Friday, April 29, 2011

A Daughter's Heart is in Her Daddy's Hands.

 “It is a wise father who knows his own child.”
 -William Shakespeare

"A man's children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season."~ Anonymous

What can I say but "WOW!", my heart overflows as I try to type into words what my heart longs to express. To see our two beautiful daughters all dressed up tonight anticipating to spend some time with their father brought my heart such joy, words fall so short to express.

“Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.” ~Joseph Addison

"It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was."

I really think our culture fails to acknowledge the powerful effect that a father has on his children and how extremely vital he is in their lives. It hurts my heart to see so many without a godly father influence in their lives. I know there are circumstances beyond one's control and many times it cannot be helped and to all my single mother friends I commend you all and give you a HUGE heart hug I know how hard you ladies are working to pull it all together and lead your families I love you ladies!! <3

Fathers hold a place in their little girl's hearts that can never be filled by any earthly person! That's why it is so extremely vitally important to have time set aside for them. YOU are their world. I don't say that in the sense that they don't need mothers because let's face it we are needed too! But girl's look up to their dads to protect and provide in ways we can't. They long from a very young age to be accepted and completely loved by their daddy. You are the key to their future dads! How you treat them now will determine what kind of man they will marry some day. It will also affect how they view their Heavenly Father.

Children base their view of God on their relationship with their dad. Is he kind or hateful, loving or distant, humble or arrogant, compassionate or cold, does he accept me just as I am flaws and all or is he judgmental and constantly criticizing me and putting me down.   

I can't express enough the opportunity that fathers have right in front of them and I am not putting any father down I know there is a lot of weight and responsibility that you guys carry around daily and sometimes it seems so hard to bear but God must have thought you could handle it because he has placed you as the head of your household and the priest of your home. I don't blog this to tear you down or criticize you dads but to lift you up and encourage you to be what you were destined to be in Christ Jesus.  You have such an awesome and unique responsibility to your children, especially your daughter(s). You can influence them in ways no one else could ever. There are endless opportunities to teach, to laugh, to equip, and to love! Don't let those moments pass you by for they will never come around again. In the blink of an eye they are "all grown up" and on their own. Cherish the present moments for it is only the here and now that we are given as a guarantee.

“Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!”

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Crying out!

Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;he delivers them from all their troubles.
Psalm 55:17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.
Psalm 57: 2 I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me.
Psalm 84:2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

When most people think of crying out they think of yelling and pleading their case out loud for the whole world to hear and I understand that. I've even been guilty of doing that very thing before,many times. But there is one thing we need to consider the next time we've felt wronged or mistreated or snubbed by someone at church (yes even there) or been given a bad report and are angry or even having problems at home with your husband and/or kids. Although it is OK to be upset about it; What good does it do to go before people and pour out our woes? To empty EVERYTHING out before them...

Consider this what can man do to help? Yes they can listen and even give advice both good and bad but consider something carefully... Can they fix your problem?  I am not saying it is wrong to have a friend to confide in and tell your secrets to, I have my husband. But God the Creator of the Universe and King of our hearts desires to listen to you to be your confidant. It seems so natural and easy to go before Him and ask Him for this and that and then some. But we were created for so much more than that. We God created us in His image it was to fellowship with Him, to communion and dine with Him daily. Not just rush in quickly then rush out as if we were going to some doctor's appointment or standing in line waiting for santa at the mall.

Why not just first go before the King of kings and the Lord of lords and pour out your heart before Him. Take every part of your heart to be laid out before Him exposed and vulnerable. I know that involves risk it involves being real with Him but let's face it we can't hide from Him He already knows every detail He's just waiting on us to come to Him. You see when we take that step and move towards God then we give our permission for Him to move towards us. We are yielding to Him and inviting Him into our situation to speak life, to give us an answer, to be our shoulder. Now, is there always going to be an instant answer to the things we face, is God just going to wave a magic wand and make it all disappear...  NO WAY but when we let go and stop holding on when we give it to Him and don't wallow in the mud and pull other people into the mud with us something beautiful happens.... He makes all things new. 

It may or may not look the way you think it should look but just know something deep inside your knower GOD KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT HE'S DOING!!!  He has it under control and has a plan for exactly what is happening. TRUST HIM even when it's the hardest thing you'll ever do.