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Daughter of the King - born from above in 1989.

Deborah grew up in a military family and moved to Florida in the early 1970's.  She began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her writing.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Father Knows Best

Father’s Day is approaching and I’d like to send a “shout out” to our son for a Happy Father’s Day. This will be his first Father's Day since becoming a Dad last October to a beautiful little girl. This is a picture of them that I will treasure forever. What a wonderful thing to see your children become parents, and then you observe the tenderness, love and care they exhibit as they cradle their child – your grandchild, for the very first time.  I was blessed and privileged to be present for her birth.

As children of the Living God, we have the perfect Heavenly Father. When Jesus was speaking to the crowds about worry, wealth and judging, He began teaching on asking and giving. In Matthew 7:9-11 Jesus states, “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Our Father knows best. He created us and knows are intimate needs. He alone can fill the void within each heart.

In I Thessalonians 2:10-12, Paul is addressing the church about the tenderness with which he and others nurtured the congregation during its infancy. He says, “You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would have a walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.”

Then in I Timothy, Paul writes to the young preacher in a most affectionate way: “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope, To Timothy, my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.” And again in II Timothy 2:1-2, “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Paul often wrote to the churches he founded with love and concern as he did in I Corinthians 4. He writes,  “I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Therefore, I urge you, imitate me. For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.” (I Corinthians 4:14-17) Paul repeatedly emphasized his emulation of Father God’s love and care for His church in his response and exhortation to believers in the first century.

We all remember the show “Father Knows Best” from the 1950’s and 1960’s. It started every week with the following announcement: "Here are Robert Young and Jane Wyatt, with Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray, and Lauren Chapin in Father Knows Best!" We’d follow the Anderson family each week as they worked through their weekly struggles and dilemmas, as well as interacting with each other at home as the “perfect family”.

The following comment comes from the “Father Knows Best – Official Website” - Jim Anderson wasn't really like a "Father" - he was more like a "Dad", and the TV audience connected. He was a responsible parent who loved his wife and kids. He was a man who would do a paper route in the rain for his sick son, Bud. He was a man who'd always choose to see Kathy in a school program rather than attend an important Chamber of Commerce dinner. His family came first, but it was a delicate balancing act.

This Father’s Day let us celebrate His love: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)

Our Heavenly Father desires reconciliation between fathers and their children. The ultimate example is our being reconciled to Him through His Son Jesus. Malachi 4:6 is a wonderful picture of the pending reward of Christ’s second coming as he speaks of their relationship: “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

Your Heavenly Father longs to love you, provide for, and protect you. He will never leave or forsake you. You can trust Him. He is the perfect parent now and for eternity.

Father Knows Best






Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”. It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion.  It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together. 

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