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I Am Yours


What does it feel like to call the Creator of the Universe your Abba Daddy?

Some struggle with this concept. I know it is so difficult to imagine that the all-powerful and mighty God also wants to use that same strength to hold you on His shoulders and call you His son or daughter. It’s a stretch for so many of us for so many different reason.

Let’s dig a bit deeper into what God’s Word has to say about this relationship.


Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— (John 1:12 NIV)

The passage above is so powerful and my verse mapping time was just so deep…so incredible, yet my writing would appear almost un-readable if I tried posting it here. SO…lets just dive-in this way…

YET – This word forces you to look at the previous passage. Oh my goodness…I keep forgetting that when these original manuscripts were written, there were no chapters and verses! These were all one big, large and deep letters to other believers! This is right at the beginning of John’s letter, so I jumped to the start of the entire conversation. If you read through the beginning…John paints a picture of an amazing light – the Word, that created the world and everything in it. Yet, these creations failed to see this amazing, everlasting Light and the love this Light wanted to share so badly with the very creation He made. So, the Light took on flesh, becoming just like the creations He took precious time in making…but His creations were so comfortable with their darkness…they walked away from the Light. Hope sounded too good. Love was too comfortable. There were laws and things simply were the way they were (sound familiar??). The term YET suddenly gives the reader hope that maybe something different might occur here..maybe the Light would force His power on His creation? Maybe, suddenly the chosen people…those who saw the Light through the burning bush…those who saw the Light that was needed to cross the Red Sea…those who saw the Light guide them into the Promised Land…surely those people would connect the dots here! That Light was here! Here was hope and perfect love…in the flesh!!!

TO ALL WHO DID RECEIVE HIM – Well, this has two distinct stories wrapped into one phrase…

1. – Not everyone received the Light. Like mentioned above, just like today, we have been so stinkin’ comfortable believing in the lies here in the dark, thinking we were designed with the power needed to find our own way…when we are met with a Light this bright, this bold, this True…we wither squint and walk away feeling its just too different, or we squint, dig deep down within our soul and we realize that we were never made to make in this world on our own.

2. – There were “all” that did receive Him! There were those out there that had stumbled in the darkness for too long. There were those out there that knew and clung onto the hope that one day, one amazing day, they could finally find peace…a peace that really does surpass all human understanding. These people, though stuck in the darkness, kept searching for that need, that craving for something – anything more. Then, one amazing day, they came face-to-face (oh my goodness…can you imagine?!) with the Light! The Light not only pierced their hearts, forced them to think differently…but this Light transformed their soul. The very center of their being that knew their had to be something more…this soul was suddenly satisfied, given hope, a purpose and was “Home.”

TO THOSE WHO BELIEVED IN HIS NAME – People knew the Israelites believed there was to be One to come – the Christ…the very One Isaiah spoke of many years before Mary was even born!

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NLT)

Yet, even John the Baptist questioned Jesus’ true identity (see Matthew 11:1-19).

You see, most would picture this Light to be filled with authority, forcefulness and obvious kingdom power. But, the Light just seemed so different than what they expected. It was somewhat uncomfortable going against all of these false beliefs that they once held so close. To believe in the Light required turning away from the darkness and believing in a love that was endless, grace that was not determined by works and frankly a new free life of salvation that may have seemed way too good to be true.

But there were those…those that met Jesus and knew in their soul, this God in flesh man was indeed the Christ. These people made it past the challenges to figure it all out. They untangled the fear of doubt and received the hope and freedom that only Christ can bring. Those who accepted Jesus and placed their hope in Him met the “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Everlasting Father,” and “Prince of Peace” face-to-face…and unlike Moses, their soul-glow never faded.


The Light gave His creation a right! The Light that took on flesh, walked into the darkness, was confused by His own, was disposed and killed…that Everlasting Light gave us (the very ones He came for) a right! No other creation, besides humanity, has ever been given rights by the Creator Himself! This right, if accepted, connects all humanity with their Creator for an intimate, Father-Daughter…Father-Son connection. This type of closeness CAN be experienced while still here on earth, you don’t have to wait until Heaven! The Light wants you, as you are, every inch of your being…He wants you to want Him.

