Tips for making meaningful moments on your dad's special day–and every day.
Posted in , Jun 17, 2015
Father’s Day is a special time to honor the dads in our lives. I thought I’d share some ideas about how to honor them on this day (and every day).
And Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads. The investments you’ve made in the lives of your children are priceless.
Sounds simple, but with our busy lives, it takes intentional planning to find time for unhurried eyeball-to-eyeball moments with our loved ones. If you can’t be there in person with your dad, consider doing a FaceTime or Skype call with him.
Thank your dad for what he’s meant to you and for the sacrifices he’s made for his family.
Reminisce and talk about family memories—the fun times, vacation memories, holiday stories and the sweet moments you’ve shared.
Tell him what he’s done as a dad that impressed or touched you. Was it spending time together at church each week? Was it the nights he played ball in the yard with you after he’d worked a long day? Was it hearing his prayers for you or seeing him reading his Bible each day?
Think of five qualities that you admire in your dad that you’d like to instill in your own life. Share those things with him.
Find a verse (or passage of Scripture) that you think describes your dad. Read that to him, and explain why you think it fits him.
Pray with and for your dad. Thank God for him and what he’s meant to you, and pray for God’s blessings on his life in the years ahead.
Talk to your dad about his bucket list. What would he like to do if given the chance? Plan to do one (or more) of those things with him over the coming year.
Give him a big hug, and tell him how glad you are that he’s your dad.
Tell him you love him. Say the words. I wish I could do these with my late dad. I really miss him on these special days. If your dad is still with you, please make the moments count.
If you didn't enjoy a warm and loving relationship with your father, this is a great opportunity to determine that your own children will have memories of a dad who loved them and was part of their lives.
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Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12)