Jun 18 2010

Father's Day Quotes

"Fathers are the great gift-givers of the world!"
- Mrs. John Bruce Dodd, founder of Father’s Day

"One father is worth more than a hundred schoolmasters."
- George Herbert

The father of a couple of teenagers called the telephone company and announced, "I want to report an obscene phone bill."
- Vern McLellan

Father to teenage son: "No, you can’t use the car—but please feel free to use the lawnmower."
- Vern McLellan

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."
- Theodore Hesburgh

"My father didn’t tell me how to life; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
- Clarence Budington Kelland

"You don’t raise heroes; you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes."
- Walter Schirra Sr.

My father always told me, "Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life."
- Jim Fox

"It is a wise father that knows his own child."
- Shakespeare

"God is the Father who is always home."
- Unknown

"Of all nature’s gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children?"
- Cicero

"The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity."
- Jean Paul Richter

"It has been said that paternity is a career imposed on you without any inquiry into your fitness for it. That is why there are so many fathers who have children, but so few children who have fathers."
- Adlai Stevenson

"A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be."
- Frank A. Clark

Small boy’s definition of Father’s Day: It’s just like Mother’s Day only you don’t spend so much.
- Unknown

Jim Bishop describes the feeling a father had when his daughter became engaged: "This is the third of four daughters. Every time it happens, I’m obsessed with the feeling I’m giving a million-dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla."

Jun 17 2010

All Pro Dad - Mark Merrill

Mark Merrill, founder of Family First and All Pro Dad - a ministry geared to help men be better fathers, joined us this morning.  Mark shared these tips ...

10 Ways to know you are being a good father:

1. When your calendar is full of things to do with your children

2. When you admit when you are wrong and ask your children to forgive you

3. When you take an interest in their friends and know their names

4. When you eat together with your children

5. When you take an interest in what they enjoy doing

6. When you show affection to your wife in front of them

7. When you advocate that they speak to you and each other respectfully

8. When your son or daughter comes running to you when they get hurt

9. When you calmly and gently discipline your children without yelling or screaming

10. When you tuck your children into bed at night and tell them “I love you”

 

Some cool ideas for Father's Day gifts (courtesy of All Pro Dad's partner site iMom)

What do Dads really want for Father's Day?  Well, even more than the dream gifts like boats, cars, and iPhones, they really want their children's love.

To help your children convey their feelings, video them saying why they love their dad; here's a sample video, to give you some ideas.   If you prefer lower tech options, have your kids write out their top 10 reasons here, then present them creatively,
like this.

 

Jun 16 2010

Max Lucado on Father's Day

Pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado joined us this morning to chat about Father's Day. If you missed our conversation with Max, click the links below for highlights:

 

 What Max would like for Father's Day

Comfort for those who have a hard time around Father's Day

 

Jun 16 2010

The Blessing of the Fleet

Keep praying for those being affected by the oil spill in the Gulf - those working on fixing it, our leaders, the families that lost loved ones, the families whose livliehoods are being hurt, BP ... just keep praying!  One of the things mentioned in the President's address to the country last night was "The Blessing of the Fleet".  A blessing said by clergy in fishing communities.  There are variations of the blessing, but here is a commonly used one:

“Most gracious Lord, who numbered among your apostles the fishermen Peter, Andrew, James and John, we pray you to consecrate this boat to righteous work in your name. Guide the captain at her helm. So prosper her voyages that an honest living may be made. Watch over her passengers and crew and bring them to a safe return. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be upon this vessel and all who come aboard, this day and forever. Amen”

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