As we anticipate Father’s Day and celebrating dads, we have a guest blogger who encourages us to also anticipate and look forward to time with our Heavenly Father. You will love Dave Moore, author of The Father’s Love. He has been on the 700 Club, sharing his story of looking for his runaway son and finding God in the process. A true prodigal story. You can click on the link below to find out more about his book. Be blessed by his words.
With faith, hope, and love,
Lori & Becky
Anticipating FATHER’S Day!
We have all anticipated many things in our lives. Love, money, vacations, a new house, car, the list can go on and on.
The hunting or fishing trip is a good example of anticipation. There is hardly anything like the thrill of sitting in a deer blind on opening day, anticipating that big buck is going to walk out, and then when it does, well, the adrenaline begins to flow and it is nearly impossible to sit still! How about fishing? All of a sudden a fish grabs the bait with a jolt and you begin to anticipate what kind and how big it is! I’m a big college football fan, and as I watch my team drive down the field for a possible game winning touchdown the anticipation becomes so strong I begin to yell encouragement and shouts at the television as if the players and coach can hear me.
I want to ask you today, of all the myriad things in our lives that we anticipate, are you anticipating the presence of God? When you go to church are you excited about meeting with God? When you go into your secret place to pray or to just listen, is the anticipation powerful like it is for all the other things you look forward to? If not, why not?
Every good and perfect gift comes from above (James 1:17). How many good and perfect gifts has the Lord given you? The love that you feel for others and the love others feel for you? The joy and love for our children? A home, food, the beauty of friends and this earth we live in? I can go on and on but God has given me (and you) so many good and perfect gifts. He paid our fine that we couldn’t pay and made a way to spend eternity in Heaven with Him and our loved ones. The biggest gift ever!
The times that God has revealed Himself to me have been the most awesome moments in my life.
It was in those times that I had been desiring Him, pressing in to Him, seeking His face, His kingdom, and His righteousness ,that He revealed Himself to me. I have always said (and I truly believe) that we can have as much or as little of God that we want, it is up to us.
When you set a specific time to spend with God, maybe the first thing in the morning, you will begin to anticipate Him showing up. When you prepare yourself at home on Sunday morning to praise and worship Him , then -when you get to church, you will not have to wait until the last song to get in the mood. You will already be anticipating His presence. We celebrate Father’s Day one day a year. Shouldn’t we celebrate “Father’s Day” a minimum of 52 Sundays a year? Better yet, 365 days?
God loves you so much and He desires to spend time with you. Just like the father in the story of the prodigal son He is waiting and anticipating you coming home right this moment. Will you love Him and give Him your all? Will you start anticipating fellowship with Him?
I love all who love me. Those who search for me will surely find me.
Proverbs 8:17 (NLT)
But the hour cometh, and now is,
when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:
FOR THE FATHER SEEKETH such to worship him.
John 4:23 (KJV)
Happy FATHER’S Day
Dave is a Chaplain and the author of The Father’s Love. He visits and prays with the sick and the spiritually lost in hospitals, jail, and prison. He goes where ever God calls him. Dave’s book, The Father’s Love, is the award winning, amazing true story of his search for his missing son, David, and how he found his faith in God. Dave is married to the love of his life, Dorinda. They have three sons, Shane, Adam, and David.