From Glory to Glory

In my book, I refer to the disappointments in my father’s and my relationship. I did so to make the point that while our fathers may let us down, DADDY God never will. As I also mentioned, I admire my dad and am proud to be his daughter.

There are so many nuggets of wisdom he’s given me that have informed the women I’ve become. One of them is that your children should have more than you had. It was a simple statement encapsulating his fatherhood “mandate.” When it was all said and done, he wanted to be able to say he provided more for his kids than his parents provided him. “That’s the point of having kids,” he said. That concept burned in my mind and the Lord took it further.

What’s the point of providing them more?

So they will go farther and higher. Jesus said, in essence, to His disciples, “greater works will you do (see John 14:12).”  That’s what my husband and I believe for and tell our children.

They need to know God takes generations from glory to glory. We’re pouring into them and as God works in the good ground of their lives, He’ll do greater works through them and display greater glory in them.

I thank my dad for speaking words of wisdom that will impact our family for generations.

 

 

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Encourages women to move past the limits of their relationships with their fathers to find identity, acceptance, and unconditional love in the ultimate DADDY-daughter relationship with God.

That Was You Once

ChocolateAnother Friday family movie night written in the books.  We watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for the second time.  A classic for sure, especially compared to some of the nonsense passed off as appropriate for children these days.  And it’s a nice bonus to sit and enjoy a movie with your kids that you first enjoyed as a child.  Then there’s the chocolate, all that yummy chocolate!

Last night, I had the same reaction to one particular character in the movie.  I find the attitude, language and demeanor of the main antagonist, Veruca Salt, infuriating.  “Brat” does not begin to describe her!  That character is a blatant example of parenting gone very wrong.  I made a flip comment about her in full earshot.  Thought nothing of it at the time.

While showering this morning, I replayed my comment in my mind and how it negatively influenced my kids’ attitudes toward the character (Veruca’s behavior was encouragement enough, but still).  The Holy Spirit interrupted with a simple phrase, laser like in precision, yet painless.  “That’s how you looked to the Lord before you were saved.  That’s how everyone looks before salvation.”  Before I could get the proverbial “but” in, I said His words again out loud, slowly.  Of course, He’s right.  Of course I did. 

Before Jesus saved me I was in a prison called sin, courtesy of Adam.  It’s a repulsive place and, likewise, the resulting acts.  The beauty of God is His response, starkly different to mine.  It spite of my offense to His holy sensibilities, He reached out to me in love and offered rescue from that depraved state!  Mine for the taking, most undeserved.

With that gentle, loving correction I had a new perspective on Veruca.  I felt pity for her.  She didn’t know that the love of a father saves you from your folly and continues to correct wrong thinking when needed.  I have to share it with the kids.  Before I left to go grocery shopping, I told them the truth.  None of us were better than Veruca Salt.  But God…His love His awesome.

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Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 

Hebrews 12:11