Voice of Hope

Where do I belong? Not finding a place to fit
In search of everywhere the affirmation that I need
I can’t find it here, I can’t find it there
I can’t find it anywhere

I look to the left, I look to the right
Everywhere I look, I find myself in a fight
Day in day out, I battle with my doubts
So many questions, which answers I keep trying to figure out

I’m confused, I’m lost and I don’t understand
The how, the why, the when and the what in your sovereign plan
Fear has blinded me and has caused me to fall
Yet in the midst of these, I hear a still small voice that call

Be still and know that I am the Lord your God
I will be here with you for always, so fear not
I am your very present help in times of need
I will be there to strengthen you when you are weak

Therefore look up, lift up and cast all your cares on me
Have faith and don’t worry about what the future will be
For I know the plans I have for you
And whatever that I do, will only be for your good

Written By Michelle Yee

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

Coping with life’s problem

Have you ever found yourself in situations, you find it all hopeless? Do you find life miserable, everything seems to going wrong and nothing is going right? You want to give up, you want to run away, you just want to escape and have nothing to do with it?

Well, life does attempts to tear us apart in different directions especially, in the face of an adverse situation. There are often different kinds of reaction we can have towards these situations in life. We can either choose to run away and forever not learn how to cope with them, or we can trust in God’s grace and His supernatural strength to enable us to walk through it.

Whenever we come face to face with such situation that is too difficult, too fearful or maybe even too troublesome to cope with, our natural reaction is usually to run away from them. More often than not, running away from the problem doesn’t solve anything at all; in fact it often carries heavy implications in the future. The unsolved or unresolved problems in the past will snowball into the future posting an even larger one than before. And most people often will have to deal with the present issues, plus and on top of those that have been steadily accumulated over the past years, while at the same time, learn to tackle the problems that will come inevitably in the future.

As far as life is concerned, problems are inevitable part of us. It doesn’t matter how old, how young, how strong, or how weak you are. It doesn’t matter how rich, how poor, how smart or how lowly educated you are, problems will come to you someday, someway and somehow. No matter how hard we try to avoid them, we just can’t, it’s simply impossible. Coming back to the topic, how then shall we learn to cope with our problems? If we are consistently running away from them, then there will be no end in hiding, because it will eventually come back to us. However, if we should choose to face our problems with faith, confidence and determination, we can be a better person. When we learn to put our perspective right, our views change, our attitudes change even though the problem may still persist.

One of the things we can do as Christians is to pray. Prayer does have a major impact on our problem, though it doesn’t make our problem disappear, it does however, gives us the peace that God is with us and He will give us the wisdom, His grace and His strength to help us through. Many times, when we are facing problems whether at home, at work or at church, we have the tendency to pray, “God, please help me get out of this situation.” While God is more than able to do that, He often has other plans for us. All of us would love to have God coming to our rescue to save us out of our situation, but God prefers to help us through them. We often do not see how it works, but learning to cope with our problems, and walking and working through them, actually helps our character to grow. We learn through perseverance and patience. Romans 5: 3 – 5, tells us this, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Learning to lean upon God’s help and strength, and waiting upon Him to fulfil His promises towards us in His time, requires both perseverance and patience. There are also two other very important aliments, which we often tend to neglect and they are the aliments of faith and obedient.

Both our faith and our obedience to God play a very essential role in terms of our spiritual walk with our Heavenly Father. While in the process of waiting on God and upon His answers to come, we often have problems worrying about what the future may bring us, or whether or not God will do what He says He will do. We have far too many concerns in our lives that we are unable to trust God or wait patiently and obediently for Him. Yet, that is what is mostly required of us, and the bible says it very clearly, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards them who earnestly seek Him (Hebrew 11:6). And faith as explained to us in God’s word is, – “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).

