Monday, February 6, 2012

A Father's Letter to His Daughters

A Father's Letter to His Daughters

I have been pondering,for a few weeks, about writing a letter to my sons, daughters, and wife. It would be a simple message of love and learning straight from my heart to them. You don't have to wait until your dying to leave a message of love to your family. I would encourage , you the reader, to use this example and pass something on to your family.

It is something I have taught them throughout the years.  Maybe it is something that I can add to as the years progress, but I wanted to record something which passes on the things the Lord has taught me. He has been my greatest example of Fatherhood.

A Father's Letter to His Daughters.

My precious daughters, you have been a blessing to your Father's heart. I cherish our memories together and our many discussions. It is a blessing to see you both develop your own thoughts and ideas. I am honored to have you as my daughters. A man could not ask for two better daughters. You both are serving the Lord not because of my relationship with the Lord. You serve the Lord because you each have a relationship with the Living God. I am proud of you both. Your hearts of worship is an inspiration to me I wanted to give you some simply truths to live by. May you cherish these truths for the rest of your life.

1. ALWAYS put God first in your life.
I have been all over the world and I can honestly say. I am blessed to know the Lord and be known by Him. Life with Him has been my greatest journey and greatest discovery. If you are running after His heart; you can't go wrong. If you only knew how much the Living God loves you. It is a greater love than what I can give.Zephaniah 3:17  The LORD your God is with you. He is a hero who saves you. He happily rejoices over you, renews you with his love, and celebrates over you with shouts of joy. No matter how much mankind tries to deny His majesty. If we look around with an honest heart; we can see the power and majesty of our God. He is real my daughters and desires to be real inside of you. Make knowing Him your number one priority!

2. Never forget where you have come from.
Maybe you have good and bad thoughts about growing up, but you should never forget where you have come from. Don't forget about the family that cares for you. Don't forget about the teachings and the examples of life good and bad. We teach and train through success and failure. Your parents are not perfect and have demonstrated those imperfections at times but that is OK. You can learn from it all. Don't forget your family for they are the ones who will always stick by you.
3.Be grounded in HIS WORD
God's word has been the greatest comfort to me throughout the years. It has been proven time and time again to be a reliable book. God has expressed Himself within this great book. He has given us a written road map to follow. Read His word. Live His word. Take His word to be true and you will never stray or go wrong.  Hide His word within your heart. Psalm 33:4  The word of the LORD is correct, and everything he does is trustworthy.
4. Embrace Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit desires to be your best friend. He will guide you, convict you , lead you, give you discernment, bring you to the throne room of God, comfort you in times of trouble, and much more. Be filled with Holy Spirit and you will have the power to overcome all temptations. John 14:26  However, the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything. He will remind you of everything that I have ever told you.
5. Run after wisdom
Godly wisdom comes from His word and from those who are actively seeking Him. Always seek wisdom for your life. Proverbs 1:1-9  The proverbs of Solomon, David's son who was king of Israel, given  (2)  to grasp wisdom and discipline, to understand deep thoughts,  (3)  to acquire the discipline of wise behavior- righteousness and justice and fairness-  (4)  to give insight to gullible people, to give knowledge and foresight to the young-  (5)  a wise person will listen and continue to learn, and an understanding person will gain direction-  (6)  to understand a proverb and a clever saying, the words of wise people and their riddles.  (7)  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Stubborn fools despise wisdom and discipline.  (8)  My son, listen to your father's discipline, and do not neglect your mother's teachings,  (9)  because discipline and teachings are a graceful garland on your head and a golden chain around your neck.

6. Surround yourself with Elders.
Allow people in your life who have already been there and done that. Allow elders to be in your life who are followers of Christ and who truly care for you. People who are not afraid to tell you like it is. Don't surround yourself with "YES" women who will tell what your flesh wants to hear. It can lead you down a dark path then one day you wake up and wonder where your life has gone. Proverbs 19:20  Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

