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Here we are again. How is it that the prompt word is so apropos every week? I guess I’ll never know but it is in faith that I write on. Yes, another Five-Minute Friday, and sorry this week it’s Saturday but I hate to miss another opportunity to share with to you.

As you read on, you’ll see why. So, set the timer and go!

Father’s Day… How I love to reminisce about my Father’s Day’s long ago. But now, and for the past fifteen years, they are different. I cannot pick up the phone, take a quick ride over or give my dad a well-needed hug.



No, fifteen years ago he went home to be with the Lord. Do I miss him? Oh, you betcha! But just knowing the pain he endured to the end, I know that the Lord took him home and RESTORED my dad to Himself.





And how blessed I was, one specific rainy night while he was in a nursing home for a short stay, for the Father to begin the process of RESTORING my dad to Himself. I stood by his bedside, warm tears streaming down His face as Daddy asked Jesus into his heart.


Oh, what a moment etched in my heart forever. Every time we exchanged glances until he passed, I’d ask, “Daddy, where is Jesus?” He’d get that huge smile on his face from ear to ear and slide his hand over his heart. Never saying a word but knowing our secret of that night would live on forever.


He remembered that night as clearly as I. STOP




Well, the timer’s dinged, but may I add? If your dad is still here, don’t miss the opportunity to hug him, to stop over and visit him, do whatever humanly possible you can do this Sunday. You see, one day, in a blink of an eye, the opportunity will be gone.





And, if your relationship with your earthly father or your Heavenly Father is broken, may this be the Father’s Day, June 17, 2018, to RESTORE it back together like never before.






Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.” Psalm 80:19


Be blessed and may the Lord grant you His love and mercy this week.

See you next week,




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7 thoughts on “Restored To The Father

  1. Hi Del,
    I’m sorry you are missing your dad with each day and especially on Father’s Day. I will give my dad an extra hug just because I read your story today. Bless you, with peace in knowing your dad is safe with Jesus until you are reunited.
    I hope you got to check out your Saturday Share post today over at my website. Thank you for sharing your mysterious envelope story with me. And, I hope we will get to collaborate again in the work of the Lord and our pens!

    Eyes on Jesus, Del… you shine!


  2. princessofthelaundrybasket says:

    It’s my first year without my dad on Father’s Day and I’m missing him like crazy at the moment. Holding on for the day when we will all be restored to each other . God bless you. Your FMF Neighbour #44


    1. Del says:

      It is so difficult. My heart goes out to you. I pray for the Lord to fill you with His peace as only He can do. Thanks for stopping by1


  3. Curt Oxford says:

    I was very blessed to have been with my Father during that same time in his life. It is so awesome knowing I will be with him and Our Lord for all eternity because of Dad’s confession of faith. I would often say,”How cool that we will be together for eternity because of Jesus, Dad!” Dad would always reply, with such conviction and flair, ” Nothing but the Blood!”


    1. Del says:

      Love it! Nothing but the Blood. Nothing we have done! Have a blessed Father’s Day!


  4. Carol says:

    Perfect post for Father’s Day. My Dad is also home with the Lord.


    1. Del says:

      Thanks for stopping by… Praying God’s peace and grace to you!


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