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Embracing the Role: 5 Bible Verses for Encouraging Dads as Spiritual Leaders

In a world where fatherhood is often portrayed as secondary or diminished, let us be women who celebrate and encourage the role of dads as spiritual leaders within their families. The impact of a father’s faith and guidance cannot be overstated. It can make a permanent imprint today and leave a legacy that reaches generations. As we reflect on the significant influence fathers have in nurturing and strengthening their families this week, let us delve into five inspiring Bible verses that offer encouragement and wisdom for dads in their role as spiritual leaders. As women, we carry more influence than we might realize. Our encouragement, especially when coming from a Biblically sound perspective, can be a great blessing. God can use us to help the dads in our lives embrace the role God has given them.

Encouraging Dads as Spiritual Leaders with Joshua 24:15

“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 (NIV)

Joshua reminds us of the critical role fathers play in setting the spiritual tone within their homes. Dads have the privilege and responsibility to lead our families in pursuing a relationship with God. By prioritizing faith, demonstrating a heart devoted to the Lord, and actively participating in spiritual practices, they have the power to create an environment that encourages us and our children to embrace their own faith journeys.

It is worth encouraging the dads in your life with Joshua 24:15, that their commitment to serving the Lord can have a lasting impact on future generations. In fact, studies show that fathers who lead by simply taking their families to church significantly impact whether the next generation will continue following God in the next generation.

Encouraging Dads as Spiritual Leaders with Ephesians 6:4

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)

This verse from the book of Ephesians highlights the importance of fathers in providing spiritual guidance to their children. A dad’s role goes beyond physical provision; it extends to nurturing the family’s spiritual growth. By creating a safe and loving environment, actively teaching biblical principles, and exemplifying Christ-like character, he empowers sons and daughters to develop a strong foundation in their faith. His words and actions serve as a roadmap, leading them closer to God. Offering encouragement by helping him feel valued and capable as a nurturer is a powerful gift of encouragement we can give.

Encouraging Dads as Spiritual Leaders with Proverbs 22:6

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

This timeless proverb speaks directly to the hearts of fathers, emphasizing the profound impact they have on their children’s spiritual journeys. God makes it ever so clear, that investment in their spiritual development will yield fruitful results in the years to come. By being intentional in imparting biblical truths, demonstrating the importance of prayer, and consistently leading by example, dads lay a solid foundation for their daughters and sons to build upon. We can encourage him, that efforts, no matter how small, will shape their lives and draw them closer to God.

Encouraging Dads as Spiritual Leaders with Colossians 3:21

“Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” Colossians 3:21 (NIV)

In this verse, the apostle Paul reminds fathers of the significance of their words and actions in shaping their children’s lives. A dad’s influence can either uplift or discourage. By embracing his role as a spiritual leader, he has the opportunity to cultivate an atmosphere of love, acceptance, and encouragement within his family. Encourage him to let your daughters and sons know that they are valued, cherished, and supported in their spiritual journeys. By offering gentle correction, modeling forgiveness, and fostering open communication, dads carry great influence. The have the power, by God’s design, to create an environment where your family can thrive in faith. He may not feel the power of his words and actions within the home. Your words can liberate and embolden him to flourish in this arena.

Encouraging Dads as Spiritual Leaders with Proverbs 20:7

“The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.” Proverbs 20:7 (NIV)

This verse underscores the profound blessing that fathers bring to their families through their commitment to righteous living. A dad’s pursuit of godliness and integrity not only impacts his own relationship with God but also sets a powerful example for his children. Simply stated, a dad seeking the Lord’s will and living out his faith influences and inspires those around him. His obedience and faithfulness serve as a guiding light for his family. By example, he can instill a desire within them to walk in righteousness.

Encouraging Dads as Spiritual Leaders to Embrace the Role

Here is a special BONUS! I am including a note you can utilize that expresses the biblical charge through encouragement to the dads in your life. Feel free to download and use it as needed. I pray it helps dads far and wide to cherish their God-given responsibilities and to be faithful in their calling.

Dear dads, as daughters and wives, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude for the role you play as spiritual leaders within our families. Your commitment to faith, your love, and your guidance shape our lives in immeasurable ways. May you find renewed inspiration to embrace your role through the Word of God, knowing that the impact of your spiritual leadership is invaluable. May you continue to walk with strength and wisdom, leading us toward a deeper relationship with God.


