I’ve got to tell you, I’ve got a great daddy. I didn’t really appreciate him growing up, but as I’ve become an adult, I understand more about all that he sacrificed for our family. Our family didn’t have a lot of money when I was a kid, but nobody worked harder than my dad. And he and my mom never really let us know that we didn’t have a lot. It was an amazing childhood.

The first time I think I realized what a wonderful father I had was when I was about 20 years old. I was in college and still living at home while commuting to a local university. The college group from my church planned a ski trip to a location about a three-hour drive from where we lived. Everybody was leaving on Thursday, but I had classes and work at my part-time job and wouldn’t be able to go with everyone else. At that time, I had never driven that far by myself and my parents were worried about the prospect of my doing it even then. But my daddy didn’t want me to miss it. So he drove the three hours to take me there a day later than the others, then turned around and drove straight back.

That’s my daddy. 

Another time, a few years later, I wanted to try out to sing the national anthem for the Hornets basketball team in Charlotte. I didn’t want to navigate Charlotte alone, so my daddy took the day off from work to go with me.

That’s my daddy.

 He also went with me to Atlanta Braves baseball games even when we knew we would be getting back in the middle of the night.

When I bought my first house, my dad was the one who came to help me with household projects, plumbing problems, and a car stuck in the snow.

That’s my daddy.

But while I’m bragging on him, let me tell you about my other Daddy…

I remember another time, a few nights after my former husband moved out of our house when I was 24 years old. I lay in bed crying, desperate for a sign that I was not alone. All of a sudden, it was as if two big arms wrapped around me and held me there. It may sound crazy, but it was just as real as if my earthly father had pulled me into a hug.

That’s my Daddy.

There have been many similar moments, when no earthly encouragement or comfort would do, that Abba Father has stepped in and provided the peace and all-surpassing love that only He can give.

 “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
I John 3:1a

Maybe your earthly father is no longer here. Maybe you never really had an earthly father who was very present in your life. Let God be that “Daddy” you need.

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And He will lavish you with His love.

That’s my Daddy.


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About Edie Emory

Edie’s knowledge of Jesus and His love started from the time she was born. Because she was raised in a Christian home and taken to church from birth, she realized her need for a Savior early and accepted Christ at the age of five. She received a degree in Communications with a concentration in Print Journalism, and always had the desire to be a writer, but it took a not-so-gentle nudge from the Lord and a giant step of faith to finally make it a reality. Her experience includes several bylines and publications and she authors her own blog at http://www.shewhohasbelieved.com. She also enjoys singing, baking, reading, and watching sports (especially her beloved Atlanta Braves, Clemson Tigers and Carolina Panthers). She lives with her husband Scott and young son Philip in Boiling Springs, SC. She is very involved in her church and is amazed at how the Lord has provided for and blessed her family.
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