Why I’m a Daddy’s Girl
We both have a sweet tooth. Actually, we have a full set of sweet teeth. When Krispy Kreme first opened in Texas, my Dad pulled my sister and I out of school to drive nearly an hour to get fresh, hot donuts off the conveyer belt on opening day. Adventures to “the worlds best” snow cone stand and missions to find the best cupcakes in Dallas (they are at Stein’s Bakery, by the way) were a common occurrence growing up! (Ok, let’s be honest, we still go on those adventures today.)
We both love to tell stories. My dad is the best storyteller. He can get an entire table belly laughing with his animated descriptions. And being someone with a secret spontaneous side, who taught me to ask the questions “what’s the worst that could happen” and “why not?”, my dad has plenty of good stories to tell!
And, we both think scaring people is just about the most hilarious thing ever. Once, at our farm house in East Texas my dad and I spent half a day figuring out how to create a pulley system that would slowly lower a very large, lifelike toy spider from a tree and onto the person sitting in a particular chair. Every time we lowered it down on someone’s head, we laughed so hard that we cried — no matter how mad they were at us! My poor David is not a fan of this love that my dad and I share, as he is usually my victim. (Sorry, D!)
My dad is one of my best friends. Growing up he taught me what hard work and generosity looks like. He encouraged me to pursue excellence in all areas of life, and taught me how to laugh at myself when I made mistakes. As a little girl, he set the bar very high for my future husband by treating his girls like princesses and loving his bride well. I am truly so blessed to be the daughter of this selfless, godly man.
I am indebted to my dad for investing in me and loving me so well, because my deep friendship with him has directly affected my relationship with God. My relationship with my daddy has made the fatherhood of God a tangible concept.
Throughout the Bible, God is portrayed as a Father. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us how to address God by using the phrase “Our Father who art in heaven” and 1 John 3:1 proclaims the beautiful truth that we are children of God.
God is often referred to as Abba Father, an intimate phrase similar to “daddy,” because He is the ultimate example of a father. He is holy, fair, just, and “[He] is love” (1 John 4:8). Dad, thank you for making this an easy concept for me to understand. I have always associated “daddy” with love, protection, wisdom, goodness, laughter, and lots of fun!
Today as we celebrate Father’s Day, I hope that we all take a moment to celebrate the faithful fathers or father figures in our lives. But I hope that we will also soak in the good news that we are the children of a faithful, righteous, loving, Heavenly Father!
As a 9 year old, when my daddy showed up at school, rescuing me from schoolwork to take me to get donuts, I was beyond excited. But this news is even better!
Important Note: I know that there are many girls and women out there who long to be daddy’s girls, but never had the opportunity to build a loving relationship with their fathers. My heart grieves for the many daughters who struggle with the idea that God is our Heavenly Father, because their earthly fathers were absent, abusive, or angry. My prayer for you, is that any emotions of sadness, anger, or jealousy that well up inside you on this Father’s Day, will be “swallowed up and overcome with joy because God offers his fatherhood to anyone who will accept the gift of adoption by trusting Christ and yielding to be led by the Holy Spirit” (John Piper).