Win a Great Resource for Fathers!

***This contest is now closed. Jason, Becky and David were our winners. Thanks to everyone for participating!***


Father's Guide

In a previous post I mentioned the regular “bedtime blessing” routine in our family. Each night my husband would bless each of our children. The inspiration and instruction for doing this came from our dear friend and pastor, David Michael.

A Father’s Guide to Blessing His Children is a simple, practical, inexpensive and valuable tool that any dad can use. Here is David’s own description of why he created this resource:

This booklet and the accompanying blessing cards have grown out of a heart and vision to encourage men to bless their households. Most Christian men understand that they are called to be spiritual leaders in their home, but not all have a clear idea of what that means. Part of the reason for this is that many of us grew up with fathers who were not good examples of spiritual leadership. In fact, for the past several generations men were more likely to assume spiritually passive roles in the home, thus abdicating both the physical and spiritual care of their children and their wives. The more troubled families and marriages I see, the more I am motivated and inspired to encourage men toward life-giving spiritual leadership in the home.

These blessings are a simple yet powerful way for a father to express his prayer to God and to communicate a vision for the kind of men and women that he desires his children will one day be. In addition to his personal experience, David Michael shares a biblical understanding of blessing, and the fruits of blessing. There are also 24 scripture passages modified to fit the form of a blessing that a father may use with his own sons and daughters. These blessings are printed on 3″ x 5″ cards designed to fit in a shirt pocket that a father can carry with him to bless his sons and daughters before bedtime, or anytime.

Imagine the multiplied blessings that God might pour out on sons and daughters as these words from Psalm 112 flow over them from the heart of a loving father:

May you be a blessed man/woman who fears the Lord.
May you find great delight in the Lord’s commands.
May your children be mighty in the land. Even to the next generation, may you and your children be blessed.
May you find your wealth and your riches in God.
May you endure in righteousness forever.
Even in the darkness may the light dawn for you.
May you be a gracious, compassionate and righteous man/woman.
May you never be shaken. And may your name be remembered by the Lord forever. Amen!

This is a great resource for new fathers, veteran fathers, and grandfathers, as they seek to provide spiritual leadership for their families.

Do you know of a father who would benefit from this resource as he shepherds his children spiritually?

  • PRIZE: A free printed copy of A Father’s Guide to Blessing His Children
  • TO ENTER: Comment on this post and tell us one thing you admire about your father.
  • CONTEST CLOSES: Wednesday, June 5 (Winners will be announced on Monday June 10.)

Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

40 Responses to “Win a Great Resource for Fathers!”

  1. Jes Heintzelman May 31, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    My dad is a hard worker.

  2. Diana May 31, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    my husband is working hard to teach and train his children and loves to read..he would love this book..if doesnt win i want to buy it for him..thank you…

  3. Kristine Rodriguez May 31, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    My Dad has ALWAYS taken responsibility as the Head Our Household.

  4. Joel Detlefsen May 31, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    My dad has shown me what perseverance looks like, as he his lived his whole life with a disability.

  5. Aileen May 31, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    My Dad lives a life that shows all he needs is Jesus. He has absolutely no earthly treasures (maybe chocolate). He sings praises to God from the moment he gets up in the mornings until he goes to bed at night. That used to drive me nuts when I was a teenager, but now I long for that same deep trust and faith. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  6. Jason Sneed May 31, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    My father was a man that not only told us how to live the christian life – he showed us! He not only told my brother and I that he loved his wife, our mom – he showed us! He was, and still is, a doer of God’s Word!

  7. Kris Konick May 31, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    I can’t say there is a lot I admire about my dad as he pretty much only taught me how to lie, cheat, and steal growing up and he still is far from God and I hope he finds salvation before it’s too late but the one thing I can say about him is that he was always a provider. He always made sure the bills were paid no matter what else was going on in our lives.

    • Children Desiring God May 31, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

      Thanks for being honest. I pray that your father will come to know, love and trust Jesus.

  8. Joseph Thompson May 31, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    When I was growing up, my dad wasn’t very involved in bringing me up to know the Lord. He made sure we were in church, but did not attend himself. Now, my dad is involved, growing in the Lord, and prays for me daily. I admire my dad for many things, namely his walk with the Lord.

    • Children Desiring God May 31, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

      Praise God that your dad is growing in the Lord. What a blessing to have a father who prays for you!

  9. Kristen May 31, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    My dad would listen and always look for the compromise when growing up and is now so supportive of me and my family.

  10. Stacy M May 31, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    My dad is a great listener!

  11. Abigail Bowne May 31, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    I’d love to see our three little boys grow up to be like their father- a man of integrity and kindness. Would love to have this resource for him, but thank you no matter what for offering it and supporting good fathering. -abs

  12. Carolyn Boyd May 31, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Raising two teenagers by himself! My dad showed his love in many ways, but accepting me and brothers request to live with him, and raising us during those difficult teenage years definitely showed his love!

