Are you Daddy’s little girl? Did you grow up with a dad who met your boyfriends at the door to gave them the talk about dating his daughter. I’ve seen it in the movies, and today I believe Dad’s are more involved than the era I grew up in. I’m not suggesting that the older generation didn’t have Daddy’s little girl, but Dad’s were not in the fore front as today. My dad wasn’t mean or abusive, and I’m not laying on a couch telling a therapist that I had a poor childhood, and my diapers were too tight. But I didn’t bond over a campfire, introduce him to my dates, or go to father daughter events. My mom was a stay-at-home mom, sometimes it felt like it was just the two of us. My dad bonded with my brother over fishing trips, road trips in the truck, all the “boy” stuff. I felt slighted growing up, and even more so when I was in my 30’s and had 2 daughters of my own. Why did I not get father-daughter time? I went to work for my dad’s business and then we really butt heads. My dad was a bit of a male chauvinist. When I was 40 I was wandering through a Christian Bookstore. I see the book “Always Daddy’s Girl” * and I am immediately drawn to it. I buy the book and read it within 24 hrs. It changed my perspective on my Dad. I realized that he was just doing his best at being a father and becoming a dad just 3 weeks shy of his 18th birthday, he was definitely on a learning curve. Dad was just another person, and the quality I overlooked was he took us to church every Sunday. He introduced me to the Father I will always have in my Life. He showed me that I was the daughter of the King. God is and will always be there for us, no matter what happens on Earth. Our earthy fathers might fail our expectations, but God will not fail us. I can hear some of you thinking that I am being critical of Father’s in this brochure celebrating dads. It is not meant to come across that way. I love my Dad. He passed away in 2018 and we were on good terms. We didn’t bond over the little things but he taught me the best thing. God loves you. You are the daughter of a King.
Corinthians 6:18 says “I am a daughter of the King”. I am the daughter of a King who is not moved by the world, for God is with me and goes before me. I do not Fear because I am His. How many times does Jesus say the daughter in the Bible? 4 times. As they were traveling to Jairus' house, a sick woman in the crowd touched Jesus' cloak and was healed of her sickness. Jesus turned round to the woman and said "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace." ( Luke 8:43-48) Jesus He used the word ´daughter´ 4 times when talking to women: Matthew 9, 22 - But Jesus, turning and seeing her, said, Daughter, take heart; your faith has made you well. And the woman was made well from that hour. The other 3 times are: Mark 5,34 - And he said to her, Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be free from your disease. Luke 23, 28 - But Jesus, turning to them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, let not your weeping be for me, but for yourselves and for your children. I did not take under consideration if any of these were the same situation. He used the word ´daughter´ several times more when talking about Zion or the people of Israel. The word daughter is written over 100 times in the Bible, but I’m referring to when Jesus called a woman ‘daughter’ in the Bible.
When we see God as our father, we are centering our Life and our presence around him. We know that he can heal us, comfort us and his presence in our lives comes naturally. I felt the presence of God when he comforted me through the loss of Mike. We grow spiritually in understanding God’s perfect love and his relation to us.
Maybe you were Daddy’s little girl, I love that! I also love that no matter what our earthly father has done to shape our lives, our heavenly Father will compliment it, add to it…and be the One true father that we can always count on. Psalm 89:26 “And he will call out to me ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.” God loves us so much. 1 John 3:1 says “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are”