For the first post, I wanted to give you a little background behind the blog and the person writing it. The concept of starting a blog came from the challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak. I had just started my efforts in getting the fatherhood program on its feet when the outbreak hit. As a result, I had found myself sitting on some excellent resources, a plethora of topics to cover, and few clients. And so, I found myself needing to get creative with a medium for communicating information that I have been gathering. That is how this blog came to be.
I have never been a blogger before. In fact, I don’t think I have written much that wasn’t for a class. However, I have a strong passion for seeing men become the fathers that they crave to be. One of the most motivating responses I have received over the years from past clients has been, “yeah, I actually think I can do that!” I found power behind messages that are clear in content and application. I am not aiming to write a best-selling novel. I want you, as the reader, to feel like each post is a simple reminder of timeless truths that can be put into action today. I seek to share whatever wisdom I may have attained from others in a way that does not condemn, but respectfully calls us to action. Make no mistake, I will be challenging myself with these messages as well. We all have room to grow as fathers.
When I was a teenager, I was poured into by a youth pastor that spent a great deal of time teaching me not only what to think, but how to think. Often, we would sit at Outback Steakhouse or the local diner discussing life. We talked about faith, relationships, hobbies, passions, career paths, movies, music, and dreams. That is the vision that I have as I write to you. Though I may never get the chance to sit with you personally and enjoy some steak while I hear about the real you, I want you to know that I write each word as if we were. Additionally, I want you to know that I am living this out as best as I can myself. I too wish to be a better parent today than I was yesterday.
Let us grow together in our role as fathers. Come with me on this journey of self-discovery and personal development. It is my privilege to share what I have learned so far. I hope that you may always find freedom, hope, and encouragement with each message. Feel free to write back and share your thoughts; I want to hear them. Most importantly, may the foundation that you make for your family hold strong through all of life’s challenges.
Brian J. Faust
Brian J. Faust is the Fatherhood Program Coordinator of Rock Solid Fatherhood in Warsaw, IN. He is the husband of the world’s best wife and father of three beautiful girls. He has nearly a decade of mentorship and mental health experience. Brian has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Grace College. It is his desire to come alongside men of all walks of life as they embrace their role as partner and father with rock solid strength.