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Thursday, June 19, 2008
A Letter To My Father

Heavenly Father,

This is your daughter - the one who has been so distant lately. I've missed You. Why is it that the times I need You most are the times I distance myself? Is it, perhaps, because I know just what it is You will say to me and don't want to hear it?

At the beginning of this year You gave me a word and then a verse to go along with it. The word was "Path" and the verse was Psalm 16:11. You know how I am about these things; how I tend to think a thing to death and in the process begin to question and doubt. Well You've made sure there was no doubt in this case. I felt such a conviction of the truth of it in my heart. You were calling me to set aside all my own dreams and desires and simply follow the path of Your choosing.

I did pretty well for a while Father, but then I wandered off on my own again. I guess I just didn't like the way the journey was going. In truth, I lost hope because I didn't think we were making any progress. I couldn't see anything good on the path.

I imagine You smiling about now. You know me so well. I hadn't really surrendered my life to You at all. I was still wrestling for control. I may have wandered off, but You never let me out of Your sight.

I was sitting in church Saturday when Pastor said that You had caused a certain word to stand out to him as he was preparing his sermon. The word was "PATH". Then he gave us verse after verse : Prov. 14: 2,12 Prov. 15: 10,19, 21 Prov.16: 17, 29 and Prov. 22:6. "Stay on the right path," he said, "and good things happen." I nearly jumped out of my seat.

Oh Father, how You love me. I, who am the least of Your children. You love me with a love that knows no bounds. You love me when I am so unlovely, so rebellious, so selfish and willful. You draw me close when I wander away. You extend such mercy and grace. Over and over You cleanse and fill and restore.

I love You Father. I nearly laughed out loud last evening when I went to the restroom before choir practice started and there on the door of the stall was a flyer with the word "PATH" in huge bold letters. Thank You - for loving me in spite of myself; for Your infinite patience.

Set my feet back on the path Father. I'm ready to go - just please hold my hand tightly in Yours. I don't want to wander off again.

With much love,
Your Daughter
  posted at 7:53 PM

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Diane J. said...

Beautiful, Linda, just beautiful.

I stray far too often from His path myself, dear friend, so I know where you're coming from here.

Hope all is well with you and yours.

Love and hugs,


At 10:53 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

Just beautiful, as usual! God has certainly made certain you received His message, hasn't He??

How in the world did I miss your last post as well? I have trouble with my mind turning off as well - but Tylenol PM does work for me like a charm. I hope you can start sleeping better - it is so hard when sleep eludes us.

At 11:30 PM, Blogger Donnetta (momrn2) said...

I never cease to be amazed at God's tender loving care towards us and the ways He continues to draw us unto Himself.

I also never case to be amazed at his patience with me as I struggle through some lessons and invitations more than others.

Beautiful friend!

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Nancy said...

WOW, Linda, that is powerful... I guess God is always that clear, we just don't listen. I love to visit here. You have such a connection with God and I always feel blessed when I visit. Thanks for providing that for me, you are a friend indeed!

At 1:12 PM, Blogger annette said...

He loves you, He loves you, He loves you. You are the apple of His eye...

Very powerful post.


At 5:38 PM, Blogger Susanne said...

In tears because I can so relate and in tears because of the goodness of God to get through to us even when we aren't really listening.

Thank you for sharing this.

At 1:37 PM, Blogger Chappyswife said...

Beautiful, Linda. God is funny. Talk about a sign from Him! He really does love you, and me, even when we feel we don't deserve it, which for me is most of the time.

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Cyndi said...

I LOVE how God does that!! He is so good, so patient, and He knows how we need to hear from Him (or to be affirmed that we *have* heard from Him.) This was another wonderful post!


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