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♥ I thank God for seeing me through another week. The last week has been a very busy one for me and I am thankful to God for His strength and grace daily. I am learning to look to Him and rest in Him daily.
♥ 2 days ago my family and I went to the columbarium where my dad's ashes are kept. My dad passed away from heart failure 9 years ago and my family goes once a year to the place where his ashes are placed to remember his death. We put some flowers there.
My dad loved my siblings and me very much. But my mother said, I was his favourite child :-) My mother said when I was a little child, I looked so much like my father! My dad loves me very much and I do missed him a lot.
I am glad that I have the privilege to take care of my father in the later part of his life when he was ill, together with my family. God has been good to my father. He went with me to church for a few times and heard the Gospel. Though he didn't make any open profession as to whether he has trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour, he did tell me on a few occasions that he believed Jesus Christ is the living and true God. I cherish the hope that the Lord may have worked in his soul while he was alive, and possibly I can see him one day in Heaven. But all these are in the Lord's hands and I humbly submit to His wills. The dead is already gone and the secret things belong to the Lord. So now I am concentrating in praying for my remaining family's salvation and strive to be a good witness to them with the Lord's enablement.
♥ As I remember my earthly father, I think of our Heavenly Father. I am thankful to our Heavenly Father for His love for us and what He has done for us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank God for loving us and caring for us daily. Thank God for giving us the Bible to let us know who He is, His love for us and His mercy in saving us from eternal damnation, and giving us the blessed hope of spending eternity with Him.
Hope this letter will encourage you too as you remember with thankfulness the love and goodness of God, our Heavenly Father.
You may not know me, but I know everything about you (Psalm 139:1). I know when you sit down and when you rise up (Psalm 139:2). I am familiar with all your ways (Psalm 139:3). Even the very hairs on your head are numbered (Matthew 10:29-31). For you were made in my image (Genesis 1:27). In me you live and move and have your being (Acts 17:28). For you are my offspring (Acts 17:28). I knew you even before you were conceived (Jeremiah 1:4-5) and I chose you when I planned creation (Ephesians 1:11-12). You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book (Psalm 139:15-16). I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live (Acts 17:26). You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). I knit you together in your mother's womb (Psalm 139:13) and brought you forth on the day you were born (Psalm 71:6). I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me (John 8:41-44). I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love (1 John 4:16) and it is my desire to lavish my love on you (1 John 3:1) simply because you are my child and I am your Father (1 John 3:1). I offer you more than your earthly father ever could (Matthew 7:11) for I am the perfect Father (Matthew 5:48). Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand (James 1:17). I am your provider and I meet all your needs (Matthew 6:31-33). My plan for your future has always been filled with hope (Jeremiah 29:11) because I love you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore (Psalm 139:17-18) and I rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). I will never stop doing good to you (Jeremiah 32:40) because you are my treasured possession (Exodus 19:5). I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul (Jeremiah 32:41) and I want to show you great and marvelous things (Jeremiah 33:3). If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me (Deuteronomy 4:29). Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). It is I who gave you those desires (Philippians 2:13). I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine (Ephesians 3:20). For I am your greatest encourager (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17). I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles (2 Corinthians 1"3-4). When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you (Psalm 34:18). As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart (Isaiah 40:11). One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes (Revelation 21:3-4) and I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth (Revelation 21:3-4). I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus (John 17:23). For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed (John 17:26). He is the exact representation of my being (Hebrews 1:3). He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you (Romans 8:31) and to tell you that I am not counting your sins (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you (1 John 4:10). I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love (Romans 8:31-32). If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me (1 John 2:23) and nothing will ever separate you from my love again (Romans 8:38-39). Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen (Luke 15:7). I have always been Father, and will always be Father (Ephesians 3:14-15). My question is will you be my child (John 1:12-13)? I am waiting for you (Luke 15:11-32).
Love, Your Father,
♥ I thank God for my family, my church and all my friends, who love me, pray for me and accept me.
♥ I thank God for everyone of you, my dear blogging friends, and for your prayers and encouragements. They mean a lot to me.You have made a great difference in my life by your friendship and encouragements. I thank God for every one of you. May God may your visit here a blessed one too!
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