Nobody really accuses me (or compliments) of being like my dad - my earthly one, that is. I never really spent much time with my father while I was growing up or even after I grew up. He lived with us, but he was out in the fields farming most of the time. Then there was the fact that he always wanted a boy, not five girls and then, after giving up, a boy. These days I'm closer to him than I ever was, but we still don't have the perfect relationship. Does anyone?
There's a way to have a perfect relationship with your father, your Heavenly Father, that is. You know why? Because HE is perfect.
Matthew 5:48 "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (NIV)
I'm SO thankful for my perfect, heavenly Father. Because He is perfect, He never lets me down, never breaks a promise, never tells me he never wanted a daughter. He sees me as his princess - a daughter of royalty. I feel special when I am close to Him.
This week I'm also thankful for my earthly father. He taught me to love the countryside - to love animals - to love the simple things in life. He might not have demonstrated that he loves me, but I know that he does and that's all that matters.
Most of all, I'm thankful that God forgives. I've had a jealous heart this week and it goes completely against His will and His plan for my life.To say that it's okay because I deserve more than I have or have ever had, for whatever reason, is not excuse. I go to the Lord in prayer and in tears, so sorry for this attitude that I don't want to have, and He says, "What attitude? It's as far as the east is from the west." I don't deserve that kind of love and forgiveness. That's grace and that's what He does for me each and every day. It makes my heart burst with joy.
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