I was all prepared to NOT have a post to share for today’s linkup due to my travel schedule. You see, I didn’t get a chance to write a post this week. However, as I headed out the door to teach tonight, my daughter asked if I needed any graphics for the link up and I said, no, I didn’t have a chance to write anything so there is no need. My plan was to post a Father’s Day blessing and the linkup survey. Well, as you can see below, that isn’t the case.
My daughter Brandi is brilliantly creative. God has gifted here in so many areas of creativity. She sings, she paints, she writes music. She is our churches entire media department; creating everything from promotional materials and videos to weekly announcements and blog post graphics.
But I have always loved it when she would write. Maybe because that is something we share. Although, she hasn’t written anything in a very long time. (Actually, I think the last time she wrote something was about four years when she was a senior in High School). So it’s no wonder that as I was heading out the door her words stopped me short.
As a side note, she replied in passing, that maybe she would write a guest post for me.
Oh no, I wasn’t going to let this moment pass by.
“Of course you can, I would love that!” (oops, ok maybe my response a little too exited for her… deep breath – calm down)
“Oh, ok, well, If not for tomorrow’s linkup then maybe you can write one for this summer?”
She nodded and said, “Yeah. We’ll see.” and then I was out the door.
Well, we shall see indeed! I am so incredibly honored and excited to share with you the post God laid on my daughter Brandi’s heart. I pray that it will touch you and bless you as much as it did me when I read it
late, rather earlier this morning.
The Father’s Heart
By Brandi Kitterman
When my mom mentioned she wasn’t sure if she’d have time for a blog post this week due to her travels, I felt the Holy Spirit nudging me. And so, I opened my mouth and offered to write a guest post.
Seeing that Father’s Day is right around the corner; I say we talk a bit about our Heavenly Father.
Let me start by saying that I have a great earthly father. I was, and still am to this day a Daddy’s Girl. Cherished are the nights when we go out on a “Daddy-Daughter Date”, when we stay in and watch a movie, and when we rock out together to “oldies”.
As close as I am to my dad, about a year ago, I realized that I had been neglecting tender moments with Father God. The sweet moments in worship where He calls us to crawl into His lap, or my quiet time alone when I needed a Father. In my mind, I had always envisioned Father God as the one who disciplines and lays down the law, the one that’s just a little too harsh for my taste.
But I had been believing a lie about who He is on a fundamental level.
Jeremiah 31:3 says “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
Father God loves us! He loves me, and He is kind. Of course, because we are His children, He can’t let us run wild, but I forgot all about His heart for me. His true intentions towards me. I had heard Jeremiah 29:11:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
But somehow I overlooked it or ignored it or perhaps it just didn’t click. Whatever the reason, I felt as if I needed to distance myself from Father God.
I was so very wrong.
One day while I was taking a class during a worship school, the speaker gave us time and told us to ask each member of the trinity what they were thinking when they created us. This is what my encounter with the Father looked like:
I walked up to the throne, wringing my hands nervously, afraid to look up, to look at God. I could feel my heart beating in my chest, worry at what He might say. He waited for a moment until I looked up. The corners of His eyes crinkled with a bright smile and he patted His leg-an invitation. I hesitated for just a moment before climbing into His lap. While staring at my hands, I asked the question: “What were you thinking when you created me?”
He looked me in the eye and said, “My child, I was thinking of something brave, something strong. I was thinking of someone gentle and loving. I was thinking of you. I was thinking of something more beautiful than any flower-and I was so excited.” He kissed my forehead and whispered, “I created you to love and be loved. I love you.”
It was in that tender moment that I realized how much the Father loves me. How much He truly desired to spend time with me and all the lies I had been believing were stripped away and all that was left… was love.
I strongly recommend that you take the time to ask God, “What were you thinking when you created me?” Don’t be afraid. Be bold, be brave, dive into the love of the Father and never come up for air.
Make sure to wish all the Fathers and Spiritual Fathers in your life a Happy Father’s Day this Sunday.
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