Saturday, June 22, 2013

Sunday supermoon


A rare treat for the moonstruck romantics and werewolves - supermoon is visible in the sky if you wake up before sunrise.

The moon rotates around the sun and during that 29 day rotation cycle, at a certain time it gets closer to Earth. Now, a full moon occurs during that 29 day period as well. A supermoon occurs when the moon is closest to Earth and when the full moon occurs - a combination of both scenarios. Tomorrow's supermoon occurs precisely at 7:33 AM, Sunday morning.

The moon's effect on ocean tides is higher during a supermoon than any other time, so expect higher and lower tides than usual.

If for some reason you cannot make it to this supermoon, or if you are looking for a more thrilling lunar event, a larger supermoon is expected on Sept. 28, 2015, and the largest supermoon until 2034 will occur on Nov. 14, 2016. Am marking my google calendar to remind me of these events. It is quite romantic to watch the moon and full moon; the supermoon is even better.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer is here



Let's welcome the first day of summer 2013. June 21 is called the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and simultaneously the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. On June 21, there are 24 hours of daylight north of the Arctic Circle and 24 hours of darkness south of the Antarctic Circle. The sun's rays are directly overhead along the Tropic of Cancer on June 21.

Without the tilt of the earth's axis, we would have no seasons. The sun's rays would be directly overhead of the equator all year long. When the axis tilts towards the sun, as it does between June and September, it is summer in the northern hemisphere but winter in the southern hemisphere. Alternatively, when the axis points away from the sun from December to March, the southern hemisphere enjoys the direct rays of the sun during their summer months.

Around December 21 the solstices are reversed and winter begins in the northern hemisphere.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

The game of chess


Once upon a time there was a king in Persia who had a beautiful wife and a handsome son called Gavin. Life was very happy until one day when he went hunting, the king fell from his horse and was killed. The dead ruler's brother was named the new king. His name was May. He fell in love with the widowed queen and married her, and they soon had a son named Talend.

Some time later, the new king died and only the queen and her two sons remained. They were brothers, of course, but with different fathers. The question was soon raised: “Which brother will become king of Persia?”

“It will be Gavin,” was one reply, “because he is the oldest.”

But others said, “It will be Talend, because he is the son of our last king.”

The queen said nothing at all. However, sooner or later, she would have to come to a decision, and she didn't want to disappoint either boy. As long as the two boys were small, it didn't matter. But when they grew up and began to ask when one or the other was going to be crowned king, the problems began.

The queen simply couldn't make up her mind. When the ministers asked her to make a decision, she would reply, “Yes, I will do it tomorrow.”

Years went by. Gavin and Talend grew up to be young men, and became rivals. As children they were always together; as youths, they saw little of each other. Each had his own group of friends. In that way, two opposing sides were formed: one supported Talend, the other supported Gavin.

The ministers were very worried and insisted that the queen choose the king. But she couldn't bring herself to do it, for fear of disappointing one of her dearly loved sons.

As the years passed, the kingdom drifted toward civil war. The two princes did not see eye to eye. Neither one wanted to give up the throne; neither one wanted to step down. Some of the provinces sided with Talend, others with Gavin. Certain battalions in the army swore allegiance to Talend, others to Gavin. The two young men met, but only to stare at each other coldly and to promise war instead of peace, and war was fast approaching.

Two opposing armies were built. Gavin's army began to march against Talend's. All Persia held its breath, awaiting the conflict that was to decide its fate. The battle was fought with equal forces. Both armies had the same number of foot soldiers, standard-bearers, and elephants. Elephants were very important in Persia because they carried on their backs wicker turrets from which archers fired arrows at the enemy.

Neither of the brothers wanted the other to die. In spite of everything, the brothers felt the pull of their family ties. Indeed, each had given an order that if the soldiers found they were about to kill the enemy leader, they were to stop and warn him by shouting, “Watch out, King!”

The conflict lasted for a long time, until Gavin's troops were overcome and Talend found himself with only a few soldiers to defend him. Then, a little later, quite alone, Talend found himself surrounded on all sides by Gavin's turreted elephants, slowly advancing on him. No arrows were fired on the prince; he turned this way and that, searching for a way to escape. But his heart failed at that moment, and he fell to the ground dead. High in the palace tower, the queen had watched the battle with deep sadness in her heart, knowing that she was at that moment losing one of her sons.

