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Take Hold of Strength for Your Family
By Joel Osteen - Jun 21, 2020
All around our country this weekend we celebrate Father’s Day. I can’t begin to tell all you dads just how important you are. At a time when so many families are under attack through strife and broken relationships, your role as a father is crucial. Your words and love are so important, and your children need your strength and godly example.

One challenge we all face as fathers is weariness. Everyone gets tired. It’s easy to lose your sense of pleasure, to not feel the enjoyment you should with yourself or others. You can be raising great children, but because you’re weary, you’re not enjoying them. God knew weariness would come. When the apostle Paul says, “Don’t get weary or become discouraged in doing good” (Galatians 6:9), he means that you’re doing the right thing but not getting the right results. It doesn’t seem as though your fathering is making a difference. Let me encourage you that your time is coming to reap. Don’t let discouragement or negative thoughts convince you to give up and settle where you are. Your mind may be saying, “I’m too tired to stretch to the next level in my love.” If you dwell on those thoughts, you’ll become more tired, discouraged, and negative. Weariness cannot automatically come in; you have to open the door.

God says, “Let him take hold of My strength” (Isaiah 27:5). When thoughts tell you, “It’s never going to change. It’s not working,” just say, “No, thanks. God is on the throne. My time is coming. I’ve been armed with strength for fathering. I can do all things through Christ. I am strong in the Lord, and I take hold of His strength for my family and children.”

Fathers, use that strength to affirm your children. Ask God to show you how your words and actions influence them. Every day, bless your children, no matter how old they are. Look at each child and say, “I’m so proud of you. I think you’re great. There’s nothing that you can’t do.” Your children need your approval and love, no matter whether they act like it or not. Because of the power of God the Father’s love for us, in us, and through us, we can make a difference in our families and leave a legacy of faith for future generations!

To all the fathers who have invested so much in the lives of their children, may you be blessed, strengthened, and empowered by His Spirit, and may you know the greatness of the gift that you are to them. Please know we love you and pray for you every day. Have a happy and blessed Father’s Day!
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