As we honor our earthly Fathers for all the wonderful things they have done for us. Maybe he would blow bubbles with you. Perhaps your’s like mine would take you out on outings as a kid that was code for once the shopping was done we were going to Thrifty’s for ice cream. May be he played ball with you and taught you all about sports. Perhaps he would swing with you. Maybe he had many business trips but would always bring home a gift for you to remind you that he had been thinking of you the whole time.
Or perhaps your dad was absent or worse yet abusive with either his words or deeds or both. You may have nothing but bad memories of your father and the idea of celebrating this day is more than you can handle.
Perhaps your like me and your father is no longer a live and this day is just a reminder of what you are missing.
May I encourage you that we can honor a Father that loves like no other! He is there for the hurting and wants to ease your burden.
I know there are a thousand questions for those of us who have been abused and/or witnessed abuse that we could ask our Heavenly Father, “Why would you allow that to happen to me?”
All I know is His ways are higher than mine and His thoughts higher than mine. I’ve come to a point that there are things that I will not understand this side of heaven. I’m alright with that. There is so much that He has done for me that I can trust in His love and honor Him this Father’s Day as the awesome Father that He is!
Please take a step of faith with me and no matter what kind of earthly father you have and honor our Heavenly Father. For He is at work, working all things for our good. That is something we can praise Him for and there is oh so much more. His grace, mercy, love, righteousness, justice, majesty and glory. He offers that grace to all who will accept it, and merciful on those who call on Him. He lives to love us. Where would the world be if He weren’t righteous? His majesty humbles us and puts us in right standing with Him. His glory is to shine through us to bring others to Him. What more could you ask of a Father.
How about one that keeps track of every tear ever cried and hurts that you hurt. He wants to take that hurt away. And replace it with His love and forgiveness. Two very powerful attributes.
He wants to fill the emptiness that human fallible fathers could not fill. That is why He wants us to turn to Him so strongly.
While you’re honoring your earthly father take some time today to consider honoring your Heavenly Father. If that means giving your life to Him because you have yet to do that then ask forgiveness for your sins, thank Him for what Christ did on the cross for you and decide that you are going to live differently from now on. Get into the Word of God so that you know how to live, and find a growing church body to be a part of. If that means recommitting your life to God so be it. Get in right standing with Him and do all you can to not fall away again. If you are in good standing with God praise Him for all that He has done for you and all that you may have taken for granted.
Have a blessed Father’s Day!
Joy – A Woman After God’s Own Heart!