When most people say, “I really didn’t know my father,” what they really mean is “I had a terrible relationship,” or “My dad hardly talked to me” In my case it meant that he was like someone I had met once in a dream. Until I was 15 years old he was only able to visit twice and I only vaguely remembered the second visit when he brought me a football.
But the lack of relationship I had with my father was not his desire, it had come about because of a broken relationship. In the same way the greatest barrier we all have in our relationship with God is to realize that it is not His desire. God does not wish our separation nor is he satisfied with the week-end visitation rights that my own father finally received. God wants full custody and offers an amazing inheritance in our covenant relationship with Him. More to come in the next post. Stay tuned!
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 1:12
This following poem was written by a father that helps facilitate our Fatherhood program in the prison that I serve at. He wrote this poem begging fathers to become the daddy’s to their children that God has created them to be. My only intention is to expose the flaws in our system, And the life…
via Teach Them to Dream — thehopeforlife
The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. Psalm 24:1
This week of my cousin Tom passed away. (He is the one peeking over my God’s mother’s shoulder) Tom was a gentle man who we thought would somehow always be there. He and I were born the same year, had been on summer vacations, horse back riding and even briefly played in the same band.together. It seemed my quiet cousin would always be there and yet he is suddenly gone.
How often we say things such as, “She is one of God’s greatest gifts to me! or What a gift God gave us with this son or daughter!” But in reality none of those we love so dearly belong to us. The time we spend here on earth together is just a short term loan.God holds the appointed time the loan will be called in, in His hands. They are not ours but how we treat those God has trusted into our care changes us for eternity.
Sometimes people are like little birds singing outside our windows. We may throw them a few crumbs but we don’t realize the value of their songs until the day they are silent. People are a loan. We do not possess someone else’s life, they belong first to God. How I miss Tommy today. I cannot go back to say or do something more for Tom but his sudden absence stirs something in my heart to treat with more earnest and sincere love those who remain behind.
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
Proverbs 15:17 ESV
He didn’t need a ride on a new John Deere, just a chance to sit on daddy’s old tractor and imagine being a grown-up! What satisfies our hearts determines our hearts.
My wife’s six year labor of love is finally in a finished form and available on Amazon today. Our kids, in-laws and grandkids have been anxiously awaiting this life time collection of special recipes. The aromas wafting from her kitchen from the last 40 plus years are now available and saved for a new generation of future family cooks!
Caligiuri Family Cookbook from amazon.com
Who is Tad? That is the wrong question to start our adventure. We need to ask. .. What is a Tad? A Tad is something small…. very small; a little bigger than a smidgen, but not as big as an itty-bitty, Tad is our friend and sometime hero in the flock of Bill; who is a sheep rancher in the mountains of Pennsylvania rancher in the mountains of Pennsylvania.
Now as a three part series for children (and some of us who read to them) is available on Amazon.com
The Adventures of Tad
The Adventures of Tad Book 2
Just out today, Tad and Rad – The Adventures of Tad Book 2. Tad meets a new friend who is different – Meet Rad the black sheep and Tad’s best friend!. Follow Tad and Rad to see what they learn in this exciting new adventure filled with action and danger and hope.