Sunday, August 29, 2021

Being with Papa by B J Bassett

She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. Luke 10:39 NIV

We didn’t live close to my parents while raising our children, so every summer, one of our children would fly to their grandparents’ house and spend a week with them. It was a wonderful experience for them to spend quality time with their grandparents.

The year our middle daughter, Kathy, visited my parents, my mother had just been released from a mental hospital. So my dad took four-year-old Kathy to work with him. She was a tomboy, so being with her Papa at a construction site was perfect for her. He bought her boots. Kathy was born premature and had small hands and feet. I was amazed they made boots that small. She loved the worker boots that her Papa bought for her.

Dad would designate a spot for Kathy in one of the corners of the house he was building. He gave her blocks of wood, nails, and a hammer. Kathy’s visit brought my dad joy during a difficult time in his life. She loved her Papa, and he loved her.

Like Papa, our Heavenly Father also wants to spend quality time with us/His children. Are you spending time with your Papa—your Heavenly Father?

Papa, I love You so much. I am happiest while sitting at Your feet each day. Thank You for the joy You provide in our relationship. Amen.

Reprinted from

The King’s Daughters—

A Women’s Devotional

By B. J. Basse 

B. J. Bassett encourages others as an author, teacher and speaker. Her books include a contemporary novel, Gillian’s Heart; a historical novel Lily; Sweet Charity; A Touch of Grace—The G.R.A.C.E. Ministries Story; and coauthor of a children’s devotional My Time with God, Focus on the Family, Heritage Builders, with over 55,000 copies sold.


As a contributing writer, publications consist of Writer’s Handbook 2000, The Writer, and The Focus on the Family Guide to Growing a Healthy Home, Wolgemuth& Hyatt, Publishers, Inc.—consistently on Bookstore Journal’s Best-selling Christian Books List from November 1990 - February 1991, and voted the 10 Best Books for 1990 by Today’s Christian Woman.


Magazines, devotional booklets, curriculum and newspaper publishers include Focus on the Family, Woman’s World, The Quiet Hour, Pathways to God, Devotions, Harcourt Brace, WordAction, Gospel Publishing and Times Standard (newspaper).


She teaches writing workshops at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR and at writer’s conferences. As a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, she tells her story of rejection and acceptance, not only in life, but as a writer as well. She also offers book talks, including discussion questions and shares the journey -- from the seed of an idea to a published book.


Memberships: ACFW and Oregon Christian Writers (OCW).


She enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, munching warm scones oozing with butter and strawberry jam and sipping earl grey tea.



Marie Bast said...

That was such a sweet devotion/post. It makes me stop and wonder. Thank you for sharing.

B. J. Bassett said...

This devotional was one of my favorites to write. Bless your heart, Laura, for letting me post on your blog.

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