Father’s Day is June 17. For some that is a wonderful day. For others it is a weary day. No matter what your experience has been with your earthly father, know this…you have a daddy who loves you.

When I was a little girl, my father spent most of his waking hours working at his building supply company, observing construction sites, or socializing with his colleagues and associates. Even though his place of business was only a few blocks from our home, his heart was miles away in a place I could not find. My father didn’t drink alcohol every day, but when he did, it consumed him. He was filled with a rage that always seemed to be simmering just beneath the surface of his tough skin. But when he drank, that lava of rage erupted out onto those around him.

As a child, many nights I crawled into bed, pulled the covers tightly under my chin or over my head, and prayed that I would hurry and fall asleep to shut out the noise of my parents fighting. Occasionally I’d tiptoe over to my pink ballerina jewelry box, wind up the music key in the back, and try to focus on the tinkling sound that came as the ballerina twirled with arms overhead.

I was afraid of my father. Even when he was sober, I kept my distance.

At the same time, I observed how other daddies cherished their little girls. I saw them cuddle them in their laps, hold their hands while walking in the park, or kiss their cheeks as they dropped them off at school in the mornings. Deep in my heart, a dream was birthed. I dreamed that one day I would have a daddy who loved me—not because I was pretty or made good grades or could play the piano well, but just because I was his.

In the Old Testament, God has many names, but in the New Testament, Jesus used the name “Father” more than any other. It’s the name He invites us to use to address the Creator of the universe. Think about that for a moment. The God of all creation, who always has been and always will be, who is all-knowing, all-powerful, and present everywhere at once—that same God invites you to call Him Daddy! He said, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters” (2 Corinthians 6:18).

For many, the idea of God being their father may not be a pleasant one. We tend to project our experiences with our earthly fathers onto our expectations of our heavenly Father. Some never knew their earthly fathers, some had abusive fathers, some were deserted by their fathers, some had loving and endearing fathers, and some lost their fathers because of sickness or catastrophe. But even the best earthly fathers have feet of clay and will disappoint their children.

No matter what your experience has been with your earthly father, the truth is your heavenly Father is the perfect parent who loves you, cares for your every need, is interested in all you do, skillfully guides you, wisely trains you, never deserts you, generously supplies for your needs, is always available to you, and cherishes you as His precious child. God loves you with an everlasting love. He is especially fond of you.

Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me and making me Your child. Today, I’m just going to savor that one precious truth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What does it mean to you to know that God is Your Father? Share in the comments and I’ll randomly select one winner to receive a copy of Knowing God by Name. 

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  1. Elizabeth Maarman June 12, 2018 at 4:23 am #

    Wow what you have just shared has brought back so much memories. I too had a father who was on the brink of being an alcoholic. He would drink and have a fight with my mom and we as children stayed in my grandmother’s back yard. When he got too much we would run to our uncle’s house and he would come and drag us out. So growing up was bad for me and my 5 siblings. Growing up like that wasn’t easy but we became better persons for that and is still going through getting rid of the baggage we carry with us over the years.

    My dad has passed on last year and I have looked after him since my mom passed on 3 years ago. I made a decision then to let it all go and just forgive him and live my best life.

    Knowing and hearing that I have a Father in heaven that cares for me is precious and I am very Blessed.

  2. Brenda June 12, 2018 at 4:27 am #

    I am blessed to have a godly and loving earthly father. Fortunately that helps me to understand and know how much my Heavenly Father cares for me and loves me! I feel I can pour out my heart to my heavenly father and he listens and cares about my deepest need. He is always with me and will He is always for me!

  3. Gail June 12, 2018 at 4:32 am #

    It means knowing that my Heavenly Father is different than my earthly father He will never forsake me or abandon me. I can only be safe and secure in His arms.

  4. joy russell June 12, 2018 at 4:42 am #

    God is my Father and my Savior. I am sometimes at awe, amazed and knocked out with powerful gratitude. I am His daughter – I will dance with Jesus in Heaven. Why me? I do not know, I only know is I am truly blessed.

  5. funmi June 12, 2018 at 4:43 am #

    Knowing God as my Father means a lot to me.I still remember the love my earthly father showed me while he was alive I thank God my heavenly father He’s omnipresent He is always with me can never die His disciplines me because i’m not a bastard His love for me is unconditional.

  6. Alisha June 12, 2018 at 4:59 am #

    It means everything to mean. Everything!

  7. Kathy Horne June 12, 2018 at 5:00 am #

    Knowing God as my Father is total freedom. Freedom to just be me and still be loved but, moreover, freedom to just be. He’s a sanctuary in troubled times, a fellow rejoicer in good times and the Prince of Peace in all times.

