I recently wrote an article on ways to bless your mom. This time around I wanted to talk about ways to bless your dad.
You don’t need it to be father’s day or his birthday for you to bless your dad. Doing little things that show you appreciate, care, and respect your dad can have an amazing result on your relationship.
There are always the generic things that we can do that can express our love, but with a little thought, you can make it personal and special.
Dad’s seriously come in all shapes and sizes. It’s amazing the diversity you will see in them. You have the…
- The Outdoorsy Dad
- The Techie Dad
- The Sporty Dad
- The Creative Artistic Dad
- The Build Things Dad
And a whole lot more! The thing is, no matter what kind of dad you have there are specific ways you can bless him.
I noted this in my other article, but there is a good reason why you should bless your dad. The Bible makes it clear in many places about honoring your father and mother.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Ephesians 6:1-3
I love how God blesses you as you bless them. It’s a beautiful image of how God loves family and relationships. But there are times when those relationships are not healthy and cause a lot of pain in our lives. If that has happened with your dad, I want to let you know that God wants to heal that pain.
One of the first things we need to do to get on the road of healing is to forgive. No one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes. Some of them are big mistakes and some are small, but when you forgive, you will be giving God access to that part of your heart. Then He can bring healing and restoration.
You don’t have to live in pain from someone else’s actions. God is a BIG God and He is full of love for you. Let it go and let Him heal you.
Ok, let’s look at those 7 ways to bless your dad. Keep in mind if you happen to know your dad’s love languages that will be a major plus. Those love languages are physical touch, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, and quality time If you are not familiar with Love Languages. Then I would super encourage you to check our Gary Chapman’s Book: Love Languages.
It will shift your understanding of how you need to be loved and how others need to be loved. For realz!
7 Ways to Bless Your Dad
1. Have a talk with Him – Dad’s want to know what’s on your mind and how you are doing. Have a sit-down chat with him about life.
2. Pray For Him – If you grew up with a strong dad, this can almost seem weird. The thing all dads need prayer. They are just like you and me. We are all in need of prayer covering.
3. Do Something Together He Loves – If you are an adult you should know the things your dad likes to spend time on. If it’s fishing, go fishing with him. If he is more into cars, bring him to a car show. Loves Star Trek? Live long and prosper my friend and watch some of the movies together. Just makes sure whatever you do, it’s something he loves.
4. Food – I really shouldn’t have to say much about this. We all know they like food. You can make it, bake it, or even fake it (buy it at the store). If it tastes good, he’s going to love it. Also, think of your pops favorite dish or dessert to make it extra special. Imagine making him his favorite meal or cake for no reason. Just to say I love you, dad.
5. Buy Him A Gift – From what I mentioned earlier, every dad is different. Think about what your dad loves and have that be the springboard from which you buy him something.
6. Show Him Respect & Appreciation – Share a memory of a time when he gave you some real good advice or told you to do or not to do something that helped you in life. Tell him how much you appreciated his wisdom and are thankful for that.
7. Help Him Cross Off Something On His Bucket List- Is there something your dad has always wanted to do? Depending on your dad’s personality this could be a little bit bigger thing to tackle. But imagine making a dream come true for him and having the joy knowing you helped cross it off.
If you really sit and think I am sure you would think other ways you can bless your dad. It really isn’t hard. The best thing about blessing him is the fruit you will reap from your relationship with him. Showing love and appreciation to anyone can deepen your connection and relationship with him. Just think what this would do for you and your dad. And we all know it would bring joy to God to as you honor him.
Those two things alone make it all worth it, but there is more. If you have kiddos or will someday you will be teaching and showing them how and what it means to bless your parents. You are sowing seeds for how your kids will treat you one day.
Drop me a comment below with your thoughts and some ways you would like to bless your dad.
Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
She has spoken in churches in California, Oregon, Texas, and Mexico and has been featured in Guidepost Magazine and All Recipes Magazine. Read More…