Posted by: hugapoohlouise | July 16, 2014

Family, Community, and a Free Episode of Adventures in Odyssey

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For a limited time, you can listen to a new episode of Adventures in Odyssey for FREE! Album 58, The Ties that Bind, will be available this fall for digital download and CD purchase, but if you join the Odyssey Adventures Club, you can listen to the full album now! Guess what? The $5 special held last month was extended through the end of July, too, so you can join in the fun for only $5! Here’s what part one is about (which you can listen to for free HERE):

It’s a time of surprises as Wooton becomes the celebrity guest at Comic-Connellsville and Whit finds himself in conflict over the upcoming “Let’s Get Together Festival” in Odyssey. Plus, hear an interview with writer-director Paul McCusker about the entire 14-part series.

Album 58 was inspired by Focus on the Family’s The Family Project, a 12-session small group experience that explores the theological, philosophical, and cultural underpinnings of the traditional family, and combines that information with inspiring stories and practical tools to help 21st-century families thrive. One way families can carry out God’s design for families is by serving their community—right where God has planted them, being His hands and feet together. Want to serve your community with your family, maybe make a day of out it? Here are some fantastic ideas from some Adventures in Odyssey bloggers and club members:

  • Make scarves through the year and deliver them to your local homeless shelter at the start of winter, or regularly donate food to your local food bank. —Shirley
  • Our family likes to help with Meals on Wheels. We also do reenactments of the Civil War and WWII to help educate people on history. I like to show my kids that we should be servers and givers by taking meals to people who need them (i.e. baby just born, someone died, someone had surgery, etc.). —Erin
  • We have been visiting a nursing home with friends once a month. The kids just sing and then we fellowship, but the ladies love it! —Lisa
  • We make lap blankets for nursing home residents and take the time to visit with them. We also collect food for the local food pantry. —Donna
  • We make blessing bags to give to the homeless when we encounter them. We also donate clothes and food to a local shelter. —Amy
  • Our MOPs (Mothers of Prechoolers) group supports our local Pregnancy Support Services with donations, gifts, and notes. We also supports the Durham Rescue Mission, which helps people break free from addictions and restore families. —Melissa
  • We live in a very rural area. Our church serves two of the poorest zip codes in the state, and about a decade ago, they started operating a food pantry out of a closet. It has expanded since then, so we now use the closet for storage, but the pantry is basically a classroom. The kids and I serve over there a lot. My 17-year-old and I go to Care & Share (50 miles away) to get food to bring back to the pantry. All of us help unload and stock shelves. On pantry days, everyone can get involved with helping people go through the line, playing with the kids, carrying boxes out to cars, etc. There are so many hungry folks, especially in the summer when school breakfasts and lunches aren’t available, and helping a bit to put food on some tables is such a blessing for us all. —Debra
  • We pack food bags each month for the homeless and needy through a thrift store that offers an outreach to the community. We also help clean our church and our Sunday school. —Michele
  • We work through our AHG troop to do several service activities a year. My girls just recently made bracelets they are selling, which 100% of the profits goes to Hope House in Africa to help young girls. —Sarah
  • Our church works with a homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta. We cook food ahead of time, and when our schedules allow we ride down with the group to serve the food. My son always reminds me when we haven’t been for awhile, so it’s something he looks forward to. —Maria
  • We do lots of random acts of kindnesses within our community: pay for others’ meals, leave change at a vending machine, hand out Gatorade/granola bars to people on the side of the road asking for food. We also love to support Mobile Loaves and Fishes. —Kathryn

Did that provide some ideas to give your family service activity the kick-start it needs? What other ideas do you have for serving your community? Share in the comments!

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Posted by: hugapoohlouise | July 14, 2014

HeBrews a Better Blend Bible Study Review and Giveaway…

Leah C. Adams new Bible study released on July 1, 2014 HeBrews a Better Blend Bible Study!  A guided 8 week study of the entire book of Hebrews.  Published by Warner Press.

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Did you miss the author interview that I posted a week ago with Leah?  Stop what you are doing right now and go check that out.  Okay, your finished with it right?

This is my first time reading and writing a review for Leah.  My first taste of her writing style, study style.  I have to tell you I am impressed.  I was immediately hungry for more.