The aliment of faith is made up of two parts – being sure of what we hope for and part 2 – being certain of what we do not see. The first part of faith deals with hope, having great expectation that whatever we are being hopeful to receive, we are sure to get it. The second part of faith, deals with being certain, or being confident. Being confident and believing positively about what we cannot see of the future. Put the two parts together, and faith is made up of – being hopeful and being confident. Our confidence is place in Jesus, the author and the perfecter of our faith (Hebrew 12:2). We can totally trust in Jesus in any circumstance, because Jesus is known to be faithful in all His ways and He is known to be steadfast and unchanging because “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrew 13:8)

We tend not to have the faith when things go wrong, and then we tend to be disobedient to God when we don’t feel like doing what God’s wants from us. Especially, when we do know that it requires a lot of changes in our lifestyles. It’s natural that people don’t like changes, but change is inevitable and is permanent. We can only be obedient towards God and have faith in Him, if we understand God and we truly trust Him. That trust and that faith comes from spending time in His word and worshipping Him and it starts with a relationship and as with every relationships, effort is required to maintain it. It requires discipline, which most people (including myself) lack greatly. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17).

The very fact we lack faith is the fact we lack discipline to read and to pray and spend quality time with Him. Having suffered from depression before, I felt that, that is one of the most valuable lessons that God is teaching me. The fact that I do not pray and spend time reading His word as I should, I have given space and allowance to the devil to play with my mind, together with it, comes the lies and all sorts of negative and destructive thoughts. What the Lord has been teaching me is that worship is important. The more we don’t feel like praying and worshipping, the more we SHOULD pray and worship. It takes a very deliberate effort and we must die to our flesh, and to our unwillingness to do the uncomfortable. The word of God teaches us, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty things raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

Another important weapon is – Praise & Worship. Worship changes our focus from ourselves and our problems to God. The worse we can do is to run away from the very place we ought to be in – in the place of worship of the saints and in God’s presence. Our prayer has power; it is our communication towards God. Our worship has power; it is an expression and confession of our love, our faith and the acknowledgment of our Lord and Savior. Satan is allergic to our praise and our worship to God, and in the place where praise is offered to God, the devil has to flee. You still think you can’t pray and you don’t want to sing because you think it’s hard and no one understands you? Well think again…”For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, than we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in times of needs” (Hebrews 4:15-16). And we are also taught that, “No temptation has overtaken you, but such as is common to man; and God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you able, but with every temptation, will provide a way of escape also that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Let’s just face the fact. The problems will not go away, and the only thing we can do about it is to be positive. Know, for a fact that God is in control and He is guiding us through it and helping us to overcome them and in the process, we grow to be more Christ-like. It is tough, but if we ever want to get better and grow, stay on and trust God! Our only source hope is truly found in Christ. Psalms 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, our ever present help in times of need”. So, run to Jesus and not away from him.

Winners never quit and quitters never win. You want to be a winner? Stay in the race, do not give up or lose hope! And finally, “For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purposes.” (Romans 8:28) Still thinking of quitting? Think again! If I decided to quit, this book might not have able to be completed and published. One lesson that failure has taught me is this – I am not a failure just because I have failed once, but I keep trying and trying and I never give up on myself. The only time when I become a failure is when I decide not to try again and just remain at my fallen state. As long as you have not stopped trying and believing and trusting God, you still can and have hope that things will eventually turn around and become better. Remember that life is not a bed of roses, if life was that easy, we wouldn’t be in need of God and we will take everything for granted. At the point of my writing, I’m still dealing with health issues and other personal matters. God is still teaching me how to learn to have faith and be strong in Him. Proverbs 3: 5-6 teaches us this truth, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path”. At the end of the day, it is still about trusting God and He will lead you to the path of victory and success. It will happen, in His time, not ours. No matter how hard life is, life still has to go on.

Written by Michelle Yee

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter the Most High King

Father’s Day Reflection

Reflections By Michelle Yee

This Sunday, 16 June, is a very special Sunday because it is Father’s Day. And as the world celebrates fatherhood in the coming week, let’s spend a few moments reflecting on what a father is like.

