Abba's Lap





I noticed a behavior pattern in little Amy, twenty months old, that I want to imitate.  She moves fast engaging in one toddler activity after another spinning like a whirlwind from one room to another.  Yet, she pauses, intermittently, long enough to get refreshed.   I want to be like this grandchild of mine because she knows where to go and how to get comforted.

Amy moves at record speed, putting more miles on a pedometer in one hour than my accumulated weekly workouts at the gym.  She can build a skyscraper so tall, I wonder why those bright pink Lego’s don’t topple to the ground as she continues to stack just one more piece on top.

I learned never to leave the room to get another cup of coffee.  Once, when I returned, I found her climbing past the couch with hands and feet reaching for the living room drapes.

She has a consistent habit that I admire.  In the midst of her activities, as she moves robustly from one play area to another, she pauses in front of her daddy’s recliner.  I’ve observed this numerous times in my visits and he always puts down the book on his lap, or lays his phone on the coffee table.  The look on his face says:  “Great.  Amy is here!”


She climbs on his lap and with one pull of his arm he swings her up on the recliner, shifts his body to cuddle her comfortably and kisses her forehead.  Every time!  It is a picture of security to me as I watch her sucking her left thumb while she twirls her golden locks with her right fingers.  She doesn’t stay long.  She gets her hug and slides down running to the next play station. 






The Greek word, Abba, means “Daddy” and is used in Scripture to give us a vision of our heavenly Father’s parental love for us.  He desires to cuddle with us, holding us on his lap so we can know the security of a father’s big hands steadying us.  He wants to hold us tightly because, after all, this world is a scary place sometimes.  The activities of the day wear us down and we need to know Daddy is not only there but more than willing to listen intently and individually as only a supernatural parent is capable of doing.

I’m like so many at Christmastime, busy with baking homemade cookies, breads and decorating.  I like to visit neighbors and friends sharing baked gifts from my kitchen.  I drive myself in a tailspin working hard at my day’s schedule to get everything done on time! 

I know full well where to go to get the refreshment I need.  I know how to climb on Abba’s lap, but sometimes I put it off thinking He’ll be there when I can get around to drawing close to His peaceful heart in our special place. 

Do your holidays call for too much to do in too short a time? 


This year I’m taking a tip from little Amy.  It’s okay to schedule every fun activity as long as I remember to take a few minutes out to climb on Abba’s lap and breathe in His peace and love!

This post links to Liz's Christmas Blog Hop



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Comments

  1. Beautiful! What a picture of security and love your son and grand daughter have! And so wonderful that we have the same with our Abba Father. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. That's it, Melanie. Every time I saw it happen, I would think to myself "I need to recharge like this with Father!" Blessings to you this week, dear sister, may it be a joyful one.

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  2. Amy is so adorable; and what a lesson she did indeed teach you. She knew she would be loved and secure in her dad's arms indeed, just like we are secure in our Abba's lap and arms if we will just learn to climb into them more often than not :)

    betty

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    1. It is a picture of security to me, Betty. It's imprinted on my mind if, like you say, I will just take advantage of it more often.

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  3. How comfortable and safe was she on her dad's lap! So beautiful knowing how secured she felt in her daddy's presence. A timely reminder that no matter what busy things this place has, we must never be distracted in the presence of our Father. In that safe, secure, comforting places in our hearts. Oh...the things we learn from little ones! Simple truths!

    Take it easy sister Mary and may you always be strengthened knowing He is the One Who empowers each of us who believes! Blessings and hugs.

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    1. Daddy's presence, indeed! Oh, it is empowering--such a good word, Rosel. Hugs to you, my precious friend!

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  4. Awwwww.....this is absolutely the sweetest, Mary! Amy is a little precious doll! :)

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    1. Well her mommy calls her the "destroyer." I love her curious, adventurous spirit!

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  5. Oh, dear friend! What a precious thought! I love thinking that no matter when I come to Him, my precious Father is never too busy to pull me close and hold me as long as I need to be held. What a privilege to carry everything to Him! Thank you for sharing these dear thoughts with us here. Sending you big hugs and much love!

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    1. Drawing close to Him with you, my sister, especially this week. Big hugs right back to you!

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  6. This is wonderful. I hope Paul sees this as I think it would bless him. Keep writing Mom! Love you.

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    1. Paul is a blessing to our family. This grandma couldn't ask for a better daddy for her granddaughter. Luv u!

