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Father Hunger Journal #1: Five Daddy Principles

1595554769.jpg_2I’m currently reading Douglas Wilson’s Father Hunger book: Why God Calls Men to Love and lead their Families and would like to invite you to take part in this book study. For those interested to buy the book you can visit

1. Booksale. I saw a handful of copies this week. The book is worth P160 only.

2. Amazon Kindle – Father Hunger: Why God Calls Men to Love and Lead Their Families, click on the link to buy the book. This is actually a very great book and I highly recommend every man read this.

Matthew 3:16-17 English Standard Version (ESV)

16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him,[a] and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Two verses that packs a lot of fatherhood lesson. Douglas Wilson shared five DADDY principles.

1. Be present.

When Jesus was baptized, God the Father was there to witness it. Fathers our role is to be there. Quality time is quantity time. Your child’s basketball game, recital, school events are a must see events.

2. Make your presence felt. 

When Jesus got baptized, God send His Spirit to descend like a dove in order to rest upon Jesus. Does your child sense your presence or we actually physically present but emotionally absent. We cannot afford to be passive fathers.

3. Speak to your child.

Simple powerful words. This is my son. He spoke the words every son wants to hear – his father owning the responsibility of raising a son and identifying him as his own.

4. Show and Express your Love.

This is my beloved son. Not only is he my son but I love this son of mine. He is my beloved! Never underestimate your words of affection dads. It brings life and healing to your kids.

5. Express your pleasure to your kids.

God basically said, my son Jesus is doing such a great job! Every child longs to hear words of affirmation from their dads. I’ve seen grown men cry when they heard their fathers say “I’m proud of you son”. I got teary eyed when my father showed up in the opening of our church in Greenhills. It was his way to say, “I am behind you all the way, I’m proud of you boy!”

Daddy Workout:

1. What is something I need to work on this week to become a better father to my kids?

2. What are specific action steps I need to take to make it happen?



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