Thursday, April 16, 2009

THANKFUL THURSDAY...I am God's daughter

WELCOME TO THANKFUL THURSDAY!
I am so glad that you have found us. This is the place that many of us gather each week and give praise and thanks for all that God has blessed us with. I hope that you will stick around and share with us what is on your grateful heart today...

I love watching my daughter interact with my husband, her daddy. Even at the age of 13, she enjoys curling up on his lap as he sits in the recliner. They will many times sit like this, while watching TV, even though she has outgrown his lap. It doesn't matter ... they just love their cuddle time.

It always brings a smile to my heart when I see this or the times that her daddy just gives her some money for no reason or what joy I feel when I hear that sweet little voice of my teen daughter asking her daddy for something and he most certainly cannot refuse her.

One of the reasons it brings me utter joy to watch this is because as a young girl I did not have this experience. I did not have an earthly father who bragged on my accomplishments and who encouraged me to be all that I can be. (read part one of my testimony here!) Every girl should have a daddy that does all of these things and MORE! She should feel like a princess.

Did you know that no matter what your circumstances are with your earthly father...(good, bad or no remembrance) that there is a Father who adores you. He never takes His eyes off of you. He loves you like no other father loves his daughter.

Today, on Thankful Thursday, I am so grateful for this truth - the truth that we are princesses! His princesses. We are God's daughters!

God, my Father has such a dream for my life, one far greater than what I could possibly dream. When God looks at His children, He sees someone whom He passionately loves. He sees someone He cares about, and He sees someone He is extremely proud of!

"And remember, each one of us is given only one life. Your days on earth are not a dress rehearsal so that you can come back and try again. Every life counts. Your life counts. Heaven is watching to see what you will do with the life you have been given." - SHEILA WALSH
Isn't it awesome that God has a big lap that we can just crawl up upon and just have "cuddle time" with our Heavenly Father anytime that we choose to.

ISAIAH 46:4 "I will be your God through all your lifetime, yes, even when your hair is white with age."
WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR TODAY?
Why not share with us the blessings of being a child of God. Be sure to leave your encouraging comment below and link back up with us so we can rejoice with you on this Thankful Thursday!



29 comments:

Denise said...

Beautiful my friend, so beautiful.

Melanie said...

I am so thankful to be God's daughter, too!

Happy THankful Thursday, Laurie!

Lynn said...

Hi Laurie,

What a wonderful post about the Lord and us - His girls...

Beautiful. Have a wonderful TT. Hugs

Ann said...

Great post! Happy TT--my post is about my daughter, Harmony :)

Pia said...

i'm so grateful to be His princess. blessings to laurie...

Grammy said...

This was a wonderful post, Thanks! I too know the joy of my step dad playing with my kids. My mom did not allow me to play but I told her that they were just having fun. So it was ok. She is not one for affection or kindness. But I made sure my kids were loved.

Rita T. said...

Amazing post. I really came away encouraged tonight.

Rocks said...

Hi Laurie! What an encouraging thankful post :) I am so glad I belong to God's big family. We have the same Father and I am so happy we are sisters!

It Feels Like Chaos said...

I, too, did not have that kind of relationship with my dad and am so thankful for my Heavenly Father and for a super earthly dad for my little girl!

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Happy Thankful Thursday! :)

Genejosh said...

i'm so blessed with your testimony about your father...mine is up to at I am God's daughter!

MiLeT said...

such a touching post. it made me remember how attached my little girl is to her daddy despite the fact that he only comes home twice a year.

god bless!

More Than Conquerors said...

I am so thankful too that I have a loving Heavenly Father Who love me dearly, more than any earthly father ever could. Thank you for this precious reminder, Laurie. Thanks for sharing this encouraging post with us. Happy Thankful Thursday!

Sarah said...

It's a great post. Thanks for sharing. Blessings

godsown said...

I so enjoyed to meditate today on this subject.
Blessed TT and Thanks for the hosting!

Melonie said...

This is an awesome post. Oh no, my eyes are "leaking" again. ;-)

So well said!!! Thank you for a lovely post.

eph2810 said...

Amen to that, Laurie. Yes, I am forever grateful that He has time for me whenever I need it :)

Thank yous so much for sharing your grateful heart with us.

Blessings to you and yours...

mom said...

I, too, did not grow up with the example of a loving father...your daughter is very blessed. But, what a joy it's been discovering the love of a Heavenly Father throughout my adult life!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Erica said...

What a great reminder.
I love that truth!

Jerralea said...

Thanks so much for posting this. I had a great relationship with my dad, he was the most important person in my world. This is a picture of how it should be with our Heavenly Father, as well.

God bless you and thanks for hosting!

Laurie Ann said...

Laurie, this was just precious. This theme moved me to tears as I wrote on it, and once I came back and read your post I was moved again to tears. How great is our God that He is our Father and we are daughters of the King? Very humbling and yet it gives me such a comforting and full of confidence feeling! Thanks so much for hosting and have a Happy Thankful Thursday in Him.

~ Being Woven said...

I, too, am grateful for God as my Father. He has taught me so much and loved me through even more! My earthly father died a month before I turned 13 so missed the precious time your daughter is experiencing. But my Daddy was wonderful to us, loved to play with us, put us on his foot to play horsey, tickled us, taught us many lessons of life prior to his death. I am grateful for the parents God gave me.
Thanks for your post. It brought back some bittersweet memories for me, of which I am grateful.

Angie said...

Sorry it has taken me SO LONG to get here! Truly I meant to!!!

What a blessing your post was to me this morning Laurie as I read it through. God has been AWESOME--and to be HIS DAUGHTERS is the biggest thrill of my life!!!

Thanks for sharing this today!

Debra said...

Laurie,

So grateful for my Heavenly Father and how he restored the relationship with my earthly father too.

Blessings to you today. Happy TT!

purplemoose said...

Oh, wow. . . . I just went back and read your story of the reunion with your dad. Oh wow. . . My relationship with my dad was difficult at times too, your story had me in tears!

(I wanted to let you know, in the 3rd story, where it links to the 4th story. . . that is a bad link. I was able to find the 4th story in your archive though.)

BoufMom9 said...

What a beautifu, beautiful post! I too love the relationship my daughters share with their father (and their heavenly Father as well)

Blessings this beautiful Thursday!

Debbie said...

I'm a little late in getting my thankful Thursday post up but better late than never, I guess. You wrote a beautiful post today. I am so thankful that I am God's daughter too. It's amazing how much love He has to go around. I was blessed with a good earthly father too and I'm realizing more and more how very rare that is.

Peggy said...

Blessings Laurie,

I'm late but I haven't been doing Thankful Thursdays for a long time and you & the KING drew me here today!

I am so thankful that you shared this lovely theme. I love how you love your daughter & your husband. I love how you love the LORD! I love how you serve the LORD!

I love the quote by Sheila Walsh cuz I love her too!

You encourage me with your part one of your testimony! Your words are so wise on our earthly & heavenly Father! Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for hosting this for Iris with Lynn! I love you & your ministry here!

Michele Williams said...

Yes, I love being God's daughter too.... Enjoy your moments with your daughter... they grow up fast! My baby girl... is....33 years old!