Whenever we think of our Fathers, what is one common thing that we usually think of? Maybe the word – discipline & authority comes to mind. But how often do we think of a father as someone who is a figure of love and gentleness? Most of us would naturally feel that the loving and gentleness part is played by the role of the mothers; rarely would we associate dads with tenderness and understanding. The father is usually identified as the breadwinner and the one who plays the role of a discipline master. The mother is usually identified as the gentle parent who takes care of the family with love and patience.

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The Prayer

On my knees, with my face towards the floor
Lord hear my cry as I knock on heaven’s door
See these tears, flowing from my eyes
When oh Lord, will You wipe them dry?

I’m so weak, so lost for words to pray
Have mercy oh Lord, don’t turn Your face away
I come on behalf of the lost souls, of the ones that I love
Rain down salvation Lord, from heaven up above

Open up their eyes and cause them to see
Your faithfulness and mercy upon them, I plead
Cause their ears to be opened, Lord help them to hear
Your gentle words calling them to draw near

Touch their hearts and their spirits too
May they be willing to be opened to You
Lord whatever it takes for them to be saved
You will do it Lord, in Your own time and way

I commit my loved ones unto thy loving hands
And choose to trust in Your sovereign plan
All these I ask and pray, in Jesus most precious name. Amen

Written by Michelle Yee

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter the Most High King

Reflection on Healing

Healing is something that everyone will go through in one point or another of their lives. There are many different types of healing such as physical, emotional and spiritual. Some types of healing can be immediate while others take a longer time before total healing is achieved. The Bible gave us many examples of sick people being immediately healed. In the 4 Gospels, we see that every person who has been touched by Jesus got healed.

From the Gospel of Matthew:

The healing of leaper: 8:2-3
The healing of Peter’s mother in law: 8:14-15
The healing of the paralytic: 9:2-3
Other accounts of healing: 9:18-33

From the Gospel of Mark:

Multitudes Healed: 1:29-45
The healing of the paralytic: 2:1-13
The Gerasene Demoniac: 5:1-13
Other accounts of healing: 5:21-43

From the Gospel of Luke:

Many are healed: 4:38-44
Healing of the leaper and the paralytic: 5:12-26
Healing of the demonic: 8:26-39
Other accounts of healing: 8:40-56

From the gospel of John: No record of any healing performed.

In all cases, the person with the sickness is the one who approaches Jesus for healing. In other words, healing is to be actively sort after. It is active not passive. Jesus always responds to the need of the individual and meets every one of them who approaches Him.

In this blog, we will study about the following things –

The different types of healing – Physical, Emotional and Spiritual
The Healing Process (When Healing hurts)
God’s plan for healing

We will first begin identifying the different types of healing and briefly discuss what they are.

Physical Healing

This will include all the common diseases such as cough, flu and fever, backaches, headaches, muscle pain, menstrual cramps, anaemia, hypertension. It also includes cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes, leprosy, heart diseases, high blood pressure and leukaemia etc. It refers to the bodily sickness which causes pain and discomfort to the person. Sometimes it also could be healing of legs that are of unequal length or even healing of colour blindness.

Emotional/Mental Healing

This will include the healing of past hurts due to trauma, abuse (emotional/physical), neglect or rejection. Emotional hurts will also result and lead to mental illness such as depression, anxiety disorder and panic attacks. Emotional healing includes also the healing of anger, bitterness, jealousy, un-forgiveness, rage, guilt, condemnation, Identity crisis. I would even classify the healing of broken relationship under this category, reason because a lot of emotional issues are a result of soured relationships.

And of course, we also have Spiritual Healing

The healing of the Spirit man is actually interconnected with the healing of the emotion as well as the body. Man is made up of 3 parts – body, soul, spirit. The Body refers the physical being in which we operate in; the Soul represents the heart of man and the Spirit (sometimes called the mind) which is the eternal component of the man which connects us to the Holy Spirit. The differentiation of the healing of the soul and spirit is not very clear and therefore it is often easy to get confused between these two, and they are also among the most complex form of healing. Spiritual healing could also mean and include the casting out of demons from a person. I have earlier quoted some scriptures from the Gospel which tells us about Jesus healing a person from demons.

