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This week Steve and Bob continue to look at ways we can cooperate with the Holy Spirit in turning our hearts to our children and the next generation.

In Matthew 17:1-13 Jesus is on the mountain with Peter, James, and John.  There He is transfigured and Elijah and Moses appear.  As they come off the mountain Jesus says, “Indeed, Elijah has come and is coming.”  God’s Spirit worked through John the Baptist to turn hearts to Jesus.  Now God’s Spirit is poured out on His entire body.  He wants to use all of us in His passion to “turn the hearts of the fathers to the children.”

All of our fathers are human and are therefore flawed.  But be quick to remember, so are we!  As fathers or spiritual parents one of the best steps we can take to turn our hearts to our children is to intentionally turn our hearts to our fathers.  As we do that we need to focus on their good qualities and strengths.

We can’t expect our kids hearts to be turned to us without us giving them the example of turning our hearts to our fathers.  Tell stories about your father to your children and celebrate something good in their life when you do.

In addition, do something this week to honor your dad.  If he is alive find something you are grateful for and tell him.  Go and visit him.  Send him a letter.  And if he is no longer alive take at least 60 seconds and tell someone something you are grateful for that your dad did for you!  Cooperate with the Holy Spirit and turn your heart!

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Bob Swank

About 15 years ago our heavenly Father began encouraging me in my role as His son and out of that in my role as a father, both biologically and spiritually. Through multiple encounters on my journey God has revealed His heart as my Father and affirmed my sonship in Him. Out of this has come His call to fully embrace who He has created me to be as a father and to share that with others.

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