When she saw that the dust had settled on the distant plain and the cries of battle had faded, the queen came down from the tower and rushed through the palace to meet those returning from the field. She stopped in her tracks. Her son Gavin, his clothes in tatters and splashed with blood, staggered sadly toward her. “Talend?” stammered the queen.

Gavin shook his head, “Oh, Mother,” he said, “my brother Talend is dead.”

“Dead! Did you kill him?”

“No, Mother!” exclaimed Gavin. “I would never have done such a thing.”

“But you ordered his death!” exclaimed the queen.

The young man then knelt before her and, taking the hem of her dress in his hand, said, “Mother, I swear nobody was responsible for my brother's death. He died, but not violently.”

“I shall never believe that is the truth,” wept the queen.

But Gavin said, “I shall prove that it is.”

He then thought of a way to show his mother how the battle had been fought. First of all, he asked a carpenter to make him a board, as flat as the plain. Then to mark the positions and maneuvers of the two armies, the board was divided into white and black squares. A wood carver made him a miniature army of foot soldiers, a king, standard-bearers, knights, and towers, to take the place of the elephants and their turrets.

When everything was ready, Gavin called the queen and, moving one piece at a time, acted out the various stages of battle. “You see, Mother, my foot soldiers advanced like this, so Talend maneuvered his like that. Each time my brother was about to be killed, I had the men cry out, ‘Watch out, King!’ so that he could reach safety,” said Gavin.

“In the end, though, my Talend was no longer safe,” murmured the queen.

Gavin sadly replied, “That's true. He was surrounded. But I would never have had him killed, Mother. It was his heart that gave out. My brother realized he had lost, and so he died.”

The queen then said, “I understand, Son, and I forgive you. I believe you'll be a good king for our country. But I wonder why, in a battle between two kings, one must win and the other lose.”

The poor queen kept asking herself the same question for a very long time. She would sit all day long beside the little battlefield moving the pieces -  foot soldiers, standard-bearers, and towers - always trying to save the king. In the end, she understood that, in make-believe as in real life, when there is a fight to the last, one of the opponents must fall, just as her son Talend had fallen.

One day, they found the poor queen dead on what was, by then, known as the chessboard.

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This is one of the stories about the origin of chess. Today, it is a peaceful contest that recalls a real-life battle. In the modern world it is a fun game, but then it caused a poor mother who saw her sons fight against each other, sadness and suffering. While visiting Emperor Akbar's residence at Fatherpur Sikri, we saw a giant courtyard with chess board marked out. The king and queen sat on pedestal in the middle and they played the game with slave girls dressed in various colors, instead of pawns.



Credits: Brothers Grimm

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dangers of teen driving



Sitting on the passenger seat beside your teen while he/she is driving is attributed to sitting on a 'hot seat' for almost all parent. Further, the parent wishes it was not their car the teen was driving - primary due to the phobia after taking couple of turns. Time ticks slowly and the parent literally runs out of the car once it reaches it's destination.

More than 5,000 teenagers die in car accidents every year. Speed, distraction, and driver inexperience cause most crashes-and those things can be controlled.

Read more from a prior edition of readers digest. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Motion sickness

Some of us, we suffer from motion sickness which ruin summer travel, with symptoms including dizziness, headache, nausea and most unfortunately, vomiting. Some 25% to 40% of the population suffers from some degree of motion sickness, depending on the mode of transportation.

Here is a link with few tips on how to avoid feeling sick while traveling.


Uneasy Rider

Unpaid Internships - colleges come for aid


More colleges are helping to pay when companies don't compensate student interns.

The practice of "hiring" unpaid interns has come under renewed fire lately, with a federal judge's ruling last week that a movie studio's unpaid intern program violated labor laws.

Here is the article.


529 Plan for College Savings


In case you have a 529 plan to save for college tuitions, this WSJ article may be worth reading. If not, just skip it.

A 529 Plan is an education savings plan operated by a state or educational institution designed to help families set aside funds for future college costs. It is named after Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code which created these types of savings plans in 1996.

As long as the plan satisfies a few basic requirements, the federal tax law provides special tax benefits to the plan participant.

The above article is based on a question, "What’s the biggest mistake people make when it comes to financing their kids’ college education?"

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Cell phone after a car crash

Police Officer: ‘License, vehicle registration - and cell phone’

"Drivers license, registration and cell phone please" may be the new request passengers could hear from a police officer in New Jersey after a car crash.

