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Father of the Bride

Okay, this is the bit I really struggle with. Being a bit old-fashioned, I feel I must obtain consent of the bride to be’s father before popping the question. This was terrifying for me as a young fellow, but I did it nonetheless. I approached it from the moral position that if the father said no, then the whole thing would be off until I could somehow persuade him. Reason being that consent and authority are very important to me. Many years ago, I made a nerve-wracking special trip to my proposed bride’s rural residence (they lived a long distance away), waited until the right moment, then asked if I could marry his daughter. After a bit of general discussion and an evening walk with both parents, he and his wife said yes, and I ran off and asked my wife to marry me. Fortunately she said yes and 17 years and 7 children later we are still together.

So my dilemma is this – what father in a modern western culture is going to consent to his daughter becoming someone’s second wife (let alone third etc)? I really struggle to see it happening. And yet for me anyway, if a woman’s father is opposed to the practice, I really would not like to create rebellion; it would just be a no go for me.

Has anyone here actually asked the father of their polygamous bride for consent? How did it go?


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Prayer without a covering…


I have had something on my mind that I haven’t been able to get past for a couple of days. I am really seeking some outside input.

This is regarding the passage in the NT that discusses a woman praying and that she should not do so without a covering. My understanding is that either the woman’s father or husband are her covering. I am a single woman. So, that would kind of default to my father. But my father really isn’t in the picture in that way. So, my friend who is well-versed in the Word says, according to the word, it "dishonors her head" to pray without a covering.

So, does that really mean I’m not supposed to pray until I do have a covering?

I am on an endless journey to disspell the myths of religion that have been taught to me all my life, so I’m in a teachable state, but this is just one of those things that’s really hard to wrap my head around.

Thanks in advance for any comments.


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Prayers requested for John’s father

We just got word that my husband’s father is not doing well. For the past 5 years John Sr. has battled congestive heart failure compounded by an adverse reaction to a medication that severely damaged his liver. This last year things seemed to be looking much better for him, and we were hopeful that there might be a chance of his liver possibly healing some.

Today, though, we were told that his heart isn’t doing as well. If things go well, John Sr. will be able to undergo surgery where a stint will be put into place. There is the very possible chance that he will not make it through the surgery. It’s also possible that his heart will be too weak for them to proceed with the surgery. In that case, it will only be a matter of time before he passes.

I’m asking you for prayers of support. For obvious reasons, this is terribly hard on John. He’s holding up well, but the toll is still there. Please pray for my father in-law, John Sr. and for his wife, Betty. May the Lord give them strength to face this trial.

Thank you.



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Being a single mother, I spend a lot of time thinking about step parenting. If/When I get remarried, my new husband will instantly be a step-father. This is the biggest thing I look for when I am dating. "Father Potential". There is a country song by Brad Paisly Called "Didn’t have to be".

When a single mom goes out on a date with somebody new
It always winds up feeling more like a job interview
My momma used to wonder if she’d ever meet someone
Who wouldn’t find out about me and then turn around and run

I met the man I call my dad when I was five years old
He took my mom out to a movie and for once I got to go
A few months later I remember lying there in bed
I overheard him pop the question and prayed that she’d say yes

And then all of a sudden
Oh, it seemed so strange to me
How we went from something’s missing
To a family
Lookin’ back all I can say
About all the things he did for me
Is I hope I’m at least half the dad
That he didn’t have to be

You know he didn’t have to be

Its very fairy tale in the song, in walks prince charming and they live happily every after. In real life though, many children who enter a stepparenting blending are not happy about it, Or at least have hurdles that will need to be overcome. I havent seen a thread on stepparenting, if I missed it, I apoligize. Patience seems to be key, like parenting any child. Loving kindness and tender mercies, and lots of patience.


Keywords: [tag]parenting[/tag], [tag]father[/tag], [tag]song[/tag], [tag]mom[/tag]

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June 2010 Newsletter

Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

Hello, friends! Summer is just days away, and so is our big summer retreat, which remains our big news for this month – less than 3 weeks away, July 2nd-4th. It is not too late to request info and make your plans. Most families who are confirmed are planning to stay an extra night to the 5th, and we are very excited about the extra time for fellowship. This North Carolina mountain retreat is centrally located for everyone in the Eastern US (you westerners are welcome too!) We have multiple lodging options, and plenty to do for the children, and some interesting special sessions planned. Remember, we don’t post details here or online, you need to drop us a note at: retreats@biblicalfamilies.org to get the info, and ask questions. In last month’s newsletter we had more info on what makes the retreats so special, if you missed that, you can find it here.

That’s all of our news this month, as we are busy planning and praying for this event – please pray for those coming, and ask God if maybe you should still try to make it!

Thoughts on Family, by ‘Doc’

I was thinking about family and the future this week. As a child, my father and mother ran a honky-tonk, complete with blasting jukebox, pool tables and smoke hanging halfway in the air at all times. My mother passed away when I was seven, and my father, barely making ends meet trying to raise three boys, sought companionship and motherly help in a long succession of live-in girlfriends. In my teen years, he finally decided that we three boys would be better off living on a farm with his parents. All three of us graduated high school living under our grandparent’s roof.

The reason I share this is because my situation is not dissimilar to any number of people out there. When we were growing up, in many ways, we should have been considered damaged goods. We often joke that we didn’t just grow up on the other side of the tracks, we grew up ON the tracks (the train would go …


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