A Good – Good Father

It’s 7:05 eastern time – my dad took his last breath one year ago today and at that exact moment. God was gracious to my dad. His passing was beautiful and for the first time in two weeks he tried to talk – with his three children in front of him and tears rolling out from his eyes, he mouthed, “I love you” the best he could. It was a beautiful gift that God was giving us, one I know will be treasured from each of dad’s children.

Throughout the year I have experienced an entourage of emotions, but the best one – the healing emotion.

Over the last six months God has had me serving a group of ladies coming out of addiction through a program called The Charis House. Prior to that (in December of 17) I began reading Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio. Shortly after I learned there was a Bible Study that went with the book I ordered the DVD and study guide. In this study I walked through some tough – tough topics.

The Giants of:
                           Fear.
                                   Rejection.
                                                    Addiction.
                                                                      Anger.
                                                                                 Comfort.

As I began leading these ladies through the same chapters God had already used to start revealing those layers in me, He began to go to work in them. The Holy Spirit showed up and showed out. What an amazing honor to sit on the side lines and see how the Holy Spirit began working to reveal the layers of pain these ladies have lived with for so many years.

Two weeks ago we began a new study through the hit release movie, I Can Only Imagine. Again – dealing with rejection in the first week’s study.

Let me ask you this –

“How do you break an old habit?”
“You make a new one.”

We can not just quit doing something.

We must replace it with something else – something positive, and that is what this new study is doing very well. It is a very basic study, just like Goliath Must Fall, but it takes a very good – strong approach at how to combat that feeling life of rejection.

In the image below the fist represents the pain of rejection, abandonment, unforgiveness, bitterness, adultery, addiction (it can represent whatever it is that needs to be healed) and the hand covering the fist will become the replacement of something new -not just a covering – a total replacement. Something new.

We must counter the pain with truth and make that truth life applicable. 

hand covering a fist

Here’s the example of the study –  I mentioned we are working through rejection again, but this is how amazing God is. These same ladies already went through rejection through the Goliath study, they already have dealt with mountains of pain, but guess what –  this a different approach and God has already started revealing another layer for some to deal with! It has been incredible!

How do we counter the pains of an earthly father? We combat it with the introduction of a Heavenly Father’s love who adores His children.

We learn about the character of God.

There is a God in Heaven that, IF you have accepted Him as Lord and Savior, then you have a Father in Heaven that loves you and adores you. So by learning the Characteristic of a loving Heavenly Father, it begins to replace heal those areas of rejection and fills them with an indescribable love and peace that only God can give you.

We become confident in God’s amazing love for us, as His sons and daughters and we will one day, walk in the freedom of acceptance through a Heavenly Father that loves us and wants more for us than any earthly parent could ever do. And the more time we spend with God, learn about Him, spend time in creation – the more we can see His hand in our lives and the more we surrender to Him, the more we love Him. The more we see His grace, even when we don’t have the answer’s to “Why” we will get to the point where why really won’t matter.

So today,  my hope and my prayer is for anyone that has experienced the pain of rejection, or abandonment, or abuse by the hand of an earthly care taker, that someone out there will know there is hope in healing process through our Lord.

There is a Heavenly Father that hung the moon for you.

He loves you.

He created you for His purposes.

He has a plan for you. And it’s a good – good plan.

And even when you feel you are alone – He is with you.

If you are suffocating in the pains of rejection, can I encourage you to study the characteristics of God. Get to know Him. Ask Him to replace and heal completely your thoughts of a defective God. If you are like me, you really couldn’t grasp that the God of the Universe could love you because of your own personal experiences in life. Don’t blame God for a human’s screw ups. He’s a good – good Father. A perfect Father.

Good, Good, Father

I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you’re pleased
And that I’m never alone
You’re a good good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching
For answers only you provide
‘Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word
You’re a good good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
Because you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us
Oh, it’s love so undeniable
I, I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable
I, I can hardly think
As you call me deeper still
As you call me deeper still
As you call me deeper still
Into love, love, love
You’re a good good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
You’re a good good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
You’re a good good father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
You’re a good good father
You are perfect in all of your ways
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
You are perfect in all of your ways
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am
Songwriters: Anthony Brown / Joseph Patrick Martin Barrett
Good Good Father lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group

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