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These are the questions that burned on the hearts of my readers this past year:

  • How do I know if that open door is from God?Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. woman standing in doorway looking out at bright sunny day, view from behind and below
  • What do I do when I feel stuck?
  • How do I move on from the pain inflicted by my father?
  • How do I trust God when I really don’t understand what’s going on? 
  • When will God give me a husband?

You asked. And I answered. And since my answers to YOUR questions represented my  top 5 most popular blogs in 2014, I’m running the links here in case you missed any of them.

Be encouraged…and share this blog with a friend who needs encouragement, too.

Cindi’s Top Five Blogs of 2014:

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My daughter was only 2 years old when she first verbally expressed love and understanding for her Daddy.

Little Dana was watching her father mop up the soaked carpet in the church hallway. He had dropped by the church building  to pick up something and found another septic tank overflow.father-daughter silhouette

“What a mess,” he said, angrily, and started the all-too familiar chore of cleaning up. Dana asked a few questions and got short, curt replies. She heard a couple sighs of exasperation as her father, the pastor of the church, tried to keep from  cursing up one side and down the other at the old, rundown building that took so much of his time in maintenance and repairs.

Despite his responses toward her, Dana’s tiny heart  went out to her frustrated Daddy. She crept up behind him, while he was kneeling down on one knee wiping up the mess,  reached her little hand onto his back and, while patting him, softly said,  “I love you, Daddy.” Hugh stopped what he was doing, looked into the eyes of his only child and smiled.

“Thank you, Dana,” he said, this time much more gently. “Daddy needed that.”

How often we, as parents, express our love to our children. We do it on a daily basis, through our sacrifices for them, our provision for their needs, our rules and regulations, and our constant concern for their well-being. But on rare occasions, it seems, do they, especially while toddlers, take the initiative to return that expression of love.

God, as our heavenly parent,  delights in our expressions of love toward Him, as well. He gives us the very air we breathe. He grants us each day as a blessing in itself. He made us with our unique personalities and abilities.  And He longs for us to recognize Him and the love He has shown to us. He doesn’t need  us to love Him. He is God and therefore needs nothing. But He chooses  to want us and therefore desires our love in return.

But, what kind of enjoyment could the Creator of the Universe possibly find in you and me?

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father-daughter silhouetteAfter my post last week — reminding you that you have a Father in Heaven who invites you to call Him “Daddy” — I thought I should follow up this week with some practical tools for those of you who need to move forward out of that “Father Wound.”

If  you are one who has never experienced the love of a father, or has been disappointed through unmet expectations or even hurt deeply by your father, you don’t have to remain “stuck” in that place of heartache from year to year. You can free your heart from unmet expectations, pain and regret by taking a journey of forgiveness that I have watched countless women make:

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Father-daughterEvery year around Father’s Day I get emails from women about their fathers.  They felt either abandonment, rejection, abuse, or indifference from their fathers. It breaks my heart.

But I have seen God come through in amazing ways for the woman who has always longed for a father’s love.  Every year around this time, I post an article reminding my readers of God’s “Father heart” for us and every year it is my most-read post.

So, let me encourage you again this year with how God wants to more than make up for what you may have lacked in a loving father here on this earth.

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