12 Honors for Fathers of Daughters


Nothing changes a man for the better than having a daughter! Pastor Mark Driscoll shares 12 ways for fathers to honor their girls.

Along with meeting Jesus and having a wife, there is nothing that changes a man for the better than having a daughter. Life is filled with many gifts, and a daughter is a special gift. As a man with two daughters, I am doubly blessed. This week our youngest daughter, Alexie, turned 12. In light of her birthday, I thought of 12 honors that God the Father bestows on those of us with daughters.

  1. The world is a dangerous place, and a daddy is commissioned to protect his daughter from harm.
  2. By providing for her practical and emotional needs, a daddy creates an environment in which his daughter can flourish.
  3. A daddy provides appropriate male affection that helps safeguard a girl from seeking it elsewhere.
  4. In loving her mom, a dad sets a pattern of what a healthy relationship should look like.
  5. Since they are both called “father”, a daddy can help a girl understand the love of her heavenly Father.
  6. In a world filled with confusion and manipulation, a daddy can help a girl understand her true identity and value.
  7. By having fun with his daughter, a daddy nurtures a relationship in which she wants to spend time with him.
  8. By being a teacher to his girl, a daddy can help her navigate the practical issues of life.
  9. As her first pastor, a daddy introduces his daughter to Jesus, the Bible, prayer, and church.
  10. By knowing and encouraging his daughter, a daddy can help her be secure in who God made her to be.
  11. By acknowledging his own faults, flaws, and failures, a daddy helps his daughter learn how to be honest about her own struggles.
  12. In accepting his daughter as a gift from the Lord, a daddy sees her as a treasure and helps her to also see herself as a treasure.
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