“You only own two things in this lifetime…Your word and your body…” ~ My father, Brad Quigley
This short and powerful message, would play through my mind as a child growing into adolescence. My father is a great man, who always has powerful words of wisdom. He values me, told me I was brought here to help change the world, and a real princess. My father made it easy for me to have high values, personal boundaries, and big dreams.
Unfortunately, the world we live in, have people or situations , which are the complete opposite. Trying to condemn the truth of our lives. From abuse, addiction, illness, crime, accidents, unexpected tragedy’s , and so on. These types of scenarios can possibly cause one to forget who they are in their ‘Father’s eyes’, especially if they don’t have a father figure here on earth.
I remember when ‘my father’s eyes’ began to be intercepted by the lies of the world… As a reaction to life’s pain, I began to break promises… “wait until marriage, never do drugs, never drink alcohol, never smoke cigarettes” ,and other promises I told myself growing up, suddenly broken. I began to layer the thickest coat of shame, and slowly starting to forget the words of strength from my father, and believing the chains I had began to wrap around myself.
When we start to forget the truth of a fathers love, we start to not love ourself, put ourself in compromising situations, and allow chains to keep us from walking into purpose.
I am here to tell you, anytime we have the ability to take off our coat of shame, break the chains of pain, and live a life of freedom. We can choose to honor ourself. Remember when you were a child and the world seemed like a huge place of opportunity and joy? We can have that forever…A life of complete joy, no matter the season. We have the ability to be cleansed, healed, restored, bring heaven to earth, ask the Father of the universe to forgive us for any shame of the past, and most importantly forgive ourself.
I remember like yesterday when God rescued my heart. I was lying on my bedroom floor face down, in tears, shaking, afraid and trembling at the thought of facing another day. I had almost lost my life, my family lost every cent in the bank, and the thoughts of unhealed scars from abuse since childhood began to choke my existence. All these situations started to swallow my strength, my past, present, and fears of the future began to suffocate my heart.
Then suddenly like a great wind, a breath of fresh air came swooping down to hold me. I knew it was God, my Heavenly Father. I didn’t know why or how, I just knew it was Him, and it felt so safe, peaceful, and miraculous. There are no words big enough to describe this moment. I just knew it was God…We are children of God.
When we know we are children of the King of kings, life becomes a place of infinite possibilities, family, joy, purpose, and calling.
I hope this helps you know your loved beyond measure. Our parents love us and want us home…
If you don’t know the love of an earthly parent, I hope you can feel the love of your earthly sister. I am your sister, and I love you. Whoever you are… I promise that you have a Heavenly Father who is waiting for you to come home, into His arms, so he can heal the scars of your heart, the shame of your past, and restore you into the hopes of your future. If anyone loves you, He loves you the most, more then you could imagine….
This is a life worth living…Living as a child of the most High, loved and filled with joy even in the midst of the rain