The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.~Genesis 1:12 ESV
Every year when the cottonwoods bloomed, my father took us on a walk in the woods.
The dogwoods were laden with blossoms, and wild flowers were scattered throughout the green grass. There were dandelions, wild violets, and stray daffodils. We saw an occasional rabbit and squirrel which scampered away when we got too close to them.
As he led us across our pasture, over the creek, and into the woods, Daddy quizzed us about the names of the flowers and trees we saw. He was pleased when we knew the answer, but there were always some I could not identify, so Daddy made this a teaching moment, and encouraged us to pick a flower or pull a leaf so we would get to know them by their look, feel, and smell.
This was a springtime ritual. No matter what we had been told the previous year, I never minded hearing it again. Invariably, I learned new things and relearned things I had forgotten. The best part was spending time with Daddy. It was fun, and I loved those walks, simply because I was spending time with him.
And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.~2 Corinthians 6:18 NLT
In the Bible, we first know God as Creator, but He later reveals Himself as Father. We read in Matthew 6:9 NKJV, when Jesus’ disciples asked that He teach them to pray, He told them, “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.”
God wants His relationship with us to be one of love, the kind of love between a parent and child, one which is close and personal.~Evelyn Mason Wells, contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships
When we accept God’s free gift of salvation, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we become His children. God wants His relationship with us to be one of love, the kind of love between a parent and child, one which is close and personal. We talk to Him in prayer, and He speaks to us through Scripture as we study His Word.
Our Heavenly Father wants to spend time with us and wants us to enjoy spending time with Him. He delights in us, and He always has time for us to approach Him in prayer. He is never too busy for us. God is available whenever and wherever we need Him. And He is available when we just want to enjoy His company. This pleases our Father.
Think of those who were like a father to you other than your own father, during your childhood and young adulthood. How did they influence you?
Father God, thank You for Your love for me and for never being too busy to enjoy my company. Most of all, thank You for Your Son’s sacrifice on the cross which made it possible for me to be adopted as Your child.
In the sweet Name of Jesus. Amen
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EVELYN MASON WELLS
Evelyn Mason Wells is an award-winning author who has contributed to Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character (2019 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Glimmers of Heavenly Light (Faith Books & More), Let the Earth Rejoice (Worthy Inspired), Breaking the Chains (2018 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Just Breathe (Worthy/Ellie Claire), and Feed Your Soul with the Word of God (Lighthouse Bible Studies).
She is a Bible study and devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. She is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Evelyn is published at Refresh Bible Study Magazine and Christian Broadcasting Network.
Passionate about glorifying God, Evelyn has been blessed with a speaking ministry that includes trips stateside, and also abroad to Costa Rico, Mexico, and Uganda. She eagerly awaits her next missionary opportunity.
Evelyn loves attending Bible studies, spiritual retreats, and having good conversation with friends over lunch or a glass of tea. She is an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. She enjoys good books, her cats, and traveling. Her favorite activity is spending time with her family—especially her grandchildren, Mason and Lilly.
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