The embrace of Abba Daddy is amazing! It tells us we are valued, we are loved, we are important, we can rest, we are safe, we have a purpose, we have a hope…and we belong to God. In essence, the price has been paid, the battle has already been won, Your Daddy chose you to be with Him right now…and yes, He is saving the best part for later. We are invited into the best family in the world!


to those who have always chased after the love of a father,

the embrace of a mother…

to those who sleep with tear-drenched pillows,

to those that have given-up on ever being good enough for Him,

to those who can’t really even describe love…

to those that are about to give-up…

You are NOT alone.

Don’t give-up looking for your Abba Daddy. He fought for your pain on the cross friend and He is standing right there now…as a loving Daddy, simply ready to love you…you (the one He created). You see, because of the way we view our experiences, God’s love may look at bit different to us….but here is the thing, God looks at us and sees simply His Child….we will always and forevermore be His Child…that never changes, period. He will always be our proud Father.

So…who are you?

I am His Child…He gave that right to me when I accepted and believed in the name of Jesus Christ. My sins have been erased. I am free to love, free to live and free to receive all power through His mighty name.

So…Who’s your Daddy?



About the Author Bethany

Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!

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Susan Shipe says June 17, 2015

My one true Papa is Abba – the Light of the World! Such an articulate, well thought out post – you get an A+! I kept thinking of that silly movie, The Croods, and how they kept searching for The Light. So glad when we seek Him, He doesn’t hide from us. xoxo

    Bethany says June 17, 2015

    Susan – That’s it! I need to watch The Croods! I haven’t done that! Will do! Summer movie night!

Tara says June 17, 2015

Yes! Beautiful post…and beautiful poem. Indeed we are His!

Mary Collins says June 17, 2015

What a lovely post. I particularly like the last part: “to those who have always chased after the love of a father, the embrace of a mother…to those who sleep with tear-drenched pillows”, this covers so many people. If only they would turn to their heavenly father for comfort, they could find such peace. Your words will certainly help them consider going to Him.

    Bethany says June 17, 2015

    Mary- I think so many of us experience tear drenched pillows! It’s hard to write about, but needed. We need to go there. Thanks friend!

~Karrilee~ says June 17, 2015

Amen! Love this and the truth of it and of course the timing… where many earthly fathers may have fallen short (ahem – like, every single one – even the great ones!) – our Heavenly Father is loving us all the while and so for us! On Father’s Day – I can’t help but think of Him and thank Him for always being for me and with me! Great post!

    Bethany says June 17, 2015

    Karrilee – So beautifully worded! I wasn’t sure if I should mention Father’s Day at all in this post, but it does fit right in. Glad you linked the two!

Kristin Hill Taylor says June 17, 2015

We are so on the same track today, friend! 🙂 In college, I heard Brennan Manning talk at a conference about “Abba.” Now I’m wishing I could go find my notes from that, but I remember it being so freeing to think about God like that for the first time. I’m always glad when you link up for #ThreeWordWednesday.

    Bethany says June 17, 2015

    I love Brennan Manning! His book hit me so hard during my college years! So glad you reminded me of this Kristin!

Danise Jurado says June 17, 2015

Truly a faith-filled and lovely post! And I love your poem! There is true joy and identity to be found as we embrace God as our daddy! stopping by from Holley’s
Many blessings to you!

Anita Ojeda says June 17, 2015

My daddy is my Father God :). I hope I live a life worthy of his name and that I always uphold the family honor.

    Bethany says June 17, 2015

    Love this Anita! True and me too!

Nancy Silvers says June 18, 2015

Thank you Bethany for breaking down this concept of “Abba daddy” so clearly!!
Love reading your blog and learning about God through your eyes!!

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