Category Archives: Love

A Letter to Papa

Minolta DSCPrecious Heavenly Father,

As we celebrate Father’s Day I wanted to take a moment to thank you for giving me life, for desiring me and planning for me from the beginning of time. I was not an accident or a chance encounter of sperm and egg; you planned for me. You thought so much of me that you personally knit me together. You even chose my parents, and…I even thank you for them, though at times I would have liked a different pair, I recognize I would not be who I am today if it had not in part been for them. I may not like certain things about my features but you say I am perfect – so I take your word for it.

 Thank you for wanting me when no one else did, for accepting me just as I am; weaknesses, faults and all. You saw the good in me when I didn’t even see it myself. You valued me when the world tossed me aside; they did not recognize that I was created in your image and could do all things through Christ who strengthened me. And what wonderful plans, purpose, and destiny, you had for me.

When I strayed you searched for me and brought me back into the fold. You fought for me when I did not have the strength to fight; all I had to do was be still and let you. You have spared and rescued me more times than I can count or will ever know. Thank you for being my refuge and all the times you sheltered me under your wings, near to your heart.

In this topsy-turvy crazy mixed up world, you give me strength equal to each day. I am thankful you are beside me and let me lean on you. And all these heavy burdens that come up in life – you let me hand them over to you and you fill me with peace. You give me hope when life has seems hopeless.

How can I even begin to thank you for everything in life; for all the blessings, joys, family, friends and the like? You have extended mercy and grace beyond measure. You have mentored me, allowed me to know your presence, to see the heart of a good Father, and to know you as friend. You let me know and experience your vast unconditional love, a love I could not begin to describe – nor ever earn; yet you freely give to me, simply because you love me.

Papa, I adore you so, you mean the world to me. Your truly are wonderful. You are the reason I can joyfully face each day and rest secure in the night. I love you not because I have to, but because I get to; you wooed me to yourself with your love and goodness. There is none that compares to you, my heart is forever yours.

Lovingly,

Your Adoring Child

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Grace, Grace

     100_7312Grace, grace – what amazing grace, you, Lord, extend to me. I am so thankful for such great grace. So undeserved yet freely and abundantly given to me.

     I deserved punishment, yet you blessed me instead. I deserved to be put out and cut off, but you welcomed me in as a beloved child. I deserved nothing from You, but You gave your all for me. Grace, grace – what amazing grace; thank you gracious Lord.

     I deserved death, yet You gave me life. I deserved to carry the weight of my sin, instead You carried it for me. I deserved not a thing You have done for me, but you did it all anyway. Grace, grace – what amazing grace, you, Lord, extended to me.

Not Done

forest-of-light-1502863-639x852I’m not done with you yet! I’ve been waiting for the moment to speak, when you are silent and ready to listen. I will not compete with all you let occupy your mind. I whisper gently calling to you, waiting for you to hear and turn your attention towards me. Now that I have it let me tell you how much I love you, how you are my heart’s desire. I long to be with you every moment of the day; you are my first thought – I long to be yours. I invite you to sit with me awhile. I have plans for you to know about, you still have a future, one with hope. It doesn’t matter what has happened to you or your errors, I am bigger than them all. I can use them and you for my glory, if you will allow me to. Hear my words precious one, let me love you and make myself known to you in new way; let me revive you – body, soul, and spirit; let me breathe fresh life into you.

Heart Beat

heart-beatYou are My heart’s desire, a treasure, one of great price which I willingly paid. Take my hand, let me show you the desire of my heart – do you see your reflection? All I have done – I have done for you, all with you on my mind. I extend my hand to you, a hand of love, of friendship, help, support, guidance and so much more. Take my hand; let me draw you in closer to Me, closer to my heart. Do you feel its beat, it beats for you, it beats with the tune of an intimate love song. Come let me lavish my love upon you and wrap you in My glory. Let me drape you in love and kindness, grace and mercy. Let me fill you with peace and joy unspeakable. Let me put my mark upon you that all the world will know you are mine, that you are My beloved.

Trust

baby-face-onlineI am there in the storm, in the middle of the night, at noon day so bright. You may not know or sense Me but I am there, just a whisper away. You can call on Me at any time and be assured I hear you. In my sovereignty I may not answer when and how you want, just hold on, keep your faith and hope, my ways and plans are perfect. You may not understand here and now why I did not seem to answer, yet one day you will see how my hand was in it, and the bigger plan. Faith, Hope and Love – never let them depart from you.

Unconditional Love

Orange HibI am the God of the universe; I am sovereign in all my ways. I can be trusted and depended on. I’m true to my word. I have not and will not fail you or leave you. My Son gave his all for you; I allowed this because of my great love for you. If I allowed Him to go through what he did, surely I would not abandon you now. There is nowhere you can go that I am not, no action I will not forgive for those who come with an open repentant heart and yielded spirit. My desire is to be with you now and in eternity, to pour out my love on you, show you my good                                               plans and have a personal intimate relationship with you.

Pause

White Forest FlowerMy Child, I hear your voice filled with praise. Come closer, let me look upon you, you are the delight of My heart. I enjoy these times together when you are not rushing off into your day, but take time to talk with Me. Pause now and hear My voice, I love you, I desired and planned for you from the very beginning. I have special plans for you, you are my special child, unique in your ways, you are one of a kind. You touch and impact lives in ways others cannot. The world, your family, your church and your community need your unique set of gifts, calling and equipping, just as you need theirs. You were meant to need each other, to be as one family, one church, one body. In this you more fully reflect My multiple facets to the world. You were also meant to live life with Me, not apart, so I am thrilled when you are still and turn your thoughts, desires and affection towards Me, longing to know My ways, My thoughts, My desires, My heart. There is a lifetime of knowing, growing and learning open to you, there is no final degrees, no BA, Masters or PHD. What you gain does not end at your last breath, it’s good for eternity. Come, be still, sit a while with Me and know Me.

Adornments

Peacock Blue - onlineI am your covering, don’t leave home without Me. Wrap yourself in My grace, My love, My peace. Wear them as adornments; they are as a crown of jewels upon your head; signs of your royal priesthood. A mark of one being in My presence. Let the fragrance of heaven permeate you, then emanate out filling the nostrils of those who draw near. You may be the only touch of heaven some feel in this day. Do not be afraid to shine in the dimly lit places you may find yourself, you carry the hope others are looking for, let Me be seen through you that they may find Me.

Beloved Child

light in windowMy child. I call you my child because you are, you are one I tenderly watch over , caring about your every need, nurturing you, teaching and guiding you. I know you intimately,  better than you know yourself. I watch over you knowing every tear you shed, being right there with you in all the joys and sorrows in life. I listen to each prayer, the spoken and of the heart. I know your  failures and love you just the same. I know your deepest desires and search of me. My precious child know I am here with you, I am for you, desiring the best for my beloved  child. The best is not always as you plan, I hope you will trust me in all situations, even when it takes a leap of faith to do so. I love you, I always have and always will, you are special to my heart, one I take delight in. Rest in, me, cast all your cares upon me for I care about you. I am your good Father, you are my precious and beloved child.

A Love for You

heart fires of love - onlineYou are my betrothed, the one I love and gave so much for. You were worth the price, every drop, every stripe, every nail. My heart is pierced when the one I love turns away, far greater than any Roman sword could. My love for you so great, so strong. You are the reason I came, suffered and died, why I rose – that we could be together now and for eternity. Take my hand, come close, hear my heartbeat – it beats with a melody of love for you.