Like Mother Used To Make

Like Mother Used To Make by Kirk Hunt

Moreover his mother used to make him a little robe, and bring it to him year by year when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.

1 Samuel 2:19 NKJV

Samuel had been lent (read: surrendered) to God by his mother, Hannah.  Determined to honor her oath to God and still love her precious son, Hannah’s hands worked her loom.  Samuel could proudly speak of “just like Mother used to make,” then model a freshly made demonstration of mother love.

Consider that in 1065 BC that a robe (or coat) had to be hand-made.  Despite being the beloved wife of a wealthy, generous man, Hannah insisted on making for her son with her own hands.  Samuel grew up with physical proof that he had the tender love and affectionate attention of his mother. 

Maybe your son or daughter is physically distant or otherwise separated from you.  Like Hannah, you can chose to make sure your precious child has physical proof of your tender love and affectionate attention.  Maybe you cannot be there with them physically, but you can send evidence they are always in your mind and heart.

Samuel grew up physically distant from Hannah, but he never lacked for unescapable evidence of her love and care.  Who needs a care box from you?  Who needs proof that the miles mean nothing to your heart and mind?

Spend the time to make with your own hands.  Be sure to deliver the message that the distance does not impact your love and affection.  Your son or daughter may be surrendered to God, but that does not mean you cannot deliver some mother (or father) love anyway.

Think:      What a mother (or father) makes for a child is extra precious.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to prove my love to Your children, no matter how far away they are.”

 

Copyright © May 2019, Kirk Hunt

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Poppa’s Voice

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Poppa’s Voice By Kirk Hunt

 

The voice of the Lord is powerful; The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

Psalm 29:4 NKJV

 

Poppa might repeat a trite phrase until you wanted to scream. He could talk with a pitch and tone that would drill rock. And of course, the more he meant it, the louder he said it. Still, I miss Poppa’s voice.

 

The years have taught me about Poppa’s voice. The trite phrases always said something significant and valuable. Over time I have learned to associate his pitch and tone with real wisdom and deep understanding. And the volume he used was a pale outline of his love and caring, no matter who he was speaking to at that moment.

 

I understand better now. The deep things of God and Scripture sometimes sound trite, but are always significant and beyond valuable. The truth of His Word may cut deep into my soul, but it always leaves behind wisdom and understanding. God’s Word and presence may thunder in my heart and mind, but His tender love and carful nurturing are worth being shaken.

 

God sends the soothing breeze. He is Master of the peaceful water’s edge. My God also sends the raging hurricane. The tsunami goes where He commands.

 

When last did you really stop and listen to the Father’s voice? Did His Word boom in your ears? Did the tone and pitch of His Voice pierce your soul?

 

Fierce or peaceful, know that He speaks with love, care and grace to His children. Especially to you. Especially right now.

 

Think:             A real Father’s voice is full of love and benefit.

 

Pray:               “Father-God, speak to my heart. I yearn to hear Your Voice.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2015, Kirk Hunt

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Abba, Father

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Abba, Father By Kirk Hunt

 

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

 

Galatians 4:6 NKJV

 

During my visit to Israel, the Tour Leader and his son suddenly started discussing money. The son, twenty-something years old, wanted extra money (no surprise) for an event. The discussion started in English, but switched to Hebrew, as son and Father “negotiated.”

 

The switch in language was effective, until we heard that tone. Son was using that imploring, almost-whining voice that every father in the group (if not the planet) knew too well. On top of the tone, all but one of us, recognized the word, “Abba.”

 

We laughed. We started to talk about taking up a collection. No real father is completely cold to the sound of that plea and cry from a son (or daughter). No matter what the child deserves, a father’s heart wants to give him (or her) more.

 

The son did not hesitate to implore his Dad. Because he knew his Dad loved him. Even if it mean compensation or sacrifice later, Son, understood his Dad would only do good things for him.

 

Your heavenly Father, Abba-God, Daddy-God, loves you. Your heavenly Father’s heart wants to give you more, because He loves you. He loves you more purely, truly and completely than any flesh-and-blood mortal can love anyone.

 

You are sons and daughters of the most high, God. Let your heart cry out to Him, no matter what the subject. I guarantee you that His heart hears you as a only a Father can.

 

Think:             Abba-God, Daddy-God loves me.

 

Pray:               “Lord, help me to rely on and trust Your love.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2014, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

Where’s Your Father?

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“Where’s Your Father?” by Kirk Hunt

 

And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.

Matthew 9:27 KJV

 

My brothers and I all have “Where’s your Father?” stories. The details are different, but the plot remains the same. Despite our own credentials, in spite of our own accomplishments, men and women looked us in the eye and asked, “Where’s Poppa Hunt?”

 

It took a while, but we all individually figured it out. It was not that the sons of William lacked skills, accomplishments or credentials. Poppa simply commanded a lot of respect. We all learned to live in the shadow of his influence.

 

As Poppa’s Hunt’s sons, we have all completed tasks Poppa could not. Yet, when folks saw them done, they asked, “When did he teach you that?”

 

The blind men of verse 27 wanted their vision restored. They appealed to Jesus at the top of their lungs. Jesus , the son of David. After all, only a true son of David, a son of Father-God, could heal blindness.

 

The restoration of sight flowed from Jesus’ hands, but the credit went to Jesus’ Father. The power flowed from Father-God. “Look at what God has done!”

 

As you build God’s Kingdom, men and women will look you in the eye and ask “Where’s your Father?” Father-God simply commands a lot of respect. “Look at what God has done!”

 

Think: Find your source in your Father’s power.

 

Pray: “Father-God, help me to live as Your son.”

 

Copyright © June 2011, Kirk Hunt