Yesterday as I visited my dad, my father-in-law, spent time with our small group and heard a great message at church, I started thinking about what Father’s Day means for me, as a the dad of a 24-year-old woman. I was also inspired by Jeremy Camp’s latest song, ‘Getting Started.’

Here’s a prayer I wrote and posted to my Facebook page:

Today I was reminded and challenged that in many ways, I’m just getting started.

Lord, please help me to be a better father and better husband.

Help me to continue to root my trust in you. Help me to invite the Holy Spirit into all that I do and then allow the fruits of His Spirit to flow out of me.

Help me to confess and seek forgiveness when I mess up, but also to equally return that forgiveness.

Help me to be a father to the fatherless when I have those opportunities. Help me to be a strong resource to young dads.

Finally, thank you for giving me two grandfathers and a father who loved me, spent time with me and taught me.

Name an item you might buy in a souvenir shop:
T-shirt – 28 votes
Keychain – 21
Postcard – 18
Magnet – 12
Mug – 11
Stuffed animal – 10

Congratulations to Amberly from Howard, who guessed those top two answers and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe