Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Daddy's arms

For the next week, Ava Beth has to have two breathing treatments a day. She has a cold that almost always turns into a rattling, wheezy sound so it's necessary. All through the weekend, Daddy took care of her so Mommy could work on stuff for her Birthday party. Apparently a strong bond was formed between Father and Daughter! He sat down with her in the glider and gave her all of her treatments this past weekend. I did not do a single one. Before he did the first one I told him that she would wiggle, squirm, cry and do everything possible to get out of his lap. So the first time He sat down with her, I waited around the corner because I knew he would yell for my help. I waited and I waited. I heard the machine so I knew He had to be giving her the treatment but I never heard her cry. From around the corner where I was standing, she did not appear to be putting up a fight. So I walked over to the playroom where they were sitting and looked in. Jeremy just smiled and said, "Sissy likes being in Daddy's arms."

Yesterday Ava Beth woke up sounding pretty yucky so immediately I went for the chair to give her a treatment. Usually I get stressed out about it because of her fight but I wasn't worried at all. All weekend she did just fine and never put up a fight once. As soon as the machine came on, she fought it. She squirmed, she wiggled, she did everything she could do get out of my lap. Then I remembered my Husband and His smile. "Sissy likes being in Daddy's arms."

Our pain in life is hard to endure. Some of us have endured emotional pain such as abuse, rejection, or abandonment. Others have endured pain due to health. Whatever it is, pain is pain. I think about all the different people that I know read this blog and then I think about all the people that I don't know who read this blog. All of you have endured. All of you have a story. All of you have things in your life that have brought you to this day. I have found that through my pain that the best place to be is in my Father's arms. He knows where I have been. He knows where I am going. He longs for me to sit in His lap and be still. He longs to bless me. He longs to make my wildest dreams come true.

Today, I feel so strongly that many of you need a place to sit. You need a place to be still. There is no better place to be than "Daddy's arms."

Thank you Father, my precious Heavenly Father, for loving me the way you do. I am so thankful that I know what a personable God you are. With so many things on my schedule for the week, I know I need you. I commit to throwing myself into your arms and being still.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is amazing how in the arms of God, all you can do is be still. I think we are subdued by his love and in awe of his goodness. thank you God for holding me, comforting me and for allowing me to be still.

KG

Karen Pierce said...

We've all seen the picture of Jesus with His arms outstretched and little children running into them. He really does outstretch His arms to us and gathers us in. Ava Beth is so blessed to have a loving earthly father (daddy) who holds her "safely" in his arms and assures her everything is OK and "this too shall pass". Often times, we trust our Heavenly Father with the same measurement we trust our earthly father. Those of us who have been blessed in our lives to have wonderful daddys we could be held and comforted by, are probably more trusting of our heavenly Father. For those who didn't have fathers they could depend on and fathers that kept them safe, I am so sorry. I truly am. But, know this, your Heavenly Father loves you and you can trust Him. Your name is written on the palm of His hand. Yes, He knows you by name. He will never fail you. He will never harm you. He has plans for you -- plans to prosper you and to give you hope. He wants to hold you tightly today and tell you that He loves you -- just as you are. He will take you just as you are but He won't leave you that way. He will change you forever. Your life will never be the same. Trust Him. Believe Him. He LOVES you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Amanda -

I am sorry your baby is sick - mine is too - I will pray for her so you guys can have a fun Christmas with no breathing treatments. But what a sweet story - baby girls love their Daddy's. I am glad she feels safe in shi arms.

Nancy

sonya said...

thank you Amanda for you blog and thank you Karen for your response, I truly needed this today. pray for me that this air of fear and loneliness will go away and I will rest in the arms of God.

jliddick said...

Thank you so much for praying with me today. Since we spoke today I have had a peace that I haven't felt in months. I will not go through my circumstances alone but will crawl into the arms of the only person who can and does love unconditonally.. I feel I am coming to life again.. Love you Amanda...

Laura Archer said...

Oh, this one is so sweet!! I totally agree with "The Mom"! Our earthly fathers are a picture of our Heavenly Father and what a blessing it is to have our Daddy's! What a comfort to know that He holds us and He's always there in our time of need. I love how you put these things together and really make us think!! You're awesome!