Seeking parental approval: Why the Father’s love is better.

Some of us spend our entire lives seeking our parents’ ‘blessing’ or approval.

And even when it’s found, an emptiness might still remain.

I love this verse, which describes the ‘father heart’ of God:

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)

He has lavished us with love. If you want to think of his love as water, it’s like a great big ocean – not just a few drops. I love God’s love!!!

We are children of God. Adopted sons and daughters. We receive His inheritance! We are His! That is what I am! That is what you are! Child of God. Royal son or daughter. Forever beloved. Forever found. Forgiven, redeemed… once – and for all time.


And when we receive the ‘blessing’ of our heavenly father, we can stop trying to change the unchangeable in our own lives. We can accept what has happened – or not happened – and bless our very human parents with the love only God can give. Forgiveness and redemption doesn’t have to stop with us.


    1. Thanks christrocks 🙂 That’s great – and it’s wonderful to think that our Heavenly Father is the ‘perfect version’ of even the best earthly parents… He loves us so much 🙂

  1. As I read this, I thought of my husband. He still reaches out to his dad, only to be let down each time. My husband hasn’t given his heart to God, only admitting that he “believes in a higher power.” For years, I’ve prayed that he will see the truth and will feel the healing of God’s love. Perhaps then, he can find peace in what is.

    Great post, by the way 🙂

    1. Yes… ‘Peace in what is’… Praying with you that your husband will seek and find what is available to him in Christ, and the unbeatable love of the Father. It’s so sad when we face rejection from our parents.

  2. Been thinking about you, keeping you on my prayer list and heart–even though I “disappeared” and couldn’t remember your blog’s name. Yay, for Aimee–as, there you were! God bless you BIG, Mirada (old Caddo)

    1. Awesome, glad you found me Caddo/Mirada!
      Good to see you round here again.
      Thanks so much for keeping me in your prayers – I feel very blessed 🙂

      1. Just to keep you on your toes, I’m moving again––in case you want to visit me there. I’ll follow you from there, ‘kay? God bless you.

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