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Oh, Heavenly Father

April 25, 2013

Her Story, My Story, Your Story
April 25, 2013, Sharon

[God said] ”I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,” (2 Corinthians 6:18).

Once upon a time, not so very long ago or far away, a baby girl was born to parents who could not keep her. Neither parent was willing to release her for adoption, but neither was able to care for her. So while the legal system shuffled her case back and forth, the baby girl grew into a toddler in a foster home.

Her care was certainly adequate, her physical needs were met, and she never went hungry. Her clothes, though not new, were never dirty. Her toys, though not her own, were always sufficient. This little girl was not mistreated or abused, and yet, in her heart was a hollow space. She desperately wanted what she had never had—a mommy and a daddy of her own.

Only a few doors from the foster home lived a kind couple with a teenage son. The family wanted a little girl, the little girl needed a family, and the details of a trying and lengthy adoption were worked out. And while this little girl received a wonderful mommy and an adoring big brother, her relationship with her daddy was extra special.

Ashley was two-years-old when she entered his life. She was thin, pale, and clingy. By the time the adoption was finally complete, she was almost three. Ashley had never seen the ocean, eaten a Happy Meal, or slept in a bed in a room of her own. A few months after the adoption, Ashley traveled to the beach for her first family reunion.

She was overwhelmed with excitement and pride. She had received so much so fast, and it was hard to take it all in. Ashley asked everyone she met if they were part of her family. “Are you my aunt?” “Are you my uncle?” “Are you my cousin?” She ran from person to person showering hugs and kisses on her newly acquired family. “l love you!” she told them. “I love you all!”

When her new daddy took her to McDonald’s for the first time, Ashley didn’t join the other children on the playground equipment. She was too busy asking important questions: “Do you have a daddy? I have a daddy! See, that’s my daddy over there,” she exclaimed with excitement and wonder. “Isn’t he wonderful?”

“What’s your name?” she asked. “My name is Ashley JordanAmbrose, just like my daddy. I’m named after my daddy!”

Five years later, tanned, transformed, and confident, Ashley returned to the annual family reunion. This time she brought a scrapbook of pictures to share with anyone who would sit still long enough to look and listen.

“This is my story,” she would say. “See, this is where I lived before Mommy and Daddy adopted me. They picked me out special. See, this is my room now. It’s all my own. And these are my toys and my own clothes, and here’s a picture of my kitty and one of my dog and . . .”
Ashley has love overflowing for everyone, but no one is higher on her list than her daddy. He knows how to polish toenails, drip sand castles, tie hair ribbons, hold her in the night—and he calls her his little princess.

I love that story, because you see, I too have been adopted by my Heavenly Father – and He calls me his little princess. And friend, that is also true for you.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, O how I love You. Thank you for adopting me into Your family and making me Your child. Thank You for being my heavenly parent who loves me unconditionally, cares for me unendingly, and provides for all my needs. I am so blessed to be Your child.
In Jesus’s Name,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Look up these verses and note what you learn about being a child of God.
Romans 8:15-17
2 Corinthians 6:18
1 John 3:1

Make a list of characteristics of the perfect father. Now put a check by the ones that you have experienced in God.

Leave a comment and tell me 5 of your favorite characteristics of God as Your Heavenly Father.

Want More?
I don’t know about you, but for most of us, life doesn’t usually turn out the way we had hoped. Broken dreams litter life. But here’s the good news! God has a purpose and a plan. HE has a more amazing plan for you than you ever imagined. If you have lost sight of your dreams, grab onto God’s hand and travel to a place you thought you’d never find. The dreams God had planned for you all along. I’m offering a special offer to my blog readers for the month of April. Buy 1 copy of 5 Dreams of Every Woman: God’s Plan for Fulfilling Your Dreams and get one free. When you purchase 1 copy, we’ll ship you 2. It won’t show up on your receipt, but 2 will show up in your package. This is only for the month of April. Only for my blog readers.

Comments:

Good Morning Sharon,
I like reading your daily devotions. I just skimmed the first chapter of your book “5 Dreams” and will have to read it later tonight. I’m considering ordering, but am hesitant as I am still recovering from a painful divorce and have two daughters that I feel have missed out on the love they deserve from their daddy. Some of the quotes and stories bring tears becasue it’s what I so want for them and although they are practically grown young women, they still need that love. Although I know God provides that pure love for each of us, I’m still at the stage of fighting back tears and sadness with this situation. I will commit to read it tonight and then determine if I’m ready to order. I know God is using you to speak to women and I will prayerfully consider it.
Thank you, your new friend,
Gloria

April 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm
REPLY
Five of my favourite characteristics of God as my Abba Father.
1. Blessings through boundaries
2. Restoration through healing, just because God can.
3. Strength provided when I turn to Him.
4. Peace in the knowledge of God being in absolute control.
5. Contentment because I have no needs with God as my focus.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil.4:17
Ruth.

April 25, 2013 at 1:42 pm
REPLY Your comment is awaiting moderation.
Loving, protective, giving, defender and ever-present in my life, other than Jesus Christ, I only know a hand full of others who have and still do. That story is also mine in part, instead of the father God provides a spouse who acts and talks like Him!

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