A couple months ago we celebrated my dad's 60th birthday. I am still shocked that he is 60 and has all his children grown, married and with families. He is a wonderful Papa to every grandchild and loves them and protects them just as he did his own three daughters.
For my dad's 60th, I wanted to do something extra special as I have always looked up to my dad in many facets. He's been the utmost example of Christ in a family and how to walk with Him and seek Him above all else. He has taught me what true love should look like and lives that out on a daily basis with his wife and children.
I decided a book would be meaningful and worth the time to display his love on 60 different pages. I purchased this book as it is leather bound and is transportable. He can be reminded of the deep riches God has gifted him within every page of this book. Whether kept at his bedside, in his truck, on the coffee table or on his desk, he can carry it with him.
I must be honest here, the easiest part of the book was writing down the 60 reasons of love. My dad has been an example to many people and continues to live a humble life. 60 reasons was extremely simple but the challenging part was my lack of creativity. I'm not the most creative person nor did I realize the amount of work to "create" sixty different ideas and display them on a page. Definitely not the easiest but I did conquer the task. So-- there is hope. If you are not creative like me, you can still make this project a success. If you are creative you will blow my project out of the water. :)
First, pick a theme. I wanted to base the book off of my dad's love for Christ and how he displays that in all facets of his life. I began the sixty reasons with a cross to display God's love for us and laying His life down for His children.
My father loves and accepts EACH son-in-law as if they were his own. He truly loves them and accepts them no matter what and has displayed this in numerous situations.
He loves each grandchild with a sweet love only a papa could have. He exemplifies this in every interaction with sweet tender care. His grandchildren look up to him and admire him.
Finances have never got in the way with this man. No matter the age or situation his children are in, he is there to help no matter the cost and no matter the hardship.
He has always been a provider.
He was always there to support my dreams and help me succeed with finding my purpose in this life.
What an example of unconditional love. 37 years of marriage, three children and happier than ever with his family. Life may not be easy, but boy does loving your family make all the difference in the world.
Lastly, my dad taught me to walk with Jesus. All growing up my dad would put notes on the counter in our bathroom when he would head off to work. Whatever the note held, he always ended it with: "walk with Jesus." This was something that carried with each of his daughters as he continued to live this out himself.
Our family theme: Walk With Jesus.
By doing so, not only does the memory reside with each daughter, but Christ love also resides while we each walk our own journey with Christ.
Once I accomplished my 60 pages and gifted this to him, he was blessed. He is a humble man who deserves to hear what the world sees in him. He is a living example of Christ.
This project was a gift for me as well, realizing how blessed I am with a father who put Christ above all else knowing this world will soon pass away and nothing else will matter.
Make your gift meaningful and show someone what they mean to you.
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