That’s what Fathers Do

“I’ll pay for it,” he volunteered. My cousin sat, incredulous, as her dad offered to absorb the replacement cost. Perhaps a day or so prior, she’d lost her car keys. It was a nuisance and temporary obstruction to her customary swift mobility. Frustration strained her otherwise chill voice, as other hard-to-replace keys occupied the same ring.

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Declining his offer, she scoured every corner for the keyring that abandoned her for a joyride, without knowledge or permission. Headstrong, she resolved to shoulder the weight of the search and the replacement.

The next time we talked for a round of prayer and business planning, I heard lightness and laughter instead.

We revisited the pending mystery.

Although the keys had not been found, her trademark sound returned, amidst this paradox.

She had accepted her dad’s help.

We marveled, mouths agape, acknowledging that this was a whole word! And not only because the financial element was mitigated, but moreso, the revelation that unfolded.

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!     

Matthew 7:11 WEB

Through it all, my uncle waited patiently. He never withdrew his offer. What followed? Another mic drop moment. A dad had responded to his inquisitive daughter with the why behind his doing, simply stating,

”…because that’s what father’s do.”

In this experience, my cousin reclaimed her dazzle and humor. The transformation filtered through the phone while we talked; And she, from her window, watched the locksmith attend to her car, doing what locksmiths do.

The tizzy? Dismissed. The whirlwind? Evaporated. All in the presence of what fathers do.

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Too often, we kingly sons and daughters, strive and struggle, worry and weary ourselves unnecessarily; but Abba continually abides in His eternally patient nature.

Through His kingdom keys, He makes everything available and accessible to us.

Once we have finally reached the end of thrashing in our own antics, I can imagine Abba, almost humorously as with arms folded, and eyebrow raised, will question, “are you done?”

In those moments, He opens our eyes and hearts to accept His redemption for what was lost.

This provision was always awaiting our “yes and amen” to simply receive.

Why? Because in the words of my uncle, “that’s what fathers do.”

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Light: Be and Do!

Shine your light! And by the way, it’s not so little.

No shade to the Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teachers of the world! Many helped to instill the confidence needed to let “little” lights shine by teaching a sweet tune.

Soar!

That lyric served as a launching pad for the blazing rocket you were intended to be, but that was just the spark for a greater fire.

The light God designed you to be is brilliant, hot, and on the move! That’s what light does: it illuminates, warms, and travels at a unique pace.

Greater is in You

So, be AND do!

BE the light and SHINE the Light!

This dark world needs the Holy glory, heat, and momentum you bring.

Jesus said it. I’m just passing the message!

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

Matthew 5:14‭-‬15 NKJV

So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that your commendable works will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16 TPT
Pierce the Darkness

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Who Loves ya, Baby?!?!

Who loves ya, baby?!?! Sharing from my heart… We receive God’s Love, through the hands and feet of the Body of Christ #vulnerability #bodyofchrist #worthy #identity #godslove https://www.instagram.com/tv/CeUkiAcJ6V5/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=

A little encouragement!

Don’t take the enemy’s foolishness lying down! You have authority and approval. Take it by force! The One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their King will pass through before them, the Lord at their head.” Micah 2:13 NIV #encouragement #violent #authority #breakthrough #confidence #crossover https://www.instagram.com/tv/CeE1Ih-pS02/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=

The in Between: Knowing and Not (Yet)

My good morning questions with the Lord have been evolving as I plumb deeper into a period of transition and trial. Although I thought I would have been out of this “hallway” a long time ago, it feels like I’ve permanently moved in, and the open door that I’d expected has not creaked… yet!

While camped out in the in-between, I am learning to ask,

“What are you inviting me into today, Abba?”

This afternoon, I heard His response filter through the gospels,

“Consider the lilies.”

And while I know little about lilies, I do know what follows in His statement about them, and I know even a little bit more about my Father.

I know…

He dresses them in His splendor.

I know…

They are clothed with His delight. And if He does that for the lilies, then how much more, for one made in His Image and patterned after His likeness?

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,

Matthew 6:28 ESV

Part of me knows…

While I’m in my hallway of transition, with doors all around, that He is the One who will allow the opening into what exceeds my asking and my imagination.

What I do know now…

I would like to wish away the pain of wanting more and longing for what is on the other side of the door; but what I am learning is as much for me now, as it will be for me then.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 NIV

What I know…

This essential part of the journey is wrapped in scripture.

The part of what I do know and what I don’t (yet) works for my good and His glory.

This short post is inspired by a one-word prompt, followed by five minutes of writing, with little to no manipulation. Author, Kate Motaung leads an online writing community in weekly writing and engagement. Savor this as a reader or share your own great writing at FMF (Five minute Friday) http://fiveminutefriday.com/linkup and https://www.facebook.com/fiveminutefriday

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