Where is Papa?

12 Oct

“Where is Papa?” my sleepy 5-year old granddaughter said the moment she opened her eyes in the morning.

“Papa already left for work,” I said, grinning at her love for her Papa.

“I want to be with him…I just want a hug from him. I love him so much,” she said.

After the sweetness of the moment faded, a not-too-sweet reminder came to mind. What about me? Do I ask for my Father’s presence the first thing in the morning? Rather than my soul longing to be with God, in His presence and to seek His company, my thoughts often turn elsewhere. How different it would be if I did wake up each morning with a yearning to be held by Him. To be reassured by Him. And to be guided by His grace.

God knows that weakness. He knows how we begin our day by letting worry nag. How we allow stress to creep up. And how we give in to restlessness. But because He also knows how deeply we want peace, security and victory at every stage, He gives His direct instruction: “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you” (Matthew 6:33).

Father, I confess that worries fill my head when I wake up. I have been a fool to seek you only when troubles com, when challenges show up or gloom threatens to step in. I ask that you give me wisdom to first choose my thoughts and fill them with you every morning. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  • What fills your mind when you open your eyes in the morning?
  • What longing fills your heart?
  • What is the order of your priorities lately?

Janet Perez Eckles

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4 Responses to “Where is Papa?”

  1. DiVoran Lites October 13, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Great post, Jan. Aren’t we glad that even though we may momentarily forget God, he would never forget us?


  2. Louise Gib son October 12, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Beautifully written…and very thought provoking. I, too, look up in the morning with a thankful heart …and a needy spirit. Without Him I can do nothing! God bless you, Janet!


  3. fuonlyknew October 12, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    I read this to my mother just now. You have perfectly described my mornings and I thank you so much for this prayer.


    • oldthingsrnew October 12, 2013 at 11:39 am #

      Janet sent me this to post then left for a speaking engagement in Mexico, followed by a stop in California to keynote at a conference then home to prepare for three 700 club segments. I want to make sure she sees your comment and others so I copied it into an email. In all the hurry of her schedule I think encouraging words and prayer will be a blessing for her~Onisha


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