Tuesday, February 06, 2007

In Other Words--Adoring the Father



Flower, age two, has always been "mine." If she needs something she came to Mommy, if she woke up in the night she called for Mommy, if she fell down Mommy could fix it. It wasn't as if she didn't love her Daddy, she did. She delighted in running to greet him when he came home from work, she played tickle games with him before bedtime, she snuggled beside him for bedtime stories (briefly before coming to find me to actually put her to bed). But a couple of weeks ago, something changed.

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I became invisible if Daddy was in the house. Her world started to revolve around Daddy. It started with saying "Daddy watch" as she danced. Then she stayed for an entire bedtime story--and asked for more. Then she said "Daddy put me bed tonight." And this week, even before I took her out of the car to walk up to church she said "I want Daddy's hand." She has fallen head over heels into a love relationship with her daddy--and I love watching it. Because, as He so often does, my heavenly Father teaches me through my children.

I want to be head-over-heels in love with my Father. I want to dance for Him. I want to know He is watching my actions, and not be afraid. I want to snuggle in His arms and hear His stories and the plans He has for my life. I want to start each moment by saying "I want My Father's hand." I want to trust that much. I want to adore that easily. I want to not be distracted and just revel in His love.

"I long to worship Jesus with the heart of a child, in a state of pure and true adoration. Yet so many things of the world cloud my thoughts and pull on my heart until it's no longer just a girl in the arms of the Father"
~ Darlene Schacht ~
"The Mom Complex"


Dear Jesus, Hold my hand today. Help me cope with the distractions life throws at me. Let me revel in being Your child. Let me celebrate You with abandon. May I glorify You in my life and my worship. And may the result be a Father's smile. I love You....Your Daughter, Mipa.

To learn what other Christian Women Bloggers are saying about this awesome quote, visit Iris at Sting my Heart. And Bless you for Visiting.

14 comments:

eph2810 said...

Amen to that, MiPa.

I love that prayer. Maybe I should pray it on a daily basis. It is amazing how our children can model a perfect relationship of love and trust.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this week's IOW quote.

Blessings on your day and always...

Amydeanne said...

awww my youngest girl did this (my oldest girl always was daddy's girl from the start) recently and I so know that feeling; I'd say I"m jealous, but not really. I know she loves me, but its thrilling to see the love in her eyes for her daddy.

great post!

Sarah said...

Just lovely. To dance for our Daddy unfettered.

Darlene said...

"I want to be head-over-heels in love with my Father. I want to dance for Him." I love that line. That's what I want too.

Becky said...

I love that analogy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Denise said...

Very lovely, bless you.

Laurel Wreath said...

Love the picture. This is beautiful and I too stand in agreement with your prayer. Amen!

Heather Smith said...

This was a beautiful post! Thank you so much for sharing!!

The Bass Player's Wife said...

"I want to adore that easily."

Wow, what an admonition that line was for me. I am forever making things way too complicated.

Thank you for such a beautiful post.

Elisa said...

Thanks for sharing! This is a beautiful post! I love your sentence, "I want to start each moment by saying "I want My Father's hand." Me, too!

Blessings,

Elisa

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Winter said...

This reminds me so much of my little girl. From the moment we found out we were having a girl she's been Daddy's doll. She was so eager to meet her dad face to face she didn't wait for him to return from Italy the day she was born.

While my husband is in Iraq he says the one thing he misses the most is hearing his little girl laugh. But right now, she's been all my girl, kisses and hugs for me alone, until Daddy comes home.

Wendell said...

Beautiful

Loni said...

What a precious picture of a girl and her daddy, and a girl and her Heavenly Father. We sure can learn a lot through our children. Thanks for sharing.

Chris said...

I loved this story of your daughter and her daddy. What a beautiful picture this painted to illustrate the love and adoration we desire to have towards our Heavenly Father.