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Taking Your Prayers Digital

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Taking your prayers digital

If you are like the majority of Christian women, you pray at least once a day. And that’s a good thing. Being in the habit of prayer is a lifestyle discipline of epic proportions. It can change your day, your marriage, your children, the future, and your own legacy. In essence, it makes us more like Jesus and tenders our hearts toward what breaks his heart—leaving us different.

From the earliest disciples and throughout the centuries, Christ followers have depended on prayer and noted its prominent place in Christianity. James, the half-brother of Jesus was fondly known as Camel Knees because of the time he spent in prayer in that prostrate position. One of the final instructions he penned was to pray because the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working (James 5:16).

In the twentieth century, George Mueller shows us how to incorporate such prayer into daily life. Mueller recorded his prayers in journals. He kept a record of the needs, requests, desires, and dreams he brought to the Lord, (along with how and when God answered him). In his lifetime of keeping records, he boasts of having over fifty thousand specific answered prayers. Thousands of these he confessed were answered on the very day he made the request.

Keeping a record of your prayers remains a faith-building endeavor. My problem is that sometimes I am without my journal. And when I attempt any significant time of prayer (longer than the distance from home to Wal-Mart), I can’t seem to stay focused long or remember who and what to pray for.

Thankfully, you and I live in a digital age with tools and resources at our fingertips that those who walked the planet before us could not even comprehend. Our phones can offer great assistance in taking our prayers digital.

How to Use Your Phone to Take Your Prayers Digital

Basically, there are opportunities for individual resources to aid us in our prayer lives, and there are group opportunities. Where does a person unfamiliar with prayer in cyberspace begin?

I’m so glad you asked.

Group Resources for Taking Your Prayers Digital

Most things are more fun and engaging when shared with another person whether in person or not. At least this is one of the greatest lessons gleaned from Covid-19. Just to offer a starting place, check out the resources below:

This is an organized site that allows you to start or join a prayer chain that exclusively exists online. It’s easy to navigate and lets you determine quickly what you want to do there. Do you have a request? Do you want to join a team already in existence? Start a new group? Suppose you need resources in addition to prayer, like counseling, they’ve got it covered.

Meetup Prayer Groups

This is a hub for finding like-minded people or those with similar interests to yours. Note – this is not a Christian site. Be sure to examine the groups you can join to determine that the group meets your expectations and shares your religious beliefs. Can’t find what you are looking for (within the over 700 prayer groups already meeting)? Meetup also allows you to start your own group.

In 2022, Zoom needs little introduction. But I would be remiss if I failed to mention it as a digital avenue for prayer. Creating an account and scheduling a :30 min meeting is absolutely free. It’s a great avenue for meeting others to pray together. You have likely used it for work, church meetings or gatherings, parent meetings for schools, and family gatherings. Why not consider using it for prayer?

Intercessors for America or IFA –

This organization focuses prayer on the United States, its leadership, and national issues. It also offers guidance and opportunities to pray for other needs on a global scale. Be aware, it leans conservative politically. The site is very well organized, active, and offers lots of people to pray for (regardless of political or religious leanings). or the YouVersion app –

YouVersion is one of the most recognized and utilized Bible apps on the planet. One of the newer features of the app is the ability to post prayer requests and to pray for the requests of others. Within the app are hundreds of thousands, even millions of users, but you are not praying for all of these. Similar to FB (without the social), you can connect with people you already know and become “friends.” It is within this circle you can share requests and pray for theirs. It’s a great option because it is both useful with others and alone. To pray alongside others, simply click on your “prayer list” and start praying for the needs your “friends” have shared. There is also a place to record how God answers these requests.

Small Group Digital Prayer

Groups such as She Prays (our favorite) housed on Facebook are plentiful. She Prays is a private group with over 500 members who offer prayer requests, comments and support, and prayer within the membership. Other groups function in a similar manner, like Christian Women’s Prayer and Praise Group with over 25,000 members. These types of options are great for connecting on a deeper level than you would get on social media. It allows people to support one another when they might not know each other. She Prays is one of my favorite connections.

Individual Resources for Taking Your Prayers Digital

Individual resources for taking my own prayers digital are where I have experienced the most development in my own practice of prayer. Remember when I mentioned George Mueller and his journalkeeping? I am a huge fan of journaling. In fact, I produce these because I am a believer in recording your history with God. We are so apt to forget, it’s difficult to remember to remember. Journaling or keeping a written record makes this essential more likely to occur.

