29 September 2010

The Power of a Praying Wife Chapter 18: His Fatherhood

Children's children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.  Proverbs 17:6

Chapter 18: His Fatherhood

Stormie Omartian shared in this chapter that her own husband shared that one of his greatest fears was not being a good enough father.

I'm guessing a lot of parents feel this way, especially dads who spend most of their days at work, they may feel they haven't done enough with their children or (as kids grow to teenagers) that they haven't imparted enough wisdom.

Stormie says, "Thoughts of failure and inadequacy are what cause so many fathers to give up, leave, become overbearing from trying too hard, or develop a passive attitude and fade into the background of their children's lives."  I don't know about you, but even mom's have their share of inadequacy thoughts and fears.  We get overwhelmed and overworked and wonder where the reward is of giving up so much and putting so much effort into the little things to make everyone happy.  Here's where prayer comes in!

Babe, you are a great dad!
Stormie says, "Prayer can help them (fathers) gain a clear perspective of what it means to be a good father, and open the door to the Holy Spirit guidance on how to handle the parenting challenges that arise."  As parents we all need wisdom and guidance in raising our children.  We all need a clear perspective on what it means to be a good parent.

"The best way for a man to be a good father is to get to know his heavenly Father and learn to imitate Him."  We all need to understand and know "our Father's heart" so we can show that love to our own children.

This week let's pray that:
*Our husbands grow into a greater understanding of his heavenly Father's love.
*Our husbands will be healed from any misconceptions they have in their heart and mind about love. (especially if they grew up in a home that did not model godly parents)
*Our husbands will be good fathers.
*Give them a hunger to really know You as their heavenly father.
*Allow them to spend quality time in God's presence.
*Help them to balance mercy, judgment, and instruction the way God does.
*Pray that we (husband and wife) will be united in the way we should train our child/children.
*May he require and inspire his children to honor and obey him so they will have long and blessed lives.  (I love this one!)

Kristi's Love Dare:
Sit down with your spouse and go over your goals for your children.  Pray about your parenting together.

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