Oh How Great the Father’s Love

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#LampAndLight day 29: A photo you love. ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇
This is me with my Daddy when I was little. My Aunt gave me this picture a couple of years ago and said that when she took it she couldn’t stop smiling because Daddy was really sniffing the flower because he knew that’s what I wanted. ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇
I love this picture because it’s the perfect example of the kind of awesome Dad I had. No matter what was going on, he would stop & do whatever I needed or even wanted. Over the years my Daddy played dress-up, played with dolls, had tea parties, & let me fix his (extremely short) hair. He taught me how to ride a bike. He helped me build snowmen in freezing temperatures. He listened to me cry & kissed boo-boos. He read princess stories & watched princess movies & sat through Barney Live at Universal Studios multiple times in one day.
Why?
Because he loved me. & Nothing made him happier than to see me smile. ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇
I’m one of the lucky ones. I had the best Dad anyone could ask for. & I realize now why he loved me SO much.
1) I’m his daughter. Plain & simple.
2) He loved God more than absolutely anything or anyone else so he had plenty of love to share.
3) He was an example to me of what true Love should look like. ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇
Love is selfless & giving. Love is faithful & supportive. Love corrects & counsels when necessary, but does so with tenderness.
My Daddy taught me about the Love of my Father. He was the perfect example to me of how God loves me. Completely. Totally. Sacrificially. Willing to stop in the middle of everything & stoop down to hear my cry & hold me. Willing to rejoice with & correct me. Willing to give His life if it meant saving mine. ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇ ◇
I love this picture because it’s a perfect picture of my Daddy, & my Daddy is a perfect picture of my Father. ♡

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