Happy Father’s Day!

Dad.

Fathers all have a special place in our hearts. They teach us so much. And each one is unique.

Our heavenly father loves us and has given us everything. I am so grateful he has given us fathers. Fathers who love and serve. Like my dad did.

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5 Seemingly Small Memories of my Dad that Actually Made a Large Impact

  1. Teaching me about revelation from God. I can pinpoint the day when I started to understand what revelation was and what it felt like to me.  You answered my questions, gave me what is now one of my favorite talks, and encouraged me. You talked with me for months about experiences and helped me gain a spiritual foundation that has been priceless to me.
  2. Giving me a Father’s blessing every time a new school year started. Some years, I didn’t even know if I needed one. I felt confident and happy that school was starting! But these blessings were to help me in other ways. And they DID help. In fact, giving me a blessing anytime I needed one! Whether I was stressed, injured or confused – you were there to help me find my way.
  3. When I was learning how to rip cd’s and steal music (Which seemed like the only way a 13-year old could get music, so it didn’t even feel wrong to me at all at the time!), you helped me understand why it was wrong. But instead of lecturing me, yelling, grounding me or taking away my computer privileges… you went out and bought the cd you knew I wanted. You bought a card and wrote in it your thoughts. I woke up to the gift on my dresser the next morning. No fanfare, just a simple lesson learned in a powerful way.
  4. Being an adult, and still being your little girl.  Coming home upset about a boy, curling up in your lap and crying for what seemed like hours. Mascara, snot, and tears being wiped into your shirt. (I have GOT to know what stain remover we used in our house, because it was magic not to show all my damage done that night!) You didn’t say anything, you just held me while I cried.
  5. You waited up for me. I always felt trusted. I could come and go as I pleased, and stay out as late as I saw fit. But you worried about other drivers who might be on the road with me late at night. So you would wait up for me. And I remember many times how you would ask if I could think of you while I was gone, and come home earlier. It took years to train me to think of others while I was out having fun. To help me come home earlier, and to be safe. But you never got mad or gave restrictions. You let me learn through experiences to get there. Even though it stole hours and hours of sleep from you.

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My Father is so special, and I am so grateful for him and the things he has done for me. I was blessed with an incredible father who has taught me and loved me – in a way that I needed. He is the best earthly example of patience that I’ve seen, and I am proud to call him my Dad.

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One Comment

  1. It is a great gift to have children and we are so blessed with the children that God has entrusted to us. Mary, thank you for the sweet memories. As more than one father has said, I wish I could do it again but better this time so that my children would have an even more sure foundation for their lives. I am grateful that you have become such a wonderful person and that you are growing in many beautiful and wonderful ways.

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