I recently picked up a book that my nieces have been raving about: The Father Heart of God by Floyd McClung. He writes this book because he's discovered that most people don't know God as a loving father. While I had a loving father, he died when I was 25. I felt the tug of the orphan spirit that felt like it defined me. This book offers such a beautiful perspective on how God's fatherly love is perfect, complete, and healing.
Leaving behind the Orphan Spirit
My second daughter was six months old when my dad passed away. Six months later, my mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. The next year, my husband's father retired from his ophthalmology practice and went into full time medical missions, which basically meant they were moving to Africa.
In the six short years, my husband and I transitioned into becoming parents without parents. Even though it was not true, I felt that aloneness of the orphan spirit. My mom was sick and needed care, so I lost my footing on who I could turn to in this time of trouble.
But this isn't the full story. McClung demonstrates the perfection of God as a father, while offering tremendous grace to imperfect parents who are just, "Kids that grew up and had kids." Have you thought much about:
- the tender authority of God?
- His faithful presence in your life when others may have been absent?
- His incredible generosity of forgiveness, mercy, and love?
- How beautiful you are to him?
- How is Father God always delighted in you when others seem to not notice?
- His unconditional love for you?
- How open and warm God is in his communication with you?
This book has power to reframe the squewed narrative you've been believing. If we really believe God is a good father, could that actually change how we love others?
I highly recommend this read!
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.