{Building Dad Up With Your Words (& Free Printable)}

I didn’t have a father in our home growing up. Sadly, I cannot tell you what it’s like to rejoice as a child  celebrating ‘Dad’. As I shared with you last week {here}, Father’s Day to me was a holiday which brought with it lots of hurt and bitterness.

Back in 2005, at 24 years of age, I married. Let me just say that my own personal issues got in the way. I didn’t know how to separate what I felt towards those who hurt me from those who loved me.

I was that foolish woman who was tearing her home down with her own hands (and mouth). I praise God for grace and mercy. I thank God that He didn’t give up on me. And I am grateful for my very patient husband!

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold

In settings of silver.”

Proverbs 25:11, NKJV

Today I know that my words affect those around me. Today I understand my tongue holds the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). And so, understanding the influence God has given me in my home, I lift up. I encourage. I declare things that are not as though they were. I purposefully build up my children and my husband.

Today, I encourage you… take time to sit down with your kids and teach them to build others, especially Dad, with their words of affirmation and appreciation. Teach them the power of a word spoken at the right moment. I know some are not comfortable doing this. I wasn’t always confortable either.

However, you can be used of God to be an agent of change in your home with your family. Your purposeful instruction and guidance will reap rewards, not only in your children and husband, but in generations to come. Imagine that… sowing a seed and producing a harvest so great it touches your grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and beyond.

Start practicing this Father’s Day by letting Dad know all the reason you love/ appreciate him. Have the children do the same. To help you get started, click below for your FREE printable. There’s 3 pages. One for Dad, one for grandpa, and one with a blank line which can be used for any other father/uncle this Father’s Day.

Simply cut these into 9 squares. You can staple them together and have the kids make a little booklet for Dad. Or you could put them in a bowl and randomly take them out and read to Dad during his special Father’s Day breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You decide. Whatever works for you. But make sure to take the time to {Build Dad Up With Your Words}. You’d be amazed just how much Dads love to hear our words of affirmation/ appreciation.


{Notes For Dad}

For more ideas on celebrating Dad, check out last weeks posts:

{Celebrating Father’s Day}

{More Father’s Day Ideas}


What other ways do you build Dad up? I’d love to hear from you!


Posted on June 11, 2012, in FAMILY FUN, FAMILY LIFE, HOLIDAYS and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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