Known by Abba

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“Abba, I love you so much. I want you to come with me everywhere for my whole life,” said little girl with excitement mingled with expectation in her words.

“I’m so glad you feel that way, little girl. I’ll always be with you.” Abba said with joy unspeakable lighting up his countenance.

Little girl and Abba were both overflowing with delight as they thought about one another.

Little girl was overflowing with emotion at her life thus far. She couldn’t believe how Abba cared for her. The past and the challenges that had inundated every fabric of her being were so far from her now. Peace and joy had filled her and become her way of life.

Abba’s heart was nearly melting with tenderness for little girl. He knew today that something had changed and shifted in her. He knew that this was the next step into a new beginning in their walk one with another. He loved loving his children beyond imagination.

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Remembering the victims and all touched by Wednesday night’s terror attack in Tel Aviv, Israel. May the people of Israel know Abba’s heart for them today.
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“Abba, can I just sit with you for awhile today?” Little girl said, standing right beside Abba’s chair. The look in little girl’s face was uneasy and almost distant as she waited to hear his response.

“Of course you can. You know you’re always welcome to sit with me, always welcome!” Abba said as he motioned her to jump up on his lap. “Why are you sad today, little girl?”

“I’m not sad, I mean, I’m just thinking about some things,” little girl almost stuttered through the words. Little girl had learned that Abba would always receive her, not begrudgingly out of duty but rather because he wanted to. She also knew he loved her a lot.

Despite what she had come to understand, little girl was afraid to share her heart with Abba today. She was nervous that he would not continue loving her because she still felt so insecure. She wondered if he would tire of her brokenness the way many before him had tired of her.

“Little girl, I’m not like them. I’m not like all the others. I’m not angry with you or sick of you because your heart hurts. I love you exactly the way you are today. You are not too much, my sweet girl, you are not too much. I love you beyond your comprehension and my love doesn’t wane.”

Abba held little girl tight as the tears of joy and sadness mixed together rolled down her face.

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Interactions with Abba


Abba and little girl decided they would take a journey to the ocean just beyond the hills. Abba and little girl had visited there once before. They had been busy with many more important things.

Abba continually reminded little girl of how much he loved her and that he would always be with her no matter what. Abba’s love and his commitment to little girl changed things deep inside of little girl’s heart. Little girl was mostly unaware of this as it happened.

Little girl had lived through a lot before she got to Abba’s house. She had suffered many things that children should never have to suffer and Abba knew this. Abba knew so much more about little girl’s life and the workings of her heart that she did.

Abba loved little girl as only Abba could.

As little girl received Abba’s love, the insecurities and fears that little girl had considered normal began to go away. Abba noticed changes in little girl day by day.

Little girl knew things were changing but she didn’t quite realize that her whole life was being restored. She didn’t comprehend that her heart was becoming whole as she daily interacted with Abba.

Little girl wanted to run and play and live. She couldn’t wait to run on the open ocean shores with Abba right beside her.

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More than You Can Ask, Think or Imagine, Little Girl

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Little girl sat on Abba’s lap overlooking the hills and the distant sea. Despite the reality that Abba had adopted her and that she was sitting with him right now, her heart was gripped with fear again. She had had a dream the night before that reminded her heart of all she had been through in the past. The fears little girl had struggled with and pushed down hard in order to not fall apart took hold of her heart afresh.

Abba knew little girl so well. He comprehended her fears and her struggles. He was filled with compassion for her.

“Little girl,” Abba said as he gained her attention, “do you remember when I came and got you and brought you home?”

“Yes, Abba, I remember,” little girl said timidly.

“Do you remember that day? Do you remember what we talked about and what you shared with me?”

Little girl pondered for a moment, hesitant to respond, “Ummm…do you mean when I couldn’t hardly look in your eyes and I told you that I was fine? When I burst into tears when you picked me up and held me. I cried so hard and I couldn’t stop crying. For some reason I felt safe enough to cry but I was still so afraid…so, so afraid. I thought you would be like all the other fathers and mothers, all the others that said they were my family.”

Tears began to form and fall one by one on little girl’s cheek as she remembered that day and began to feel a mixture of emotions. She remembered the deep fears she had struggled with for such a long time but she also felt the safety and stability Abba’s love had given her.

Little girl’s heart began to feel free again and the sentiments of the past washed away as the tears flowed. These were tears of joy.

Tears flowed down Abba’s cheeks as well as His heart connected with all that was happening in little girl. He was not distant and apprehensive about giving His love away. He was acquainted with little girl’s heart and all of her ways, “I love you, little girl, so, so much! Always remember this. I am always with you. I will always be with you. I will always be your Father.”

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Abba’s Delight

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Abba picked little girl up and spun her around. Little girl loved being spun around by Abba. Abba was so happy today. Abba loved little girl so much and was so glad that she was his.

“Little girl, do you have any idea how much I love you?!” Abba exclaimed. “It’s wonderful having you in the family! You will always be my daughter.”

Little girl’s heart drank these words in as if they were water quenching a deep thirst on a very hot day. As she received his words and his affection, her heart came alive afresh.