New Jersey wants to pass a law that would let them search your cellphone after an accident if they think you were talking or texting on it. New legislation proposed by a New Jersey senator would let cops confiscate cellphones if they have "reasonable grounds" to believe that the driver was talking or texting when the wreck occurred. Officers would be required to return the phone after thumbing through its history.

Here is the article.

I was thinking if I used the voice to text option in replying to my emails or texts, it was considered safe while driving, as it was almost equivalent to talking on the phone. This option allows users to speak into the phone which converts speech into text and send it across. Apparently, AAA considers it to be more of a distraction to drivers even though it is hands free. AAA categorized distraction levels on a 5 point scale with listening to radio / audio books at a minimal between 1.3 - 1.7.

Another thing I learned was that Chapel Hill, NC, bans all mobile communications by drivers and I gotta be careful next time while driving on the I-40 corridor.

Here is the article on AAA scientific study.

Later, I read in the July edition of readers digest that a Canadian research group found out it seems the blood flow from the brain to the eyes drastically reduce while we are fiddling with on board controls / cell phones.

About driving, one piece of advice I give to young drivers is, "Always pay attention while making a left turn."


Two types of righteousness

Jesus Christ, during his ministry, was walking with and talking to plain ordinary people who has numerous hardships. Being one among them, he understood their troubles and took time to address their issues. A great leader will devote time towards the needs of his/her team, care for their well being, and inspire them with motivational speech. For them, daily life was a burden and they saw a ray of hope in Jesus. He gave them hope saying that this is precisely the crowd and audience he was looking for. In Mark 2, when the Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked His disciples:

“Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

Jesus heard this question and replied to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Here, Jesus is not afraid to declare that he is here to be with ordinary human beings unlike those aristocratic power brokers who considered themselves righteous. He is seldom worried about their 'friendship' and cares less about being in their 'good books'. Being able to understand daily troubles of  those ordinary people, this is what the Great Teacher taught them in Matthew 25 - 34:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you - you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Instead of worrying, Jesus told them to seek God's kingdom and His righteousness. So much emphasis is placed for righteousness, in the Bible, and in the King James Version it appears 555 times. Below is the breakdown:

righteous - appears 238 times
righteously - appears 8 times
righteousness - appears 302 times
righteousness' - appears 4 times
righteousnesses - appears 3 times

There are two types of righteousness:

1. Faith righteousness and
2. Works righteousness.

When we have faith in the Holy Spirit and submit ourselves to be obedient, we are said to have 'faith righteousness'.

When we demonstrate our faith by acts of righteousness  - by doing what's right in the eyes of God and man at all times, that is 'work righteousness'.

St. Paul wrote about being obedient with the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:16 - 25

So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

These individuals are indicated or called as righteous in the Holy Bible:

Enoch
Noah
Abraham
Isaac
Jacob
Moses
David
Daniel
Job
Joseph
Miriam (Mary)
Joseph of Arimathea
Zechariah and Elizabeth

In a nutshell, righteousness is regarded as an important quality to be possessed by us to enjoy life on the other side. We ought to have faith in the Holy Spirit, bear those fruits and practice righteousness in our daily lives. Sure enough, all of us get numerous opportunities to choose right from wrong every day in our lives. It is in those small things we begin and learn to pick what is right versus wrong. Think about it like a video game - if you pass the lower level, you proceed to the next level and slowly graduate to higher levels. If we yield to failure at a certain level, then there is no further testing and we stop at that point. As Christians, our target should be to achieve the level of righteousness that Jesus possessed - He says it is possible for sinners like me.

Now, that is Great News!



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Sadducees and the Pharisees were religious parties during the days of Jesus. Both were critical of and were criticized by Jesus. Jesus often used harsh language against them while accusing them to be hypocrites, and showing His mastery over the scripture. They were so blind with the scripture they failed to see the true Messiah in front of them. Eventually, Jesus would be crucified due to their plots.

Sadducees were aristocrats. They tended to be wealthy and held powerful positions, including that of chief priests and high priest, and they held the majority of the 70 seats of the ruling council called the Sanhedrin. They worked hard to keep the peace by agreeing with the decisions of Rome (Israel at this time was under Roman control), and they seemed to be more concerned with politics than religion. Because they were accommodating to Rome and were the wealthy upper class, they did not relate well to the common man, nor did the common man hold them in high opinion. Religiously, the Sadducees were more conservative in one main area of doctrine. They considered only the written Word to be from God - especially the books of Moses (Genesis through Deuteronomy). Sadducees denied the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead

Pharisees were mostly middle-class businessmen, and therefore were in contact with the common man. The Pharisees were held in much higher esteem by the common man than the Sadducees. Though they were a minority in the Sanhedrin and held a minority number of positions as priests, they seemed to control the decision making of the Sanhedrin far more than the Sadducees did, again because they had the support of the people. Religiously, they accepted the written word as inspired by God - what is now our Old Testament. But they also gave equal authority to oral tradition and attempted to defend this position by saying it went all the way back to Moses.

