I want to wish my dad a Happy Father’s Day.
I was born a “daddy’s girl”. I have always adored my father (although when I was in trouble I may have faltered a bit – we won’t say how often that happened).
I heard a song when I was young called “I Want to Marry Daddy When I Grow Up”. I believe if God has marriage for my life, then my husband will be a man similar to my dad. A man of integrity, who seeks to put God first and share that with others. My dad took me on my first date – when I was 8 years old. He taught me how I should be treated. Let’s just say I have very high standards.
I shared in a previous post how my dad taught me to love thunderstorms. Another special memory is when I was 14. The memory of the day I trusted Christ as my personal Savior was fading. I had doubts about my salvation. Youth leaders and Christian school teachers often taught that we should “make sure” we were saved. I felt I needed to pray to ask Jesus to save me from my sins. I knew I had to tell someone, so one night I told my dad. Instead of having me “make sure” he started telling me why he thought I was truly a Christian. I’m pretty sure I thought he was crazy (I’ve said this before). I had it so ingrained in my head that I needed to “make sure” that I didn’t think there was any other option. However, in godly wisdom, my dad listed evidence of salvation and shared Romans 10:9-10 with me. I realized that this was true in my life (due to the ministry of the Holy Spirit). I have at times struggled with doubt since that day, however, God used my dad to give me assurance based on Bible teaching.
So on Father’s Day this year, I want to publicly say, “Thank you , Dad. I love you. Happy Father’s Day.”