Fatherhood: God Honors a Dad’s Sacrifice

For You From The Word

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.  (Psalm 103:13)

For You To Think About

James Dobson Sr. with son Jimmie, James Dobson Jr.

James Dobson Sr. with son Jimmie, James Dobson Jr.

Jimmie’s dad had an active speaking schedule and was away from his son for weeks at a time.  But after a particularly trying time period with the boy, Jimmie’s mom telephoned and explained that she was having difficulty raising their son on her own.

In a move that required enormous personal and professional sacrifice, Jimmie’s dad cancelled four years of speaking engagements and quit traveling.  He got a new job so he could be in Jimmy’s life full-time.

Does a father’s presence make a difference?  Ask Jimmie.  Today, he is a godly man who credits his father and mother for raising him to put family first.  You may know him as Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, a media and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of the home.

God used Jimmie’s father to leave a powerful legacy, through his son, in millions of families worldwide.

If you’re a dad – no matter what kind of relationship you have with your child’s mother – you can have that kind of influence, too.

For You To Pray

Heavenly Father, thank You for working through godly fathers.  Show dads how significant their influence can be.  Amen.

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Fatherhood Series #3: Effective Fathers are Compassionate

Fatherhood Series #4: Effective Fathers Listen and Answer

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