Being Together

lots of children - Version 2

“Abba, is it just you and me here for the rest of my life?” little girl asked, almost unaware she had asked this out loud.

Abba smiled and looked down at little girl as she stared at the sidewalk, playing a game as she walked.

“Are you tired of just you and me, little girl?” Abba asked, anticipating little girl’s response.

When Abba said this, little girl realized what she had said. She looked up at Abba’s eyes, tender and filled with love for her. Little girl felt a little bit bad about what she had just said. “No, no, no! I love to be with you, Abba. I just wondered if there were more in our family? I always wanted a team of brothers and sisters to play with and have fun with.”

Little girl looked down right after she said this, hoping she hadn’t said something wrong.

Abba bent down and picked her up. He knew little girl so well. He knew her desire for a family, a team that was on her side. He fully understood little girl’s heart. “I understand, little girl. I love you so much. I look forward to introducing you to more of your family one day soon. You have so many wonderful brothers and sisters! I can’t wait for you to meet them!”

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Gaining Ground – Adventures in Trust


Abba and little girl had been on quite the adventure that took them far from the home she had come to know. They returned but little girl didn’t quite feel at home when she arrived back with Abba. The adventure had somehow changed her. Knowing more of her adopted family’s story had marked little girl’s heart in a surprising way.

Little girl had grown up fast in the surroundings she had lived in before being adopted by Abba. She had learned much very young. In her time with Abba, she had begun to learn what it was like to be a child. She had learned that she didn’t have to keep everything together. She had learned that Abba would take care of her. She had learned that it was okay to feel and to cry and to let go. She had learned that something, rather someone, was safe in her life: Abba.

The journey of a child unlearning the very skills that had helped her survive her early years of life was challenging. Yet she knew she was safe with Abba. When she realized she was safe, her heart began to move and feel things she had nearly never known before.

When little girl felt safe, she could deal with the feelings of joy and longing and fear that she had pushed aside for many years. What a journey this had been and what a journey this would be as Abba began to expand their relationship by sharing his family’s story with her.

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Missing Jacob

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Abba looked down at little girl while she twirled her long light brown locks. Little girl was thinking intently about something as she wrapped one piece of hair after another around her finger, staring at the ground as she did.

“Little girl, what are you thinking about?”

Little girl looked up at Abba a bit startled, having almost forgotten he was right there the whole time.

“I’m just missing some of my friends and brothers and sisters from before,” little girl said with an unsettled look on her face.

Little girl began to apologize to Abba for feeling sad when he interrupted her and picked her up, “I understand, little girl. I understand missing friends and family.” Abba looked at little girl as he said this and she saw something in his eyes she had never seen before. It was only for a moment but little girl saw a glimpse of the very emotions she had been feeling. She saw sadness somewhere deep inside Abba’s eyes.

Little girl wondered about this. Her curiosity was stirred, “Abba, are you sad?”

“I miss my family too. I miss my children so much.”

“Where are you other children? I have brothers and sisters?! How many other children do you have, Abba? Who are they? Where did they go?” Little girl asked excitedly but with concern. She was excited to have more brothers and sisters but she wondered why they weren’t at Abba’s house with her.

“Little girl, that’s a long story. I’ll share with you sometime soon about Jacob and his father Isaac and his grandfather Abraham. I’ll share with you about my son Israel,” Abba answered with a glint of hope in his eyes and joy in his voice. Little girl could see the love Abba had for these other children when he spoke of them.

“Please tell me, Abba. Please tell me about your other children that you miss. I want to know about my brothers and sisters. I want them to come home so I can meet them and play with them too,” little girl’s excitement and anticipation about this newfound understanding overtook the sadness she had felt just moments before.

“I’ll tell you about them soon, little girl, very soon.”

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A New Adventure

I am joining with for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes about a word. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

The prompt is:


A New Adventure

It’s been quite some time since Abba and little girl shared their adventures. Time passes so quickly yet there is so much to tell. Day by day little girl finds life with Abba wonderful and easier than she ever thought possible.

Abba and little girl took a long adventure to foreign lands. Abba had waited patiently for the right time to bring little girl on this first trip of many. Abba loved little girl so much. He loved her for exactly who she was and he loved her for wanting to be with him and simply follow him wherever he went. He knew the time was right to take little girl on a journey of many to come.

Abba wanted to show little girl his family and where he came from. He wanted little girl to understand his family better since it was now her family too. He knew little girl loved him and he knew she would love his family too.

This was the beginning of a new adventure with little girl and Abba.

