Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.~Psalm 27:10 NLT
I grew up without my biological father. He became uninvolved in my life before I turned two, and I didn’t see him again until I was 26 years old. Throughout his life, he struggled with substance abuse because of the pain he endured growing up. As a result, I lived most of my life without him.
For many years I felt God was distant because the experience I had with my biological father directly influenced my thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about my Heavenly one. Over time, I learned how to separate my experiences with my earthly father from my view of God. It was then that I realized God was not a distant father, and He actually loved me much more and much better than anyone else ever could.
Regardless of your experience with your earthly father, God wants to be your true Father if you’ll let Him.~Brandie J. Muncaster, author of Garden Tales: A Seed’s Story
Fathers play an essential role in our lives. Because our view of God is often directly influenced by how we experience our earthly father, our views of Him can get muddled. When we learn how to separate our view of God from how we’ve experienced our earthly father, we realize God is very different from what we may have believed about Him.
Separating the lies we’ve believed, from the truth of who He really is, makes all the difference. When we do this, we realize God is so much better than any human being could ever be. He is the kind of father who is a mighty protector as well as a loving redeemer. He constantly watches over His children, stands up for their cause, and takes up their grievances in a powerful way. He can do for us what no earthly father could ever do, no matter how amazing our dads are. This is the beauty of our Heavenly Father. The truth is, He loves us better than anyone else ever could.
And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.~2 Corinthians 6:18 ESV
Maybe you grew up knowing the most amazing dad. Then again, maybe you did not. Perhaps your experience lies somewhere between these two scenarios. Regardless of your experience with your earthly father, God wants to be your true Father if you’ll let Him. 2 Corinthians 6:18 ESV says, “And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” This means that when you turn to God and accept Him as your Father, God himself will assume the role of caring for you and meeting your needs in particular ways that only He can.
Share ways you can know the truth about Father God’s deep love for you, His son or daughter.
Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me better than anyone ever could. Please help me fully believe and accept that You are my mighty protector and loving redeemer. Thank You for constantly watching over me, standing up for my cause, and taking up my grievances in a powerful way. If there is anything I believe about You that isn’t true, will you please show me so I can reconcile these feelings? I want to continue to learn the truth about Your true character.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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BRANDIE J. MUNCASTER
Brandie J. Muncaster’s passion for writing is fueled from her desire to help people discover what it means to live and walk in their true identity in the Lord Jesus Christ. As someone who has known the powerful transforming work of God in her own life, she is passionate about seeing others experience the same. Through prayer, and applying the Word, she ministers the love of God.
Brandie is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More and Kingdom Winds.
She is the author of the children’s book Garden Tales: A Seed’s Story. Her work-in-progress is a memoir entitled A Story of Redemption, where she shares how God has brought inner healing through His Word.
Brandie is a conference speaker. She has ministered at Life Potential for Women Conference hosted by Jozel Kale and Luke Laffin; Forest Hill Church Women of Valor Conference hosted by Marilyn Chadwick and Stacey Martin; Southbrook Church Rooted Conference, and Southbrook Church Live Out Loud Event, both conferences hosted by Kathy Johnston; and other venues.
She is a member of Word Weavers of Charlotte; Hope Writer’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and Kingdom Winds Collective.
She and her husband have three children. She enjoys spending time her children playing sports, or visiting the coast or the mountains. Brandie enjoys reading, painting, running, and homesteading. She resides in Charlotte, NC.
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