Friday, April 15, 2011

Sweetness...

I love the relationship between my little girl and her daddy.  She adores him completely and is still at that stage where everything she does, is for her main man- him.  When we're in the dressing room at Target, having her try on a new outfit, she spins around, and stares lovingly into the mirror, saying, "Oh I can't wait to show myself to Daddy!  I bet he's going to love this!"  And she takes his word over mine when I tell her that red Christmas outfits don't go with hot pink tights and striped skirts.  He grins and tells her she looks lovely, so she wears it proudly all day. 
She leaves him little notes on his desk, and pictures that she knows he'll like.  He never disappoints.  He's quick to compliment her and point out all the things he especially likes about them.  When she does her math class with him in the evenings, she writes him little commentary-type notes next to the problems like, "Dad, I don't know how to do this one, can you help?  I love you."  (taken verbatim, from her last assignment)  Not surprisingly, he is quick to explain, help, and encourage. 
The other day, she was making her own special lunch, and with stars in her eyes asked, "Mama.... do you think Daddy would like this lunch?  I'd really like to make him something special."  I assured her that he would love anything she offered him, because I know his heart, and I know he'd eat dirt if she served it to him with her big blue eyes looking adoringly up into his face.  As she excitedly sliced bananas and smeared strawberry jam all over bread, she looked forward to calling him and letting him know he could come home for lunch, because she had prepared something delicious that she just knew he would love! 
My husband came home as soon as he could, though he was in the midst of one of his busiest days.  All so he could have a quick lunch with his daughter.  He didn't have much time to spare, but he made a point to give her attention and time, and make many sounds of enjoyment.  

You know me... always looking for the parallel.  I couldn't help but delight in this entire scene, and compare it to my relationship with God the Father.  How often I long to please Him.  How often I come before him clothed in strange looking wrappings of worry, sadness, irritation, sinfulness, and He tells me that I'm lovely in spite of them.  I can choose to believe those who say I'm not, or I can look adoringly into His eyes, and see myself as He sees me.  I bring a messy jelly and banana sandwich to His table, and He delights in my offering, though it might not be very grand in His eyes.  He always takes time for me, and listens enraptured while I recount every silly detail of life.  I'm sure the warmth and delight in His eyes toward me, is akin to the warmth and delight in the eyes of my man, when he sits across his small daughter, eating her offering of lunch.

Of course, this applies to each of you too.  No matter what you are facing in life, you have a Father that adores and delights in your every move.  Don't forget it for even one second, as you go about your day.

"He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of the deep waters.  He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes who were too strong for me.  They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.  He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me." 2 Samuel 22:17-20




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22 comments:

  1. i love that his love just fills her up! what a healthy wonderful start in relationships.
    madison told her friend this week that she had her daddy's love, so she didn't need a highschool boyfriend to fill her up!

    xo

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  2. That is too sweet, and so true. Love the corelation between a father's love, and our Father's love. He is SO good to us.

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  3. Beautiful analogy. I had a similar conversation with the Father just yesterday. Some earthly thing was taking presedence over him and I was feeling guilty for it. He lovingly assured me that he was waiting patiently for me to return him to the top of my priority list...no harm, no foul. That his desire was always for me to want the our relationship freely...that he would gladly accept any offering I gave with an open heart and that my salvation did not rest upon how much time I spent with him. How can you not want to spend time with a Father like that? Thank you for this reminder today...your heart is as beautiful as your smile.

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  4. WOW! You can not know how much those verses were meant for ME!! Today marks a sort of beginning for me... and those verses in Samuel will be before me every single moment of every single day.
    Thank you for your beautiful post... for hearing His voice, so that I could clearly hear from HIM.
    THANK YOU and BLESS YOU!!

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  5. That's so sweet and true. Thanks for sharing :-)

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  6. So, come on - is God using this to create a book?! Your posts have been so encouraging to me recently - going through big life change and unprecedented levels of doubt. Thank you so much.

    Oh, and I LOVE how she loves him! You know, she wouldn't adore him half as much if you didn't model it. I'm praying my daughter will want to marry a man as good as her dad. I know you're praying the same! xxx

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  7. Oh I love this :) I am such a Daddy's girl even to this day! I hope your daughter never grows out of it!

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  8. i this is so so important. it's so important for a little girl to feel special to her daddy. dr. dobson talks about that a lot in his book, 'bringing up girls.' he says that a dad is the 1st man in a girl's life and he'll make a lasting impression, so don't mess it up...i'm paraphrasing a bit :) but that's awesome. sophie's the same way with her daddy. she always wants his approval and she's only 3!

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  9. Love this! Totally made me cry!! Never really have experienced the daddy-daughter relationship. I spent so many years not understanding at all how much God wanted to be my Father and how he would love me like a daddy should have. I still have lots to learn but I am so thankful for the vulnerability and trust He is teaching me to have toward Him.

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  10. I love the way you write and the stories you tell. I'm a fan.

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  11. SAH-WEEEEEEET!!!!!!!! I love this and I, too love drawing parallels from real life moments to God moments. I have one I'm doing in the next couple of days with a piece from an art museum. LOVE THIS!!!! ; )

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  12. that is beyond precious. of course he would do that. i can see him doing that! love this sasha. so sorry i missed you today. totally bummed about it!

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  13. You can make me laugh and then cry in less time than it takes to squeeze a lemon!

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  14. So very sweet! Brought tears to my eyes. Your little girl is very blessed!

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  15. ah Sash, I needed this one today, especially. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. beauty-FULL. on all accounts. :)

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  17. love life's teachings esp when they come through our children!!!

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  18. Very well put. We are very lucky to have a Father in heaven who loves us.

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