Fathering Well

Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master. – (Ephesians 6:4, MSG)

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. – (Ephesians 6:4, NLT)


I know that this is a tough topic for so many. Fathers are placed in our lives to fill such a significant role, yet without the grace and help of God, there is little chance of them measuring up to the expectation presented in the title alone. That being said, some of the best fathers that I know, did not have the most stellar examples in their own lives. God’s grace covered them as they grew, and He provided men of integrity to walk beside them and show them what it is to love well as a dad. There is no one who always gets it right, except our Heavenly Father, but the men who seek to lead their kids by the hand and show them by example, correcting and redirecting with love, are setting the standard for our future generations of fathers. May we celebrate the fathers we know, and encourage them as they help their kids grow.


Thank You, dear Father, Be strong and courageous

Despite what we’ve had;

You shall always be,

Our Heavenly Dad.

Thanks too for the men,

Who take by the hand;

Each child to love,

And shows them Your plan.

Not by being harsh,

Instead, they choose lead;

Lovingly guiding,

Direct to succeed.

Instruct with wisdom,

Discipline with grace;

Do all things in love,

So they seek Your face.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our ultimate Father. Thank You for the fathers that You have placed in our lives to teach us, grow us, and bless us. Forgive us for not recognizing and encouraging the fathers that are all around us, seeking to do things according to Your will. Teach us to have Your eyes to see and Your heart to bless and encourage our brothers who are seeking after You. Show us how to love well, all the people whom You place in our path. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we thank You for being the best Father of all, and praise You for the gift of fantastic fathers that You place in our lives and the lives of our children. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Listen… be wise, and keep your heart on the right path. – Proverbs 23:19

Passing On the Promise

“As for Me, this is My covenant with them,’ says the Lord.  ‘My Spirit, who is on you, and My words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever,’ says the Lord.” – Isaiah 59:21

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“But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children – with those who keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts.” – Psalm 103:17-18

Both of these verses were found in my reading this morning.  I am again reminded of the significance of how I live my life and lead my children.  Because His Spirit is with me, His words will remain in me, and will find way to the lips of my children, and those of the generations that follow.  As I seek Him to walk in right relationship, and give Him proper respect and authority in my life, I am modeling a life of obedience to the Omnipotent, and showing my sons the way in which they are to go.

In my own life, I can look to a long lineage of loved ones who have lived and are still living their lives for the Lord.  Great-grandmothers, my grandmother, and my own mom, all have modeled obedience and faithfulness to our Heavenly Father.  Their love for the Lord has influenced and inspired my own pursuit of a relationship with our Redeemer.  I learned at an early age what the love of the Lord looked like, and soon longed to love likewise.

As a parent, the desire to pass on such a rich heritage of hope to my own offspring, inspires my determination to depend on His deity, and trust Him to display His heart in me and through me, to my children and to future generations.

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

This portion of David’s prayer, found in Psalm 96:11, is my own prayer this morning: “Teach me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your Name.”  Thank You Father, that You are faithful forever and that You meet us in our moments and lead us in love.  May we walk in Your way and instruct our offspring to ever look to You, Lord.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present