  8. Marylin Williams June 12, 2018 at 5:37 am #

    To know God as my father gives a feeling of love and security that enables me to move through my days with confidence. When troubled, hurt or just needing to know I’m valued I can run into his presence knowing I’m accepted.

  9. Liz June 12, 2018 at 5:45 am #

    God is my father, I am cherished and loved. He will protect and provide. I can trust Him.

  10. Sharron Schafer June 12, 2018 at 5:49 am #

    Knowing God is my Father was truly a comfort for me. My earthly father left our family of 6 to be with another woman. He was not a nice person to his family. I’ve cherished the verses that say, “I’ll never leave you or forsake you”…”I love you with an everlasting love”.

  11. Allison Keiser June 12, 2018 at 5:49 am #

    It feels like home.

  12. Melody June 12, 2018 at 6:11 am #

    What does it mean to know God as my Father? It means I will always have someone to look up to, to guide me and advise me every day, no matter how old I am. He will always be there and will never grow old and forgetful, never lose his edge or experience deteriorating health. I will always have that wise all-knowing one looking over me, singing over me, available for the smallest or largest questions.

  13. Morrava Knepp June 12, 2018 at 6:16 am #

    I’m so grateful to God my Father!!….it means to me, though I disappoint Him,He’s not looking for my faults,to correct me.He still loves and cares for me no matter what !…and accepts me just as I am!..and desires that personal time with me when he can pour out His blessings on me!

  14. Jennifer June 12, 2018 at 6:23 am #

    Safety

  15. Elsie June 12, 2018 at 6:23 am #

    Thank you for your candid devotion. I dealt with my earthly father having trouble loving me. Thanks for the reminder of God’s perfect unconditional love for us.

  16. Marcie lane June 12, 2018 at 6:32 am #

    It means that no matter how shaken I get on the balance beam of life, my Heavenly Father is always there to steady me—or a net to catch me if need be—and get me safely home.

  17. Wendy M June 12, 2018 at 6:32 am #

    I am blessed to have a dad who has always been there, a steady, dependable, loving, guiding presence in my life. And so it’s easy for me to celebrate him on Father’s Day and every day. It also has made it easier for me to see my Heavenly Father as loving, kind, dependable, faithful, and good. I know this isn’t always the case, but I’m so thankful for my dad, and for my Father, my most intimate, faithful Companion and Friend.

  18. Carmen Cortes June 12, 2018 at 6:37 am #

    Knowing God is my father means everything to me,it makes me whole,because I know he loves me and accepts me the way I am and he will never disappoint me.

  19. Paulette Keppler June 12, 2018 at 6:42 am #

    I want to know God more….

  20. Joan Bigelow June 12, 2018 at 6:44 am #

    I am so deeply loved by my GOOD FATHER that it is beyond anything I can understand. I can run to HIM and pour out my heart and not hide a thing and know that I know HE WILL TAKE CARE OF me.

  21. Dawnielle Alden June 12, 2018 at 6:48 am #

    Learning what a father was designed to be, and what God wants to be for me.

  22. Debbie June 12, 2018 at 6:55 am #

    I grew up with an alcoholic father and schizophrenic mother. Praise God that myself and my 2 sisters all know and love the Lord. We found Our Heavenly Father to be the perfect father and what we needed to understand love and how to love. Praise Him!!

  23. Carol Werkema June 12, 2018 at 6:58 am #

    It’s comforting to know My heavenly Father is perfect. None of us are perfect and no matter how hard we try we will mess up. So I am glad God is perfect.

  24. Dianna Overhiser June 12, 2018 at 7:02 am #

    God being my Father very simply means everything. He has my back. He is all loving no matter what I do and with him I am never alone!!

  25. Marion Randell June 12, 2018 at 7:08 am #

    Knowing God loves me and will eternally, has been life changing for me💖💖 He so loved that He gave, is polar opposite of what was taken from me by others acts of selfishness .. I would live to win the book and come to more deeply understand who God is and what He is all about👍🏻
    Blessings

  26. Tracie June 12, 2018 at 7:09 am #

    Know that He is my true Father and He does not compare to my earthly father. His love is unconditional and He does not make mistakes or expect me to earn anything He gives me. He is for me and will always be there no matter what.

  27. Kerri June 12, 2018 at 7:10 am #

    Knowing God as my heavenly father brings me a feeling of security, warmth in knowing I’m loved and cared for and a strength in His love that is unbounding.

  28. Melanie Lattocha June 12, 2018 at 7:25 am #

    He tells me that I am enough and I am loved.

