Heavenly Fathers Day

Holy Father – my Heavenly Father, how truly amazing is Your Name.

From the time you found me, lost and wounded by my own stupid choices, You have continued to affirm me as Your child, even though I seem to continually stumble and make mistakes.

You have dressed me in Your Robe of Righteousness, placed a crown of Glory on my head and an Ambassadorial ring on my finger, so that I can go in the Power of Your Loving Will upon this Earth and lead others back into Your Heavenly Kingdom.

Thank You for Jesus. For showing me that in Him and through Him, all my daily needs are and will always be met. And thank You for exchanging my hardened and horrible heart for a heart of soft flesh, so that I can open my heart and fingers and forgive those who have hurt me with the same Grace that You have shown me.

Thank You for Your Holy Spirit who walks with me and counsels me, so that I can walk away from whatever wants to tempt me away from my true walk with You.

Holy Father, thank Your for showing me that everything everywhere is Yours, all the Power is Yours and all the Glory belongs to You. With all creation I bend my knee, bow my head and praise You.

Amen! ❤️

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Saturday

… how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening.

And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours. (1 John 5:13)

I watched an amazingly touching video yesterday of a little 2 or 3 year old girl sobbing uncontrollably in a car with her daddy. He lets her out of her seat and while she’s standing on the seat he kept asking her what was wrong. She obviously found it hard to reply and wiping away her tears he kept gently probing. He kept up asking until finally he said “Do you want a hug?” And she melted into his arms.

There is no formula to achieving our Heavenly Father’s love. And we are created in His Image. ❤️

Friday

The Lord answered her, “Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? Are they really that important?

Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.” (Luke 10:41)

Sometimes, I see my life like the scene from the comedy Airplane where one of the passengers is seen slapping some sense into a woman who has lost the plot. And as the camera slowly pans back we see a long line of people all waiting for their turn …

So, how do we get out of Martha mode? By being like Mary and spending time with Jesus – the Christ (Saviour) of GOD, who knows just what we need and how to get it sorted. ❤️

Thursday

(Jesus speaking), “Do you believe in the Son of God?” (John 9:35)

This one is hard. When I read the parable my heart sank as I thought of all the times I’d prayed – but thought through a plan B…

How can we have a plan B (or C…), when we’re supposed to ‘know’ and ‘believe’ the One who holds our hearts?

Lord, I’m truly sorry for all the times I’ve prayed in faith, and then allowed my thoughts to generate a plan B – just in case you don’t come through. Draw me close enough to hear the words of your heart and trust you wholly. Amen. ❤️

Wednesday

Jesus asked the experts of the law and the Pharisees who were present, “Is it permitted within the law to heal a man on the Sabbath day? Is it right or wrong?”

No one dared to answer. So Jesus turned to the sick man, took hold of him, and released healing to him, then sent him on his way. Jesus said to them all,

“If one of your children or one of your animals fell into a well, wouldn’t you do all you could to rescue them even if it was a Sabbath day?” There was nothing they could say—all were silenced.” (Luke 14:3)

Jesus is simply trying to point out that GOD told us to take a ‘day off’ every week so as to recharge ourselves and enjoy life, but instead we turn it into a religious duty – dour and miserable.

Lord, help us to see ‘Church’ together as You have planned it. A daily walk of enjoyment, a daily adventure where we can meet a gazillion different characters who ALL reveal YOU. ❤️

Tuesday

(Jesus telling us the story of the prodigal son) “Then the son said, ‘Father, I was wrong. I have sinned against you. I could never deserve to be called your son. Just let me be—’

“The father interrupted and said, ‘Son, you’re home now!’” (Luke 15:21)

Our Heavenly Father knows our hearts. Even before we decide on anything, He knows exactly and perfectly what will happen.

We can be tempted to impersonalise Him and tempted to deny Him, but He knows when we’ve blown it and when we’re sorry … ❤️

Monday

The LORD is near to the heartbroken And He saves those who are crushed in spirit (contrite in heart, truly sorry for their sin). (Psa 34:18)

I just read something where a woman was complaining that her best friend never seemed to be with her during her times of trial and pain, yet she always seemed to appear some time later when things were fine again.

It seems I’ve walked this path many times over the years but to be honest, coping with my own pain isn’t HALF as bad as trying to be there for those you love in their pain. Nothing can ever prepare you for the tsunami of aching tears and torrent of sharp edged words that cut, slice and tear at your very soul.

But through the very heart of the Storm, GOD calls. He is near to the heartbroken and those crushed in spirit.

Lord Jesus, when all we seem to be able to do is cry also, help me to love as you do. ❤️