# Powerful Ways Dads Can Forge Relationships with Daughters

Without words, my dad faithfully repaired the doorframe every time my teenage angst slammed it off its alignment. No one ever asked him to check on me after an outburst that ended in tears behind that slammed door, but he always did. My dad loved me despite the massive cloud that took over from time to time during those hard, teen years. When I was wrong. When I overreacted. When my heart was broken by some boy. My dad always checked in to make sure I was OK. He reminded me who I was and that he loved me.

I realize not everyone is blessed with the same story, but from the outpouring of mine, I share ways that fathers can forge lasting and real relationships with their daughters. It’s not rocket science. Rather, it’s simply putting the door back on the hinges, wiping the tears away, and lending hugs to let them know they are loved more than they could possibly understand.

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The Dance Shoes (#jammed daily devo, day 91)

April #jammed: Grace Studies.

Day 91: Always the right fit.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:14-15

The mailman ditched an over-stuffed white envelope into my mailbox, and onto my image-91ballerina’s feet the shoes went …for about two seconds. Too big …again.

“But I ordered a half size bigger than the ones that were too small!” I shared with a mom in the studio waiting room, “I am so confused!” 

Trying to find the right shoes for a decent price is very “holy grail-ish.”Guiding my daughters in a competitive sport has been a great lesson in faith. “Am I pushing too hard?” “Are they learning how to honor commitment?” “How do I teach them the importance of hard work without being too hard on them?” …and that’s just the pressure I put on myself.

Parents face many voices that attempt to convince, pressure, size-up, and compare them …and their children. It’s important to let God’s voice drown them all out. He created each of us differently, but lent the same Truth to guide us. In His living Word, we find His guidance, direction, and assurance. 

Today’s verses assure us that when we are walking in faith, our heals will not slip. Jesus walks with us, not someone we’re supposed to be or will become. The way to protect ourselves, and our children, from the comparative pressure of competition is to follow the instructions in Ephesians 6:14-15. Stand firm in the Word. He will defend us, and prepare us.

“Fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace,” ensures us that when we chase after Him, it’s a perfect fit every time …and we feel peace. Not just relief, but the peace that Jesus when to the cross to grace us with.

 My job as a mom is to make sure that I prayerfully consider whether the path my daughters’ are on will lead to His feet. Throughout all of the doubt that I’ve dealt with over the years, our dance family has been His evidence that we are on that “right path.” In a sea of pressure and drama, we somehow walked into a family. My girls glide across the stage to the tune of genuine support. Not just of their dance, but for who they are.

jammed-click-to-tweetI’m still trying to figure out how to order dance shoes for my daughters without ending up with a pile of shoes no one can use, but there’s no doubt in my mind that we’re on the right path.

Father, Praise You for fitting us perfectly in our shoes …in our lives. Thank You for placing people around us to encourage us for who we truly are …not who they want us or wish us to be. Forgive us for pushing others to be who they are not, and casting judgement on those who simply don’t know any better. Bless us to love those put close to us, and encourage them to stay in their lane as we hold tight to Your hand. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Shoe-fitting,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80. 

The Daddy Dolphin (#jammed daily devo, day 36)

February #jammed: Dunked in Grace 

Day 36: Grace will carry us when we can’t carry on.

“And a Voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” Matthew 3:17post-image36

The hours my husband works are long, and his days off are few. It’s a joy to watch him make up for every lost minute with our two daughters on family vacations. Something wired within their hearts already understands that time with him is fleeting and precious.

“Mommy, watch!” my daughter yelled from the water. “It’s Daddy Dolphin!”

I watched as she climbed onto her daddy’s back, and held on tight as they both dove under the water and swam to the other side. Both surfaces with big smiles. A father’s protective guard over his daughter is precious to behold.

Matthew tells the story of God’s reaction to His Son’s baptism in today’s verse. A proud Father, fiercely protective, Creator of all, “well-pleased.” I picture the reaction of the crowd …of John the Baptist …as the sky opened up and God spoke! It might have been too much for some to process!

He would forsake His Son …on the cross …for us. His Son, “whom I love.” God is love. That’s a powerful statement, and magnificent moment stitched in time.

