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Despite having 21 years to prepare a father of the bride speech for my daughter wedding last week – it’s hard as a father to keep reminding yourself that “your little girl” isn’t that little anymore – she has grown up into a beautiful women.
There are many great privileges a father gets to have with his daughter. Things like
- Blowing bubblegum bubbles
- A high five that stings
- Learning to whistle
- First bike ride
- Rollercoaster introduction
- Using power tools
- Fits of laughter and moments of tears
- Learning to drive
- Being Daddy Uber
- What is the “Dad joke”
- Changing a tyre and checking the oil
- Showing how to follow Jesus
- Daddy Daughter hugs
- Going on Daddy dates
- And so much more
But one of the greatest privilege a father has – is walking his daughter down the aisle and “giving her away”. Sad but very special.
Got me thinking about our Father in heaven.
- How He eagerly wants to be with us.
- How He loves to do the everyday life with us.
- How He gently allows us to grow in our faith.
- How He comforts us and walks with us.
- How He releases us into our potential.
- How He champions and believes in us.
1 John 3:1
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God.
He is the ultimate Father in whom we have all trust.
Article by Mark & Cindy, Vision Christian Media
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Dr Kameel Majdali is an ordained minister of the Australian Christian Churches. He preaches all over the world with an emphasis on the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. He also leads the organisation Teach All Nations, a ministry that is dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible. Kameel recently joined the 20Twenty program on Vision Christian Media to share a preview of what to expect in his upcoming Australian tour. His desire is to bring...
The fact is that God is always “up to something”. He’s purposely been out-working His redemptive plan, a plan that’s been underway since day one, way back in the garden. In fact, before the garden.
‘You are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people.’ Ephesians 2:19 NIV
His purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity [people] out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of His household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. In Him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.’ (Ephesians 2:15 –21 NIV)
If your children stood outside your house pleading to get in, what would you think? Wouldn’t you say, ‘Come in, you’re my flesh and blood. I love you, you don’t need to beg’? God is building a house, and you’re part of it. You can come before Him at any time with any need, knowing you will be received with love. God is the loving Father you always hoped for, and you’re the child He always wanted. If you have any doubts about that, look at the cross; that’s how much God loves you. Today you belong to God!
SoulFood: [bible passage=”2 Cor 1–4, Mark 14:43–52, Ps 39, Pro 21:9–13″ version=”esv” heading=”H3″]
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