Now that we have identified the 3 different types of healing, we will look into the healing process in general for all 3 together.

The Healing Process (When healing hurts)

In the opening statement of my blog, I’ve mentioned that some types of healing can be immediate while others take a longer time before total healing is achieved. I also shared from the Bible accounts when people were immediately healed when Jesus touched them.

Some of the healing, that can be immediate are mostly the physical types such as pain in the right elbow, pain in the neck etc… These things are still happening in church today. I’ve witness God touching a person who has been wheelchair bound for many years and after the service was over, he left his wheelchair in church and walked out unassisted. God said to us in His Word, “I am the Lord, am your healer” (Exodus 15:26)

Yet there are also cases when physical healing is a process, in cases like people who are suffering from cancer, they have to undergo long term chemotherapy treatments and this usually causes the patient lots of discomfort. Still, I have heard of cancer patients after being prayed for, their cancer cells suddenly miraculously dropped by a significant number, there are also cases of brain tumour sufferers whom after being prayed for, their tumour miraculously shrunk to the extent that operation is no longer needed. I hear such testimonies in church so frequently that I didn’t think it is impossible for anyone not to get healed, after all God already said that He is our healer. However, there are cases in which God did not heal them, such questions are hard to answer but it nevertheless doesn’t change the fact that God is a healing God. For those that did not get healed by God, I personally choose to believe the reason is because of this verse ‘at present we do not see everything subject to Him” (Hebrew 2:8b). We are living in the physical world where Satan is still roaming about with his angels and until Jesus comes back, Satan still has “power” and control over the world as the god of the present age.

While some healing is immediate, others take a longer time before healing is attained. Emotional healing for instance is the best example to illustrate this point. I heard my pastor once said that the emotional healing process is like an onion. God has to take us through the healing process one step at a time. As I have briefly discussed in the earlier part of my blog, emotional healing includes healing of past hurts due to trauma, abuse (emotional/physical), neglect or rejection. It includes also the healing of anger, bitterness, jealousy, un-forgiveness, rage, guilt, condemnation and identity crisis. I would even classify the healing of broken relationship under this category, reason because a lot of emotional issues are a result of soured relationships.

A lot of the emotional pains that we are experiencing in the present have a lot of times got to do with our past. Some of the events could have taken place as long as 20 years ago. Within 20 years, there might have been other incidents which will add on to the hurt that has been done 20 years earlier. As a result, this person would have about 20 years of accumulated hurts of which he/she must be healed from. And the pain of 20 years cannot be healed overnight. In such instance, the healing process will automatically be more complicated and more time consuming. Let me show you an example to illustrate my point more clearly.

Sarah is a 30 year woman, who was raped repeated by her stepfather when she was 9 till she was 11. She later met her ex-boyfriend Tom who had been with her for the past 3 years, who also abused her sexually in several occasions. After many years of having been sexually abused, Sarah would naturally have sense of bitterness and resentment towards men, she might also feel shameful and withdrawn thinking that she is dirty because she has been violated. Sarah has gone through many years of emotional and physical pains until she met this current God-fearing boyfriend John who unlike the other man in her life treats her with respect and dignity and by his gentleness slowly won Sarah’s trust. Sarah started attending church with John and one day she met God and that started the whole healing process. The first thing that God did, was to bring her back to the incident when she was repeatedly raped, first by her stepfather, later by her ex-boyfriend. Sarah had to come face to face once again with her painful past and the whole rape scene was replaying in her mind. The pain was so real and so unbearable that she cried for hours during the ministry. The first session of healing lasted 3 hours. She could have stopped the healing process and ran out of church in the middle of ministry, but she pressed on. She is only at the beginning stage, she has slowly started to open up her heart and God is slowly dealing with her teaching her to let go of her bitterness and resentment. She has to learn how to speak forgiveness on a daily basis and this is an on-going process. Every day, she has to read God’s word and fill her mind with the love and truth of God, and the eventual healing comes only after she has found and restored her self-worth and self-image in Christ and knows that the past no longer has an effect on her.