7. Respect the men in your life and make them respect you.
Don't use your power of persuasion to deceive the men in your life.. They are human beings. Treating them with respect means not using your womanhood to manipulate them.. You don't cross the boundaries over their bodies unless in is on your wedding night and you both have become one flesh.  Don't easily give your body over to any man. Give it to the one who will respect you and is willing to wait for you on the wedding night. True love waits. Stay pure for your future husband and don't give in to peer pressure.
8.  Honor your Husbands as the Church should honor the Savior
Honoring your husband means respect him and giving him your trust. It means allowing him to lead in the home and becoming his help mate. It means allowing him to be your protector and provider. Honoring your husband is a beautiful connection between you and your husband.
Ephesians 5:21-24  Place yourselves under each other's authority out of respect for Christ.  (22)  Wives, place yourselves under your husbands' authority as you have placed yourselves under the Lord's authority.  (23)  The husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. It is his body, and he is its Savior.  (24)  As the church is under Christ's authority, so wives are under their husbands' authority in everything.
9. Be a mother to your children
A mother can make or break a child's development. Your children will need your nurturing. They will need your understanding and your wisdom. You must be willing to sacrifice your needs at times to fulfill their needs. This is what a mother does for her children. 
The bond that a child develops with his mother can never be severed. You grew as an organism inside her for nine months. She carried you and sustained you, sharing her sustenance with you through your umbilical cord. When you are born the cord is severed. It is never severed in her heart. That bond lasts forever. As we grow up we become our own people and may come to forget that woman who nurtured and loved us. But remember this, she will never forget you and never stop loving you.

10. Serve others and not your own self interests
Life is not about serving ourselves or being selfish. It is about serving others. Help out with charities. Be faithful in your church. Be a leader who leads others to the right path. Tell others about Jesus and share your faith with them. A coward hides his heart but it takes courage to share the truth that is within Him. John 13:34-35  "I'm giving you a new commandment: Love each other in the same way that I have loved you.  (35)  Everyone will know that you are my disciples because of your love for each other."

11. Give to the Lord
Give your finances resources to the Lord's work. Don't get caught up in debt. Stay away from credit cards. If you don't have it ; you don't buy it. Strive not to be rich for money's sake but be rich in life by resisting the world's temptations.
12. Embrace a life of friends.
Surround yourself with the right kind of friends. Those who are not afraid to tell you like it is but still love. Those who are strong believers in the Lord and are willing to share His word with you. Be a friend to them and care for them.
13. Watch out for the lies of the world
Keep discernment within you. Watch out for the lies of the world. Don't allow relativism to replace your faith in His word. Follow God's word and do not distort it. Don't get caught up in worldly philosophies which will one day burn up in the fire. Colossians 2:7-8  Sink your roots in him and build on him. Be strengthened by the faith that you were taught, and overflow with thanksgiving.  (8)  Be careful not to let anyone rob you of this faith through a shallow and misleading philosophy. Such a person follows human traditions and the world's way of doing things rather than following Christ.

14. Leave a legacy
Understand death will happen to us all. What legacy will you leave behind? What will be the message you send for the future generations or to your children? Live your life to the fullest in Christ and you can't go wrong. Let the Lord take you to the places he has called you too. Build a message that is place in the bottle of time for future generations to discover and read. End life with greatness. Make a difference in people's lives. Live beyond your own selfishness.
15. Work hard
We were made to be hard workers in life. Provide for you family. Do the best job you can do for your boss. Don't complain but work unto the Lord. Be a person of integrity and honesty. Show your boss the power of Christ working within you.
16. Take Responsibility
Always take responsibility for your actions and never blame others. Own up to your mistakes and learn from them.Don't blame your environment or the actions of others on the way you act or feel. Live beyond the evil influences.
17. Be a Proverbs 31 Woman
a. Proverbs 31:10-31  "Who can find a wife with a strong character? She is worth far more than jewels.  (11)  Her husband trusts her with all his heart, and he does not lack anything good.  (12)  She helps him and never harms him all the days of her life.  (13)  "She seeks out wool and linen with care and works with willing hands.  (14)  She is like merchant ships. She brings her food from far away.  (15)  She wakes up while it is still dark and gives food to her family and portions of food to her female slaves.  (16)  "She picks out a field and buys it. She plants a vineyard from the profits she has earned.  (17)  She puts on strength like a belt and goes to work with energy.  (18)  She sees that she is making a good profit. Her lamp burns late at night.  (19)  "She puts her hands on the distaff, and her fingers hold a spindle.  (20)  She opens her hands to oppressed people and stretches them out to needy people.  (21)  She does not fear for her family when it snows because her whole family has a double layer of clothing.  (22)  She makes quilts for herself. Her clothes are made of linen and purple cloth.  (23)  "Her husband is known at the city gates when he sits with the leaders of the land.  (24)  "She makes linen garments and sells them and delivers belts to the merchants.  (25)  She dresses with strength and nobility, and she smiles at the future.  (26)  "She speaks with wisdom, and on her tongue there is tender instruction.  (27)  She keeps a close eye on the conduct of her family, and she does not eat the bread of idleness.  (28)  Her children and her husband stand up and bless her. In addition, he sings her praises, by saying,  (29)  'Many women have done noble work, but you have surpassed them all!'  (30)  "Charm is deceptive, and beauty evaporates, but a woman who has the fear of the LORD should be praised.  (31)  Reward her for what she has done, and let her achievements praise her at the city gates."
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