23 In Faith

Daddy’s Little Girl

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” – Billy Graham

I have an amazing earthly father.  He loves and cares for me so well.  When I was a little girl, I loved to sit on my daddy’s lap and snuggle.  We would watch tv together, read books, or share a snack.  When I was close to my daddy, I felt loved, protected and safe.

My Heavenly Father lavishes His love on me.

He pulls me close, onto His lap, where I can feel His heart beat.  And there, in His arms of love, I feel safe and secure.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us.. (1 John 3:1)

My Daddy would often come home from work with little gifts for us.  Gum and candy mostly.  Not expensive gifts.  But it was his way of showing his love and it brought smiles to our faces.  We would wait with anticipation until daddy got home to see what he would bring to us.

My Heavenly Father loves to give me good gifts.

Sometimes they are big.  Most often they are small and immaterial.  Sunsets, raindrops, birds singing.  I am learning to open my eyes to see the gifts that my Heavenly Father has given to me.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  (James 1:17)

My Daddy would give me piggy backs and let me ride on his back.  I would sit on his back and he would take off galloping down the hallway on all fours.  It was so much fun to play and laugh with my daddy.

My Heavenly Father delights over me.

He loves to hear me laugh.  He rejoices over me with singing.

The LORD your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”  (Zephaniah 3:17)

Daddy worked hard to provide for our family, often working 2 jobs just to make sure we had enough money to eat and pay the bills.  Times weren’t always easy, but we always had what we needed, thanks to daddy.

My Father in Heaven has no lack.

His storehouse is full to overflowing.  He has everything that I could ever want or need.  He holds the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.  I am rich as a daughter of the King of Kings.

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  (Matthew 6:31-31)

Daddy use to tuck me in and kiss me goodnight.  I didn’t like the dark as a child, and it was comforting to know that I wasn’t alone at night.  Daddy was always there.

My Father in Heaven is light, and in Him there is no darkness.

I do not have to be afraid when I cannot see, for I know that my Heavenly Father will always lead and guide me.

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  (1 John 1:5b)

I am my daddy’s little girl.

Happy Father’s Day daddy!  I love you so very much.  Thank you for helping me to become the woman that I am today.

And I am the delight of my Father in Heaven.

A daughter of the King of Kings!  The One who loves me with an everlasting love!

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.  (Jeremiah 31:3)

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Child of God
    June 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Beautiful!! I love this Father’s Day tribute to your dad and our Dad!

    Blessings,
    <

    • Reply
      Barbie
      June 21, 2011 at 4:52 am

      Thank you!  Have a beautiful week!

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    Elizabeth M Thompson
    June 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    This is so precious! May God continue to bless your Dad and his special relationship with you.

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      Barbie
      June 21, 2011 at 4:52 am

      Thanks for visiting Elizabeth!

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    Kerri Taylor Smith
    June 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Beautiful!! I am so glad that our Heavenly Father has given us such a wonderful gift as an earthly father!!

    Blessings!

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    Corrina
    June 20, 2011 at 2:26 am

    You said it so well!  I tried to convey a message similar today, but struggled. http://cassoncorner.blogspot.com/2011/06/part-of-todays-sermon.html
    I love what you wrote! 
    We are daughters of the King of Kings, so I guess that makes us Princesses!

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      Barbie
      June 21, 2011 at 4:43 am

      Thank you for visiting Corrina.  I will pop over to your blog and read your post!  

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    Carolyn
    June 20, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Beautiful post Barbie, love our our heavenly father lavishes love on us, it’s something too easily taken for granted!!

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      Barbie
      June 21, 2011 at 4:43 am

      There is nothing better than His love!  Can’t get enough!

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    amydeanne
    June 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    great tribute Barbie! 
    on a funny note, your dad looks a lot like my dad!

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      Barbie
      June 21, 2011 at 4:42 am

      Too funny!  I will have to look at a pic of your daddy!

  • Reply
    Danie Marie
    June 21, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Love it Barbie! Great post. Okay, I’m hooked. Isn’t it great how God brings us together in fellowship sweet?!?

    • Reply
      Barbie
      June 21, 2011 at 4:42 am

      Yes!  I am so thankful I met you at the book launch!  Let’s continue to encourage one another, okay?

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    Wendy Gunn
    June 21, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Delightful post, Barbie.  You are truly blessed.  Thanks for sharing.
    (Just want to let you know that my move from Blogger to WordPress is finally complete and my blog is back up and running on http://www.wendygunn.net — woohoo!  I am so excited.  I hope you’ll come over and let me know what you think:)
    Blessings,
    Wendy

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      Barbie
      June 21, 2011 at 4:54 am

      Oh yay! I am heading over to your new blog now!

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    Adoption Mama
    June 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    This is beautiful!

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    Genny Heikka
    June 22, 2011 at 4:06 am

    Barbie, your relationship with your dad sounds wonderful. I love how you shared that he used to bring little gifts home. That is so sweet.
    This post is just beautiful!
    Hugs to you!
    Genny

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      Barbie
      June 22, 2011 at 8:13 am

      Thank you Genny! It really reminded me that God gives me little gifts every day.  I just have to find them!  Have a beautiful week!

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    carissa graham
    June 27, 2011 at 12:32 am

    this is a precious Father’s day post.  so beautiful.  what a sweet gift to have your father and that he is a worthy examply for you. 

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    Traci
    June 27, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Beautiful!  And I LOVE your new blog layout if I haven’t told you yet.  Love, Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations
    @82c2b0f18b9f5663b3d704ee3a69ec35:disqus http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com

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      Barbie
      June 27, 2011 at 1:57 am

      Thank you so much Traci!

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