  13. Beatriz May 31, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    My dad would pray for us in a rotation: one whole month of prayer dedicated to one of us, then another whole month for another, and so forth. That was one of the most encouraging things I learned about my dad… it gave me spiritual strength.

  14. Erica May 31, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    My father died suddenly when I was 20, but I always appreciated that he was encouraging to me.

  15. Wendy Wood May 31, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    I really enjoy reading your blog. The articles are encouraging!

  16. Lauren May 31, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    My dad was a man that always went above and beyond what was expected to make us feel special…whether it was doing something extravagent for our birthdays, leaving early for work to make it to a track meet, or taking my sister and I on mini-vacations – He was a man that wanted to show that he loved by his actions.

  17. Kristin June 1, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    I appreciate the generosity of my father. He always said to me and my sisters “Whatever your little heart desires” He must have used it strategically because we were spoiled with love, not material things. He is very generous to others, always sharing what God has given him, even the large things motorcycle, snowmobiles, and his pool.

  18. Bonnie June 1, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I love that my dad is a hard worker. He perseveres until the job is done.

  19. Kristy June 1, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Watching my husband be daddy to our daughters has given me such a fresh view of God as our Father!

  20. Becky Brubaker June 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    My dad has always been the most Godly man I’ve known. He has such a deep knowledge and love of the Lord and a humility that resembles Christ. His example has always had a huge impact on my life, but especially now as I parent my children. I pray that they will see Christ in me the way I always saw Him in my dad….as well as having many years of grandpa’s influence in their lives!

  21. Tara June 1, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    My dad not only knew and practiced the value of hard work, but it was something he strived to instill as well.

  22. Monica June 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    My dad’s love was lavish and unconditional…it still is!!

  23. Andrea June 3, 2013 at 6:28 am #

    My husband and I pray daily for the wisdom to raise our daughter and blogs/books such as this have truly helped us. Our daughter is only 10 months old but we waited a long time (with much heartache) for her arrival. We pray the Lord would be gracious to us again but in the meantime we are seeking wisdom. My husband and I are doing things differently than both our families did and we pray our children will not go down the roads that we traveled. We know God is sovereign in all things though. This resource would greatly bless us, it’s not something we are in a position to purchase right now (we are in a season of growing in our dependence upon God) but would love something like this to help guide us in our prayers for our children. It would be wonderful for everyone to win and I’m sure the others would be very blessed to receive this resource as well. 🙂 blessings. Thank you for helping those of us who didn’t have the best examples and have trouble finding people in our local church that revere Christ and desire to live a life worthy of our calling.

  24. Cara June 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    I love my dad’s sense of humor!

  25. Bradley Adamson June 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    My dad started a surveying business 40 years ago. He started training me to survey when I was 8 years old. At the time I couldn’t stand that I was made to work after school and on weekends while my friends got to play sports and other things. Now, looking back, I’m so grateful for the experience. I’m now a professional surveyor and I owe it all to my old man for teaching me, working me, and encouraging me in the trade.

  26. Dave Wonders June 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    My dad taught me to love reading. He also is the first person I call when I have a theological question.

  27. Chris Fowler June 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    I didn’t grow up in a Christian home and my parents divorced when I was young. My desire is to break that legacy and model/pass on blessing to my children.

  28. Allen Jerkins June 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    I guess, like many others here, my father didn’t really do very much to teach me about God. Frankly, he was drunk most of the time. When I became a Christian, he thought I’d joined some kind of cult. But now, 20 years later, we have a great relationship. I have always appreciated his willingness to admit his wrongs.

  29. Corey Martin June 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    My dad loves his kids and worked to provide for them.

  30. Sandy Castleberry June 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    I know my children have an amazing father. He may not be their biological father but he chose to take on the responsibility of being their father. They are blessed to have such a patient, caring, giving,compassionate man in their lives. I would love to see him open this as his gift on Fathers day. As parents, there is always room for improvement.

  31. David June 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    I’m not sure I can enter, since I am the one who is wanting the book and also a dad to 4 kids. I am a single dad who is trying to raise my children to love Jesus with all their heart, soul, strength, and might! I want them to see a reflection of Jesus in me so they are to carry on a legacy to their children.

  32. shannon June 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    The only thing I ever wanted to be, was a man like my dad. His work ethic is second to none, and they way he demonstrates his love to others is awe inspiring. He taught me the value of hard work, he taught me the value of family and he taught me the value of Christ. I am a pastor today (I am the man I am today) because of my dad.

  33. Tina June 3, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    My dad always supported my interests… and he’s doing the same thing for my children!

  34. Sherrie June 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Family was foremost.

  35. Vicky June 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    One of the many things that I admire of my earthly father is how he leads our family. Many of the times it is not perfect because of his broken past but it is an encouragement to see him get back up and try again when things don’t go right. It is very encouraging when I (his daughter) see him turn to Jesus for help when our family goes through bumpy roads.

  36. Megan June 3, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    My Dad has a servant heart. He has taught me much about the love of Christ in his willingness to do things for others with joy and a smile.

  37. Seth June 4, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    My dad did what was needed to be done. He didn’t quit.

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