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Daughter of the King - born from above in 1989.

Deborah grew up in a military family and moved to Florida in the early 1970's.  She began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her writing.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Father's Day Tribute

This Father's Day I'd like to pay tribute to our son.  

He's a U.S. Marine Corps officer serving aboard the USS Iwo Jima on an 8 mo. deployment in the Middle East.  He spent some precious moments with his daughter Sydney, as you can see from the photos I took prior to his leaving.

What a wonderful thing to see your children become parents, and then you get to observe the tenderness, love and care they exhibit as they interact with their child – your grandchild.

As children of the Living God, we have the perfect Heavenly Father. When Jesus was speaking to the crowds about worry, wealth and judging, He began teaching on asking and giving. In Matthew 7:9-11 Jesus states, “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Our Father knows best. He created us and knows are intimate needs. He alone can fill the void within each heart.

The Apostle Paul often wrote to the churches he established with a deep love and concern, just as any good parent would. In I Thessalonians 2:10-12, Paul is addressing the church about the tenderness with which he and others nurtured the congregation during its infancy. He says, “You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would have a walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”

Then in I Timothy, Paul writes to the young preacher in a most affectionate way: “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope, To Timothy, my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Paul took Timothy under his wing and mentored him - often referring to him as a son. Later, in II Timothy 2:1-2 he pens, “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”

When difficulties and sinful habits made their way in to the young church at Corinth, Paul writes in I Corinthians 4:14-17,“I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore, I urge you, imitate me. For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church." Paul repeatedly emphasized his emulation of Father God’s love and care for His church in his response to and exhortation of believers in the first century.

This post is a "shout out" to our son Sean.  I want to convey just how 
proud we are of him in his role as  father to his precious little girl.  

Though he's on deployment until December, our prayers and best wishes are sent his way for a memorable Father's Day (via a surprise-packed Priority Mail box).

Enjoy this wonderful prayer by a well-known war hero...


A Father’s Prayer

  Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
  Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be; a son who will know thee and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.
  Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under stress and spur of difficulties and challenge.  Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.
  Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.
  And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously.  Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.
  Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, “I have not lived in vain.”
                                                                                             ~ Douglas MacArthur








Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”.  It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion.  It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.  Visit




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4 comments:

  1. Deborah, I know you are proud of your son, as all of are for him serving our country. But, as a Mom, I know the feeling you have of observing him being a father to his child. God bless and keep him while he is away from his little girl.

    Martha Bush

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    1. Bless you Martha for stopping by & leaving such a sweet comment! We are proud of him as a Dad and as he serves our country. She can't wait to see him and help Grandma make "pancakes" for him. :)

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  2. Deborah, it must be wonderful to see your son showing his love to his daughter. Isn't it a sweet fruit of all the years of parenting? May the Lord watch over and bless your son and your grandchild!

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    1. Thank you so much Daixin! We are so proud of him and yes - it's a joy to see them as parents. He's such a great Dad and I know she misses him so much. (Semper Fi)

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