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1/17/13 4:21 P

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Amen, Sandra! It's so wonderful when we really grasp our own value. It makes it a lot easier to truly value others once we know our own worth to God. I think that's part of why we are to love others as we love ourselves. Gotta love ourselves first! Blessings to you, sister!

Nellie, through helping my stepchildren to heal after their mother abandoned them, God did a lot of work in ME. One of the things he taught me was that their mother could not give to her children what she did not have. It wasn't a matter of her being able to be a good mother and refusing to do so. She simply did not have motherhood and nurturing within her. It reframed the way I prayed for her and I was able to extend mercy and grace toward her instead of anger and resentment.

Oh, Shirley, what a wonderful, wonderful testimony to have led your dad to Jesus!!

And, Sandra, I agree with you. Many people make their peace with God when they are alone, a solitary moment. Others come by believers witnessing to them, leading them in the sinner's prayer. Others respond to invitations from a pulpit. Our God is so very creative! He reaches out to us in the exact ways He knows we can recognize and accept.

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1/17/13 12:18 P

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They can accept God all by them selves God calls many to him To When you call him he answers I was alone Days latter a peace came over me that never left a faith in him that was strong I felt like I was flouting in the air and I was never the same seance.

I am not pussyfooting around. :)


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1/17/13 10:34 A

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I was happy when anyone prayed the sinner's prayer with me.But that was I believe the happiest day of all. emoticon

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1/16/13 11:29 P

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SHIRLEY721 that is great that you led him to Jesus!

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2 Timothy 1: 7
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
Nellie
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1/16/13 8:47 P

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My father showed his love by giving me things and being strict but fair.I was always told that I should not do something before I was punished for disobeying.Strict but fair.My daddy built me up by telling me often how well i could read and spell.He told people often where I could hear him how well I could read and spell.He admired education.I was always told I was a big girl and big girls don't cry and that I must take care of my younger brother and sister.To be an example.I always had every need met.He taught me to be dependable,work etc and i would do well and I did.He was not the touchy,feeley type but he never once let me down.I led him to Jesus before I died and my brother a deacon in his church got to baptize him.I know both my earthly and heavenly Father wait for me in heaven.

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While my father wasn't around much, he was kind when he was around. He had a difficult life since his mother died when he was 5 years old thanks to a father that refused to get any medical help for her. His father was very cruel and evil. When he was old enough to go into the Army, he did and immediately was embroiled in WWII. He bounced around from place to place and even after leaving the military much later, he didn't stay anyplace very long. I don't think he knew much love when he was young and as a result, found it hard to love.

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1/16/13 6:19 P

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When you grow up without love told you are stupid not much worth It takes a long time to accept God you are not stupid That you have value and God loves you It all so gives you a entire different out look on life.We value and are able to help others God wanted a person like me and the only way to get me here is put me in that position He is the potter we are the clay.

I am not pussyfooting around. :)


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1/16/13 5:54 P

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This devotional is written for Daddy's Girl, but it stands true for Daddy's Boy, too. In our society, daddies are in scarce supply. So many kids grow up not knowing a daddy's love and guidance and correction. God provides for us what the world does not and cannot. He is SO good! I hope this blesses you as it blessed me.



Daddy's Girl
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"He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs." Zephaniah 3:17b (NLT)

When my son-in-law walks through his front door, he throws his arms wide open and calls out, "Elle!"

Two-year-old Elle races toward him in her awkward toddler run and throws herself into his embrace. He tosses her high in the air, then pulls her close, saying, "Elle, do you know how much Daddy loves you?"

When I have the privilege of watching this scene, I always think the same thing: My beautiful granddaughter will always know she's her daddy's girl.

A daddy's girl is loved even when she throws a tantrum and has to go to time out.

A daddy's girl feels beautiful even when she's in need of a tissue and has spaghetti stains on her shirt.

A daddy's girl doesn't need to search for love anywhere else, because her daddy has provided a safe and loving place in his heart.

Maybe as you read this, you think of your own dad. Perhaps he was absent, destructive, or failed to provide a safe shelter for his girl.

I understand that feeling.

I met my biological dad briefly at the age of 13, again at 17, and at 40 years of age I stood beside his casket to say goodbye to a man I really didn't know.

I will never be a daddy's girl in the sense that my granddaughter has experienced, but it doesn't mean I am exempt from a Father's love.

In the New Testament, Abba is mentioned only three times—and is closest to our word "daddy." When Jesus used it to describe His—andd our—intimate relationship with God, it offended those within earshhot. They questioned how He could use a term so familiar to describe God.

But I understand it perfectly. You see, regardless of an earthly father's love or absence, I'm still a Daddy's girl.

And so are you.

Our Abba Father delights and sings over us (Zephaniah 3:17). He adopts us as His own and offers a rich inheritance (Galatians 4:6-7). We walk into His waiting arms daily, and when we need correction, His love does not ebb. When we stand in front of Him with our sin-stained heart, or hold up tears for Him to dry, He remains our Abba Father.

Maybe you've been longing to fill that empty place left by an earthly father. As a Daddy's girl, you don't have to search for love anymore, because your Abba Father has provided a safe and loving place in his heart.

In fact, He's waiting with open arms.

Dear Abba, I hold up the gaps left by an earthly parent, and thank You for pouring into those places until I overflow with confidence in Whose I am. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


~Missy~

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