Whom Shall I Fear When Daddy’s Near

little girl with her daddy

He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.  Mal 4:6

I was never what one would call a “Daddy’s girl.”   As a matter of fact I always felt like my Dad hated me.  Not only hated me, but despised me.   I grew up feeling abandoned and worthless because I had very little visible acknowledgement of my father’s love for me.  He never wrapped his arms around me.  He never seemed happy to see me.  He never let me sit in his lap or hug him, He never told me he loved me.  He was almost always angry and unapproachable….

…he became stiff-necked and hardened his heart and would not turn … 2 Chron 36:13

…and I had a penchant for dwelling on the negative and not seeing my Dad’s hard work to provide for his family, and his faithfulness in remaining with his family, as so many men nowadays abandon their children.  I don’t share these things for sympathy, but to show others who have felt this way that there is hope.  Not only hope, but  a love so deep and so wide…

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whosoever  believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

A Daddy’s love that they have been longing for, so much better than any earthly Daddy could give.

I’m asking God to give you a gift from the wealth of his glory. I pray that he would give you inner strength and power through his Spirit.  Then Christ will live in you through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation.  This way, with all of God’s people you will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is.  You will know Christ’s love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God.  Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.  Glory belongs to God in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time and eternity! Amen. Ephesians 3:16-21

I know now that what I experienced as a little girl was from Satan and the sin that surrounds all of us in this fallen cursed world ruled by the enemy.

Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Ephesians 6:12

I’m positive Jesus used all of that evil to draw me to His love.

And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

One must first experience hatred before profound love can truly be known on a deeper level.

“Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – for she loved  much.  But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:47

When Jesus drew me out of darkness His love shown so brightly it burned itself on my heart.  I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father!

He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.  John 14:21

This leads me to thoughts of the other day.  An incident happened that reaffirmed my Heavenly Father’s love for me, and since it keeps coming back to me I feel compelled…

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 2 Cor 5:14

…to share it with others.

So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.” Matthew 13:34-35

My husband and I were at the local library.  It is a beautiful newer library along the river with this wall of windows overlooking the river.  Those windows entice one to enjoy our Father’s world.  As I was looking out them from a distance, the snow was falling at this tender gentle pace, and the Holy Spirit sweetly drew my heart to come and enjoy God’s handy work.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth… Genesis 1:1

As I was walking toward the window the Holy Spirit quickened me to notice the cute little girl in pigtails to my left, dressed all in pink.  She was running parallel to me toward the window, too.  She had this excited, joyful, giggling, little stinker air about her as she toddled ran.  Her very handsome Daddy was not too far behind her following her as she giggled and jiggled to a stop in front of the windows at the exact same time that I did.  Hands splayed, splat against the window, (her, not me) she touched her nose to the glass to see the snow falling.  As her body pressed against the window, she gave her Daddy a sideways glance, knowing that he was right behind her.  She giggled some more as he picked her up and carried her to the exit.

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.  Is 46:4

Jesus showed me by parable…

The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”  He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.”  Matthew 13:10

…in that moment that not only did He prepare the scene of gently falling snow along the river before my eyes that drew me there, but that He Himself, my Heavenly Father,  was going behind me even as he prepared the living parable beside me of a little girl, the snow, and her Daddy.

Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable.  Matthew 13:34

I felt encompassed by His compassionate love and favor, knowing that He was surrounding me with Himself.

For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:12

If you do not know Jesus, I pray that you would read about him and find out for yourself this great love that He has for His Children.  If you do know Jesus I pray that He would draw you deeper into His passion for you.

Purify me from sin with hyssop, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.  Psalm 51:7

Heavenly Father,  The world cannot see you.  One must be born again to see the kingdom of God.  I thank you that you created this world as a living parable to the secrets and mysteries of your eternal home.  God grant all who read my blog the eyes and ears of a little child to hear and see their Heavenly Father.  Thank you for giving me the gift of faith through the hearing of Your Word.  Thank you for every eye and ear that sees and hears this blog.  In your mighty name, Jesus’ Amen.

Christ has died, and more importantly, he was brought back to life. Christ has the highest position in heaven. Christ also intercedes for us.  What will separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can trouble, distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, or violent death separate us from his love?  As Scripture says: “We are being killed all day long because of you. We are thought of as sheep to be slaughtered.”  The one who loves us gives us an overwhelming victory in all these difficulties.  I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love which Christ Jesus our Lord shows us. We can’t be separated by death or life, by angels or rulers, by anything in the present or anything in the future, by forces  or powers in the world above or in the world below, or by anything else in creation. Romans 8:34-39

About lifevine

Hi! My name is Amy. I am a former atheist and, for a season, practiced witchcraft. God drew me out of darkness 20 years ago and gave me the spiritual gifts of knowing and faith. He gives me daily encouragement and affirmation and I hope to share Him with you. If you have not yet met the one true God, His name is Jesus Christ, and may I be the first to introduce you to Him? He is the Restorative Savior God promised Adam and Eve 6,000 years ago (Genesis 3:15) after they had sinned in the garden, bringing separation from God because of disobedience. It is rightly reported that a little over 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem He was born of a virgin, lived a blameless perfect life in and around Jerusalem, died on a cross on Golgotha for the world's sin, and 3 days later rose again. YES! ROSE AGAIN! AMAZING! Please get baptized in His name, and walk in an eternal restored fellowship with Christ. You can get to know Him by reading, marking, and inwardly digesting His Word.... His Holy Bible.
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2 Responses to Whom Shall I Fear When Daddy’s Near

  1. Thank you for sharing this, Amy.
    I was very blessed with loving parents, which was helpful in my receiving God’s love. I can certainly see where having an earthly father who is contrary makes it hard for one to believe in a loving Heavenly Father. I’m so glad that you see how God has prepared your way to Jesus. I am, though, saddened by your dad missing out on giving you the love you needed as a child…surely you would have happily returned it.
    Peace to all!

    • lifevine says:

      I always wonder what it could have been like if my Dad would have been actively seeking out God. But we know that in all things God works to the good for those who love him and have been called according to his purpose. It still is somewhat of a stronghold to see the love of our Heavenly Father. I’m sure that is why the trinity called to me first through The Son. I could relate more easily to Him first. The Counselor is slowly introducing me to the Father, and oh what a loving Father he is! I am sad that my Dad missed out on expressing hugs and compassion, but know that God redeems every thing, Praise Jesus! I would have happily returned his love if I had been allowed/permitted. It is good to see my Dad with his grandkids now. He at least can hug them and tell them he loves them…something he very rarely did with any of his own kids. I see that as him in some small way making up for what was lost between our Father daughter relationship. Thinking about it, I would much rather my son reaped a closer relationship with his Grandpa if that is what it took. I am blessed. Thanks Jennifer for your comments. I look forward to hearing other’s thoughts. I am so happy for you that you had that loving relationship. His love endures forever and I look forward to sharing it with you now, and when our faith becomes sight. In Jesus’ love and peace, Amy

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