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.
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 encountered. He was pleased when we knew, but there were always some I could not identify. This became a teaching moment, and Daddy encouraged me to pick a flower or leaf so I could grow familiar with them.
The dogwoods were laden with blossoms, and wildflowers were scattered throughout the green grass. There were dandelions, wild violets, and stray daffodils. We saw an occasional rabbit or squirrel which scampered away, when we got too close to them.
This was a springtime ritual; no matter what we had learned on the previous years’ walks, I never minded hearing Daddy’s teachings again. Invariably, I learned new things and relearned things I had forgotten. The best part of it all 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 this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.”
In the Bible, we first know God as Creator, but later He reveals Himself as Father. We read in Matthew 6:9 NKJV, when Jesus’ disciples asked that he teach teach them to pray, He told them,
In the Bible, we first know God as Creator, but later He reveals Himself as Father.
~ Evelyn Mason Wells
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 also 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 we need Him, and He is available when we just want to enjoy His company.
Think of those who were a father figure to you other than your own father, during your childhood and young adulthood. Give God praise for these mentors.
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 Jesus’s Name, 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).
Find her articles/devotions at Refresh Bible Study Magazine and Christian Broadcasting Network.
Evelyn is an Editor, Bible study writer, and devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. She is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Passionate about glorifying God through her writing and speaking, Evelyn enjoys spending time on short-term mission trips, both domestic and foreign. She was recently blessed with an opportunity to speak/minister in Uganda.
Evelyn loves attending Bible Studies, spiritual retreats, and having good conversation with friends over lunch or a glass of tea. She is also an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. Evelyn enjoys good books, her cats, traveling, and especially spending time with her family.
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