The acts of flesh mentioned by St. Paul in Galatians 5, have been around for centuries. We can see them in the world around us today:

Debauchery - partying, usually accompanied by a lot of alcohol.

Idolatry - the worship of images as if they were gods; eg: money

Witchcraft - black magic; the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world

Dissension - situations where people just can't agree or get along.

Faction  - a smaller portion of a larger group that breaks away from it.

Orgy - a gathering of a number of people that involves sex and drinking.

If we look around we can also see the fruits of the Holy Spirit - Love, Joy, Peace, Forbearance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control.

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Disclaimer: I have absolutely no rights to author an article on righteousness. It will take an entire lifetime and blessings from above, for me to even spell the word. I am merely sharing what I learned during my study. Maybe you already know someone who leads a righteous life. It could be one of your parents or a relative.
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The tree of life




When Lord appeared to King Solomon at Gibeon, guess what exactly did he ask Lord? Many of us will say, "wisdom" within a heartbeat.

Not exactly - let's play the scripture and pause it for a moment to take a closer look. We are in 1 Kings Chapter 3.

5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

6 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.

8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.

9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.

11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice,

12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.

13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for— both wealth and honor — so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.

14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”

Pay attention to verse 9, which elucidates what he asked for; "So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people (Justice) and to distinguish between right and wrong (Righteousness)."

And let's look at verse 12, "I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be."

So, when King Solomon asked Lord for qualities such as 'justice and righteousness', he was granted Wisdom.

In Proverbs, Wisdom speaks about herself, in first person  in Chapter 8, starting at verse 12:

12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence........
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20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
    along the paths of justice.....

My dear readers, righteousness is an awesome trait we need to consider during our short lifespan. It is the character or quality of being right or just at all times. Righteousness embraces the idea of the right knowledge in the mind, leading to the right action in life. Therefore, righteousness is doing right and refers to the state of one who is such as he ought to be before God and man. There is everlasting life in the way of righteousness.

It is seldom easy being righteous. If you are looking to lead an easy, comfortable life pleasing everyone around you, then it is not for you. On the other hand, if you are interested in being friends with God, practice walking in the way of righteousness.  Know that righteousness and justice are the foundation of God's throne. Many biblical characters, including King Solomon, knew this and received favors from their friend - God.

Children, when you grow up, practice leading a righteous life. Make decisions based upon eternal truths and not upon that which seems to be most appealing at the moment, to satisfy your friends and relatives. Be righteous not just in words, but in your actions as well. In doing right you enlist the help of God to sustain you to be victorious. God loves those who pursue righteousness and He listens to the prayers of those who are righteous. In the words of Jesus, if we crave for righteousness, it will be granted. These are not just empty promises, but straight from the Holy Scripture:

Proverbs 12: 28:
In the way of righteousness there is life;
    along that path is immortality.

Proverbs 11: 30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
    and the one who is wise saves lives.

Proverbs 15: 9
The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
    but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

1 Peter 3: 12
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
    and his ears are attentive to their prayer,

Psalms 97: 2
    righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

Matthew 5: 6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.


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Christmas gift in September


Terry Schafer, a young wife, lived with her husband in the small city of Moline, Illinois. She had a special gift she wanted to give to her husband for Christmas but was afraid that they would not be able to afford it. She started shopping for it in September, knowing it was a specialized piece of equipment and not every store would sell it. She finally found it -- and to her dismay it was way beyond their budget. But she came up the idea of laying it away and making payments to the storekeeper. She pitched her idea to the store manager. The business man sympathized with her situation and said, "Since your husband is a policeman, I doubt that you're going to take advantage of me. Why don't you give your first payment today - and I'll let you take the gift home. Make sure you make the other payments and pay it off before Christmas." She agreed.

The only problem was she was one of those people who couldn't keep a secret. She couldn't wait till Christmas to give the gift to her husband. That September night she stood there beaming with a wrapped present on the table of their small home. She said Merry Christmas and gave her husband a peck on the cheek.