  29. Nora Sibley June 12, 2018 at 7:25 am #

    Praying I will be blest! Thank you

  30. SHARON June 12, 2018 at 7:36 am #

    What does it mean to you to know that God is Your Father?

    Knowing God as my Father means my totality, means that I am sealed for Heaven, means that I am bondless and unstoppable.

  31. Lisa Dobrovolc June 12, 2018 at 7:51 am #

    It took me many years to relate to God as my “Daddy”. I loved my earthly Father, but he wasn’t around much. My parents divorced when I was young and he was in the military. He didn’t know how to be a Daddy, but he loved us. I finally learned the joy of crawling into my Heavenly Father’s lap during a spiritual retreat and resting in Him. I needed this reminder today !

  32. Norma Paisley-Moore June 12, 2018 at 7:52 am #

    It was no secret in my family that my father did not want me. In fact, my older siblings teased me about it all the time. My father had been an alcoholic and still had binges after I was born but for the most part I was simply invisible to him. Because I was the last of eight children I wasn’t hitting my mother’s radar either and was mostly raised by my oldest brother and sister. I went through a slew of bad relationships looking for that fatherly love but never found it. I finally came to Christ in my 40’s and my life has changed dramatically- for the better of course! I have been saved for about 10 years and in this time I struggle regularly with the idea that there is a Father who just loves me, a Father who sees me, a Father who hears me. It is still hard for me to accept that He loves me. I think this is because I keep comparing him to my real father, and that the attention I got from him is the only kind I’ve known- anger, impatience, annoyance that I was even there. I ask the Lord often why I don’t feel His love. I know in my head that He loves me and I believe it but I want to know that “daddy holding His little girl” love. I am certain that I have plenty of roadblocks and deafness on my part that stops me from being secure in His love. I always feel that when I’ve messed up that He is angry and I get afraid to go to Him. It’s an awful cycle but I remain in His word and strive to glorify Him. He has shown me His love in the blessings he bestows, and He is so generous and giving. I just want to feel His arms around me. As I’m writing this I see that it might seem ridiculous and that I am asking too much but I hear other people talk often about how they can feel Him taking their hand, or holding them, or being right there next to them. I want to know and feel that too.

  33. LAURA June 12, 2018 at 7:54 am #

    KNOWING GOD AS MY FATHER ALLOWS ME TO KNOW, LOVE, PEACE AND GRACE. I PUT ALL THAT IN MYEARTHY FATHER WHICH I LEARNED WOULD NOT ALWAYS BE TRUE. IN MY HEAVENLY FATHER HE WILL ALWAYS BE THERE NO MATTER WHAT.

  34. Mary Louise Smith June 12, 2018 at 7:55 am #

    My dad was there but not there. I could go to him for a hug but I was the one who would hug him. He was a good provider but he believed that mom should take care of girls. It wasn’t until I got older that I realize I had Dad who would listen to me. One of the things my dad did was read the Bible even though he was a womanizer. But now I have a Daddy who loves me. Thanks Sharon.

  35. Terri June 12, 2018 at 7:58 am #

    It took some time for me to come to know God as a Father who loves me unconditionally….who truly cares for the REAL me. Growing up, I was somewhat afraid of my earthly father. I never seemed to measure up… to be able to do things quite good enough to suit him. Very early on in my life I was sexually molested by a very close friend of my father’s and I have foggy recollections of being fondled by my father. Later in life, as adult, I saw my dad come back under the umbrella of God’s love and forgiveness but never felt the complete acceptance and unconditional love of my earthly father. I now know that unconditional love and acceptance through my precious, loving, merciful Heavenly Father and it has helped me to overcome the hurts and pain of my childhood.

    Thank you for sharing your story. It gives other women the courage to speak out and deal with bondage’s they have dealt with their entire lifetime.

  36. Dawna June 12, 2018 at 8:04 am #

    That He is completely faithful- always ttustworthy. 100%.

  37. Luann Nappi June 12, 2018 at 8:13 am #

    Thank you for this wonderful reminder that our Heavenly Father loves with an all encompassing agape love, not because of anything that we have done or didn’t do but because of who He is

  38. Elisa Huss June 12, 2018 at 8:17 am #

    I sometimes get it n then other times I don’t! That GOD WOULD love us! After all the things we have done n said, HE STILL LOVES US! I did not grow up in a Godly home, but I know that GOD was with me all the time now when I look back. I can’t earn His love, I don’t deserve it- BUT YET HE STILL LOVES ME!

  39. charlene kunkel June 12, 2018 at 8:23 am #

    God is a father who forgives me no matter what I’ve done and forgets it even happened and doesn’t bring it up ever again.

