The Prototype of your fatherhood

On this Father’s Day, I have much to give honor to. I have much to be thankful for. I say this with care as I acknowledge this is a hard day for many, for many reasons. I am filled with love and gratitude only because of the everflowing love that God has shown me over the years through continual healing. So, Lord, I thank You first that You have loved me so very well to the depths of my soul and all this has been made possible by Your son Jesus Christ…

I love my father Anthony. I’ve come to understand not only who he was to me (good and bad) but really who he was destined to be. Life, parenthood, and marriage will do that to you if you let it. It will- give you a clear perspective. Moreover Jesus will do that for you, He will open up this perspective in the context of freedom.

But this post is really about my husband, my friend, who I have vowed to love unconditionally- James Richardson. James, to see you grow into a man over the last decade has been a journey as it has been for you to experience me growing into a woman. Witnessing your growth in fatherhood has been a critical component of my healing and has given me hope. We came to parenthood with ambition and limitations. And while this paradox often gets the best of us, His faithfulness has sustained you. 

“I will heal their waywardness

    and love them freely,

    for my anger has turned away from them.”

Hosea 14:4

Your love for Julia is a reflection of your God-shaped identity James. You are brilliant, patient, creative, tender, joyful, and most importantly you are resilient. These attributes show themselves strong in your interactions with Julia. I have learned much from you. I think of you often when I discern how to parent Julia. Your youthfulness and intellect shine in her so strongly. 

I find it no coincidence that Julia was born on Father’s Day June 21, 2015. Julia is God’s gift to you James to show you what beauty He has channeled through you. 

Your love for Julia is a reflection of your God-shaped identity James.

Shandra Richardson

We are only 6 years into parenthood. The best of your years are yet to come my love.

19 For I have chosen him so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” Genesis 18:19

Psalm 112

Praise the Lord.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord,

    who find great delight in his commands.

Their children will be mighty in the land;

    the generation of the upright will be blessed.

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