Lessons from a Loving Father by Natalie

We didn’t grow up in a big house with
an overflow of everything.  At the best
of times we just had enough to get by. 
Yet I believe and I am grateful that I had the best growing up.
As the Father’s day drew near, I reflected
on many exemplary lessons I have learnt from my own father.

My Dad is my hero but by
no means perfect yet he showed my siblings and me
how to love unselfishly by being a man of integrity and worth. 
My
Father worked hard, still does;
a man who
supports his family financially, ensuring that he supplies their needs as best
he can. 

We
always felt safe with our Dad.
Like a safety net, he
would never allow anyone to hurt his girls. 

Many times he came home late, he still would share his plate of food
with us (because we loved eating out of his plate) and he had time to make us
laugh and to this day, help with cleaning up after eating.
Despite his late arrival, he would take time to inquire about our day.  He was never too tired to show interest in
our school work and check up on our homework.
My
Father never slacked in disciplining us. 
We
were never bribed with
expensive gifts to
be what we already were. It was expected of us to be respectable young ladies
and we were expected to excel academically. 
fathers do not provoke your children to
anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4
I
never saw him order his wife and kids around. 
He was part of the family and taught us by actions how to serve
one another with love and thanksgiving
.  
The love and affection portrayed by my Father
was so attractive to us that we all looked forward to one day being spouses
ourselves.
On
critical lesson I learnt while growing up is,
The best teacher is one who teaches through his
actions.
Just
because you’re a Father gives you no right to enforce values and discipline
that you don’t value or portray. 
We
never had reason to question because he led by example.
My
Father showed us that it is ok when we sometimes fail.
 Although we always tried our best, when we
made mistakes, we were confident enough to be honest with him because he would
not bite our heads off or beat us half dead.  
Allow your kids to make mistakes and
learn though their own experiences. 
My
Father allowed us to be individuals, he never expected us to live his dreams
that he never accomplished.
We were allowed to be
ourselves.
fathers do not exasperate your children,
so that they don’t loose heart.
Colossians 3:21
And to all young men who would be
fathers someday……
Know this………..
A father does not just provide
financially for his kids.  A father is
actively involved in his kid’s life, ensuring that he loves them and guides
them through this life. 
He protects them, but not so that his protection
harms them. 
He prepares them for this world. 
A good Father teaches through his own
actions.  Not a dictator who doesn’t live
what he preaches. 
A good Father is one is there, every
step of his child’s life.  Not one who is
a spectator from afar and makes his kids feel abandoned and unloved. 
A Father respects his children and speaks
to them in a manner in which is acceptable and honorable.
Even if they have made him angry or
has disappointed him, he still keeps calm and portrays the qualities of His own
Father when he disciplines them
he who restrains his works has
knowledge.  And he who has a cool spirit
is a man of understanding
.
Proverbs 17:27
To all those who have been abandoned
by their Father’s, or have none, remember it is no fault of yours.
The Lord says in that he will be Father to the
Fatherless. He can only be your Father if you are His child. 
Psalm 68:5  A father to the fatherless….
About the Author
Natalie
Abrahams is a Ministry Wife, an International Speaker and a Life Coach. She is
the author of “Get
up and Go on
”. To
book Natalie Abrahams and to a copy of her book, please send an email: virtuouswconnect@gmail.com
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20 thoughts on “Lessons from a Loving Father by Natalie”

  1. I have been blessed because my dad is and has been a good dad, and my husband is and has been a good dad: responsible, just, interested, loving, firm… It's amazing how influential our dads can be, isn't it. Funny thing, when I was growing up and couldn't finish all the food on my plate, I used to pass it down to my dad to finish it. All three of my sisters did the same. I still have a picture of him, sitting at the head of our dining room table with five, completely clean plates stacked. Thanks for the memory! Blessings.

    • Janet you are a blessed woman. Dad's play such an important role in the lives of their kids. That is so funny…I do hope that there is framed picture on the wall to remind you of this loving gesture…
      Remain Blessed

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  3. I have a great Father who is a hero in my eyes as he is a caretaker to my Mom who is disabled due to a brain aneurysm. What more can I say?

    • You are blessed Debbie. That is so beautiful to hear. Although my Dad still works, he also does everything at home weekends when his home since my Mom lost her eye sight. True men of honor. Sending lovely thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
      God richly bless you

  4. Hi Ifeoma! What a lovely tribute to a wonderful Father. Not everyone has the experience of a supportive, gentle father, what a blessing this man is!
    My Dad is still with us, at age 90. We were able to spend Father's Day with him, and I'm so glad. He also was a good provider and leader in faith for our family. I was blessed.
    (I can comment just fine too!)
    Ceil

    • Good day Ceil

      Thank you so much. I am blessed to have a Dad as my own. Wow blessings to your Dad, already 20 grace years and counting.
      thank you kindly for the feedback.
      Remain blessed

  5. I too was blessed with a good dad who loved and cared for his family. My husband too has been a wonderful dad to our children and extended children also. So many homes today are missing a "father" and it is telling on society. The hole left in their emotions causes them to seek to fill the vacuum with drugs, alcohol and other sins. I am so glad that God has promised to be a Father to the fatherless and many are discovering this truth. Thank you for sharing your lovely story with us here at Tell me a Story.

    • Good day Hazel

      Thank you for sharing this with us. You are so right in saying that. May the Fatherless be comforted knowing that God is a Father who will never leave nor forsake them.

      Remain Blessed woman of God.

  6. Ifeoma, I did receive the gift book, Rise, Write and Shine and I thank you very much. It was a lovely surprise.

  7. Natalie, what a loving tribute to your father. Thank you, Ifeoma, for sharing your heart and Natalie's words at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )

    • Thank you Crystal. Indeed it is an honor to honor a man who loves so much and gives so much of himself. never expecting anything in return.
      Remain blessed.

  8. My heart simply softened reading this tribute to your Father. Our Father is so faithful. Thanks for the reminder here, Natalie and Ifeoma.

    Hugs, Susan

    • Thank you Susan

      I am so blessed to have him as my Dad. So many other Fathers out there like him. We must thank god for them, everyday.
      Remain blessed sister.

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