  40. Veronica Klopper June 12, 2018 at 8:29 am #

    My life has been radically changed by my Father God and I cannot imagine living without knowing that He is always there for me, He hears my cries and He knows my pain but His merciful love surrounds me always. It is wonderful to know God is so faithful.

  41. Pat Boehlig June 12, 2018 at 8:32 am #

    Hi Sharon,
    My dad left my mother when I was 5. I had a sister 2 yrs older, a brother 1 yr older and a 6 mth old brother. When my dad was around it wasn’t good. He was an alcoholic and I don’t have one good memory of him even though he did pop in and out of our lives 3 more times after he left, to take my older siblings with him for a very short period of time to work for him. All I remember is the heartache he brought my mother. When I was 21 married with a 5 mth old daughter, my father passed away.. drinking and a heart attack. I struggled many yrs trying to understand what the love of a father looked like. I struggled accepting Gods fatherly love until one day he showed me that he is perfectly male AND female. So, he showed me his love through my 5’2 mother whose was fiercely protective and loves me no matter what! I still struggle some days but I am reminded of Gods great love when I think of my mother.

  42. Lisa H. June 12, 2018 at 8:32 am #

    Knowing that God is my father means someone always has my back, He is my foundation and with a strong foundation like Him I know that He will help me get through anything.

  43. Nichole Carter June 12, 2018 at 8:33 am #

    Thank you Sharon! As a little girl I too had a hard time having a good relationship with my earthly father. Even at the age of 40 I was still trying to fix our relationship. Seeking true love from my earthly father. I call my earthly father “daddy” and I call God “father”. I’ve done that since I was real young. So when I recently heard a gospel song where the singer calls God “daddy”, I thought, “I don’t like that song because he calls God daddy” Immediately, God told me in my spirit that it’s ok to address Him as Daddy. Every since then I’ve read several devotions and bible verses that helps me understand why I felt that way in the first place. It has also helped me to accept my earthly father for who he is and it allowed me to cling to my Father in Heaven even more.
    I pray that you will continue to encourage people with your heart felt devotions. I hope you spend some time with your earthly father for Father’s Day and forgive him for not being the kind of daddy that you wanted. Please pray for me as I continue to pray for you!

  44. Rebekah Warden June 12, 2018 at 8:40 am #

    To me knowing that God is my father is everything. My father was amazing and he got promoted to glory almost 20 years ago. When my earthly daddy died I leaned to rely on an go to my heavenly daddy for everything. He has never and will never let me down.

  45. Terasha Burrell June 12, 2018 at 8:41 am #

    God as my father means to go to him when I’m hurting and Need help

  46. Marlene Thorn June 12, 2018 at 8:43 am #

    Jesus is my only father, I look forward to my time with him everyday. he is my all and all always. I couldn’t imagine life without him.

  47. Kendra Rose June 12, 2018 at 8:44 am #

    Having God as my Father brings me comfort in every situation that comes my way. He gives me hope for tomorrow. He brings me joy in his unconditional love. He is preparing a place for me, a perfect place for his child.

  48. Diane June 12, 2018 at 8:47 am #

    Well, my earthly father died when I was 4 years old and I don’t remember him very well. There are pictures and wonderful stories my mother and older sister share me and my younger sister. I know I was loved by him the way everyone wants their father to love them. But still there is things I wish I knew. I feel the closeness of my father, the love, the care, the understanding. I also know that he believed in correcting us even at the young age of 4. I know that my relationship with my earthly father comes from God, Jesus, my Father who is the healer, the comforter. Jesus has shown me who my earthly father is and Jesus has loved me more than enough for my earthly father and my Heavenly Father. When I’ve been hurt or hurting, He is there all the way. When I need some guidance He is already guiding me. When I have questions, I just can’t find answers to, He always has the answer. When I need to be told no, He always makes me understand, the answer is no! I think to me, to know that God as my father, is to know my earthly father that I so want to see again in heaven. I know my earthly father is there waiting on us with my mother. I know God is an amazing father. God gave us to our parents, for a short time. But he created us to live with our Heavenly father forever. To know Go as my Father is life saving, changing and a promise to live with Him forever.

    Father’s Day is always been hard at times, but knowing that one day I will be with my earthly father and mother and to be with my Heavenly Father is what I live for!! I thank my Heavenly Father everyday for all he has done, is doing an will do. I live to see His face, to be held by His arms and for Him to say, come on home, it’s time to rest my sweet child!

    In His Love,

  49. Sandra June 12, 2018 at 8:49 am #

    I was pretty much fatherless in childhood. is knew my father but didn’t really know him. Mom always told me to love him because he was my father. One thing I have learned in my life, my heavenly Father is always with me regardless of what I am going through. I start now and then. But deep down I know He is there waiting for my return.