Her new Bible study HeBrews a Better Blend is broken down into weeks and has five days of homework.  But, I didn’t want to quit.  Each day made me curious, even though I’ve read the book of Hebrews many times, about what the Lord would reveal to me next.  My hunger and thirst was unquenchable.  Thank you, Leah.

HeBrews a Better Blend covers the whole entire chapter of the book of Hebrews.  It begins in chapter 1 Hebrews and allows you to build your own foundation in God’s Word as Leah guides you through.  It is a guided study of Hebrews.  Each day covers 5 days and has homework.  But trust me you won’t hear any complaining when you get to it.  Leah shares the homework questions and then gives you a few examples of how she answered them.  Then it is your turn.  I was amazed at the nuggets of truth that I found hidden within the pages of Hebrews.  Nuggets that I’ve skimmed over before when I read this chapter.

HeBrews a Better Blend fixes our eyes on Jesus and allows us to gain a visual insight into the book of Hebrews.  I loved that at the beginning of each week Leah furnishes you with a recipe.  I can’t wait to try a few of these recipes out at one of our church functions.  Each page allows you to dig into Scripture for yourself, you are not spoon-fed Leah’s theology.

Now for the fun part, Leah has agreed to give one lucky winner a copy of her new Bible study, HeBrews a Better Blend.  So leave a comment today on my blog, share on Facebook this review (don’t forget to comment with the link), Tweet about this giveaway and Bible study on Twitter (again don’t forget to leave me a comment with link).  Leave a comment to win.  I will randomly draw a name on July 18, 2014.  I will notify the winner by email and you will have until July 25, 2014 to claim your prize.  If you fail to claim your prize a second name will be selected.  As my daughter is so fond of saying “May the odds be ever in your favor.”.

Until Next Time,

M

**I received a free digial copy of this book to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  There are no affiliate links present in this review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  

 

 

 

Leah, I may have readers who have not met you online. What would you like for my readers to know about you?

I am a North Georgia girl who loves Jesus—A LOT. I asked Jesus to come into my heart at the age of 15. Within a few years, I made some horrible moral choices that drew me away from Him. I spent the better part of my 20s walking far from Jesus, and God let me go my own way until I was sick of it. Then, just like the prodigal son’s father, God welcomed me back, and overwhelmed me with a desire for His Word and His presence. He made it clear that nothing I had done, no sin I had committed, changed how He felt about me. God loved me with a ridiculous love. He lavished grace on the heart of His daughter, and ultimately called me into ministry in 2007.

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My passion is teaching God’s Word, and He allows me to do that through two avenues: speaking and writing. I have had the privilege of speaking to groups all across the United States. While my signature message is about the legacy we are leaving for the generations that come behind us, the ultimate message is always about the grace, love, acceptance, and mercy that can only be found in Jesus Christ. I love speaking to women of all ages, but my heartbeat is for women under 40 years of age. My hope is that the words God gives me encourage and challenge women to walk intimately with Jesus every single day they walk the dusty sod of earth. I want them to know that Jesus loves them more than they can imagine.

Another area of ministry that the Lord has assigned to my husband and me jointly is ministry to international students who are studying in the US. Over 750,000 students from other countries study in America every year, and the vast majority of them are never in an American home. What a missed opportunity for the church of Jesus Christ to show the love of Jesus to students who might, otherwise, never hear about Him! Greg and I regularly host international students in our home, and have developed close friendships with many of them. In fact, we have become ‘American parents’ to a delightful young woman from Australia. God brought Bree, Greg, and me together, and she is now very much a part of our family. We love her as if she were our own.

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· What occupies your free time? Hobbies, interests?

I love to read….Christian fiction and biographies are what can be found on my bookshelf, alongside lots of biblical commentaries, Bible translations, and cookbooks. I enjoy cooking, camping in our fifth wheel RV, and spending time with my husband and my girlfriends.

· What are some items on your bucket list?

I would love to visit Australia, Germany, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Grand Canyon. Speaking gigs in any of those places would make the trip that much sweeter! My husband is a golfer, and we would like to attend the Master’s golf tournament. I sponsor two girls in Tanzania through Compassion International, and visiting them one day is definitely on the list. I would like to write another Bible study, or ten, if the Lord gives me the words. As I said, I love to cook, and attending a weekend Southern Living cooking school would be great fun. A return visit to a hummingbird haven where many different types of hummingbirds are together in one place is on the list. I’m amazed at those little fliers.

