Y'all know I tend to have lengthy posts and this will probably be no different. Days like today remind me how blessed I am. My father is the epitome of father. He is loving, Godly, committed to my mother and his children, hard-working, a wonderful provider and a disciplinarian as needed. My parents have three daughters, myself being the oldest. Not to sound facetious, but their children have turned out VERY well. I don't believe in luck, so it has to be a mixture of our loving upbringing and lots of prayers on my mammas part. My youngest sister is only 21 but she owns her own home and Five acres, has a wonderful husband and is working very hard at her goal of becoming an RN. She is compassionate, intelligent and one of my best friends. The middle sister has already accomplished her goal of becoming a nurse and is back in school working towards being a nurse practitioner. I am currently a stay at home mom who is in school plugging away at a degree in dental hygiene. Mom and dad have raised three very successful young ladies whom all love the lord and cherish family. I give my dad a huge amount of credit in this as he thrived in his role of head of the household.
I added the above scripture because I think it is so important. As a young child, I watched how my mother was treated with constant respect and I felt secure. I just knew that our family was forever and that I was safe in our little country home. My father, without even realizing it probably, was building the groundwork in my heart for my future husband. I began praying for a man like my daddy. At the age of 17, I found that man. Sometimes I think I should have a been more specific in my prayer because I had hoped he would come along a bit later in my life. God does have a sense of humor and reminds us that he know best. My husband is so much like my daddy it's scary! This morning I was laying in bed and smiling to myself.....our daughter is independent, bossy at times and outgoing. You know what that tells me? She is secure!! She is learning the value of commitment and Christ-centered love and I am so thankful. Today, I give thanks for the two earthly daddies I have in my life...my daddy and my husband. I hope everyone is taking some time out to cherish the wonderful daddies in their lives. Let's not forget to spend a little extra time in prayer and praise today for our heavenly daddy. He is the reason for all things good in our lives.
He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~Clarence Budington Kelland