  50. DEBRA LANDIS June 12, 2018 at 8:51 am #

    Our Father means everything to me. As He continues to reveal Himself to me I fall deeper in love.

  51. Kristen Cottingham June 12, 2018 at 9:01 am #

    I am God’s child and He is my Father. I call him, “Daddy!” I am loved and cared for by the Creator of the Universe and I have absolutely no reason to fear anything!

  52. Mary zink June 12, 2018 at 9:02 am #

    I am so grateful to readthis today. I never knew my father and the men my mom got involved with drank to the point of violence and abuse much of the time. Drinking, fighting and violence are my memories of childhood. As a senior citizen now I still have some issues with knowing God as a loving father. Thank u this helps a lot.

  53. Ruth Anne McCready June 12, 2018 at 9:06 am #

    Love this writing. My Father was an earthly Father that did not know how to be affectionate with his children. But he loved us deeply, and could not even discipline us as it hurt him and he would cry. So my Mother was left with that task. I deeply loved my Father and he was taken from us when he was 59 years old with cancer. I came from a family of 12 children with one set of parents. We were on a farm, and had a wonderful Christian home, where we honoured God. Now I do ministry work with women that have been hurt and abused on all ways by their Fathers, and some of them in prison. Such healing has to take place with these women so they can see their heavenly Father as a loving and gentle Father that truly authentically loves them. Thank you for your explanation of the Father.

  54. Jessica Kinsey June 12, 2018 at 9:09 am #

    To know God is my Father means I am cared for every day. It means I can talk to Him and hear His voice every day. It means I am loved more than I can comprehend because He is a good Father!

  55. Jessica Kinsey June 12, 2018 at 9:14 am #

    To know God as my Father means I am cared for every day. It means I can hear Him and speak to Him every day. I am loved more than I can comprehend because He is a good Father!

  56. bessie bennett June 12, 2018 at 9:20 am #

    Knowing God is my Father, makes me so happy because He cares about every detail of my life, from the smallest to the largest. He is always with me, He will never leave me nor forsake me. He carries me when I am not able to stand on my own. He tells me His strength is my strength. He is my forever Father, not just temporary. He planned my life for His perfect will in my life. It is up to me to follow Him. His Holy Word is instructions on how to live in the His perfect and Holy will for me. My life was designed just for me. Like God designed your life just for you. He knew me even before my earthly mom and dad knew me. He knew everything that was going to take place in my life and , most importantly He knew wen and what the exact time would be that I would ask Him to be my Savior and forgive me of my sins, come into my heart and live in me. And at that moment I surrendered my life to my Heavenly Father. I have failed Him more times that I want to think about, but He stills loves me with and unconditional agate love. A love that is never ending. I really can not put into words, what it means to have God as my Heavenly Father. He is my everything. My all in all

  57. Robin Hoops June 12, 2018 at 9:27 am #

    My earthly father sexually abused me from the time I was very young until I was 13 years old. He not only impacted my innocence but my security, confidence, trust and intimacy with others. My journey was long with many twists and turns before I could surrender to Gods love! But when I did it overwhelmed me! I still get goose bumps, chocked up and become teary eyed when I think of how much my heavenly father loves me! Every day I am grateful for the life I have lived, the love that I have and the gifts he has given me!

  58. Laura Forbus June 12, 2018 at 9:27 am #

    For God to be my father means so much!. I was deserted by my earthly father. At 49 years old I’m still suffering the consequences but I know that my heavenly Father will never desert me or disappoint me.

  59. Chetoya Fish June 12, 2018 at 9:37 am #

    My earthly father was never in my life, and like yours he lived close. As a result, I often felt like something was wrong with me, or like I shouldn’t be loved!
    When I came to know Jesus everything changed! I experienced a love that I never had before. I have a father that I can go to. I had a father that wants to spend time with me. I have a father that protects me. Most importantly, I have a father that loves me in a way that can’t be earned and will never cease.
    That’s Abba Father to me!

  60. Bonida Evans June 12, 2018 at 9:40 am #

    It humbles me to realize that God is my Father.
    It’s been a long road learning to let go of past mistakes and pain, but the more I learn about His amazing love the lighter my heart gets.

  61. Lianne June 12, 2018 at 9:40 am #

    Knowing that God is my father gives me security in my roles here in my temporary home. I can focus on being a godly wife, mother, and friend because when I need assurance of love, ABBA is holding me close. He has walked with me and carried me through so many difficult times: I can’t wait to get to heaven and run into his arms. He is always present, unlike any human father.