· How did you develop an interest in writing and when did you begin writing seriously?

I have enjoyed writing and public speaking from my junior high school days. I always excelled in English, and term papers were never a drag for me. I know….I’m a geek.

My deep-end dive into writing came in 2002 when my Daddy was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer. As he progressed through his chemo treatments, I would write a weekly email to family and friends who wanted to keep up with his progress. Each email would close with a few inspirational thoughts that usually included Scripture. After my Daddy graduated to heaven in late 2004, people began asking if I would write a weekly devotion and send it out via email. After a year or so of doing that, over 125 people were receiving each email, but unfortunately, my ISP was deleting the emails as spam. It was at that point that I made the jump to a blog format, where I now offer my writing.

When the Lord called me into ministry in late 2007, I needed something to speak about, and that something was the topic of legacy. For my first speaking engagement, I wrote a 15 minute message about the legacy we, as Christians, are leaving for the generations that come behind us. Eventually that message grew into an hour-long message, and ultimately became the foundation of my first Bible study, From the Trash Pile to the Treasure Chest: Creating a Godly Legacy, which was published in 2010.

· What is the back story behind HeBrews? What was the impetus for you to write this book?

I began writing HeBrews: A Better Blend purely out of obedience to the Lord. Several years prior to writing the study, I had done a pretty intense self-study of the book of Hebrews. It was my hope that the Lord might allow me to write something out of that time of study, but I wasn’t sure. Perhaps it had just been for my edification. In 2012, I sensed the Lord giving me the go-ahead to write a Bible study from the book of Hebrews. I’ve learned that when God says do something, the best response is ‘Yes sir’. So, write I did. I had no intention of publishing HeBrews, thinking it would just be an act of obedience, and perhaps a study that my Tuesday morning small group would do. God had other plans. When I was about halfway through the writing, my friend, Brooke, introduced me to the wonderful woman who is now my Editor at Warner Press. One thing led to another and before I knew it, God had opened the door for HeBrews to be published. It was totally a God-thing, and I often tell Him that this is His doings, and the responsibility is on Him to place HeBrews into the hands of the people who need to read it.

· Share with us a bit about your book.

HeBrews: A Better Blend is an eight-week Bible study that takes the student through the entire book of Hebrews. The Old Testament constructs that were so important to the Israelites, i.e. Old Testament tabernacle, priest, sacrifice, and covenant, are examined alongside the New Testament parallels that we find in Jesus. Jesus was the BETTER priest, administering a BETTER covenant, offering a BETTER sacrifice, and ultimately bringing us into a BETTER tabernacle.

There are five days of homework each week, and most days the student studies from both the Old and New Testaments. HeBrews: A Better Blend can be done by individuals, and in group settings. At the beginning of each week of study, I offer a dessert recipe taken from my collection, or from the collections of some of my friends and family. Dessert definitely makes Bible study richer. No pun intended!

· Why should someone read HeBrews: A Better Blend? What does it offer them personally?

The study of Scripture, God’s Love Letter to humankind, is as important to me as taking my next breath. Without it, I would be right back in the ditch of sin that I crawled out of 20 years ago. HeBrews: A Better Blend offers the reader a guided study of the book of Hebrews, as well as opportunities to apply faith principles to their own life, and grow in their faith in Jesus Christ.

· How can my readers find you? Blog? Social media?

I would love to meet your readers. They can find me at my website and blog, The Point, at http://www.leahadams.org.

I am also on several social media platforms:

Facebook Ministry page:

HeBrews Facebook page

Twitter

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· When and where will HeBrews: A Better Blend be available to the public?

The release date for the Bible study is July 1st. It should be available at major e-tailers, as well as Christian bookstores.

· What final thoughts would you like to share with my readers?

I want to encourage your readers to fix their eyes on Jesus. My prayer is that they will raise their eyes above the horizon of their circumstances (good or bad), and look to Jesus for their strength and hope. He is everything we need. EVERYTHING! Developing an intimate relationship with Jesus will not happen accidently. It requires intentionality, perseverance, and lots of time allowing Scripture to speak to the heart. Once a heart gets a taste of walking in intimacy with Christ, there is no going back. I want that for your readers, because I know what a thrill it is to me.

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | July 2, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings would like to wish all our subscribers, readers and followers a safe and Happy Fourth of July.  So Happy 4th!