My only hiccup with journaling is that my prayer journals are not always WITH ME. My phone is. Fortunately, in our generation, there are several options for moving your journaling efforts in prayer to a digital format.

YouVersion app or

As mentioned above, the YouVersion app is useful for both group praying and your individual prayers. Within the app you can decide if you want your recorded requests shared with others (your friends) or to keep things private. In this way, you can keep an ongoing record of what you are asking and how God responds to your needs. It’s free and you can set a timer to remind you to pray. Although I receive zero compensation from YouVersion, as a content partner, I am a personal fan and cheerleader.

Echo Prayer App

Echo is a prayer app you can download from the App Store. There is a free version and a paid version. Personally, this has become my favorite app for taking my prayers digital. One reason is that it is simple to use. You can either pray or record a new request. It also allows you to title your prayers which makes them easy to shuffle through if I’m looking for something I have already recorded.

The other aspect I appreciate is that no longer do I need to riffle through sticky notes or pages in a book to get through all the people and issues I want to pray over. Echo gives me a randomized selection of what I have entered. There is also a section of more global requests, like praying for Bible translators, or people who have not yet heard to gospel message to gain access and be saved. I might not have those types of petitions on my agenda and this format allows me to expand my prayer beyond my own concerns.

If you are inclined, this app allows you to connect with other people, upload pictures, and a host of other niceties in the paid version.

Abide Prayer app

I became familiar with Abide from their reading plans on YouVersion. This app is very helpful in getting the user into the habit of prayer and meditation. It’s a very soothing resource but also filled with existing prayers covering a plethora of topics.


This app is available for free and works much like my beloved Echo app. It was created to help the user develop the habit of prayer. Toward that aim, the app offers a way of record keeping for your own prayers, giving reminders, and helping you track God’s responses to your prayers.

Daily Bible Inspirations app—

Daily Bible Inspirations is similar to what you might find on YouVersion just on a smaller scale and limited to the KJV. If you like sharing verses on social media, this app contains that added feature. The element I find of most interest is the housed digital journal. You will find a journal prompt or question with space to add your thoughts and comments. And it’s pretty.

These few suggestions only scratch the surface of what is possible when taking your prayers digital. One thing to remember is that prayer is a universal phenomenon, not limited to Biblical Christianity. When searching for an app that will help you in your relationship with the Lord, or a group to join, make sure to read the About or Purpose statements rather than just settling for functionality.

My Personal Move to take My Prayers Digital

taking prayers digitalPersonally, moving my prayer life to a digital format has deepened and strengthened my prayers. It has allowed me the freedom of organization, jogs my memory of who and what to pray for, and gives me space to incorporate scripture easily (cutting and pasting) into my prayers. I can also screenshot anything I might want to find quickly or pull up in line at the grocery store. It’s also made it easy to do throughout the day because it’s on my phone.

I made the digital jump a few years ago and will never go back. What about you? Are you ready to take your prayers digital? And if, like me, you have already made the digital leap, what resources are you using? I can’t wait to find out!

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Make Fitness an Act of Worship

Make fitness an act of worship

Make Fitness an Act of Worship

by Cheri Strange, Ph.D.

September is here, and that means lots of things are beginning to look different. And different is good, for most of us, even if we don’t know how it’s going to turn out. Across the past six months, you an I have been home a lot. Home, with all our people, possibly more than ever before. We might call it The Staycation That Would Not End. On the lighter side, the saying goes that most of us will emerge from our forced staycation as drunks, monks, hunks, or chunks.

Honestly, a couple of months into the quarantine, I went to my first outside girls gathering, and this small group of women stood around confessing their leanings toward the chunk designation. Apparently, none of their pants fit because no one was wearing pants (or regular clothes) and all they had been doing was eating. I get it. Corona has not been kind to us. So today, I want to take those predictions by the horns by talking about how you and I can make fitness an act of worship.

Now before you stop reading, I’m not a health fanatic or about to point you to holy yoga. Keep your sugar, your coffee, your M&Ms in your purse, or your wheat germ with kale smoothie streaks. I simply want to lead us through some guiding principles that demonstrate Jesus followers have a responsibility for their bodies. How to make fitness an act of worship is something we should absolutely be aiming toward.

