Tag: Father’s Day

16 Inspirational Father’s Day Quotes

What do you think of when you hear the word Father? That word has so many meanings today. Our families really don’t look the same anymore. Let’s face it, many kids are not growing up with their father.

Today 1 in 4 children under the age of 18 — a total of about 17.2 million — are being raised without a father and almost half 40% live below the poverty line.  (US Census Bureau, Household Relationship and Living Arrangements of Children Under 18 Years, by Age and Sex: 2016)

From Fathers.com:

More Data on the Extent of Fatherlessness

  • An estimated 24.7 million children (33%) live absent their biological father.
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, “Living Arrangements of Children under 18 Years/1 and Marital Status of Parents by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin/2 and Selected Characteristics  of the Child for all Children 2010.” Table C3. Internet Release Date November, 2010.
  • Of students in grades 1 through 12, 39 percent (17.7 million) live in homes absent their biological fathers.
    Source: Nord, Christine Winquist, and Jerry West. Fathers’ and Mothers’ Involvement in their Children’s Schools by Family Type and Resident Status. Table 1. (NCES 2001-032). Washington, DC: U.S. Dept of Education, National Center of Education Statistics, 2001.
  • 57.6% of black children, 31.2% of Hispanic children, and 20.7% of white children are living absent their biological fathers.
    Source: Family Structure and Children’s Living Arrangements 2012. Current Population Report. U.S.  Census Bureau July 1, 2012.
  • According to 72.2 % of the U.S. population, fatherlessness is the most significant family or social problem facing America.
    Source: National Center for Fathering, Fathering in America Poll, January, 1999.

 

There is an opportunity here. Every kid needs a male figure to look up to, to model, and learn from. We desperately need Spiritual Fathers for these kids.  We need men who will step up and step in to a child’s life to make a difference.  How will our sons learn honor and how to protect? How will our daughters learn how valuable they are?

Thank you Lord for providing for the fatherless kids, thank you Lord for the men who will step up and show our boys how to be men and our girls how to be women. And God please bless those men who do.

father to the fatherless

At that time the followers came to Jesus. They said, “Who is the greatest in the holy nation of heaven?” Jesus took a little child and put him among them. He said, “For sure, I tell you, unless you have a change of heart and become like a little child, you will not get into the holy nation of heaven. Whoever is without pride as this little child is the greatest in the holy nation of heaven. Whoever receives a little child because of Me receives Me. But whoever is the reason for one of these little children who believe in Me to fall into sin, it would be better for him to have a large rock put around his neck and to be thrown into the sea. – Matthew 18:1-6 NLV

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16 Inspirational Father’s Day Quotes 

  1. “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” – Billy Graham
  2. “”The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.” – Antoine-François Prévost
  3. “To be a father requires patience, love and giving up the ‘all about me’ attitude.” Catherine Pulsifer
  4. “I encourage all fathers to focus on the intangibles, because those are the gifts that make the difference.” Asha Patrick
  5. “Becoming a good father is not automatic – it takes time and effort. We must be willing to invest in this job – our most important, second to being a husband – as any other career we might pursue.” Dr. John C. Maxwell
  6. “I have repeatedly stated and emphatically declared that the key to the restoration and preservation of a sane and healthy society is the salvaging of the male, especially as a responsible father.” Myles Munroe
  7. “Any man can be a Father it takes someone special to be a Dad.”  – Author Unknown
  8. “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.” – Mark Twain
  9. “By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder – infinitely prouder — to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys.” – Douglas MacArthur
  10. “It takes a strong man to accept somebody else’s children and step up to the plate another man left on the table.” – Ray Johnson
  11. “I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, or biological fathers, or just spiritual fathers.” – TD Jakes
  12. “I have repeatedly stated and emphatically declared that the key to the restoration and preservation of a sane and healthy society is the salvaging of the male, especially as a responsible father.” – Myles Munroe
  13. “The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.” -Psalm 103:13 (NLT)
  14. “When you’re young, you think your dad is Superman. Then you grow up, and you realize he’s just a regular guy who wears a cape.” – Dave Atell
  15. “It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” – Pope John XXIII
  16. The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure to have children who are wise.” – Proverbs 23:24 (NLT)

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Happy Fathers Day to All the Dads, Stepdads, and Single Moms

Yes, our American Families look different today than 50 years ago. Today many dads have walked out on their children. Today many Fathers have chosen to abuse their children. Today may be a hard day for all the Single Moms and kids in that position. I have been a single mom – it sucks! Being forced into this position is exhausting. So today, honor the single moms out there too. They are wearing both hats.  And then the stepdads, God bless all the stepdads out there. My life and my kids life would not be the same without you Bob. You have redeemed us. You have shown us that God can put the fatherless in families.

