Father’s Day is upon us once again! I am BLESSED to have had a good hard working dad that we lovingly call “Pop.” I am also very blessed to have a wonderful husband and father for my children. As moms and wives, it is important for us to be the “help meet” that God intends for us to be. There is a terrible trend in society today that shows a “dumbing down” of dads, particularly in entertainment. Which is exactly the opposite of how we should be Biblically. The Bible instructs us to build up and be an encouragement to our husbands, in Proverbs we are to build up our homes, (Proverbs 14:1) and to be a trustworthy companion to our husbands, (Proverbs 31: 11-12). We are the examples set forth that our children (no matter their age) will learn the most from. If our children are going to be respectful of their father, then we need to lead by example.
For many families, “Dad” is not always present in the home, even if he is actively in the home. Military families, oil field workers, truck drivers, and various other occupations sometimes demand that dad be away for extended periods of time. These men have my respect and admiration! As a child of a truck driver I know how hard it is as a child, or teen growing up with dad gone more than he is present. As the wife of a pipeline worker, I know what it is to raise a family while dad is working away from home, when he would much rather be spending time with the family.
When my husband comes home from a job, we often try to take some kind of family trip somewhere. Some of our very BEST family times were completely unplanned, spur of the moment trips. Once, we decided to go and see the Mississippi River. We were visiting him while he worked in Monroe, Louisiana so we just made up our minds to see it since we weren’t far from it. We spent an entire day in Vicksburg, Mississippi learning all about the Civil War battle fought there. All of the kids had a great time climbing on the cannons. We simply try to make the best with what time we get to spend together when we have opportunity.
Parenting is the toughest job we can have, and our husbands and father’s deserve a day of celebration! So I want to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all of the many awesome dad’s out there!