Whether you have plans to stay at home or travel on this holiday I pray that you will have traveling mercies from God above surrounding you and your precious family.  I pray that you will be a blessing to someone else as you travel out of your normal territory.  I pray that God’s light will shine brighter than any firework on the 4th of July in your life.  I pray that you will rise up and answer the call He has placed on your life.  Yes, you.  He has called you for such a time as this.  If you are anything like me you had to listen just a little bit harder over all the noise going on in your life to hear.  Stop.  Listen.  Do you hear it?  Silence.  That is when I hear Him speak.  That is when my spirit hears His Spirit.  I guess that maybe why they call it Quiet Time?  In Jesus Name Amen.

Melissa’s family has decided to stay at home this 4th of July.  We may head out to the Gulf for some fireworks or we may set some off ourselves at home.  Given all the rain the SunShine state has received in the month of June there are no burn bans so fire away.  My kids like to do their own firework shows at home around the pool and good picnic supplies.  I am relieved that we will not be traveling this year.  I love to be at home and I love to have others over to spend with in my home.  And you can be sure we will have a few.

This summer has been so much more intentional for our family here at Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings.  We’ve taken the time to rest.  We’ve spent time with our families and children.  We’ve shared with you some of the products you’ve requested here on the blog.  Don’t worry, we have many more to come.  We have a new Bible Study on Hebrews coming and a giveaway.  We have a lot more on Prayer.  We have two new authors on Prayer that I can’t wait to share with you.

Until Next Time,

M

 

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | June 30, 2014

Summer Activities For Adventures In Odyssey Fans

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Summer is officially here! Don’t let your kids’ boredom run rampant. Adventures in Odyssey is here to save the day. Below are some must-try ideas for summer fun! Want even more summer fun? For the month of June, you can join the Odyssey Adventure Club for only $5! More details can be found here.

Summer Activities

As a parent you are probably a big proponent of reading. Encourage your kids to dig into a book or two this summer with Adventures in Odyssey’s On Your Marks Summer Reading Challenge. Bonus points if YOU create a reading challenge for yourself as you read along with your kids!

Looking for something hands-on? Create Matthew in 3-D! Invite a few of your kids’ friends over for a play date, print off the activity sheet, and let them have at it for the afternoon (with the promise of cookies and lemonade once they’ve finished constructing Matthew).

Maybe your kids aren’t into reading, but they love math. If that’s the case, have them solve Eugene’s Sudoku!

The laundry needs to be done; the dishes need to be put away. But your kids are begging you to take them out to the zoo. Let them take a whack at Matthew’s Decoder in the morning, then make an agreement that if they figure out how to use the decoder, you’ll take them on an afternoon adventure. That’ll give you the morning to finish up your to-do list!

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My girls are 13, 11 and 9 years of age and I have to say this activity was so fun and capivating for them. We sat down one evening after dinner and truly had fun together as a family. What an awesome way to beat the boredom of summer.

Until Next Time,
M

8270968God’s Promises For Tough Times, A Devotional For Bible Believers by Jen Sheppard. Published by Wise Dove Press.  Available for purchase in paperback and eBook format.  An 80 page devotional.  That contains short, concise truth nuggets for you in the midst of trials and tribulation.  You can purchase your own copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble.  Jen Sheppard is an inspirational author, wife, homeschooling mother.

Have you ever fallen victim to the false gospel that once you are saved God promises you a rose garden?  As I said, that is a false gospel.  The Word of God tells us just the opposite.  We are to expect trials and tribulations.  So, if you need some encouragement or find yourself in the middle of tough times this is the book to encourage your faith.  A 30-day devotional experience that is based on the King James Version of God’s Word.  Providing promises from God’s Word directly to you on each page.  No man-made promises in this book.

“Fear not because He (the Lord) has a message for you.  He is forever faithful and He will not forsake you.” Quote from Jen Sheppard in God’s Promises For Tough Times.

I love how Jen Sheppard shares God’s Word straight from the Bible’s pages instead of her own opinions.  She shares her own experiences as she has walked through trouble times in such away that the focus is not on her but on the Lord remaining faithful.  She does a great job of causing us to turn to Him instead of others when we are faced with troubling times.

Solid Scripture is given to you on each page to reassure your faith and lead you to cling to God.  This book progresses from showing us who the Lord is.  A great reminder to all, but especially to those going through tough times.  We humans have a tendency to forget and turn to our flesh when the first trial or tribulation hits.  Then the book shows us what to do when we are faced with troubles and finally it serves as a reminder of God’s power.

