- Thanks Gloria

"Father's Eyes" by Amy Grant 1979

Effective immediately, please be aware that there are changes you

need to make in your life. These changes need to be completed in

order that I may fulfill my promises to you to grant you peace, joy and

happiness in this life. I apologize for any inconvenience, but after all

that I am doing, this seems very little to ask of you. I know, I already

gave you the 10 Commandments. Keep them. But follow these guidelines, also.


1. QUIT WORRYING ~ Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry.

Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for

you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way?


2. PUT IT ON THE LIST ~ If something needs done or taken care of, put it on the

list. No, not YOUR list; put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care

of the problem. I can't help you until you turn it over to me. And although

my to-do-list is long, I am, after all, God. I can take care of anything you put

into my hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot

of things for you that you never even realize.


3. TRUST ME ~ Once you've given your burdens to me, quit trying to take them

back. Trust in me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs, your

problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on my list. Problem

with finances? Put it on my list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster?

For my sake, put it on my list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.


4. LEAVE IT ALONE ~ Don't wake up one morning and say, 'Well, I'm feeling

much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here." Why do you think you are

feeling stronger now? It's simple. You gave me your burdens and I'm taking care

of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don't you know

that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you

started? Leave them with me and forget about them. Just let me do my job.


5. TALK TO ME ~ I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you

crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I'm in control. But

there's one thing I pray you never forget. Please don't forget to talk to me - OFTEN!

I love you. I want to hear your voice. I want you to include me in on the things

going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family.

Prayer is simply you having a conversation with me. I want to be your dearest



6. HAVE FAITH ~ I see a lot of things from up here that you can't see from where

you are. Have faith in me that I know what I'm doing. Trust me, you wouldn't

want the view from my eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and

meet your needs. You only have to trust me. Although I have a much bigger task

than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part.

How hard can trust be?


7. SHARE ~ You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did

you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than

you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with

those who haven't heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those

who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none.


8. BE PATIENT ~ I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many

diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change

jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands

of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it

takes me a little longer than you expect to handle something on my to-do-list?

Trust in my timing, for my timing is perfect. Just because I created the entire

universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.


9. BE KIND ~ Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They

may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still

love you all. Please try to get along, for my sake. I created each of you different

in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please know I love

each of your differences.


10. LOVE YOURSELF ~ As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself?

You were created by me for one reason only - to be loved, and to love in return.

I am a God of Love. Love Me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes

my heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are

very precious to me. Don't ever forget that.


With all My heart, I love you,



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