Abba’s words were so much more than just words. His words were like power and life and love and joy and so many good and wonderful things. Abba’s words sunk deep inside little girl’s being. She basked in his words and just being with him. Little girl was so glad to be Abba’s daughter.

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Encountering Abba’s Heart

Little girl really enjoyed Abba. She enjoyed being with him, going on adventures with him and simply hearing the sound of his voice every day. Little girl couldn’t be happier.

Abba had adopted little girl some time ago and she was so surprised at how much he loved her. She didn’t quite know what to do with it some days. She wasn’t used to the kindness of a father. Her experiences with fathers in the past had mostly brought disappoint and fear.

Little girl hadn’t experienced love like Abba’s love before. It was as if little girl didn’t have to do anything to make Abba love her. He just loved her because she was his little girl. She had always hoped for this but she sometimes wondered if it was real.

Little girl had been told she needed to be good and then she would be accepted and adopted. She always tried to be good but she went years without being adopted, until Abba came and got her.

Little girl wondered if she needed to try to be perfect in order for Abba to continue to love her and keep her.

All of these things were rolling around in her heart. “Little girl, did you know that I love you just because you were born? Did you know you can’t do anything to make me love you more, and you can’t do anything to make me love you less?”

Abba’s words startled little girl. It was as if Abba knew what she was thinking and she wondered if that was okay. Her surprise showed on her face.

“Little girl, you’re a wonderful daughter. Did you know that? I love who you are and who you will become. I just love to be with you every day and watch you learn and grow. You are a delight to my heart and I love you because I love you!”

Just as little girl had been surprised a moment ago, she was caught off guard again by Abba’s words. She began to think about his words and what they meant for her but then she couldn’t help herself. It was as if the words Abba had just spoken took on a life of their own and hit her like a wave and submerged her in the beauty of his love. A huge smile enveloped little girl’s face. She couldn’t contain her joy. She leaned back on Abba’s chest, closed her eyes and just received his wonderful love for her.

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A Father’s Love

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A Father’s Love

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Encountering Abba’s Heart

Little girl was so excited for another day with Abba. She woke up anticipating what they would do and what Abba would teach her today.

Little girl learned new things each and every day from Abba. Most of all she learned how much Abba cared for her and wanted her around just to be with him.

Little girl was learning what a real father’s love was like. Little girl’s experience with fathers and those who took care of her had been inconsistent at best. Now little girl was learning something different. She was learning something that was changing her deep within.

Little girl ran and sat in Abba’s lap. She was thankful to be with her father.

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Dancing to Abba’s Song

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Dancing to Abba’s Song

Little girl woke up extra early that Friday morning. She jumped out of bed and almost ran right for the chair where Abba sat every morning waiting for her to come and sit in his lap.

Before she ran to join him, she heard a beautiful sound she didn’t quite recognize at first. She stopped to wait and listen. Then she recognized what she was hearing and she was moved.

The beautiful sound was Abba’s voice as he sang a song of love. But it wasn’t just any song of love. It was a song of love he was singing about little girl. As he sang about how much he loved her, she thought her heart had skipped a beat. She was so full of joy she wanted to cry. She simply couldn’t contain everything she felt.

As she heard Abba’s voice, she jumped up and down and twirled around and danced a dance expressing the joy of being Abba’s child. Once again, little girl was overwhelmed with gratitude at all Abba had done for her.

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Abba’s Words

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Encountering Abba’s Heart

Abba’s Words

As little girl spent time with Abba, she began to feel different. She had found so much hope and life and joy in her heart. She was so thankful to be a part of Abba’s family. She couldn’t remember how life had been before.

Little girl loved to sit in Abba’s lap and look out at the green hills and the sea beyond them. She loved watching the animals and butterflies every morning with Abba. She loved talking to him and sharing with him.

As little girl felt more at home and safer with Abba, her heart settled more and more. She felt less anxious day by day. She didn’t worry as much.

Little girl became more and more settled in her identity as Abba’s child. As this happened, his words and talks with her began to be her favorite things. More than the beautiful hills and the sea, the fun animals and the butterflies, and even more than sharing her own thoughts with Abba, little girl loved hearing Abba’s words.

Abba’s words felt tangible to her. They felt real and strong and safe. She didn’t know quite how to describe this, but she knew that every time he spoke to her she felt safer and more like his daughter and she knew everything would be okay.

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Encountering Abba’s Heart

Day 31: Almost

Abba held little girl as she thought about all he had done for her. The love Abba had shown her had changed everything for her. Despite her sadness at times, deep down she was filled with a joy beyond expression. She was so excited to be his.

Little girl turned and looked at Abba with a question she already knew the answer to. “Do I get to stay here forever with you? Can I sit in your lap whenever I get scared?”

“Of course. You are my child now and that will never change. You can stay with me forever and you can sit in my lap anytime you want to. I love it when you run to me and sit with me. Don’t ever think you’re too old to come to me. I’m your Abba. Come to me anytime. I always want you near me,” replied Abba with zeal in his heart for little girl.

Tears streamed down little girl’s face as he spoke these words with the tender affection that only a father knows for his children.

Abba held her close, knowing all of her fears and the difficulties she had been through. He knew her completely and loved her wholly. He wiped her tears as she sat with him, feeling the love she had longed for all of her life.

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