My Father’s Rich You Know

My father’s rich you know and I’ll tell you why? He spends hours playing softball with me. He shows me how to hold a bat. He yells run fast. See my father takes time with me, because my father’s rich you know.

He spends hours at the river with me. Throwing me in and listening to me giggle with glee. He yells swim and then yells, “Let’s do it again.” See my father has time to spend with me because he’s rich you know.

He spends hours at playing board games with me and showing me the correct moves to make. He is there always encouraging me along the way. My father takes time with me, because he’s rich you know.

He spends hours talking with me, telling stories, and instructing me. He sure has a lot of wisdom. He tells me that I am one of a kind and very special to him. I love to talk to my father and I love his help. See my father takes time with me, because he’s rich you know.

He spends hours telling me about his rich heavenly Father. His heavenly Father sent his son, Jesus, to die for our sins. God cannot look on sin and that is why he sent his son Jesus who is holy and who has no sin. By Jesus’ blood, we receive something like a bar of soap that washes away our sins. When we say we believe in Jesus, we receive a bath, one that washes sin away. Being free of sin, we can stand before God and receive a big hug. My father says God loves us so very much and that is why he sent His Son – Jesus to die for us. I want to stand in line and get a hug – don’t you?

You see my heavenly Father like my father cares about me and always takes time for me. My heavenly Father is extremely RICH you know.

Rena K. Oynes

Published by rko777

I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

13 thoughts on “My Father’s Rich You Know

  1. Your Father must have been a Sunday School teacher. Is that where you got your love of teaching children from?

  2. My wonderful Mom was a Sunday School Teacher and Dad would hear the stories from her. He then was able to tell the Story of Jesus.

  3. Rena, your poem shows an example of the priceless value that father’s can pour into their children’s lives when they take the time to teach and train them about Jesus and their Heavenly Father. It’s something of an eternal value that no money can buy or any other activity replace.

  4. Rena,I love hearing about your mom & dad. You and your siblings were very blessed that the Lord God put you in that particular family. He certainly knew what He was doing. Your dad sounds great and I know you will always honor his memory.
    Your dad was like God the Father in that Father God was a Planter and a Sower as was your dad. In Is. 28:23-29, The Lord God gives counsel on planting and threshing and harvesting in fine detail. The Lord knows how to plant and farm. Your daddy did, too.

  5. Rena,
    Thanks for sharing your poem. I know you are grateful to have had a father who was “rich you know”! And I am so grateful for our Heavenly Father, who loved us enough to send His one and only Son, to die on that cruel cross, for ALL mankind!

  6. That brings back many fond memories of how dad always took time for us even though he was busy with work. I know I still remember each day at 4 o’clock my phone would ring after I started having seizures and he would check to see that I was o’kay and he let me know he was there for me if I needed him

  7. Yes Connie Dad always seemed to have time with his busy schedule. When he was about 35 he had a heart attack which made him aware that life was short. This was quite a shock for the family. Later when his own father died was the time that he turned his life to Jesus. I will always remember the day he buried his father. He cried and cried and cried. His dad had renounced God and he said it was as if he was burying an animal – it was so cold. From that day on he put everything into knowing Jesus. He did not want to leave this earth without Jesus. He became “Rich You Know” at that time. He was one of the fortunate ones that God had mercy on an he lived to embrace Jesus.

  8. Praise God that your dad’s name was written in the Book of Life and he was one of the ones that the Father gave to Jesus to keep for eternity. We shall all see him when we get to Heaven!!

  9. Connie and Rena, sounds like your dad’s ‘rich’ experiences caused him to place the proper perspective on the important things in life. It reminds me of this scripture.
    1 Timothy 6:6-7, 17-19 — “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. … Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

  10. Debi,
    Thanks for the scriptures in 1Timothy. Here are the footnotes for verse 6. “This statement is the key to spiritual growth and personal fulfillment. We should honor God and center our desires on Him, and we should be content with what God is doing in our lives.”

  11. Yep, ‘we should be content with what God is doing in our lives.” A big fat tall order for some of us!!!!

    Needles, give us another shot! What does your footnotes say about: Matthew 23:9 (NIV) And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”

  12. Actually, I have footnotes for verses 5-7 and 11-12, but no footnotes for 9? I’ll share the footnotes for these verses. I’m not sure why there are no footnotes for verse 9? (5-7)”Jesus again exposed the hypocritical attitudes of the religious leaders. They knew the Scriptures but did not lie by them. They didn’t care about being holy–just looking holy in order to receive people’s admiration and praise. Today, like the Pharisees, many people say they know the Bible but do not let it change their lives. They say they follow Jesus, but they don’t live by his standards of love. We must make sure that our actions match our beliefs. People desire positions of leadership not only in business but also in the church. It is dangerous when love for position grows stronger than loyalty to God. This is what happened to the Pharisees and teachers of religious law. Jesus condemned leaders who serve themselves rather than others.” (11-12) “Jesus challenged society’s norms. To him, greatness comes from serving–giving of yourself to help God and others. Service keeps us aware of others’ needs, and it stops us from focusing only on ourselves. Jesus came as a servant. What kind of greatness do you seek?”

  13. Rena this was an awesome poem. Your Dad sounds like he is a precious man. You are blessed to have such an awesome role model. Now I understand why you are so precious. May God Bless you and Your

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