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Your Heavenly Father Loves You. . .

 

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. . .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.

Loving.

Compassionate.

Forgiving.

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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Your True Identity: Blessed!

blessing aboundsWhen my husband and I adopted our first child as well as the two who followed, well-meaning folks often declared, “How blessed are your children to have you as parents!”

I replied, “No, I am the blessed one.” And I meant it.

God blessed me. He blesses you.                                                                                   

God has not only blessed me, he calls me blessed. He calls all who are in Christ — who embrace Jesus as Savior — blessed. It’s another aspect of your true identity in Christ. Discover another one now.

Mary’s Story

Mary, the mother of Jesus, embraced this name. In the gospel of Luke, she humbly boasts, “From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name” Luke 1:48,49, NIV.

Do you embrace your blessedness? The word “bless” means to speak well of someone. Mary’s song in Luke praises God’s choice to exalt the humble and to diminish the proud. It’s the great reversal. The strong shall be weak, and the weak become strong.

The apostle Paul confirms your blessedness.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing. Ephesians 1:3 

God blesses believers. He has blessed you with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. Every means every. . .even when you feel “less than.” You cannot get more blessing. You have it all. How does knowing you are blessed now change your attitude about yourself? about God?

Life Is a Battle

Financial struggles, tough emotions like fear, anger, and depression, illness, grief, confusion — these challenges wage war in our mind, body, and soul. Yet God’s blessings prepare us for success in battle with the forces of evil who also are part of the heavenly realms (that is, the unseen spiritual world).

So we need not feel “less than,” for God has armed us with every blessing we need to win. Among the fiercest battleground: the mind.  The apostle Paul says,

 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2 

Don’t Forget!

God knows we need to remember our blessedness when the Satan dupes us with lies, which may have a kernel of truth.

A while back, I stupidly locked my keys in my minivan. My self-talk turned toxic and tangled: “Stupid, stupid, stupid. Lucy, you are stupid.” Forgetful, yes. Stupid, nope. Yet Satan insisted I am and tried to get me to agree with him and spiral downward into a pit of pessimistic thinking.

Who should I believe? Satan or God? Who should you believe?

Get Your Hope On

The Lord wants you to know hope, to live hope. Listen to these amazing words of blessing for you.

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life.
James 1:12

Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Luke 6:21

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God. Matthew 5:6-8

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Hope to You!

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