15 June 2014

Abba Father by Teresa S. Mathews

This week has been so exhausting for our family after receiving the word that Carlton again has to fight cancer. The last fifteen years we have rejoiced and given GOD glory for him continuing to be cancer free. This was a blow we were not expecting, but we are still praising GOD and giving him glory that He will once again provide the grace and strength for Carlton to be an overcomer.

While praying and seeking GOD this week He reminded me that He wants us to turn to Him in our times of need. He is our mighty GOD and the awesome creator of all but most importantly He is our Abba Father. Abba is an Aramaic word that loosely translates to "Daddy".

So when the cares of life are too hard for you or the path you have to walk is too rocky just call out to Daddy and let Him reach down with His strong arms and pick you up and hold you close and tell you "my child everything is going to be ok I will carry you through this!"


I'm tired of walking this rough and rocky way.
I am so worn out; I just need a quiet place to stay.

I need to be held in your strong and tender arms; 
I need to know you are keeping me safe from all harm.

Cares of life and trials have knocked me to the ground;      
but I know in you and only you, my strength can be found.

When the road seems the longest and the path ahead is bleak;  
you hold out your arms to me; you are the refuge that I seek.

You pick me up and you carry me when I can't go on; 
you tell me that you love me and that I am your own.

You are my Abba Father, my great and mighty king,
I love you and I adore you, for you are my everything. 

Thank you Heavenly Father for being the best Daddy of all!
© Teresa S Mathews 


  1. TERESA, this is lovely as are all your poems. I have constantly had to run to my Abba Father these fast few months especially -- and He has given me joy when I had none, peace when I had none, strength when I had none, hope when I had none, and love when I THOUGHT I had none.. So today I sit here typing this with my Daddy's joy, peace, strength, hope, and loving arms around me. What more could one ask for ?

    1. Love you DIANA, you are so right, GOD is all that we need. He is our all-in-all!! This journey is not going to be a easy one but this I do know, no matter what the circumstances GOD is in control and HE is the same GOD that paved a path through the RED SEA where his children walked through on dry ground. GOD'S GOT THIS!!

  2. Praying hard for complete healing. I always love your poems, Teresa. Time for you to start a collection of healing poems to uplift those going through these valleys. You are not alone. We're right here beside you. And God will never leave you ever. HUGS!!!!

    1. CARRIE GOD must have whispered that into you ear and mine! :-) Thursday the same thoughts came to me, I was thinking of sharing Carlton's survivor story from 1999 in the front of a binder, then adding my poems, I figure if they have Bibles in the infusion center they wouldn't mind if I put a book of comforting words and poems. I want GOD to be glorified in this situation.

  3. Very lovely, Teresa, as always. Hugs sent your way!

  4. Beautiful--as usual. I would like to add a comment. Way back in 1976 when our firstborn was about 6 months, I began babysitting for a Hebrew family. The little girls was about 18 months, so was still learning to talk.Her vocabulary included Abba (same as our babies saying Dada). Ema (Mama) Boo-bah (not sure on the spelling, but means dolly) and Tie-eem (I know the spelling is wrong, but pronounced like this--means tasty. She would say Tie-eem when she ate something she liked--or wanted to eat something. So yes, Abba really does mean Daddy, or even closer, Dada! I thought that was so cool!

    1. Thanks for sharing this VICKI and yes that is very cool!

  5. I am so sorry my friend, but you know it's in GOD's hands. I know He will see you through this. Miracles still happen. Just remember every day, This is the day GOD has made. Let us rejoice and be happy in it. I know it is easier said than done, tho we should always remember this. Our life is always in His hands. Love you sweetie and will keep you
    all and will keep you in my heart. Maxie <3 (((hugs)))

    1. Dear Sweet MAXIE thank you for the encouragement. YES GOD still performs miracles. Four years ago my brother fell off a roof on his head and was in a coma for 9 long days!! The doctors didn't give much hope for his survival and if he did he was supposed to have a huge personality change but he is still the same sweet, funny man he's always been!! GOD SURELY DOES PERFORM MIRACLES!! Love you and thanks for the prayers!

  6. I know it's difficult to walk the hard road. I love how you pour your heart out to our Abba and share it with your readers/friends. This morning I am reminded of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
    Rejoicing that you know the Savior, my heart is in continual prayer for you and Carlton, and giving thanks for your strength that comes from Christ alone.

  7. Thanks for the encouragement and that beautiful poem, Teresa!!

    I can so relate to being cancer-free and then having it again - as I was cancer free for about 14 years before being diagnosed with it again this past April. I don't even want to think about how much harder it would have been without God in my life and the strength, comfort and encouragement that He has given me (as well as that from your and all my other precious online friends)!! Thank you!!

    I think the plan to put a book of comforting words and poems in the infusion room is absolutely wonderful!! You go, girl - and God too (LOL)!!

    Love you, Teresa, and praying for your family!!

  8. Absolutely precious! Thank you Teresa for putting into words my personal unsaid thoughts. I must copy this and tell Abba each day many times How I adore Him and give thanks. My prayers are with each of you needing the courage, comfort and faith to endure what you are going through. Those vital ingredredients we need to get through life itself. Receive Abba's blessings to all.

  9. Teresa, I will lift you and your family in prayer every day. I pray you find comfort and strength for each day.
    Thank you for the lovely prayer , it is so comforting to have Our Father to go to and let Him hold us .
    My heart and prayers are with you all.

  10. Thank you for sharing your lovely poem, Teresa. My prayers continue for your family!


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