By Sandy Traugott

Cherished Women’s Blog Writer

I always called my father, “dad.” But in September 2013, when I walked into his hospital room I asked him, “May I call you “daddy?” With a beaming smile, he nodded “yes.”

For the next few weeks he was, “my daddy.”daddy-1

After eight days in his hospice room his breathing progressively became more shallow. I read out loud to him:

“Our Father, Son and Holy Spirit, come and be present as my daddy passes into your eternal kingdom, into the home You have prepared for him. He is clothed in Your righteousness. He is wrapped in Your forgiveness. Your blood has washed him clean so he will bow in worship before You. (Read Psalm 39:4-7)

Thank You for making me his little girl. What a privilege to know him, to laugh with him, and learn from him. He has been a tree rooted in Your truth, and Your love. The fruit of the Spirit has bloomed upon his tree for all to enjoy. Until the very end joy, peace, trust and faith has seeped from his inner being, flowing onto everyone around him. May he enter into the joy of his salvation and the presence of his King. I love you, my daddy.”

Later that day, he left his earthly body behind to eternally relish his heavenly home.

daddy-2Our lives together were not always so tender. For 23 years we struggled while I was in a stormy marriage. There were years of separation from my parents and much heartache for us.  But during the last thirteen years we had many tearful talks, asking forgiveness, praying together along with saying, “we cannot change the past”.

I do not know the type of father you had, but my heart weeps for those of you who were abused, criticized, neglected, or abandoned. Too many women experience deep wounds from fathers who were created to protect, cherish, and love their daughters.

You may still be looking at and working through forgiveness, bitterness, and anger. We cannot change what happened to us, but we can decide how we will respond.

I encourage you to continue to press in for truth. If your earthly father didn’t live up to your standards, and your need for love wasn’t met, don’t hold onto the lie that you are doomed from knowing your heavenly Father. Yes, it may be harder, and a longer path for you, but we cannot deny the power and truth of God’s living, active Word, and the Holy Spirit.

If you know Christ as your Savior, then you are now His cherished daughter. In heaven you will be as He creatively intended you to be. Who is that girl? Ask God to let you know her.

Lies need to be exposed while we embrace the truth of who we are in Christ. This will be our adventurous journey until we enter our eternal, glorious home!

Are you willing to start this journey?

Do you want to be the woman God created you to be?

Do you want to enjoy and delight in your Father’s steadfast, abiding love for you?

Let’s do it!

Sandy Traugott

About Sandy Traugott

The “reality of eternity" is woven throughout Sandy Traugott life’s tapestry. Drawn to Jesus at 10 years old, she grew up writing her questions and thoughts to her Lord. Instead of a career, she pursued the Word of God at Florida Bible College. After graduating, she joined the staff at a ministry duplicating Francis & Edith Schaeffer’s ministry, L’Abri. After marriage, Sandy’s family became her ministry focus. She home schooled their five children, 3 sons, and 2 daughters, for 20 years. Throughout her life circumstances, she has learned He alone is her only hope and joy. Sandy has had deep sorrow intertwined with joy. After a car accident, her 13-year-old son Daniel entered his heavenly home. Her granddaughter Esther Grace, is also safely tucked with Jesus. Sandy's nine endearing grandchildren call her “Nonni.” Sandy is excited to be serving in many areas at Discovery Church and she delights in facilitating "Refresh Retreats." Refresh with God

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