  62. Lesa Nobiling June 12, 2018 at 9:50 am #

    Father means Peace! It gives me great peace to know he is there watching over me.

  63. Christy Hampshire June 12, 2018 at 9:51 am #

    My dad died right after i turned a year old. Im now 40 years old got saved at 36 and it has been the best adventure ever. Knowing all along i did have a father who was always with me!

  64. Dori Sheese June 12, 2018 at 10:09 am #

    Knowing God is my Father is comforting. That He is there, no matter what happens.

  65. Joy Parish June 12, 2018 at 10:10 am #

    God is the best father a person could ask for.

  66. Cindy Hecker June 12, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    To know that God is my Father means that he will never disown me. He lavishes his love on me. He has chosen me. I am valued, cherished, treasured and precious in his sight.

  67. Megan June 12, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    I would love to share this with my friend that doesn’t have a close relationship with God.

    • Sharon Jaynes June 12, 2018 at 10:29 am #

      Please do!

  68. Doreen Stoutland June 12, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    A Father who loves me just as I am!

  69. Sandy June 12, 2018 at 10:44 am #

    I spent many years trying to get close to my dad, but he was always distant. Mom said it was the way he was raised, but that didn’t help when I would have given anything to hear him say he loved me. When he passed away, I just didn’t feel anything. But eventually God broke through. When I finally realized the REAL love that my heavenly Father had for me, I think I cried for days… making up for lost time, maybe. I didn’t have to earn His love, just accept it. He made it so easy to love him back. I can’t imagine my life without Him now.

  70. Misty Roark June 12, 2018 at 10:48 am #

    My earthly dad passed away when I was 2 years old. God has filled that void and comforted me when I needed it. God has always been here for me, even when I couldn’t see it. I love him.

  71. Holly June 12, 2018 at 11:05 am #

    I have clung to the fact that God is my Father since I was 5. Growing up with a father that was abusive, mentally and physically, was emotionally exhausting. All I ever wanted was to hear him tell me he loved me. I had to earn any compliments I received from him, which were usually followed by an insult or a slam. I’m so thankful that I had a mother who raised me in a Christ filled home. I knew God loved me because of nothing I did, He loved me just because I was me. Nothing I could do would stop Him from loving me. That’s what I turn to on Father’s Day… I remember my Heavenly Father’s love for me!

  72. Elda Bynum June 12, 2018 at 11:09 am #

    Makes me feel secure and loved.

  73. Viola Horvath-Csige June 12, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    My Father in heaven cares for me, I can come before His throne as a daughter, He will never deny me His presence, His provision.Sometimes I literally feel as He would hold me close, it’s indescribable. When I was a single mother He provided for me more abundantly then I could imagine.He is a perfect Father.I never deserved to be called His daughter, but he found me through Jesus.I am beyond thankful for that.

  74. Susan June 12, 2018 at 11:59 am #

    My father was a kind man. The more life I live, the more I realize how kind he really was. Yes, he was stubborn at times, especially about how things appeared on the outside – the house, our going to church, treating customers at his drug store with respect. But once I grew older I realized why – He had grown up in a house with an alcoholic. He had seen disrespect of my grandmother, arguments, and was nearly always sent to go pick up his father somewhere after he had too much to drink. He had been turned down for a place on the church consistory (council) because of his father’s reputation in our small town, and had left that church for awhile, attending another smaller church in town with my mother. Early on, his adult life had been a fight with the world his father had built, full of whispers, snide remarks and drink. My dad was trying to start fresh, becoming his own man.

    He became a wonderful, Christian man, who challenged me quietly with his kindness, taught me with his honesty, and helped build my faith with his own example. Oh, we had our disagreements, but always respected each other. I thank God for the gift he gave me in my dad, and hope his legacy of love becomes my legacy to my own children and on down the line to theirs.

    “But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children.” Psalm 103:17

  75. Karen June 12, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

    To know my sweet perfect God as my Father is everything to me! Happy Father’s Day, my sweet, precious Lord!

