A Father’s Presence

Since Scott’s been staying with us, the past few days have been really nice. Kyle and Katie aren’t able to see their daddy that often, so when he comes to town, we make sure to spend as much time together as a family as possible. It is so fun to watch all of them interact, but last night, it was particular fun to listen to Kyle and Katie.

We’re all in the living room/kitchen/dining room area, and Kyle and Katie were closer to the kitchen, chatting, planning, scheming about Disneyland. They’re close anyway, but when their father’s in town, they seem closer, happier, more sure of themselves, and I woke up this morning with a revelation: of course they’re more like themselves; they’re in the presence of their father! And then God began to reveal to me how all HIS kids act, when they’re in His Presence.

There’s a real threat that some people only feel whole, only feel one hundred percent, when they’re involved with church people, at church events, in the middle of worship, etc., but what happens if those options were on the bottom of the list for a short time because of other events, occasions, etc.? Do people fall apart inside because they feel absent from their Father, their spiritual family? If so, it doesn’t have to be that way.

For three days, I haven’t listen to worship, but God hasn’t stopped singing throughout my soul. For three days, I haven’t been to a church service, but I feel all of heaven in my midst. For three days…etc. It doesn’t matter. What I’m doing, where I’m going, who I’m with, doesn’t affect who I am or where my Father is. I live, breathe, move in His Presence, and no one will ever come between us…EVER! I choose to always stay in His Presence in the middle of “Famous Footwear,” in the middle of “Target,” in the middle of the news…His Presence remains.

I love watching Kyle and Katie around their daddy and Carolyn and Nathan around their Uncle Scott. They KNOW their relationship with him. They KNOW where they stand with him.

It was so cute: when we were all at Target, Carolyn and Katie picked out some last minute things, and right before Scott paid, they came up, and each gave it to the cashier, without asking Scott, because they KNEW he would get those things for them. It reminded me of royalty, of knowing who you are, of having a relationship with who was taking care of you.

Having a relationship with God has created those things in me. I KNOW I’m His favorite and expect to be treated as such: with respect, honor, love. I KNOW who my Father is and allow Him to take care of me. Being dependent on Him has raised my confidence, my boldness, my presence with Him, much like I see in Kyle and Katie right now, in the presence of their father.

I’m so excited for the next few days: watching them be spoiled with Disneyland, the hotel, food, fun. I especially can’t wait to see what God does, what He reveals, who He heals, etc. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

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