19.6.15

Finding God's Presence--Daddy, I Love You

You're in for a treat with my guest blogger, Nan Jones, today! When I first met Nan at a Christian Devotions writers’ conference several years ago, I immediately sensed the fragrance of her love for Christ.Over the years, I’ve watched Nan consistently cling to that love and put her faith into action.
She is an author/speaker who “uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. Her devotional blog, Morning Glory, has become a place of community for Christians to find encouragement in God’s Word and comfort in His Presence.” 
She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire. 
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas will release her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor’s Wife June 30, 2015. Blessed to be a beta reader, I can say this book is wonderful. You’ll hear more about that in an interview I do with Nan later this summer.
Nan also features as a guest blogger on several sites and I’m delighted to have her guest blogging for me this week


Finding God's Presence ~ Daddy, I Love You 

by Nan Jones



The pitter-patter of tiny feet echoed through the hallway, running gleefully towards her dad.

"Daddy! Daddy!"
Daddy sat his briefcase by the door just in time to receive a leaping toddler into his strong arms. Father and daughter hugged, exchanging glances that reflected their adoration of one another. Hearts raced. Faces smiled. Eyes gleamed.


The child relaxed in her daddy's arms. She placed her chubby little cheek next to her father's and quietly whispered, "Daddy ... I love you, daddy."


The one the child had been seeking, she found.

Similarly, Psalm 27 offers a declaration of David's faith. David says, "When You said, 'Seek My face,' my heart said to You, 'Your face, Lord, I will seek.'"

To seek in Hebrew is baqash (bah-kahsh) meaning to look with diligence, to search earnestly until the object of the search is located. It requires action. It requires intention.

At the sound of her father's voice, the toddler ran through the house searching, anticipating her father's love. I want to be like that. I want to listen for my Father's voice with anticipation. I want to keep my eyes open so I won't miss the Lord when He's passing by.

When I hear the Lord's sweet whisper—when I know He's near—I want to race towards His love, leap into His arms and cry, "Abba, Father ... Daddy, I love You."

"But from there you will seek the Lord your God, 
and you will find Him 
if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul." 
~ Deuteronomy 4:29





Author Nan Jones
When Nan is not writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. 
You many visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com or her blog, Morning Glory: http://morningglorylights.blogspot.com/. Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at nan@jubilantlight.com.


2 comments:

  1. Sally, I'm so honored to be your guest today. Thank you. You are a blessing.

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    1. Nan, thanks for sharing your sweet thoughts of Abba, Father with us. I look forward to interviewing you soon. Have a blessed and joyful day.

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