Psalm 128: 1-2 (MSG) All you who fear GOD, how blessed you are! How happily you walk on his smooth straight road! You worked hard and deserve all you’ve got coming. Enjoy the blessing! Revel in the goodness!3-4 Your wife will bear children as a vine bears grapes, your household lush as a vineyard, The children around your table as fresh and promising as young olive shoots. Stand in awe of God’s Yes. Oh, how he blesses the one who fears GOD! 5-6 Enjoy the good life in Jerusalem every day of your life. And enjoy your grandchildren. Peace to Israel!

I just want to give a Happy Father’s Day shout out to all our Word Cup Dad’s Happy Father’s Day to you! And a special shout out to Pastor James Baker my Husband… He is a great Father that loves unconditionally and with all his heart. He shows his daughters how a real man should treat them so they know to set their standards high when choosing that man in their life. And last but not least he leads by example as a Great Man after God’s own heart! I celebrate you Pastor James Baker Jr. for a Job well done!!!!

Lady Robin Baker

Today’s Word: From Pastor Baker

In recent days, I reflected upon what was going on with me and why was I an affectionate man. First, this hugging and affection thing didn’t happen for me because I grew up without my father. I realized that it’s difficult to be what you don’t see and difficult to give what you didn’t have. And, in my case, I did see affection from my late dad, and so it was easier for me to give it to my own daughter once she was born. In fact, my beloved late Mom was even more affectionate, so it was so much easier for me to pass on at least a loving legacy to my daughter that I had inherited from my both my parents. But I do realize since my time in Ministry service that all children don’t have what I grew up having and they do deserve it!

Second, I determined that children have a “hole in their soul” in the shape of their dads, and if fathers are unable or unwilling to connect with them physically, emotionally, and spiritually, it can leave a wound that is not easily healed. I have since discovered that many Dads have affection issues as a result of unhealed wounds from years of feeling neglected and less than worthy. Over the years, many dads have learned to stuff these feeling away as if they didn’t matter, but they clearly do. What kind of Dad are you? Or what kind of Dad did you grow up with?

Interestingly, it was the act of truly embracing my role as a father that helped to heal me because it required me to love not only my daughter Ashley, but also myself. It became clear that I couldn’t really love my child – the way that God wanted and needed me to, unless I did some “work” on myself. (I don’t know who I am talking to today)

I am grateful for having affection in my life early and just wanted to encourage some father’s to get to work. In reflecting, I noticed that an interesting thing happened when I hugged and kissed my daughter. She hugged and kissed me back, even when I didn’t expect her to. It was as if she needed to give affection as much as she needed to receive it. And, as a child, so did I. And how about you? Yes Dads we have to connect with our children in an intimate way.

The importance of fatherhood is more than I can write, and I have met other wounded souls, adults and children, who long for the special love and affection that only good fathers, can give. Yes, I am blessed with their burden. Nevertheless Happy Father’s day Kingdom men of God!

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Kingdom Blessings,

Pastor James Baker, Jr.

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