The Joy In Being A Loved Child

by Suni Bradford

Even at the fine age of 48 I love going to visit my Mom & Dad.

As I headed up I-5 to Redding, California, the joy and anticipation of a weekend of fun, visiting and rest was a treat. I cherish the opportunity to spend time with them.

Many times when I tell someone I’m headed to Redding they respond with “oh, that drive is so boring”.  I really enjoy the drive,  it’s usually a time I look forward to, time filled with solitude, reflection, anticipation and praise.

There had been a very light shower earlier in the day, which is almost always a promise for a pretty sky, and it was.  The sky was a crisp teal blue with huge white fluffy clouds, the sun would shine behind the clouds as if peeking through, creating a vibrant display of rays.

The scene reminds me of God’s greatness.

I can envision His gloriousness emanating from the clouds.   His welcoming arms reaching out to me.


There were many eye pleasing landscapes that I could go into as well as the awesome time I had with my parents but what I really want to share with you is the love God has for His children and how this love can change everything.

Our Heavenly Father wants to be just that “Our Father”.

Many have had earthly fathers that have failed them. God, the Father will never fail us.  James 4:8 tells us clearly that, “God the Father is loving, compassionate, and full of mercy.” He longs to hold us in his arms and to heal, comfort and encourage us. He wants to be our loving daddy. We are assured of his response to us as his children: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”  And again in Lamentations 3:22-23, “We can know that He wants to love and care for us everyday.    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.”

The Bible is full of scripture regarding His love for us.
Paul prayed for the people in Ephesians 3:18-19, “I pray that you will be able to understand how wide and how long and how high and how deep His love is.  I pray that you will know the love of Christ. His love goes beyond anything we can understand. I pray that you will be filled with God Himself.”

Whether you have been a believer for some time or your just wondering about what He is all about.  Open your heart and mind; be ready to be loved by the greatest Father ever.  Sounds like a greeting card but it’s true.  Rest in His arms and hang on for the best ride of your life.

Love, Suni

P.S. Mom’s we know you love us too.

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