Fathers, Children and Quality Time

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On July 29th at 9:34am my son, Landon William Farrell was born. From the moment I saw him I loved him. So much in fact that I haven’t been able to keep myself from calling him all kinds of endearing names that seem to flow naturally from my intense affections for him. At this point he has been referred to as Angel-face, Buddy-man, My-Precious-Boy, Precious-Angel-Man, Lando-pants, Lando-man, Angel-boy…and the list goes on!

As my son, Landon doesn’t have to do anything to earn my affections. As a Father I freely give him my love with no strings attached. I look forward to the end of every work day when I get to go home and spend time with him. Sometimes we will sit outside and watch the birds in the trees, sometimes we sit on the couch and tease “Nala” (Mommy’s cat), other times he gets strapped to my chest and we go for walks around the cul-de-sac. To me it really doesn’t matter what we do because I just enjoy our “father-son” time! As I speak to him he learns to recognize the sound of my voice, as we spend time together he get’s to know me as his father.

As adopted sons and daughters of God, we have a Father that longs for relationship with us! He too wants “Father-son” or “Father-Daughter” time with his children! From the moment we make a decision for Christ “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16). As our Father He wants to comfort us when we are hurting, and to give us peace and calm our fears. As we spend time with Him we get to know His voice and come to trust in his faithfulness as our Father. The key to it all is the quality time spent together!

Are you setting aside time to be alone with Him, to tell Him everything that’s on your heart? Are you taking time to listen to what he has to say to you? I would challenge us all to set aside time as often as we can to speak to Him be in His Word and to get to know the sound of His voice.