Writings on the Wall

It was 1989 and there I was, standing in my new kindergarten class scared and shaking like a leaf.  I was as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.  I will never forget that day when I stood there wishing I had my mom, my favorite stuffed animal, and the comforts of home.  So many thoughts were going through my head…

What will the other kids think of me?  Will they want to play with me?  Will that girl with the pretty bow in her hair let me play with the baby doll she was holding?  I sure hope the teacher is as nice as she looks.

I had so many thoughts that day and I have learned that since that frightening moment, some thoughts never seem to go away no matter how old we get…

For example, it was last April when I took a deep breath, exhaled, and pressed the “publish” button.   Within seconds of pressing “publish”, a blog was started, a ministry (support group) called HOPE began in my home for those who are struggling with holding on to the promises of God and believing with positive expectations during their tough times (I didn’t have any attendees at the time), and Our Story was shared with my family, friends, and Facebook.  Within seconds, I was back in 1989 standing in Mrs. Quincey’s class with the same insecure thoughts of… What will my friends think of me?  How will they respond?  Will anyone come to the HOPE group? How many will think I am crazy?

At the time, I would have never dreamed that Our Story would have been read and shared with thousands of people around the world.  One of those people (who will remain anonymous) read my testimony because someone “shared” it via Facebook.  Since that time, she has been supporting me from MANY miles away.  I did not know her before she stumbled upon my testimony and in fact, I have only talked to her through Facebook a couple of times.  She isn’t struggling with infertility, nor has she ever, nevertheless, she has been a great supporter and encourager to me as I travel on this bumpy journey with all its twists and sharp turns.  I haven’t heard from her in months, but today I opened up my Facebook to find a message from her and this is what she said…

At 2:30 this morning I almost sent you a message.  I woke from my sleep and as I opened my eyes you were in my thought.  I remember seeing your name as though it were written on my wall and I hear the words: “blessings” and “favor in the sight of the Lord.”  I wanted to share that with you, now that it is daylight. lol.  Praying for whatever the Lord is laying on my heart for you.

Why am I bothering to tell you all of this?  It’s because everyone has a story to tell and I want to encourage you to not let the “rocking chairs” cause you to be afraid.  Be willing to open yourself up to vulnerability and let others know what you are facing and the difficulties you are going through, so that not only can others help you, but you can help others who are also hurting.  Don’t allow the enemy to convince you it’s okay to stay in isolation or go through this alone because the person you open up to, could be the person God is wanting to use in order to speak to you, encourage you, and use to share His plans with you.  If I had never shared my story on Facebook and opened myself up to the vulnerabilities that came with it, this woman would not have had the opportunity to speak God’s words into my life.  There is no doubt I was blessed by God through her, but I also believe she was blessed to be used by God.  She was blessed to be a blessing!  

God uses people to speak to us and accomplish His will in our lives and if people don’t know what is going on in your life, it’s difficult for them to be God’s vessels.

By telling your story, you never know whose life you could touch, how much encouragement you could receive, or how much MORE glory God could get if others knew not just the “ending”, but the whole story.   So be bold and courageous!  Put your writings on the wall…and maybe He will write His writings on a wall for you, like He did for me…

My story, God's Glory

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39 thoughts on “Writings on the Wall

  1. Wow!! Thank you Lord for this prophetic word! Elisha, this is amazing! I love how the Lord spoke through her to encourage you!! Thank you Jesus for your blue sock moments 🙂

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    • i know right?! As soon as i read it my first thought was you and a “blue sock” moment 🙂 I loved it!!! I love how he uses people that are not in my every day life and really have no idea what is happening that day or even week. It’s perfect!

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  2. Awesome! After sharing my story, I had a student I worked with while in grad school send me a message on Facebook. She said that God had laid it on her heart to pray for me the past few months and she did so without knowing why. Praise God for those who can obey without asking questions and pray even when it doesn’t make sense!