Psalm 91:14-16 For the Lord says, “Because he loves me, I will rescue him; I will make him great because he trusts in my name. When he calls on me, I will answer; I will be with him in trouble and rescue him and honor him. I will satisfy him with a full life and give him my salvation.”

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Today I honor all the ‘Dads’ out there.

All those who choose to step into a child’s life and make a difference.

All those who may or may not be related to a child by blood, but are related by LOVE.

We honor you. Thank you for sharing your life and your love with a child.

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God loves you, and so do I!  And here is a special letter to you from God, our Father.

Father’s Day Forgiveness

Fathers Day Forgiveness

Daddy can I say
We haven’t always
Seen eye to eye
Yet I understand
Your reasons why

Despite the things
that came our way
I want to say
I love you and
Forgive you
Anyway

You did the best
You could with what
You had and I
Honor you on
This special day

Daddy I forgive
You for everything
And I pray you
forgive me too-
Happy Father’s Day!

~Copyright 2014 Diana Rasmussen

And a special video from Abba Father…

God is Not a Deadbeat Dad

God is NOT a deadbeat dad. With over 50% of marriages ending in divorce these days there is a lot of child support being collected – or not. I am one of those statistics. I have four kids from two different dads. With the first two I paid child support – for 16 years. Every dime. I even paid after the youngest turned 19 to get caught up.

And then I had two more kids with another dad. And I have placement this time? So he has been court ordered to pay for the last 9 years. But he hasn’t. So, back to court we go for the umpteenth time. He’s working, has new house, car, etc. yet he refuses to pay his support.

I wrote about this last year in

MY EVERYDAY LIFE PLUS COURT

http://www.dianarasmussen.com/my-everyday-life-plus-court/

I am sure I am not the only one in this boat. And I got to thinking about God. He’s not a deadbeat Dad. He provides more than enough in every story. Remember Joseph? Remember Esther? Remember Abraham? God always made a way where there was no way. He owns it all. And He is the Father that is never behind on his child support – because He never divorces us!

And I have to brag on God. The Lord has provided for me and the kids. We have always had a home, a bed, a car, and a job. God is faithful. He provides, especially for the widows and orphans, and the fatherless. And God restores. I had pretty much given up on love and marriage after that last divorce. I took a year off from seeing anyone. And just when I had given up hope God brought me a man he had chosen – Bob. Bob and I have been together 7 years now. I believe in love, I have seen it. And thanks to him, so have my children.

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“For your Maker is your husband,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.”
(Isaiah 54:5 NKJV)

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
Will bring her into the wilderness,
And speak comfort to her.

I will give her her vineyards from there,
And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope;
She shall sing there,
As in the days of her youth,
As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.

“And it shall be, in that day,”
Says the Lord,
“That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’
And no longer call Me ‘My Master,’

Hosea 2:15I will betroth you to Me forever;
Yes, I will betroth you to Me
In righteousness and justice,
In lovingkindness and mercy;
I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness,
And you shall know the Lord.”

(Hosea 2:14-16, 19-20 NKJV)

Father to the Fatherless

FATHER TO THE FATHERLESS

Copyright 2013 Diana Rasmussen

You’re Father to the fatherless.
and Healer of my brokenness.
You’re the Husband to the Abandoned One.
You are the Righteous One I love.
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You’re the Keeper of my inner peace
You are the Sustainer of the Universe.
You’re my Protection from the Evil One.
You are the Righteous One I love.
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You’re the Healer of all disease.
You put Your Robe upon my shoulders.
You’re the Comforter of my soul.
You are the Righteous One I love.
From:  http://woyheart.blogspot.com/2010/08/father-to-fatherless.html
From: http://woyheart.blogspot.com/2010/08/father-to-fatherless.html

The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.  Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you. (Psalm 9:9-10 NLT)

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 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;

you consider their grief and take it in hand.

The victims commit themselves to you;     

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

More info about Being Fatherless

Part 1 – What is Fatherlessness

Part 2 – The Effects of Fatherlessness

Part 3 – What Does God Say About Fatherlessness

Part 4 – What Can You Do About Fatherlessness