Lately I have been thinking of what it means to have a close, loving relationship with the Lord. How can a girl attain a daughter to father attachment to her Creator? What does it look like—to love the Lord? If a child truly loves their parents, then the child would listen to and obey them. So if a girl genuinely loves her Heavenly Father, she would be happy and willing to listen to Him and obey His commandments, would she not?
But there must be more to it than just this! For even a servant can happily and willingly obey their master. But we want more than a master-servant relationship! We want a father-daughter relationship.
A father-daughter relationship encompasses many things. Trust, respect, a willingness to hear and obey, and love are among them. "But the greatest of these is love" (1 Corinthians 13:13). Because if a girl truly has love for her father (both Heavenly and earthly) she will want (or should want) to trust, respect, and obey him.
So what does it mean to have a close, loving relationship with the Lord? How can a girl attain a daughter to father attachment to her Creator? I'm not sure that there are any set answers to those questions. God did not give us a "ten easy steps to having a righteous heart" list because He wants us to come to Him asking, "How am I doing, Lord?" Just as there is no checklist on how to be a lady or how to have a modest attitude, so also there is no checklist on how to have a close, loving relationship with the Lord. It is something, I think, that we must search for inside of ourselves.
It is something that we must appeal to God to find.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
2. Link my blog to yours.
3. Tag others, and comment on their blogs so they know they've been tagged.
I was tagged by Melanie at Complete in Thee
A good book I read:
Birthright by David C. Needham
A great film/movie I watched:
Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version) The best!
A new place I visited:
Umm…I don’t believe I visited anywhere new in 2008!
An inspiring verse or quote I read:
“Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”
2 Timothy 2:22
A new skill I acquired:
I learned how to make delicious chicken parmigiana!
A lesson I learned:
That my purity is a great treasure and it should be guarded as a priceless jewel.
A moment I will always remember:
I will always remember the first time I saw my nephew. He was all wrapped up in his daddy’s arms and, oh, the look on my brother-in-law’s face! It was such a happy moment!
I tag everyone who peels their bananas from the "wrong" end!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
1: In everything she says she must know what she is saying and why.
2: She must not be afraid to be looked down upon by the world if she knows what she is doing is right.
1 Peter 3:14
3: When she is interacting with those of the opposite gender she should be reserved. Friendly but not flirtatious. Kind but not showing any particular attention.
1 Timothy 5:1-2
4: The music she listens to, the movies she watches, and the books she reads should have some purpose beyond keeping her entertained.
5: She should prepare herself in every way to be a mother and wife, both in the skills she undertakes to learn, and in the guarding of her heart.
6: When children are the occupants of her attention she should be good natured, patient, and happy. She should follow their whims, play the games they want to play, and do the things they want to do. Even if they tire her, she must not tire them.
7: When she is alone she must turn her thoughts to God. She must strive to be the young lady who is pleasing in the sight of the Lord. There is no greater goal than this.