  76. Ashley White June 12, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

    Hi Sharon, I’ve been reading your book ‘Enough’ and it is helping me in more ways than you can imagine. I’m 28, my husband and I have been married 8 years and have 4 beautiful kids. We have a wonderful marriage and I am blessed to be married to such a Godly leader. I truly have a happy life overflowing with blessings. Underneath the surface, I struggle with not feeling like I am enough though. Not enough to be the mom my kids deserve. Not enough to be the wife my husband deserves. Not enough to make God proud of me. I know where this deep insecurity comes from and I have prayed about it for years. I am the youngest of 7 children and my mom died when I was three. My dad remarried when I was 5 and my stepmom was a nightmare. She was a verbally abusive alcoholic who constantly drove a wedge between my dad and all of us kids and who told me in many ways that I was undeserving of anything good. My dad never fought for me, he just buried his head in the sand and let her reign like a tyrant. I sing, and many times had a solo in front of big audiences but they never came to a single performance. I always looked out to no one who cared to see me and it crushed me. What was worse was the only time my dad really spoke to me was in fits of rage fueled by her and beat me over very small things. It drove our family apart and I ended up moving out on my own when I was 17 after one particularly bad blow up. 2 years later I met the man who would become my husband and God brought people into my life that taught me the necessity of forgiveness. Through many tears and prayers I was able to forgive my step-mom. She still hasn’t changed but I am no longer bound by the bitterness I had towards her. The crazy thing is through all the years at home, I always blamed her. I wasn’t angry with my dad, I just wanted him to love me and to fight for me. After I came to forgiveness of my step mom, a resentment started to grow towards my dad though. I now struggle so much with my feelings toward him, just wondering how he could just sit back and watch her manipulate and abuse my siblings and I. I never felt like my dad knew me or cared to get to know me, and all I wanted was for him to try. He has made no effort to know my kids and has only seen them twice in their lifetime. I have stood before him, crying and begging for him to be apart of our life; telling him how much I love him and want a relationship with him and he just brushed me aside and changed the subject quickly. All of this just reinforced my feeling that it’s just me. I’m just not enough for him to want to know me or to treat me like I’m his daughter. I have been a Christian since I was a kid and I study God’s truth, I share it with my kids and with others but I still just struggle with this weight of unworthiness and with believing what God thinks of me. I love Jesus, I’m so in awe of him and I see how even in the years when I lived at home, he placed Godly encouraging people around me who helped me through it. I just can’t seem to make myself receive what his word says really applies to ME. If my dad doesn’t want to have relationship with me or to be in my life, who would? My husband recently told me that I dwell too much on what me father says about me that I’m missing what my FATHER says. This brought me to tears because I know he’s right. I’ve prayed and prayed but my heart still struggles just feeling like I am no good. How do I get there? How do I heal enough to move on and receive that God’s amazing truths are about me?

  77. Angela Johnston June 12, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

    What God as my Father means to me is that I wasn’t a mistake, He chose me He knows me even before I ever existed. God loves me not because what I can do or do not do , I am His. God’s Love and faithfulness is beyond my reasoning.

  78. Denise Naranjo June 12, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

    When I think of myself being the child of the Great I Am, I’m overwhelmed. I am the daughter of God Almighty…….always and forever.

  79. Rebecca Jones June 12, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

    Learning the Father’s love, is so important.

  80. Laura Hill June 12, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

    To know that He loves me just because I am His daughter just blows my mind. To know that God is a trustworthy Father who will not hurt me is…unfathomable. He is good. He is good AND He is a Father. It is possible to have those two words together.

  81. Martha T. June 12, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

    Having God as my Father means I have protection,wisdom,and much more available for me!Me!!

  82. Annette Jennings June 12, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

    Knowing God as my Heavenly Father means that no matter what may come that He is there to protect, guide and love me in all circumstances. He will never leave me stranded and always will use the circumstance for His glory and Hid will.

  83. Jane Salmon June 12, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

    Reading your story, I wept in my soul thinking that you, as I, were hurt by the lack of love because of alcoholism. It took me many many years to finally trust God as my Father. I didnt know how to relate to Him..but, because He is God, He patiently loved me into the knowledge of Abba Father or (daddy)… as you said at the end of your talk, I will think just of The Father and His great love for me, His daughter….that should fill my thoughts today. Thank you…….

  84. Jeannette Tergliafera June 12, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

    I know God is my Father because He lifted me out of the depths of despair and saved me when I attempted suicide

  85. Laura Fenstermacher June 12, 2018 at 7:24 pm #

    This recently came up at a leaders meeting. Some of the youth were saying that it hurt to relate to God as a Father. This was such a surprise to me. I had never considered it since I grew up with a loving Father. Since that time more and more situations, and articles such as yours, have reinforced to me that our world is broken and so many come from broken homes. I have been blessed with my daddy. Much urgency to pray for those for healing and that they can have the blessing of embracing their Abba Father.

  86. sandy June 12, 2018 at 7:44 pm #

    I too struggle with the concept of God as a loving Father bc my earthly father was just plain scary. It is my ongoing struggle to accept His love for me. Thank you for putting this into words for me.

