42 Things To Thank Your Father For, Today And Every Day

42 Things To Thank Your Father For, Today And Every Day

Behind every great daughter is a truly amazing dad.
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We all have people in our life that are extremely important to us. For me, one of those individuals is my father. My dad has been there for me (literally) my entire life, and has supported me through the ups, downs, and in-betweens of everything I've faced in the past 21 years.

Sometimes it's the people that are the most important to us that we forget to appreciate because we tend to assume they understand our immense gratitude, love, and respect without us verbally expressing it. They've been there through thick and thin, and there is no doubt they will never leave our side. In honor of Father's Day having just passed, here's a shout out to the awesome dads in this world. Thanks for all that you have done, continue to do, and will do throughout our lives.

Here are 42 reasons to thank your father today and every day.

1. For spending time with you after a long day of work.

2. For teaching you how to ride your first bike, and eventually drive your first car.

3. For being Santa Claus.

4. And the Tooth Fairy.

5. And the Easter Bunny.

6. For teaching you financial responsibility.

7. And for remedying the destruction of your first credit card when that lesson eventually failed.

8. For allowing you the freedom to become who you want to be.

9. And supporting all of your dreams while still keeping you somewhat in check.

10. Teaching you the value of money and items, but spoiling you nonetheless.

11. Corny dad jokes.

12. Sneaking junk food with you when mom said no.

13. Your love of action films.

14. For driving you everywhere in the good ol' pre-license days.

15. For paying for gymnastics/cheer/dance/other classes.

16. And for college, your sorority, clothes, food, and all those other things that you absolutely need to have .

17. Essentially for being your personal bank of which you are a VIP Platinum level member who also happens to be very much in debt but are constantly graced.

18. For having good intentions, even if he can be overly protective.

19. For vehemently standing up for you if anyone ever puts you down or hurts your feelings.

20. Teaching you the true meaning of respecting others.

21. Embarrassing you in public.

22. Always calling you beautiful and pretty even if you're dressed in sweats and not wearing makeup.

23. For giving you everything you've wanted, within reason.

24. For playing basketball, tennis, and catch with instead of just lazing around all day.

25. Teaching you how to fix a dead battery, flat tire, and other car issues.

26. And picking up the phone and coming immediately during an inevitable car issue because turns out you don't remember how to fix it.

27. Working so hard to provide the family a good life.

28. Even though you still don't really understand what he does.

29. Always eating more than you at the dinner table so you don't feel like you overate.

30. For bear hugs.

31. And tucking you in at night.

32. Making sure you got up in time to go to school during the dreaded middle school/high school days.

33. For being proud of you no matter what the outcome.

34. And loving you unconditionally, no matter how many times you mess up.

35. For fixing everything you break.

36. Doing your taxes.

37. Making you laugh, even when you're upset.

38. Forgiving you for driving over that once patch of lawn each time you back out of the driveway, even though you ruin it each time he fixes it.

39. Actually, pretty much forgiving you for everything of his that you break.

40. Taking care of the pet hamster and cleaning its cage even though 10-year-old you said that you would.

41. Daddy-Daughter dances.

42. For telling you the only gift he ever wants is spending time with you.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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The Thank-You Your Parents Deserve For The Sacrifices They've Made

Sadly, this is one they've never heard.

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We're getting into that stage of our lives. The one where you are away from home or starting to distance yourself, but the relationship between you and your parents is strengthening. College has taught me the value of my parents. Their value is more than the money their bank account and how often they were able to make it to high school soccer games. It's so much deeper than that.

If you have EVER fought with your parents, you've heard the phrase "You'll understand someday when you're a parent." What an excuse, right? No, not really. Being a parent is hard; it's something that I couldn't even imagine doing now or in the next five years.

Since college, I've grown so much closer to both my parents and honestly it's one of the best things that has happened to me. In high school, I was the definition of a hormonal teenager. Fighting with my dad every day and ignoring my mom when the walk got hard. Now, I call them to tell them what kind of smoothie I got for lunch. College taught me how to make not just more of a father/mother-son relationship, but a friendship with my parents. That's not what I'm here to thank them for, though.

I'm thankful for the sacrifices. There's so many that I don't know about, but I know they exist. Working countless hours to give my brother and me what we want or even sacrificing their own happiness for me is something that I can't comprehend yet. I know that being a parent is hard and that sacrifices are in call but being a parent is a full-time job. I've come to realize that a lot of my parent's lives got put on the backburner because they wanted to give me the best life possible, but I have to recognize the sacrifices.

I have been so blessed to have an amazing life. I've been provided for, and my parents have busted their butts to make sure I had everything possible to make me happy. Not just material things; they gave me all of the opportunities possible to succeed in life. They've skipped events with their friends to spend time with me while I'm home from college, even if it's us sitting in the living room on our phones all night.

Mom and Dad, I appreciate you more than you know. The words that I've written are just a quarter of the love and appreciation I have for you — words cannot describe how I feel. Thank you for all of the sacrifices you've made for me. I know I am where I'm at right now because of the hard work you've put into me, and I hope that I can make you proud.

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