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Your Heavenly Father Loves You. . .



. . .even when your dad hurts you.

May I introduce you to Karen Rabbitt? She wrote Trading Fathers: Forgiving Dad, Embracing God, a memoir of her journey from brokenness to wholeness. It reveals the sexual abuse she experienced at four years old at the hand of her father. The abuse, the mixed messages, messed with emotional security.

Has suffering brought you hurt and confusion?

Suffering is deeply personal. Quick fixes don’t last. They may compound the pain. Logical explanations may offend you. Bible verses fall flat. You need help with the emotional problem of hurt. You need someone to listen, not judge.

Do you know that the path to your heart comes through your mind?

Truth matters. God reveals truth about himself, you and me, the world, evil, suffering, and redemption in Scripture.

Karen found out truth matters the hard way.

Immediate Healing?

When Karen became a Christian as a young adult, she expected immediate healing. It didn’t happen. She felt hurt, again. She asked God, “Where were you when I was abused?” Have you asked God this question? 

Karen continued to experience shame, depression, and emotional instability. Only when she allowed God’s truth to penetrate her mind and soul could she find comfort, understanding, and a compassion to help other hurting women.

God challenged her to do the seemingly impossible: forgive her father.

Forgive the Abuser?

You may have a story of abuse too. Or you may have experienced a different hurt. Rejection? Abandonment? Never being good enough?

As Karen sorted out the differences between her heavenly and earthly fathers — and discovered that truth matter and the heart can heal — so can you.

God is good.

He is just.

And powerful.




Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Col. 3:13, NIV

Real Hope!

Do you know the true God? The heavenly Father who doesn’t just give advice. He gives himself! 

God tells us that trials and suffering have a purpose. When you hurt you try to make sense out the the suffering. This is normal. We want relief.

The only path to real relief for your real hurt is this:

Choose to align your worldview with God’s timeless truth: Scripture. As you believe Scripture and act on your belief — loving God with all your mind, all your heart, and all your soul — you will find peace and contentment. You will know real hope.

What’s Next?

Finish this sentence: Lord, I need to forgive _______ because ________. Got a sec? Leave a comment below. Thanks!

Here’s Hoping with You!



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You Are God’s Precious Daughter

dad-daugherYou are God’s precious daughter, sweet sister in Christ.

This may be difficult to believe, to embrace.

It was for me. When I was little, I didn’t know what to make of my dad.

Quiet, sullen, a rare smile.

Yet he taught me how to play chess and instilled in me a love of football. He did the best he could. Only years later did my dad get the medical help he needed. I was glad for him. Sad for us.

Did you have a close, strained, or nonexistent relationship with your earthly dad? How does your relationship with your dad affect you today?

What I Wanted

Growing up, I wanted a Brady Bunch kind of dad. Daddy-daughter dates, shared jokes, tickles, and a daily “I love you.”

I lacked a warm relationship with my flesh-and-bones dad and felt confused over the term “Father” for God.  For instance, since my dad was distant, I figured the Father was too. What is your view of God? Distant? Vengeful? Close? Trustworthy?

What I Got

My heavenly father quelled my confusion and soothed my soul. In my heart, I heard him impress: “You are my precious daughter.”

“Daughter” means family. It means I belong somewhere and to Someone. This thought warms me like a bowl of chili on a rainy day. I feel special, that I matter. What about you? Have you embraced the truth that we believers are children of God?

Find comfort in this promise.

How great is the love the Father has  lavished on us that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are!

Have you embraced your true identity as a precious daughter of our heavenly Father? If not why not? Did you grow up without a dad at home? Was your father abusive? Or an alcoholic? Did he hurt you as no dad should? If your dad wasn’t there when you needed him, if he wounded you, my heart cries for you and with you.

Your True Identity, Daughter

The good news for all daughters: Your Father in heaven adores you. You’re Daddy’s girl. The apple of his eye.

In Ephesians, the apostle Paul wrote, “He predestined us to be adopted as his [daughters] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will — to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves” (1:5,6; NIV, modification mine).

Daughter, God not only loves us but also created you with wonderful care.

 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for you are fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14,15, NIV).

Whatever your shape, color, size — you are perfect to your Father. Of course you make mistakes like everyone else. But — get this, let it seep deep in your heart – you are not a mistake. You are precious.

God’s precious daughter.

Friend, please check out the other articles in the series: Your True Identity. Simply click the “Your True Identity” graphic in the left column and you can see all of them.

Next post: Practical Help for a Father Wound

In Christ and with hope!


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