I love my daughter.  As she prepares for adulthood there is so much I want her to know and experience.  But yesterday, Ike Reighard, the senior pastor of Piedmont Church in Marietta, GA, summed up everything I was feeling.  His incredible message “What I would want my girls to know if I wasn’t here tomorrow” if a must-listen-to by all fathers.  You can click HERE to hear Ike’s sermon on-demand.

The following are 39 Things All Fathers Should Want Their Daughters To Know I captured from Ike’s message.  Every point is a quote from him.  Get ready to be inspired and equipped as a father!

  1. I wanted stability for them.
  2. If you obey God you will prosper in your life.
  3. The Christian life is a marathon.
  4. I want you to know how much I love you.
  5. I’m proud to be your dad.
  6. You don’t have to find a prince to be a princess.  You’re already a princess because your Heavenly Father is a king.
  7. My priorities are my faith, my family, and my friends.
  8. I always wanted to be a father my kids would not be embarrassed to bring their friends home to.
  9. I want you to be saved and know Him as Lord.
  10. Follow the Lord in baptism.
  11. Serve Jesus with your life.
  12. Use the SALT Principle.  See people as Jesus sees them.  Accept people as Jesus accepts them. Love people as Jesus loves them.  Treat people as Jesus treats them.
  13. Become students of prayer.
  14. Master your Bible.
  15. If your delight is right, your desires will be right.
  16. Join a church that exalts Jesus.  You can downplay Jesus by almost making the cross irrelevant.
  17. Be a lady at all times.  Have dignity.
  18. Be a leader, not a follower.
  19. Do what’s right, not what’s easy.  A committed heart looks for solutions.  An uncommitted heart looks for an escape.
  20. Keep yourself sexually pure for your husband.
  21. Date only a Christian because you don’t know when you’re going to fall in love.
  22. Marry a guy who will be your spiritual leader.
  23. Choose your friends slowly and leave them even slower.
  24. Empower your vision.
  25. Have personal accountability.  Hard work always proceeds blessings.
  26. Always give more than you take.
  27. Your choices today = Your lifestyle tomorrow.
  28. You get to make choices.  You don’t get to choose the consequences.
  29. Experience victory.
  30. God’s will is what we would all choose if we had all the facts.
  31. Get an education.  Learn to love reading.
  32. Choose a job you can love.  You can earn a living or live a life.
  33. Don’t be afraid to fail.
  34. Be a goal setter.
  35. Begin with end in mind.
  36. Learn to listen.
  37. Stay out of debt.  Money is a wonderful servant but a terrible master.
  38. Never, ever give up.
  39. Believe God to do great things in your life.

What is one thing from this list you need to tell your daughter(s) today?


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