We talk about Ed’s namesake and about what he placed his identity in as a male in western culture. After a football injury, Ed questioned his identity. When Ed experienced a spiritual healing after a spiritual conversation, his journey with the Lord began. He was overwhelmed with the Gospel and how it radically changes lives. What occurred then was a journey with the Lord that leads to his ministry today. Ed wrote the book that we focus mainly on today, “The Difference A Father Makes”, and has spent his life talking with others about what the lack of a Godly father can do in your life, but how the Lord coming into your life can give you a holy identity and an eternal purpose. He also leads Blessing of the Father Ministries.
He broke the cycle of the lack of fatherly wisdom after he accepted the Lord by blessing his daughter’s lives through pointing them back to Jesus.
Ed describes that the words spoken over young men by their fathers shape how those young men see themselves. Those young men grow up and have children and try to find their identity in fatherhood, which drives their sons to performance because of that pressure put on them. This then leads into a unhealthy cycle of hurt boys becoming hurt men.
We talk about how at the root of each of us is the question if we are seen and loved, and how parents can show that love and how the Lord also sees and loves each of us unconditionally.
Ed speaks to those that have never had a Godly example in their lives, are divorced, or have a hard relationship with their father and gives wisdom and hope through scripture for who these people are in Christ. “The Lord chooses us so that He can adopt us as sons and daughters.”
We also speak on the importance of fathers in the lives of their daughters. Ed encourages us women to not let our identity lie in who our father or husband is. We were created to thrive! But too often we seek our identity in other things when we don’t have an example of a Godly father. We must fully put who we are in our Heavenly Father. When we see Jesus as “enough”, we will then teach our children that Jesus is enough for them as well.
This is an episode for everyone, and a topic I know is important in our society today. Please listen and be refreshed and encouraged.
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