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  7. What a beautiful piece of writing! I think I do get caught up in the commercial aspects of gift-buying. What helps is going outside the family in giving and selecting several charities to give to as well.

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    1. Great thought, Tamara! Giving makes this season so much fun and brings fulfillment!

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  8. Stopping by for the blog hop - love the silver tree!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sylvia. I photographed the silver tree in Balboa Park, San Diego.

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  9. That little thumb sucking Amy is adorable! And what a beautiful analogy. Certainly we are no busier than Amy yet she finds the time to spend with her father. Wouldn't life be easier if we found time throughout our day to reconnect with our Father? Great post!

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    1. You really get it, Lisa! Happy week to you sister!

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  10. What a great way to learn and such a sweet picture. I actually take a week off work in December to decorate and shop. It really helps and helps ease the stress that we all find we have at this time even though it is a fun time

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Birgit. Enjoy your decorating!

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  11. The lessons we learn from children!! No wonder Jesus loved them so much. Their hearts are specially attuned to His ways, and their simple trust speaks volumes to the way we should relate to our Lord.

    Abba. Will we ever fully understand the tremendous privilege of calling the Almighty God our *daddy*???

    Crawling up now...

    GOD BLESS!

    (Dad and Amy are precious, and that photo is priceless!)

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    1. Love your comment, Sharon, and agree with you 100%. Have a great week!

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  12. I've learned so much from having children. That's one of my favorite things about life: we're always learning from those around us.

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Isn't that the truth, L.G. Children humble me with their purity.

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  13. Never pass up a chance to see what the universe has found for us. Our children become our guides.

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    1. God speaks to us in many ways. I always love the lesson involving children...both His big ones and little ones!

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  14. I love this story-picture of climbing in my Abba's lap. And receiving His peace and love that He so much wants for us (just like a grandpa)!

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    1. Thank you for that, Lynn. Makes me think of the grandpa I had when I was little too and how affectionate he was.

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  15. That is a great illustration, definitely something I need to remind myself of on a daily basis. I wonder why I'm tired all the time, and it is simply because I'm not finding rest with God as often as I should.

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    1. Beautiful confession, Liz, and I'm thinking many of us go through this especially during holidays.

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  16. I just read this Mary, and you are right, even when here in April, she'd find Daddy and just relax, and recharge. I always knew Paul would be a great Dad, and thinking back, our kids would do that same thing. Relating it to the heavenly Father is nothing I had considered before reading this. As I've said before, you are one of God's angels here on Earth.

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    1. My kids also did this as I think most toddlers do; they're looking for security in their little world and know where to seek it! The father's role is so necessary as we get our understanding of Father God from our earthly dads when we're little. Our children so desperately need a loving, hands-on father as well as nurturing moms! I'll round up some photos soon!

      Love you,
      Mary

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  17. PS. Could you send me a copy of any recent pictures? It is so hurtful when others tell me there is a great picture on FB, but I can't see it. Thanks Mary!

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  18. As usual, you are sharing and grabbing many people's hearts. You are a treat and a blessing. Thank you so much! You are so kind to me ... and to many!!!

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  19. That pause is what we need in this fast-moving world. I need that surely.

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  20. Wonderful comforting post. Thanx. God bless.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Victor! So happy you were blessed.

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  21. Oh sweet lady! This made me smile and tear up! What a precious story and oh yes...couldn't we all take after sweet little precious Amy! Thanks for the reminder my friend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. As they say "from one grandmother to another" - you know how I feel. Bless you, Cindy!

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  22. Lovely, lovely, this sweet little girl knows her onions well!
    I am enjoyed this post, friend. Very encouraging and a beautiful reminder.
    Many Blessings to you

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    1. Blessings to you, Ifeoma, and all the light you bring to South Africa.

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  23. this is so beautifully written and the analogy is awesome. And Amy sounds like a little dream. Happy Thursday.

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    1. Thanks, Nikki, for dropping by and your support. Sending hugs.

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  24. Good lesson for my, special today. Thank you so much.

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  25. This was beautiful and eye opening. It's a wise person gifted from our Father that can see a simple lesson and learn from the most cherished gifts He gives us in this walk through life.

    Thanks for the lesson and reminder. No better place and rest than in the hands of our Father.

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    1. I agree, Floyd. No better place to get recharged than resting in the Father. It's a supernatural nap for the soul for me during my busy afternoons!

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  26. A great post! I miss toddlers and their love of exploring and venturing forth. Merry Christmas!

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