The moment a man becomes a dad (father) when that first child is born, you adopted a child, or became a step dad, etc. life will never be the same!

The emotions of love, joy, overflows, yet fear and doubt rises up because of the great responsibility in this life journey to raise that child or children.

Its one thing to have kids, but its another thing to be a Father. Children are a gift and a heritage of the Lord and as a dad we get one shot at raising them. This my friend is not easy and there are many mistakes along the way.

Dads are Dedicated.

Pouring out and investing time with their children. There are many sacrifices on the way even into adulthood. The most challenging part of being a dad is an example of unconditional love, forgiveness, and keeping your word or promises. Sacrifices come in many forms and behind the scenes labors of love without seeking attention goes a long way. Its an honor when your kids give you a compliment.

Dads are available.

There have been many a day when I couldn’t rub two nickels together, but I was there in difficult and the worst of times and the best of times. Listening and trying to understand my child without judging or hovering to be a helicopter parent controlling their every move. Watching your child fail or when I failed have always been the greatest tests of character. These tests were learning curves from the Lord and the answer was not to enable my kids. They had to figure some things out for themselves even if it was tough love.

Finally a Dad is Determined. Determined to do what is best and right for your child even if it hurts as a father. Discipline has a sour taste these days, but it sure kept me in line when I grew up. The only “time outs” I heard as a kid was in sports! Learning to be a father is a lifetime journey, but I am determined to leave a legacy behind for my children when I leave this journey some day. My epitaph on my grave will read,
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches” Proverbs 22:1

Being determined to serve has purpose and meaning. Besides it’s a privilege and honor to serve and love as a dad.

“For the Son of man (Jesus) came not to be served, but to serve” Mark 10:45

My dad “Mundo” would have been 97 today. Happy birthday Dad. I love you.

Happy Father’s Day!

P.S. Also to the many single moms who have a dual role as a dad too.

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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