Five Guiding Principles to Make Fitness an Act of Worship

1. Remember it is a holy responsibility

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 1 Cor 3:16

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Cor 6:19-20

The moment I became a follower in Christ, my physical body took up the residence of the Holy Spirit. Now, unlike those in our society, I am not supposed to be trying to get the attention of other people to gaze at me and my body when I am out and about, or by my social media posts. It matters not whether I can pull off a bikini successfully or not. That is not the issue. Paul is reminding us here twice, that it’s not my body to flaunt or accentuate. And it’s not yours.

Filling my body with bags of M&Ms and Oreos and cheese fries until I pop is not on the table, either. But starving it half to death and exercising four hours a day in order to gain the approval of others or even self-gratification is also out of place. These, my friend, are the things you and I do left to ourselves.

We neglect to keep in the front of our minds who is living in us and the gravity of that reality. Ours is a holy responsibility because the spirit within us is holy. Making fitness an act of worship, rather than a chore we need to accomplish, will help us to keep in mind the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

2. Remember the Christian life is a life of discipline

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Cor 9:24-27

Again, Paul is talking to the same audience. He continues to use this same physical comparison of the body and exercise with the disciplines of the Christian life. It is not as if you throw caution to the wind and simply embrace your spiritual side at the expense of your physique (barring medical limitations).

The tragic reality most of the time is that we simply don’t like the discipline of it. We don’t want to run or walk, or hop, skip, or plank. Why? Because it’s hard.

In light of what Paul has just said, it seems the expectation is that we will do both. We will exhibit self-control to discipline the temple of our bodies, AND we will aim toward self-control and discipline to keep our wants and desires and impulses under control spiritually as well. He’s issuing it as one and the same mentality. It’s aiming and disciplining. You and I need a plan and the will to execute that plan. In the Christian life, we cannot get away from these necessities for growth. To make fitness an act of worship is just part of the Christian walk.

3. Your Fitness is not just about you

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Hebrews 12:10-13

At first glance, these verses seem all about the individual. But the message of Hebrews is one of community. I am responsible for you and you for me. The writer here admits that no discipline is fun. But it’s necessary because it changes us from the inside out. But more than that, your changing impacts those entrusted to you, so don’t make it harder than it needs to be. The writer is charging us to make the paths straight so others can follow. The picture given is that of wagon wheel ruts that the next person down the road tries to follow to keep them on the right path.

That’s you, my friend. So your discipline matters. Your fitness as worship matters beyond whether you feel like it or not, or whether you value it or not. You are creating paths for others. So let us make them worth following.

4. It builds our endurance

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1

In other words, our discipline in this area, as worship, builds our own endurance so that we can do more and greater things. It’s just like when I got this hair-brained idea to run the Oklahoma City Marathon. (A marathon is 26.2 miles.) I had never completed more than six miles in my life and that had only happened once. (Incidentally, I ended up doing not only that one, but another, and a couple of halves.) I am a squatty body, non-athlete. There are two reasons I find this example so powerful when I think about endurance.

  1. I never thought I could have done it. I went from couch potato to finisher, and all it took was sheer discipline. No ability. Zero physical prowess. No special traits coming into the situation. Just doing the deeds. Day after day. And I did it. Me. The squatty body, non-athlete. Honestly, it did so much for me, and my understanding of what I can accomplish lies beyond my actual ability, I wish I had done it years before. Sister, you have no idea what you can do until you put your discipline to work. No, you cannot hop out and run a marathon today. But by training and showing up, you can. The Christian life is so much like training for a long, long race that looks impossible to complete. It is. But if we show up every day, put those shoes on, seeking God to renew us, and transform us, we will build that endurance.
  2. The second element is a picture I will never forget. When you begin the race, it’s early in the morning. Dark. Chilly. Everyone lines up long before the gun fires starting the race, so there is a lot of standing and waiting in your spot. You,  along with literally ten thousand other people. Everyone is wearing sweat pants, sweatshirts, gloves, earmuffs, hats, extra layers. Scarfs. But when that race begins, within the first five miles, people begin throwing off all that garb. The roads are strewn with clothes, where people have thrown off what they had on. They don’t need it to run. That’s what the writer is talking about. Throwing off everything and anything that is going to slow you down, because finishing well is the goal and it’s a long, long race. He knows you are never going to make it if you are carrying extra stuff.  To make fitness an act of worship helps us put these ideas together. It’s one and the same pursuit. What is keeping you from running your best race today? What is slowing you down? The encouragement here is to get rid of it. You don’t need it. You won’t make it unless you throw it aside.