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  3. What a wonderful story! So thankful for your words…I have been fighting the enemy in what feels like hand-to-hand, toe-to-toe combat! Feeling like I need to just throw in the towel and stop ministering and opening up and continuing to onward pursue! He has been trying to convince me that if I would just stop obeying God and stop writing the devotionals God lays upon my heart, he will back off, because he will no longer see me as a threat. I have especially felt this, since we came forward and very transparently told our tesimony concerning infertility. I have questioned over and over whether I should have done that and have really felt “beaten up” over doing that. As I read your post, I found encouragement…especially in the last paragraph. Is there really any way to measure the cost of our disobedience…if we stop doing what God is asking…if we stop telling our story….if we stop sharing our testimony, is there any way to really know who we have failed to encourage? Your words were edifying…and very timely. Thank you, Elisha!

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    • I am so glad!! Your story has helped me soo much! You are just one person that can change the Kingdom of God. Look at Adam in the Old Testament , his single act of sin and disobedience brought condemnation to mankind. But Christ came and His one act of righteousness gave everyone who believes in Him new life and a right relationship with God. It’s phenomenal the blessings (or curses) one person can bring. You can either help build the kingdom of God or do nothing. You are doing something. You are choosing to be a blessing and you will be rewarded!! Thank you for always being willing to share your testimony and devotionals! I think you are awesome!!! Stand strong and keep persevering.

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  4. I love this post. I love it. It’s so true that you just never know how will be touched by your story. I just wrote a post tonight about my husband and I’s love story- the start really and was debating sharing it or not… I guess I should share it 🙂

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  5. Ohh my goodness I love this so much!! What a wonderful reminder to open ourselves up and in doing so we can help others. I love that message you received! So glad to have found you on my journey! I feel so lucky to have you are a part of my support system:)

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    • I thought so too! I have had so much encouragement from people at church and my friends since opening up and sharing my blog posts with anyone and everyone. Being so open has really given me a sense of freedom. I am so glad to have become a part of your life too! You are in my prayers and I think I will be just as impatient as you in the next two weeks 🙂 hehe

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  6. Thank you for this encouragement. I have a hard story to tell – it really doesn’t show me in a good light at all! But it does bring glory to our Father. I’ve got to keep on telling it! 🙂

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  7. I just wanted to say your blog is amazing! I am at the beginning stages of the infertility journey with my husband and decided to blog to get my feelings out in the open. I am so thankful I came across your page. So much inspiration and love all in one place!

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  8. I have been discreetly following your story for some time, and just wanted to say that this post really spoke to me. I have also been really struggling with letting others know of our journey and feel that not only will we receive more support but we may also be able to help others. And I really feel that God is able to use you to speak to others…what you have quoted and stressed has touched me, especially since my own faith has had a very convoluted and bumpy road. With so much more growth as I acquire the years under my belt. Thank you so much for these messages!!

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    • oh wow! I’m so glad it has helped and encouraged you. Tell your story girl!! 🙂 There are so many people that can help you, encourage you, and in return ,you can encourage others. I will say that the second I started spilling my guts so to speak, i found freedom. Thanks so much for following my blog 🙂

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  9. This is a God moment that I stumbled across your blog from connections from another blog to another blog to yours! I am just starting to get my confidence to tell people about not just what I’m going through, but how I’m going through it. I started a blog a few weeks ago about my journey and as of now have been publishing blogs but not telling anyone I know about them 🙂 I think I’m about ready to share the link with people in my world. Also, this is the first time ever I’ve commented on a blog anywhere–baby steps to sharing my story!

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    • oh yay! Yes a God moment for sure! I remember being so scared at first and there are times when still get scared to publish blog posts that are personal, but I know they will touch someone else so i go ahead and do it anyway. There is such a sense of freedom when I do. I’m so glad you found my blog!!

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  10. Just another wonderful example of how the Lord FOR GOOD the same struggles that Satan intended for evil. This is such a great reminder that, even when Satan wants us to feel isolated and alone, we aren’t! We have other believers praying for us, and that is so powerful. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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    • awwe thanks Emily! You are a blessing as well! Every time I come across your blog (by a comment or you post something) I always stop and say a prayer for you and Baby A! Hugs!! xoxoxo

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  11. I love this post and want to thank you (again) for being the courageous cat in that room full of rocking chairs! Reading your blog is a highlight in my day.

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  12. This is so true!! I feel like these blogs are the way God has connected us to help each other along this long path we are on. The more prayers we can give and receive the better!! I got your package in the mail yesterday, thank you so very much! You are just the sweetest!!

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