Some of the sweetest memories I cherish are the memories of my mom and dad while I was growing up. Even though we went through some very hard times together, my parents did everything they could to make my childhood special. I have such sweet memories of my dad singing to me all through elementary school. Sadly, I know of many friends who's childhood was horrific, who's father was anything but a father. I truly believe the relationship we established with our dads growing up influences our relationship with our Heavenly Father more than we know. I never knew anything about our household finances growing up, dad took care of that and never talked about it. Today I seem to find it easy to have the faith that God will take care of our family financially when it might look like an impossible task. But when my parents split up for a while, I had so much worry and so many trust issues during that time. Today I tend to worry much more about relationships in my life, wondering if everything is going to be ok. I'm not saying this is all my dad's fault or that it's okay to blame a lukewarm or non existent walk with God on our fathers. I am an adult now and my walk with God is solely my responsibility and any areas I am lacking in are because of me, not my parents. My point is that when a man becomes a dad he probably doesn't even think about being a picture of the Heavenly Father to his children, but he is and that's huge. It's not up to us as women to ridicule or try to fix our kid's daddy. It's up to us to be their greatest encourager and to love them with our everything and to pray for them more than anyone, realizing the heavy responsibility that they have on their shoulders because our kids are also watching us and how we react to their father. Someday that's exactly how they will react to their Heavenly Father. That's huge too. They will either love Him with their everything or treat God as if He can't get it right. Praise God that He always gets it right and that no matter what kind of father we had growing up, our Heavenly Father has always been there. He knew and loved us before we were even born. He is the perfect Daddy and longs to take care of us. We can have a Father like this. That might be easy for you to comprehend, or it might be very hard. Psalms 86:15 tells us He is a God full of compassion. He wants us to feel safe and loved in His arms. Romans 8:15 tells us He wants us to cry out to Him~"Abba Father or Daddy". Ladies, pray for our kid's daddies. Thank God for them. Praise God He has given us an opportunity to show our children the deep love a Father can have for them no matter what their home life is like, then rest in His arms and find the safety, comfort and compassion of the Father who loves you more than words can ever express. The great I Am.