From one non-athlete turned finisher – to you, wherever you line up on this–the path from couch potato to finisher–from louse to experiencing the disciplined life you long for–is often a matter of putting on your shoes and showing up. Building that endurance. So that tomorrow – you can go just a little further. Because it’s a long, long race – and it’s yours to win.

5. Your life should look different than your neighbor’s

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. 1 Cor 6:12

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

Your fitness may look different than your neighbor’s. And it should because you are doing yours as an act of worship. Right?

Maybe it will be the clothes you wear. It could be the music. Or the language you use and the joking you share. For my daughter, an obvious clash has been clothing. Often she has been the only girl on the team wearing a shirt. Yes. A shirt. Everyone else is wearing a sports bra, only. Even when we are not monitoring her behavior, her practice is the same. She simply does not feel comfortable. Why? Because her body is not her own. She is being transformed rather than conformed by her surroundings.

Do our decisions slap our culture in the kisser in ways that leave us having to make daily choices against our natures driven toward comfort and delectable delicacies, beach-lounging, and our need to be found beautiful? Why, YES. But we are not our own. We were bought with a price.

What are You Suggesting?

Today,  I am not suggesting that if your BMI exceeds the normal range or you tip the scales either way, or you get winded going up and down a flight of stairs, or you decide to train for a difficult race that requires more focus that you are living in sin. No. Nothing like that.

What I am attempting to suggest is that you and I take Paul’s message and the writer of Hebrew’s encouragement to heart. That we begin to live as if the Holy Spirit really resides within us. To believe today that these bodies of ours that can take up so much of our attention- moving our focus OFF OF WORSHIP, are truly instruments OF worship. And to make strides to move them back into this rightful position.

Helpful Resources to Make Fitness an Act of Worship

As you go on this week, I want to provide you with a few resources to help you get on your way.

  1. Walking App: BetterMe., It provides a profile, goal weight, water intake, workouts, step tracking, etc. FREE.
  2. Plant Nanny. It gives you a plant to water which grows based upon how many glasses of water you consumer per day.
  3. On-line Accountability Group. Find an accountability group even while we are social distancing. My friend, Meredith, hosts one on Instagram. I’ve known her since she was hardly an adult. Since then she has had three kids and moved all over the country and has become a fitness coach. She provides things like menus, workout plans, accountability, and encouragement, from a Christian perspective. You can find her on Instagram @my.faithandfitness
  4. Spotify. I find it so much easier to worship when I am literally moving to music that moves my thoughts and heart toward God. I have created a walking playlist and I am sharing it with you today. It has about 30 minutes of Christian music you can walk to. Just click on the link and it will take you to the playlist. Download it to your device and you are all set. But you MUST have a Spotify account.
  5. Change/Take Your Plate. Try this if you are struggling with your food intake, as in, it’s too much. (That’s most of us.) Here is a trick I pickup up a long time ago that has really helped me through the decades. When at home, eat on smaller plates. When you’re out, plan on taking a portion home. Decide before you go, that you will not finish your meal. Generally, for most Americans, we struggle with portion size. It’s not that we eat too little, we binge on too much. No one needs all the food restaurants put on our plates. In fact, Time magazine recently reported on a study finding that 92% of restaurant meals provided more calories than is recommended for the average person and that the portion sizes were “obscene.” We often carry that bad vibe home, adding too much to the rest of our meals. Get a cute little plate you love. Or a set of them. Make it your dinner plate. Plan on a doggy bag if you get food out. And you will be on your way to increasing your portion control and focusing the fit-ness of your temple on someone greater than yourself.

make fitness an act of worshipYou are not alone.

Remember, don’t do this alone. We are here for each other. You and I are the Body of Christ – and within that Body (capital B) is a collection of bodies hosting the Holy Spirit within. May we think more intentionally about how to make fitness an act of worship every single day of our lives. May we talk about it, sharing, helping, and nurturing each other, even at a distance as we go. You, my friend, can do this.

For His Glory,



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