Neither one of them realized at that moment how significant that gift would end up being. In fact in the not-to-distant future it would mean the difference between life and death for her husband.

On Oct. 1 of that same year Patrolman David Schafer was working the night shift and got a call on his police radio. A drugstore robbery was in process. Racing to the scene he arrived just in time to observe the suspect getting into his car, starting the engine and speeding away. Quickly David switched on his siren and began the pursuit. Three blocks later the getaway car suddenly pulled over the side of the road and stopped. The suspect was still behind the wheel of his car as David cautiously approached. He got about three feet from the window when the suspect fired an automatic pistol sending a .45 caliber slug into David's abdomen.

7:00 AM the next morning -Terry answered the door of their home to face a police officer telling her that her husband had been shot trying to apprehend a robbery suspect. As he detailed the news, he said he had bad news and good news. As she listened, she was glad that she didn't wait till Christmas to give her husband the gift. David had been shot point blank with a 45 caliber pistol and survived. She was very glad the shopkeeper had let her take that gift home that day. The gift Terry had purchased for her husband was a bullet proof vest -- and it had saved his life. He was in the hospital with deep bruises to his chest, not a bullet wound. She had given her husband the gift of life.


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Never withhold a gift too long, as we never know what tomorrow has in store for us.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Psalm of Praise



Let us praise those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice.

Let us praise those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have worked to become a good father.

Let us praise those fathers who by their own account were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support.

Let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and hostility of their children.

Let us praise those fathers who, despite divorce, have remained in their children’s lives.

Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has offered healing.

Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their step children’s love and respect.

Let us praise those fathers who have lost a child to death, and continue to hold the child in their heart.

Let us praise those men who have no children, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own.

Let us praise those men who have “fathered” us in their role as mentors and guides.

Let us praise those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children.

And let us praise those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us.




Credits: Rev. Kirk D. Loadman
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God's instruction to fathers



God instructs fathers on how to behave with children.

"Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord." ~ Ephesians 6:4

This instruction has three parts:

# 1. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them.

Every child has a fragile and innocent heart and they are in the blooming stage. Some fathers tend to be overly strict with their children. This actually backfires and children tend to look for an opportunity to stay away from such fathers by not sharing their troubles and challenges. Some fathers punish their children more than what is required. Such acts sow the seed of anger withing the child and promote children to be rebellious. On the other extreme, there are certain fathers who are never there for their children. This demotes the child's faith and such children swallow the sour experience they face. Fathers are supposed to find a middle ground and treat children tenderly, according to their age.

# 2. Rather, bring them up with the discipline

At home, typically fatherly figure is the one who enforces discipline based on a child's behavior. Discipline is necessary to keep a child on track. Further, discipline promotes a sense of security and love within the child. For a father to enforce discipline, first he needs to follow discipline - an alcoholic father has no right to preach and punish his children about DUI and is utter hopeless; children will make a mockery of such fathers. A good father needs to show his son/daughter the right way and then discipline him/her in that path. This is where being a father becomes difficult. Such disciplinary lessons leave an everlasting impression in the child's heart and he/she will remember to follow such discipline during his/her lifetime.

#3. and instruction that comes from the Lord

Every child birth is a miracle and when a child is born, Lord is entrusting that infant into the hands of a father. Hence, fatherhood comes with great responsibility - to teach the child God's instructions at proper times. These instructions typically come before discipline is administered; when a child is not following instructions - that's when the father steps in as the 'discipline enforcer'. God has provided a set of instructions to man - on how to live well during this lifetime. It is the father's responsibility to first learn those instructions (which God provided) and pass it on to the next generation. Lord's instructions are the best and it stays constant for ever. This is where fathers become role models to their children. Many fathers are willing to train their children in the field of profession, but ignore to impart those instructions that come from the Lord. After all, fathers are just watching over God's gift to them - children.

Fathers, be extremely thankful to Lord for the child/children you have. God trusts you with those kids and at the same time, your kids are looking up towards you to learn what's right and wrong. They crave for your love and attention - provide them your time.

In case you don't have a child yet, knock on heaven's door and ask God for one - there are numerous examples of people praying to God (in the Bible) and may Lord hear your prayers.

For those single moms out there - while you are doing double duty, may Lord provide you the strength and  courage to carry on.

Last but not the least - let's remember Our Heavenly Father, who revealed His true love to all His children.

Happy Father's Day once again!

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