Each devotional has full Bible text taken from the King James Version for each topic listed in the index.  Then there are several paragraphs of encouragement from Jen Sheppard based on God’s Word.  At the end of the devotional there is another applicable Scripture and plenty of room to journal your response.

I love how this book helped me to praise God no matter what my situation was.  Whether I was walking through affliction or I was on the mountain top.  I can praise God and it is filled with assurance that God has not left you and promises you based on God’s own Word that He is with you.

Visit God’s Promises For Tough Times by clicking anywhere within the post on the title and receive a weekly devotion from Jen Sheppard.

Until Next Time,

M

 

**I received a free copy of this book to review.  I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  There are no affiliate links present in this review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am partof The CWA Review Crew.

 

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | June 20, 2014

A New Pair of Glasses

Every summer vacation in the Water’s household we begin it with eye examines for all three girls.  I know that sounds silly but that is how it is and will continue to be thanks to the insurance powers that be.

My oldest daughter, Savannah has had glasses for about four years now.  The past three eye examines her eyes have changed very little, but still enough to require new glasses.  She has stuck with the same frame style for the past three years.  She doesn’t like change.  Can you relate?  I can in some aspects and then in others I crave change.  I crave change in my walk with the Lord, I want Him to change me, mold me, shape me.  But in the day-to-day routines I crave the same thing day in and day out.  I don’t want change coming along and upsetting the cart.  But, how can I crave spiritual changes without the  day-to-day routines changes?  You guessed it.  Impossible with a capital “I”.  So I have to surrender the mundane tasks that I perform each and everyday to Him and allow Him to change me.  Easier said than done.  But Praise God  He is faithful.

My middle daughter has perfect eyes.  Bless her, she has no idea how blessed she is.  She is a little jealous of her sister who has had glasses, but she has never voiced that she wanted glasses.  And I pray that she never does.  I’ve worn glasses since I was 12 years old.  I switched to contacts for a while and then my body decided it couldn’t wear them any longer so I returned to glasses.  I too am like my oldest child, I don’t want to change so I usually end up wearing my glasses until they fall apart.  Or unless I am told I have to get new ones because my prescription changed.  There is that word again “change”.  Lord, change me, I surrender all.

This year my youngest daughter, Gabby needed glasses.  She has been wanting glasses since her older sister got her first pair.  She has even tried to fool the eye doctor with her eye examine.  But, he caught her and for two years she has not been a happy camper.  Then this year, her vision needs correction so she got her prayer, glasses.  I hope her enjoyment and excitement never wears off, because from what the eye doctor told me she will be wearing glasses for a while.  Interesting to me, is how we think we know best like Gabby, we pray for something because we think it will be good for us, fun, something new, a change.  There is that word again, but used in the positive.  So we pray and ask the Lord.  When He doesn’t answer we tend to get our feathers ruffled a little.  But, if our prayer is answered we are overjoyed.  BUT… what if the thing we prayed for is not the best thing He has for us?  That caused me to stop in my tracks.

What if, He had or has something better for us.  Instead of using a pair of glasses to see, we could see clearly without them?  I don’t know about you but this simple visit to the eye doctor caused this mama to stop and think about the things I have been praying for.  I thank the Lord that He uses little things like this to reach me.  To cause me to run back to Him and find out what is best instead of letting proceed on with second best.

How about you?  I’d love to hear how the Lord has gained your attention or changed your course.

Until Next Time,

M

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | June 18, 2014

Join the Odyssey Adventure Club for $5!

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Are your kids in need of a safe and fun environment where they can explore, create and imagine, all while developing their faith and learning biblical truth? Enter the Odyssey Adventure Club (AOC)!
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For a limited time, you can join HERE for only $5 (regular monthly membership costs $15 for up to six users)!

Families will be able to stream the Adventures in Odyssey library, plus listen to exclusive new monthly episodes.  Busy families will find 24/7 access to the content through the Odyssey Adventure Club mobile iPhone app.

Children can also read daily devotions, interact with hands-on activities and view video documentaries featuring a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the Adventures in Odyssey stories. Parents can feel confident their children are safe on the Odyssey Adventure Club website — Focus on the Family staff will be monitoring all comments before they’re publicly posted.

