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Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master.

Ephesians 6:4, MSG


Have you made the mistake of being too hard on your kids? I have! Suddenly they're so overwhelmed that they push back at you in anger!

I coach a lot of dads who want their kids to succeed, but find they have limited parenting tools. They use the same shame, criticism, and dominance that was once spoken over their lives. Most fathers didn't have a dad who knew how to love and bless them, so they ended up using the same tools their dad did. Do these tools work, or are they just the same broken method your dad learned from his dad? 

Beloved, the more you allow God to father you, the better father you will be with your kids. So how do you do that? 

Years ago, I noticed some changes in myself after I allowed God to be my Father. The most significant change was how I spoke to my kids. It struck me that God never yelled at me or belittled me when I was wrong, so I started applying that to my kids. As I asked for the Father's help, He took my hand and helped me, so I began to do the same thing for my kids. God showed me that He loves me even before I've done anything. We don't have to perform for Him. So I began doing that same thing with my kids.

Our credibility with our kids grows when we learn to father them the same way God fathers us. Sometimes the best way to start is by asking your kids one simple question: How can I be a better father to you?

Father, I ask that You would Father me so that I can lead my kids to You and Your Son Jesus. Help me to show them the glorious inheritance we have through Christ. Show me how to love like You love, and give as You give. Heal my wounds and any wounds I may have caused with my kids. Enable me to father my kids by the power of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name, Amen!


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  Ed Tandy McGlasson

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Pastor Ed Tandy McGlasson has brought hope and healing to parents and children suffering from divorce, mixed family difficulties, parent/children relationship problems, single parent challenges and the loneliness of orphans and widows.
Through 20 years of healing ministry to families Pastor Ed has discovered a powerful solution to a common cause of family problems.  He has discovered a solution to the fatherless wound.  Most family problems can be traced back generations to wounds caused by different types of fatherlessness.  Pastor Ed's definition of fatherlessness includes fathers and mothers that were emotionally or physically abusive, emotionally or physically absent, or lacked the ability to love their children because they were not loved and blessed by their fathers.

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