The healing of emotional pains is usually a painfully long process and a lot of people do not get healed completely because of their refusal to go through the pain of healing. When the pain becomes too much to bear, they choose to give up instead of trust in the Lord’s strength and grace to help them get through. The Bible says, “My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in your weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9). God is a gentle God and knows our limits he does not allow us to go through more than what we are able to bear. “No temptation has overtaken you , but such as is common to men, and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation, will prove the way of escape also that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 12:13). Even though this verse talks about temptation, I believe this is also applicable to the healing process. Because God knows how much pain we are able or not able to endure at one time, he will not push or press us through the healing process, but He will take us through step by step. When we are ready to proceed us to the next level of healing, He will go through it with us.

The healing process for emotional wounds, as we have just discussed is more complicated and takes a longer time to heal as compared to physical wounds, but healing will eventually take place. We must be patient with ourselves and with God as healing cannot be rushed through; it has to be very thorough in order that healing is complete. The question to ask is – Do you wish to be healed? Some just choose to dwell in self-pity and never really attain the healing that God has intended for them. It is not that God doesn’t want to heal them, no, but they themselves just gave up on their own healing and choose to “accept fate” and continue to live in their pain and misery. As I’ve mentioned earlier, healing is to be sought after, it is active and not passive. As healing is a continuous process, we have to be in constant co-operation with God in our own healing. On our own, we must continue to read the Word and fill our mind with the love and the truth of God, forgiveness must be deliberate. Forgiveness does not pardon the wrong doer of their action, it just realises you from your own prison of misery and pain. Forgiveness is for the strong not for the weak. Now that we have just discussed about physical and emotional healing, we will continue our discussion next and talk about spiritual healing.

As I have mentioned earlier, the healing of the Spirit man is actually interconnected with the healing of the emotion and the body. Man is made up of 3 parts – body, soul, spirit. The Body refers the physical being in which we operate in; the Soul represents the heart of man and the Spirit (sometimes called the mind) which is the eternal component of the man which connects us to the Holy Spirit. The differentiation of the healing of the soul and spirit is not very clear and therefore it is often easy to get confused between these two, and they are also among the most complex form of healing. Spiritual healing could also mean and include the casting out of demons from a person. I have earlier quoted some scriptures from the 4 Gospels telling us about Jesus healing a person from demons.

First we need to identify how demons can enter the person.

1) Sin (dabbling with the occult)
2) Fear
3) Un-forgiveness
4) Bitterness/Anger

When we dabble with the occult such as practicing of witchcraft, it opens up the door for the evil spirit to enter into your lives. Fear, un-forgiveness, bitterness and anger can also lead to the same thing. Fear, un-forgiveness, bitterness and anger are themselves spirits and when we choose to dwell in that for a long time, refusing to let go, we give permission, allowing them access to your life. The healing of a demonised person will usually take place as a result of renunciation of the following items above and through the confession of sin. It is also done through the ministry of prayer and in worship. Since demons cannot stand in the presence of worship, they will have to flee when worship takes place. In the examples given from the bible, we learn that some of the diseases are spirit inflicted, when the spirit left them, the illness also leaves their body. (Mark 5:1-15). As the person is healed in the spirit, the emotional part of the man is also dealt with, because they have to be deliberate to give up their un-forgiveness, bitterness and anger which could be caused by some of the things that happened in the past. That is why I said that the healing of the spirit is interrelated to the healing of the emotion and the body.

God’s plan for healing

(Adapted from Seminar on “Healing” by John Wimber)

**The Hebraic view of man sees him as an integrated whole. This came from the view of God because we are made in His image. The Lord (Yahweh – His person name) is one God (“Elohim”, a plural from of the word, “El”, a God). The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are so dynamically interrelated that their plural identity in reality is one God.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Paul saw man as one whole; an integration of body, soul and spirit. “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through, May you whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Realise that you cannot affect one part without affecting the whole. The total person is always involved in all that he does or in all that happens to him.

Although sickness comes in through different dimensions of the human being (spiritual, emotional, physical) it always affects the other areas in one way or another. Therefore sickness should not be dealt within “isolation”. Often most deep seated problems of health will need treatment at many levels. Consequently, the focus should be on the healing of the person, not the “area of sickness”. **

In conclusion, healing –

– Comes in 3 forms -1) Physically, 2) Emotionally, 3) Spiritually
– Healing is done through many layers and through a long process.
– It is sought after.
– It is active not passive.
– It is by choice.

God’s plan for man is the healing of all 3 aspect of the person – Body, Mind and Soul. Therefore, when the spirit is made well, the body and emotion is healed and restored as well.

God bless you

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

Recommending Reading – “The Healing Power of Forgiveness” by Ray Pritchard, “Finding peace for your heart” by Stormie Omartian and “Lord, I want to be whole” by Stormie Omartian.

The Perfect Father

Poem for Father’s Day

Reflections By Michelle Yee

A little child, lost and no where to go
Wondering around helpless, hungry and cold
A stranger met him one fine day
And to the little boy, this is what he said

Come along my dear child, come along with me
Let me take you to a place, where there is something to eat
So to his home, the man led the little boy
And to his surprise, the man gave him a toy

A bowl of hot soup in a tray was being served
And that left the boy crying, for he has never felt so loved
The boy looked at the man, with tears in his eyes
The man look back at him, smiled and asked why

The boy told a sad story that broke the man’s heart
He shared; my parents abandoned me when their marriage fell apart
Now I have no one to love me, no…

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Father’s Day Reflection

This Sunday, 16 June, is a very special Sunday because it is Father’s Day. And as the world celebrates fatherhood in the coming week, let’s spend a few moments reflecting on what a father is like.

Whenever we think of our Fathers, what is one common thing that we usually think of? Maybe the word – discipline & authority comes to mind. But how often do we think of a father as someone who is a figure of love and gentleness? Most of us would naturally feel that the loving and gentleness part is played by the role of the mothers; rarely would we associate dads with tenderness and understanding. The father is usually identified as the breadwinner and the one who plays the role of a discipline master. The mother is usually identified as the gentle parent who takes care of the family with love and patience.

I am not sure what kind of dad you may have in your lives. Some may have very protective and caring fathers, one who is gentle with them in words and in actions. Some may have abusive fathers, who are harsh and merciless in their speech and violent in their ways. Some may not even have a father.

Whatever kind of family background we may have come from, whether a not we have a good or bad father, one thing is quite certain. We all do need a father and a mother figure in the household in order for the children to grow up in a complete family environment. We need the fathers to provide the bread and to protect and teach the children how to live a life of integrity and honesty. We also need the gentleness and the patients of mothers to take care of us when we are ill. Though we admit that we all have imperfect parents, it is essential that we learn to recognize and honour the roles of both the fathers and the mothers and give thanks to God for them.

God gave us our parents, both the mothers and fathers. They are God’s authority over us and we as children must learn to recognize that. Even though many times we complain about their imperfection, we fail to realize that we ourselves are imperfect too. Speaking as a child of my own mother, I admit that there are many times in our growing up lives when we often do not see eye to eye with them for many reasons. Some children have constant squabble with their parents. We often hear of children grumbling about their parents for not being loving or caring enough. We blame them for not spending enough family time with us and we complain that they do not give us freedom to go out…. We grumble and complain about them for so many reasons, but we know that in general, most of us come from very normal and healthy families where our parents take good care of us. They make sure that we are well fed, well clothe and they ensure that all our daily necessity is well taken care of. For that, we all should learn to thank God for our parents, no matter how unhappy or unsatisfied we may be with them.

The truth is that our parents love us; they just do not know how to express them vocally. I used to complain and grumble about my parents and accuse them of treating me unfairly from my younger brother. My younger brother (10 years my junior) seemed to get everything he wants and has all the love and attention from my parents while I on the other hand, have to work for the things I want and I never seem to be able to please my parents no matter how hard I tried. I have lived with this emotional imbalance for many years but the fact is that my parents do love me. I just failed to see it because I was focussing on the things I didn’t get from them. I only see what they didn’t give me or what they didn’t do for me, but not realising and appreciating the things they do for me every day. Actions do show that they are concern for us, – When we are sick they show concern by taking us to the doctor, reminding us to take our medication. When we were still schooling, they will remind us to study for our exams and do our homework. My dad drives me to school every morning while I was still in high school. Even till now as an adult, my dad still drives me to my examination hall when I’m taking private exams, to endure that I will be early for my papers. My dad will also endure I have a proper meal before I go for my papers, so when possible he will either take me out to have breakfast with him or buy lunch for me on his way back from work than pick me up from home to send me to my examination venue. I can no longer still complain that my dad doesn’t love me… He does love me and a lot… I was just too bitter and jealous over the love and attention my brother got more than me to see that.

Even as we look to celebrating Father’s Day in a weeks’ time, I want us to take this time to remember and honour the Heavenly Father. Many of God’s children today, have a hard time accepting and receiving the Father’s love, because many of us have a false or distorted image of a father in our own lives. God modelled for us what and how a father should be like. Throughout scriptures we read of the many attributes of God the father being gentle, forgiving, loving, merciful, and patient.

One of the best loved story and perhaps one of the most popular of all the Parables told by Jesus are the Parable of the Lost Sheep, Lost Coin and The Prodigal Son.

The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15)

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

The Parable of the Lost Son

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

Jesus through His Parables, shows us the Father’s heart and love for His children. He is always seeking out for the lost.

The greatest demonstration of the Father’s love is the death and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ – God’s only beloved Son. This is the ultimate love – unconditional and self-sacrificial, all for the sake of His precious children. “But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). God loved us and died for us while we were still sinning, He did not wait for us to get better before He does anything good for us. He has been loving us since the day we were born. “Listen to Me, O house of Jacob and all the remnant of the house of Israel, you were have been borne by My from birth, and have been carried from the womb; even to you old age, I shall be the same, and even to your greying years I shall bear you! I have done it, and I shall carry you; and I shall bear you and I shall deliver you.” (Isaiah 46:3-4)

This is the kind of God we serve, and this is the kind of Father that we as God’s children have and so we can rejoice. Imperfect as our earthly fathers may be, they all desire that their children grow up in a safe and loving environment. No parent will allow their children to suffer in life; they all have good intention for us just that, most parents don’t really know how to express it. The Bible says in Matt 7:7-11, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.”

What gifts did God gave us –

He gave us life through the death of His Son Jesus, “The wages of sins is death, but the free gift is eternal life through Jesus Christ” (Romans 6:23).

He gave us the Holy Spirit “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16:7)

He gave us healing in exchange of his wounds. “But He was wounded for our transgression, he was bruised of our iniquities, the chastening of our peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5).

So we may not have a perfect earthly father that we can all look up too, but Christians can rejoice in the fact that we have a perfect Heavenly Father that loves us beyond our own biological parents. Hallelujah to that!!!

To close, I just want to wish all fathers in advance a very “HAPPY & BLESSED FATHER’S DAY”.

And to all of God’s Children, let us celebrate and rejoice in the love of our Heavenly Father!

May the love of the Heavenly Father, flow through you, so that you will learn and experience the truth and the warmth of the Father’s love.

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter of the Most High King