A portion of each Odyssey Adventure Club membership will benefit Focus on the Family partner relief organizations, including Christian Veterinary Mission, Operation Christmas Child and Compassion International. This provides parents with an opportunity to teach children about the value of giving and serving others.

Coming in July, Odyssey Adventure Club members get to listen to the brand new album, “The Ties That Bind,” FIRST before it’s available ANYWHERE ELSE!

Click here to join for only $5!

Want more summer activities for your kids inspired by the Odyssey Adventure Club? Check out this post.

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | June 16, 2014

Special Alert Bulletin Announcement!

I thought that title would catch your eye.  I really do have a special announcement to make here on Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings.

Melissa has been chosen to be a member of The CWA (Christian Woman Affiliates) Review Crew! This is truly an honor that I have been working toward for a year and a half.  To be a part of a large online presence such as The CWA and joining other Christian women reviewing products so you the consumer can make wise purchasing choices.

Let me share a little of what The CWA is about.  For their website:

The unique vision of The CWA Review Crew is to

bring together a network of savvy and well-connected

Christian Women reviewers who have the

skill and determination to illuminate the

diamonds in the rough and expose them to the world.”

As a member of The CWA Review Crew, I have been chosen to be a part of Christian women to help assist others market their products, review products and provide feedback to the creators of such products.  To spread the word to others about products available.

So Melissa and Dawn’s Musings is overjoyed to be handpicked by The CWA Review Crew to become part of their family in providing good, solid reviews on products to consumers.

But, I would also like to remind my readers that it is you that makes Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings blog a success.  You are my audience and I am committed to providing you with honest, complete and fully informed reviews.  Just because Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings is now a reviewer for The CWA Review Crew doesn’t mean that anything will change.  We are still committed to bringing you reviews for products you request or for products we feel would be helpful to our reader.  We are still providing our honest opinion about said product.  We are still doing all the reviewing for free and we will not include any affiliate links within our posts.  So rest assured, we have our readers in mind before we accept any review.

Thank you for your faithfulness in reading along with Melissa and Dawn.  Stay tuned for the first review in the The CWA Review lineup.

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | June 15, 2014

Happy Father’s Day to my dear husand and my dad

Today across America, we are celebrating Father’s Day!  So here on Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings I would like to wish Father’s all over the world a “Happy Father’s Day”.  Even if you are not a father in the typical sense, you still have the power in your life to influence someone’s life for good.  So just because you are not the biological father of a child, don’t let that stop you from being worthy of being a father.  A father doesn’t have to be biological, there are many different types of fathers.  But, what is the definition of a father?  You can look in a dictionary or online for the definition, but I have found the perfect definition and it is contained with the Holy Bible.  Read about the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and you’ll have the best definition of a father in the world.

Don’t know how to be a father?  Do you need help?  Do you want a role model?  Then pick up your nearest copy of the Bible.  The LORD, Elohim, creator of all is the perfect example for you.  Trust me.

I want to thank all you men who have stepped up to the plate to be a father to the fatherless, to be a nurturer in the life of a child or adult.  To have stepped outside the norm and chosen to love someone more than you love yourself.  To give the gift of time to someone.  To teach someone something.  To be simply.  Thank you.

I also want to wish my dear husband, Jason a Happy Father’s Day.  I want to thank him for being the daddy to our 3 girls.  For having morals, convictions and listening to them.  For standing up in what you believe in and not going with the flow, especially when it comes to our girls.  For leading with a strong hand, but an even stronger heart as you rely fully on the Lord.  For leading by example and not with empty words.  For being a model in front of them instead of words that flow from a mouth.  Thank you.  I know it is not easy and some days you may feel like throwing in the towel or giving up.  I want to encourage you on those days.  It is all worth it.

I also want to wish my dad, Harry a Happy Father’s Day.  I want to thank him for being by daddy for 43 years.  I am thankful each day that I have with you as each additional day is a blessing from my Heavenly Father.  Thank you for all the hard work you’ve provided for your family over the years.  Thank you for standing up for what you believe in and for loving my mother through sickness and health.  For providing a home for us and for working long, hard hours to make sure our needs were met growing up.  For loving your granddaughters and teaching them about the life you’ve lived through the depression, Pearl Harbor.  For sharing life experiences with them that no one else can.

So from Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings – Happy Father’s Day.

Until Next Time,

M

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