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Adoption Day

Abba, I Belong to You 2

Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
Encountering Abba’s Heart
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Day 8: Purple

He loved her so much. She loved him too. He was so good to her, so kind to her. Little girl loved her Abba and her new family.

Little girl had always dreamed of being a princess and someone’s daughter. She pictured herself wearing a beautiful gown of purple with a tiara that fit her perfectly. She imagined her beautiful castle, but even more she always imagined her wonderful family.

Abba knew little girl’s heart’s desires. He surprised her with the purple gown of her dreams and a tiara as well one morning. It was the morning of her adoption.

Little girl loved her new beautiful purple gown. She couldn’t wait for everyone to see her wonderful Abba. As they got ready to go to the adoption ceremony, he took her hand in his and they walked together. This was the day she’d always been waiting for: the day of her adoption. The day she officially became a daughter of the king.

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Hope beyond Hope

Abba, I Belong to You 3

Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
Encountering Abba’s Heart
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Day 3: Captured

Little girl was absolutely captured
when Abba said she was a part of his family
Her heart skipped a beat
and she was so terribly excited
She was so terribly excited
to finally find her family

In all of her five years,
She had wanted a family

She couldn’t help
but to hope beyond hope
That she would finally
Find the place
She could call home,
The place where
She never would have to leave again
She hoped that everything
would be different now

As she thought for a moment,
She started to get a little afraid
that this was another promise
that wasn’t true
Her little heart
went from excitement and joy
to fear

Right in that moment,
Abba looked down at her
He saw the fear fill her gaze
He sat down right beside her
and he turned his attention to her

Little girl was delighted and so scared
All at the same time.
Abba comprehended just how she felt
He knew little girl very well
He felt her fear
and he felt her joy

He took her face in his hands
and looked right into her big brown eyes
He locked eyes with her
In one single moment,
All of the fear left her heart
In just a moment,
as she saw who he was
and she saw his great love for her,
Her heart settled
She knew
He was telling her the truth
The fear left
From one heartbeat to the next

Hope filled little girl’s heart again
She wrapped her arms around Abba’s neck
He picked her up
and sat her in his lap
She leaned back upon his chest
and he told her
that she was going to be okay
She believed him

She fell asleep in his lap
She dreamed about her new family
She dreamed about Abba
She dreamed about following him around
everywhere he went

Her heart was captured afresh

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a family…

Abba, I Belong to You 2

Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
Encountering Abba’s Heart
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Day 2: Family

Abba told little girl she was a part of his family. She thought this sounded amazing. “Are you my uncle, or my brother? Or are you my dad?” she asked with anticipation and hope.

She’d always wanted a family. She’d heard the stories from the kids at school about their families.

She never really had a family. Technically she had a family, but she never really felt like she belonged to anyone. Her mom and dad left when she was itty bitty and her grandma took care of her for a couple of years but then she couldn’t take care of her anymore.

Little girl went from one house to another and she always wanted a family to call her own, even before she could talk. When Abba told her she was a part of a family, she could hardly believe her ears. She turned to him with bright eyes, filled with excitement and a little bit of fear. She wanted this to be true more than anything she’d ever wanted. She looked up at Abba, waiting expectantly, and listened to all he had to say.

The story continues into the journey of Abba’s heart.

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I am joining with Lisa Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes about a word. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Today’s prompt is:


Feeling a part of someone else’s heart
Feeling a part of family
Feeling a part of something called home

Will I ever really belong?
Why does this place feel so foreign?
Why does my heart feel so far away?

I belong to a family and it is the family I’ve always waited for,
the family of G-d, the family that is part of a world to come.

I await patiently, or sometimes not so patiently, the restoration within,
the restoration without.

Will restoration mean I belong? Will restoration mean I’m finally home, safe, accepted, beloved?

As my heart ponders these concepts, I know the reality is tough and real and somewhere in between this world and the next.

Will the relationships, the “family,” the place and people to which I pour out my soul ever be where I truly belong?

I’d like to emphatically say, “yes,” yet I’ve come to realize this world is not my home.

The friends, family, places, people to which I give the most may very well give me nothing in return, and I wonder, how do I find where I belong? And how does my soul stay alive in the midst?

Then I hear a whisper, and I know I belong. There is one place I belong, and it’s deeply within the heart of my G-d, my Maker, my Creator, my Abba.

Finally I’ve found where I belong. My heart overflows just to know this place where shalom reigns. No matter what goes on all around, no matter what kind of persecution or hatred comes against me or against Israel, Your shalom still reigns.

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