Ok! This one I have been wanting to write for a while and today sealed the deal.
About a month ago it was my Birthday. I turned 27! I don’t like planning what I am going to do for my Birthday. I think it’s too much pressure and I don’t like the attention. But, every year when it gets close to my Birthday my sisters and my mom ask me what I want to do?
This year, I decided to go to a beautiful new winery by my house. I have wanted to go there and I decided I would want my sisters, and my cousin to go with me and we could enjoy a glass of wine and a cheese and meat tray.
I got all dressed up with my cousin and we drove to the winery. It was beautiful! We sat outside and had a wonderful time talking. Towards the end of our lovely evening the waitress came to my table and told me that someone gifted me with a bottle of my choice of wine to take home. I was shocked! I was like, “Who would do that!?” I thought about it for a little while and then she said that the person came in this morning and wanted it to be a surprise. I got all giddy and excited! I love surprises when I don’t know they are going to happen. My sisters figured it out and they responded with Awe’s.. and that’s so sweets!… I then asked the waitress, “Was it my dad?”! She hesitated and then said, “yes it was. He was very sweet.” I melted. I guess because it was so unexpected for me and from my dad it was so special. Immediately the verse popped into my head, Matthew 7:9-11, Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!…
Well, that night for my Birthday the one thing I wanted to do was buy everyone a little journal and write down our greatest dreams and desires and then to pray over them. Right after I got the bottle of wine, a good gift, we did this prophetic act. After we wrote in the journals I asked my family, “Do you believe in a miracle working God?” They all responded, “Yes!” Then I asked, “Do you believe that God is good no matter what?” And they responded, “Yes!” Then we prayed over the journals and headed home. How much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!…
I have a hard time dreaming sometimes because I don’t want to be let down. But that really isn’t faith. I want faith that can move mountains.
So what compelled me to write this blog tonight? Let me tell you… Today I had to go home to get a nose ring because mine fell out. Annoying! I decided to make a cup of decaf coffee for my drive back. I looked for the decaf coffee but couldn’t find it. Immediately my dad jumped up trying to look for it. He was looking for a while. I thought it was so sweet that he cared that I had it! I told him that it was ok and that maybe we were out of it and then I left.
I got a text that evening from my dad asking if I was at Lighthouse (where I work) and I told him I was and asked him what was up. He said, “No biggie.” A few minutes later I saw him walking in all smiles. He handed me a bag of decaf keurig coffees. He went and bought me coffee and then dropped it off at my work. How sweet is that? Again, it reminded me of how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!…
I am blessed with a good Father… He never really tells me I’m beautiful or is very affectionate, but he has always been there for anything or time I have needed him. He is always serving me and our family, and he is always aware of our needs.
Lately my dad has been giving me very good gifts. It’s been surprising to me. One of my top love languages is gifts. Part of me wishes it wasn’t because it’s just things, but oh well that’s the way I am. When my dad came in to my work today and did that for me, I felt valued, loved, cared for, paid attention to and so much more. There are things that I want and God knows my tender heart and my utmost desires. God has worked through my dad in the last few weeks to show me earthly fatherly love but also heavenly fatherly love. Crap happens, but God is good and he has good things for those who love him. 1 Cor. 2:9 “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him–
I have been trying to delight myself in the Lord. He is and truly will give me the desires of my heart. Psalm 37:4. As I am writing this it feels so selfish. But, this is what God is teaching me and he wants to bless us and cares about our desires.
Lately the Lord has been talking to me about dreaming, hoping, and my value. No love compares to Christ’s love for me. I need His love ultimately in my life.
God has good gifts for you. Receive them and let him love on you either through Himself or others. Even when it hurts.