I grew up without a dad, which has added poignancy to 28 years of seeing a faithful father - my husband Tripp - loving and sacrificing for our 12 children.
Those who experienced the same missing piece in their formative years can be encouraged as the Bible tells us God is a father to the fatherless. And it is true. I was so alone until March 21, 1987 when through Jesus Christ I came to know Him as my own dear Father (His Little Girl).
This newsletter may be called Mommy Matters, but this month it's all about fathers. Let's encourage our children to outdo themselves this year on Father's Day. While we moms often feel overwhelmed and under-appreciated, I've come to realize that we're not the only ones.
Our culture isn't cultivating respecting and honor for parents, period. The push has been on for some time to appeal to teens' egos (and sell them stuff) by portraying them as way ahead of the game. According to the entertainment media, parents are simply obstacles to their kids' self-fulfillment. Fathers especially are subject to extreme ridicule. Think Homer Simpson.
Don't get me wrong. I have written about my love for The Simpsons. But in today's world of TV dads, there are no Ward Cleavers - only Homer and his wannnabes
Let's make sure this year the fathers in our lives know they are loved, respected and admired!
Remember the Mother and Child Album I did last year? Well, it seems that the Father and Child just doesn't have the same artistic resonance. Paintings are few and far between, but I can offer these two (click title for larger image):
I've had fun spending the day putting this together for you! My hope is that there will be something here to encourage or inspire you to make this the Best Father's Day ever for the fathers in your life.
Don't forget those who stood in place of a father for you when you needed one.
And don't forget Our Heavenly Father, who is the inspiration for us to enlarge our capacity and learn to love more each year!