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.
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In Christ and with hope!