  87. Erika June 12, 2018 at 8:32 pm #

    When I think of God as my father, I am reminded He wants the best for me, to see me grow more like Him. Just as I see my kids to trust me, as I want the best for them, so I need to trust God instead of trying to take control as if He didn’t know best. Thank you!

  88. Nancy Young June 12, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

    That someone finally really loves me.

  89. Jan Skaggs June 12, 2018 at 8:50 pm #

    It means security!!

  90. Doris June 13, 2018 at 12:05 am #

    God being my Father means He “knows” me thru & thru & always wants the best for me!

  91. Doris June 13, 2018 at 12:15 am #

    My heavenly Father “knows” me, loves me no matter what & always wants the best for me

  92. Kathy Montanez June 13, 2018 at 1:23 am #

    It make me feel great knowing that my heavenly Father is always with me. Since my earthly father can’t always be with me. It helps me so much to know that I can tell my heavenly Father everything.

  93. Beth Courtright June 13, 2018 at 2:35 am #

    Sharon you asked the question what does it mean to have God as my father. It means somebody I can talk to about anything or nothing at all. Just knowing He’s there is comfort enough. I just love basking in His sweet presence. I’m so happy that He is my Abba Father. Without Him I’m just a shell of my former self. With Him I consider it an honor and a privalidige to be His daughter. I love my Abba Father more than life itself. Thank you Sharon for giving me this opportunity to let me write down my thoughts on God my Father. Love you my sweet friend and sister. God bless you.

  94. Kumedzro Dzifa Irene June 13, 2018 at 5:05 am #

    Thx so much mum, for your daily motivational messages, am grateful and inspire to build my Christian faith.
    At first, I hated God so much, I tot He was so full of partiality because of the deformity on my face that made people mock and tease me I’m all aspects of my life.
    But as time kept going on, seeing people whose conditions was worse than mine, and certain things am experiencing in life challenged my faith and humble me at the feet of God.
    My polluted mentality was cleared off, and now I believe God is a father to all, orphans, widows and many more.
    Had it not been for His love ,I wouldn’t be a Christian as certain people wish to be but had no opportunity.
    Tomorrow is my birthday and am bless to see another beautiful year.
    Thx mum.

  95. Joyce Otzelberger June 13, 2018 at 8:35 am #

    To know God as my Heavenly Father means everything to me. It means peace. Someone to turn to when I’ve lost my way. God is my big strong protector. He takes me in his arms and tells me he loves me and will always be there for me. I can always trust him. He knows my every need. He won’t hurt me or turn his back on me. He is strict on me but always in a loving way. Concerned for my well being. God has always been the one I call when I feel alone, depressed or just want to talk. I love him with all my heart and I know he loves me too!

  96. sheryl petschen June 13, 2018 at 9:09 am #

    I was in my mid 20’s when I realized I had a heavenly Father. I had 3 different names for my biological father at different points in my life. I felt no man wanted to claim me. Also there was incest with 2 male relatives from ages 4 on up to when I went in forster care in 2nd grade.
    Every year at Fathers day I go through wanting to find the man iwth the last name I was given. He’d be in his 80″s. I feel God has him in the ready for me to meet before his homegoing. wishful thinking?
    My answers are in the unconditional love of my Heavenly Father who chose me for His daughter. He has used this broken vessel in many ways and He has made me new in Him. I am thankful for this Journey.
    Jesus made me whole in a manner my humaness could not fathom.
    I am blessed

  97. Sharon Holmes June 13, 2018 at 10:25 am #

    My Heavenly Father blessed me with a Father here on earth who had been blessed with parents that Loved the Lord and believed and followed His word. My earthly Father, Mother and Grandparents were all Chistians who knew Jesus as their savior and studied His word always. Even with this rich heritage I was a prodigal daughter. But I knew in my heart the truth and His truth did set me free. Grounded in His word My family prayed unceasingly for me. His word was written on my heart also. I was lost, but found. My Heavenly Father never deserted me and His great unconditional love was shown thru His servants, my earthly Father and family.
    Having a Heavenly Father is knowing I am loved and precious in His eyes. He gave his life for me even before I was born and then provided my family to teach and show His great love for me, I will always have hope knowing I am His daughter.

  98. Donna Walker June 13, 2018 at 7:31 pm #

    It means everything to me! I did not know a earthly fathers love but knowing I am loved perfectly by God who will never fail me is amazing. I am beyond grateful.

  99. Pam Harris June 14, 2018 at 7:08 am #

    Knowing that He loves me not matter if I do well or if I stumble and fall.Knowing He cares about what matters to me.Having the peace of His protection against Satan and His demons. Having the confidence of eternity in Heaven with Him. I am a joint heir , i am a princess.

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