I have an earthly father who has unconditionally loved me always and raised me with the values and morals shared in the Bible without realizing he was. I’m thankful for a father who believed in discipline and responded to the words “I hate you” with “Your welcome” ~ because he knew one day I would thank him. I never stopped loving my father, yet the anger and disappointment stirred up such a grr… inside of me, I spewed terrible words out of my mouth…I’m sorry Dad!! You were right, I’m thankful for your discipline ~ you’ve made me the person I am today (with Mom’s help of course, lol).
Another reason this blog was a challenge is because my loving father-in-law is no longer with us. This stirred up the reminder of those of you whose fathers have already passed away. Although we can’t visit my father-in-law, we will visit the cemetery for a time of prayer and remembrance. We’ll enjoy the beautiful flowers his sisters and mother have planted as we look to the future, knowing we will see him again in heaven!!
I’m so thankful for a dad that lived by example and always was honest with me. I could and still can go to my father with and for anything. He answers in truth, wisdom and love. I may not always like his answers yet I return to him for guidance. Why? Because he knows what I need to hear and knows that when I go to him, I’m looking for the honest answer not one of assurance. Yes my father provides assurance and encouragement daily yet it is the honest and straight-forward guidance, even in my adulthood that strengthens and continues to grow me into a seasoned adult.
The more I think about my relationship with my Dad, the more I realize the importance of running to God with our problems, questions, hopes, desires, concerns and need for honest answers. God is faithful and will answer in truth and love. He might answer yes, or no and possibly not right now BUT God answers ALL prayers. We need only go to Him for guidance ~ open up our Bibles and read His words!! All truth! I will continue to run to my Daddy as long as he is with me knowing I’m blessed with an Heavenly Father who will not die and is available 24/7 even when He calls my precious Daddy home. I pray to see my Dad in heaven one day, to know I can spend eternity with my Dad…tears once again.
We need to remember our Heavenly Father on Father’s day too – He gave the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus. Whatever the reasons ~ this has been a wonderful blog to pray over and write the past few weeks. I hope it touches your heart, urges you to call or visit your father and most importantly…I hope you look to your Heavenly Father and thank Him.
This song and blog is dedicated to my Dad – I love you!!!
Hebrews 1:3 - "The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven."