Are there times when you think, "This isn’t the life I signed up for"?
Perhaps something deep within you is saying,
"There has to be more than this."
There are moments—perhaps early before anyone else is up, or when you see the beauty of a child’s face, or when you enter a place that feels like home—that a longing bursts out of you for more. More of God. More of His presence and love and peace.
If you sense a gap between what you say you believe about God and how you experience Him, you may be struggling with “spiritual orphanhood.” As a recovering spiritual orphan, I understand your longing for more.
Perhaps your father left when you were young, and a dad-shaped hole remains. Or your father was in your life, but distant. Or maybe your father was abusive.
Whatever your story, you find yourself looking at God through the lens of your earthly experience. You keep God at arm’s length because that seems safer.
Deep down you feel like God is disappointed with you. You feel like you don’t measure up. The enemy of your soul repeats an unholy mantra that accuses you without ceasing: "Not enough. Not enough. You'll never be enough." And every time you believe his lie, he rips you off just a little bit more from the abundant life Christ died to give you—including a growing sense of connection to God as a trustworthy, loving, and dependable Father.
There are many orphans living in the house of the Father.
If you’re one of them, I have some wonderful news for you:
The Father who never abandoned you offers you a freedom you've never experienced before.
You are not alone.
God sees you right now. Sitting in the corner of a cold, damp prison cell, caught by the lies you’ve believed about Him (and about yourself). It's dark in there, and lonely, and you've begun to believe that you'll never see the sunlight or experience freedom.
But this could be the last day you sit in that cell, the last day you live as a spiritual orphan.
How do I know this? Because before He went to the cross to make us God's children, Jesus promised:
"I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you" (John 14:18).
Here's what I'm wondering:
Have you ever believed Jesus' promise
Even now, like the father in the Prodigal Parable, God sees you while you are still a long way off.
He has started to run out. To. Meet. You.
He's calling for the best robe and the family signet ring. And new shoes for your bare, swollen feet.
The fattened calf is being prepared, and the musicians are warming up for the party of your life.
Are you ready to come home, beloved daughter of God? Are you ready to experience more of God’s love and favor?
The Father is waiting, and His arms are open wide.
Ready to begin the journey out of orphanhood and into
a deeper connection to the Father’s heart?