To breath underwater we need Jesus to flow in our hearts. Only then are we washed in forgiveness and bathed in the presence of God.  Christ died so we can hold onto Him, knowing our Father can carry us to the other side.

jammed-tweet-blueFather, You are so faithful to show us Your love through Your Son’s baptism. Thank you for  sacrificing Him for our sake, so that we may hold onto You all the way to heaven. We confess that the immediacy of this world sometimes trumps our souls’ final destination. Forgive us, and bless us with Christ seeking hearts all the day of our lives. In Jesus Name, Amen.

What is your favorite memory with your dad? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Swimming,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80. 

The Dance Shoes (#jammed daily devo, day 91)

April #jammed: Grace Studies.

Day 91: Always the right fit.

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:14-15

The mailman ditched an over-stuffed white envelope into my mailbox, and onto my image-91ballerina’s feet the shoes went …for about two seconds. Too big …again.

“But I ordered a half size bigger than the ones that were too small!” I shared with a mom in the studio waiting room, “I am so confused!” 

Trying to find the right shoes for a decent price is very “holy grail-ish.”Guiding my daughters in a competitive sport has been a great lesson in faith. “Am I pushing too hard?” “Are they learning how to honor commitment?” “How do I teach them the importance of hard work without being too hard on them?” …and that’s just the pressure I put on myself.

Parents face many voices that attempt to convince, pressure, size-up, and compare them …and their children. It’s important to let God’s voice drown them all out. He created each of us differently, but lent the same Truth to guide us. In His living Word, we find His guidance, direction, and assurance. 

Today’s verses assure us that when we are walking in faith, our heals will not slip. Jesus walks with us, not someone we’re supposed to be or will become. The way to protect ourselves, and our children, from the comparative pressure of competition is to follow the instructions in Ephesians 6:14-15. Stand firm in the Word. He will defend us, and prepare us.

“Fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace,” ensures us that when we chase after Him, it’s a perfect fit every time …and we feel peace. Not just relief, but the peace that Jesus when to the cross to grace us with.

 My job as a mom is to make sure that I prayerfully consider whether the path my daughters’ are on will lead to His feet. Throughout all of the doubt that I’ve dealt with over the years, our dance family has been His evidence that we are on that “right path.” In a sea of pressure and drama, we somehow walked into a family. My girls glide across the stage to the tune of genuine support. Not just of their dance, but for who they are.

jammed-click-to-tweetI’m still trying to figure out how to order dance shoes for my daughters without ending up with a pile of shoes no one can use, but there’s no doubt in my mind that we’re on the right path.

Father, Praise You for fitting us perfectly in our shoes …in our lives. Thank You for placing people around us to encourage us for who we truly are …not who they want us or wish us to be. Forgive us for pushing others to be who they are not, and casting judgement on those who simply don’t know any better. Bless us to love those put close to us, and encourage them to stay in their lane as we hold tight to Your hand. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Shoe-fitting,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80. 

The Daddy Dolphin (#jammed daily devo, day 36)

February #jammed: Dunked in Grace 

Day 36: Grace will carry us when we can’t carry on.

“And a Voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” Matthew 3:17post-image36

The hours my husband works are long, and his days off are few. It’s a joy to watch him make up for every lost minute with our two daughters on family vacations. Something wired within their hearts already understands that time with him is fleeting and precious.

“Mommy, watch!” my daughter yelled from the water. “It’s Daddy Dolphin!”

I watched as she climbed onto her daddy’s back, and held on tight as they both dove under the water and swam to the other side. Both surfaces with big smiles. A father’s protective guard over his daughter is precious to behold.

Matthew tells the story of God’s reaction to His Son’s baptism in today’s verse. A proud Father, fiercely protective, Creator of all, “well-pleased.” I picture the reaction of the crowd …of John the Baptist …as the sky opened up and God spoke! It might have been too much for some to process!

He would forsake His Son …on the cross …for us. His Son, “whom I love.” God is love. That’s a powerful statement, and magnificent moment stitched in time.

To breath underwater we need Jesus to flow in our hearts. Only then are we washed in forgiveness and bathed in the presence of God.  Christ died so we can hold onto Him, knowing our Father can carry us to the other side.

jammed-tweet-blueFather, You are so faithful to show us Your love through Your Son’s baptism. Thank you for  sacrificing Him for our sake, so that we may hold onto You all the way to heaven. We confess that the immediacy of this world sometimes trumps our souls’ final destination. Forgive us, and bless us with Christ seeking hearts all the day of our lives. In Jesus Name, Amen.

What is your favorite memory with your dad? Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Swimming,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80.