one of the best fathers in the world. He died 14 ½ years ago and we miss him terribly… Especially on special days like Father’s Day.

Because my dad was such a wise, unselfish, patient, and loving father, it has been easy for me to believe that God the Father is wise, unselfish, patient, and loving.

But I realize that many didn’t have a dad like mine, which makes intimacy with and trust in our Heavenly Father a little more difficult to accept.

Whether we had the best or the worst earthly dad, or whether our dads are present or not, we all have a Father we can celebrate this weekend. Our Heavenly Daddy. He loves us, provides for us, walks with us, laughs and cries with us, rejoices over us, carries our burdens for us, and He even laid down His life for ours.

He keeps His promises, and He will NEVER leave us… no matter what! He is the Father to the fatherless. He is the Daddy we all dream of having.

As great as our earthly dads are, they are still human. None of them are perfect. But God the Father is. And friends, we need to release God from being bound in our minds and hearts by the faults and failures of our earthly dads.

No matter what you are doing on this Father’s Day, will you join me in celebrating and honoring our Heavenly Daddy? He is worthy of our praise, and He loves you so very much!

You are the helper of the fatherless. Psalm 10:14 (NIV)

Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. Psalm 27:10 (NLT)

Father of orphans, champion of widows, is God in his holy house. Psalm 68:5 (Msg)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

You, LORD, are our Father. We are nothing but clay, but you are the potter who molded us. Isaiah 64:8 (CEV)

Happy Father’s Day, Heavenly Abba. I love you and am so thankful that you are my Savior and my Daddy.

And a Happy Father’s Day to my dad, James’ dad, and to both of my grandfathers, all of whom are in the arms of their Heavenly Father celebrating Father’s Day in The Father’s Glory! I love and miss each of you~ and know that one of these days, in a twinkling of an eye, we’ll be together again.

Last, but by no means least, Happy Father’s Day to my precious husband, James – who is an amazing father to our children, just like my dad was to us. We love you so much, James, and are so proud to be yours!

Blessings to each of you on this special weekend…

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  1. Kim {Recipes To Run On} says:

    What a sweet tribute to your Daddy. He must've been an amazing man & what a blessing to know you will be reunited one day with your heavenly Daddy!

  2. Like the others here, I was blessed with a wonderful father. Though he was a 'good' man, he did not come to Christ until I was in my teens. The change in his life was for greater service to the Lord — his love for others had been there all the time.

    He's home — has been for eleven years. I see his eyes in one of my great-grandsons, but I see his love in all of his descendants. May God bless those fathers who need Him today.

  3. Yes amen I had a wonderful earthly Father and it made it easy to love my heavenly father, I was just saying this the other day, and it is so true, God bless all the dads and those who are Godly dads should be honored every day..Hugs

  4. Smelling Coffee says:

    Thank you for sharing that, Lynn! One day, we'll both be back with our Earthly Daddys in our Heavenly Daddy's lap!

    Much love to you especially this weekend~

  5. I too was blessed to have an earthly father that made it easy for me to accept that my Heavenly Father just loves me. Until I was older I didn't realize that not everyone had a dad like mine. He has been with Jesus for almost 27 years and I still wish somedays I could just sit and visit with him. I am very thankful I know the Heavenly Father, He has blessed my life in so many ways.