I think a lot of us have a hard time with the term “daddy” because of loss or absence of our earthly father (many of us grew up with “no dad” or sometimes “bad dad”).  Past tense, myself included (losing my earthly father at the age of 7).

Right before we left for our recent trip, out of the blue, Michelle started calling me “Papi.” I didn’t like it. I didn’t understand it, nor did I know what it meant. Neither did she.  But, she kept doing it.  “Papi, Papi, Papi.”

Fast forward, we arrive in Basel, Switzerland and our host family/friends has this painting (featured photo for this post) hanging in their living room in a very prominent place.  I was immediately drawn to it.  He struck me as a wise loving father type.  Safe.  Easy to talk to.  I stared at it over and over.  I told our friends that the painting made me think of Father God as a safe and loving father and they mentioned that this was the original intent of the artist.  So good!

As we sat down for our first meal together, Tim (the son) calls Dominik (the father) “Papi.” It was beautiful.  I could feel the love shared between this earthly father and his three sons.  This got me curious and asking questions…

Come to find out, “Papi” is a term of endearment that means “daddy” or “father” in many places around the world. Awesome!  Love this!  We had not been at our destination for :30 when the Holy Spirit gives me a crystal clear message about the Love of the Father.  A perfect love from a perfect father, daddy, Papi!

Jesus has done such a healing work in my heart over the issue of fatherlessness and I think The Holy Spirit wants to do the same for some of you.   This idea of being FatherFULL instead of FatherLESS has been a re-occurring theme in my life and ministry.  It comes up so often, that I can’t ignore this as a wound for many people.

Can you call Father God “Daddy” or “Papi?”


If this is you, I want to pray this over you right now.

In the name of Jesus, I am praying for your heart.  A brand new heart.   A heart of flesh.  Replacing the hardened heart built up from your past.  Peeling back layer by layer to expose hurts, pain and unforgiveness that Jesus wants to heal and make whole.  He is restoring relationships and giving you hope.  He is tearing down walls.  He is providing encouragement.  He is overflowing you with a love that “seems” unexplainable.  This intense love is going to many deep places and deep areas of wounding and Jesus is healing them.  He loves you more than you will ever understand.  He loves you the way you were created to be loved.  

Many of you will feel truly loved by The Father for the very first time in a real and tangible way.

He loves you. He is a trustworthy Father. Your daddy. Your Papi!

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