God’s Whisper to You

God's Whisper to YouThis weekend will mark one year since our foster princess turned four and had her first birthday party. Well, not exactly her first birthday party, but her first themed Minnie Mouse birthday party with all the works; pizza, extravagant cake, colorful balloons, decorations, friends, bounce houses, and presents…lots and lots of presents…

I often find myself thinking back to that day and I get tears in my eyes each time I remember how after singing the traditional “Happy Birthday” song, I flashed a smile and told her to “blow.” But instead of blowing out candles, she blew everyone a kiss. I remember my heart instantly shattered into a million pieces as I realized this was the first time she had ever been told to blow out a birthday candle from a birthday cake. And I can’t seem to shake the memory of seeing the look on my husband’s face as he hurried over to her side, knelt beside her, and showed her what to do.

And while this was a moment I will never forget, the one memory that has stood out in my mind the most since that day is when I brought her to the middle of the room where all of the presents had been placed. You can just imagine the excitement on her face…and on her friends faces because isn’t this the moment they had all been waiting for?

So as I made myself comfortable on the floor, waiting for her to start ripping open the first one, I saw her just stand there, scanning them with her hands behind her back. While wondering what the holdup was, I slowly started to become impatient as I knew everyone was watching. And so right before I told her to “hurry up,” she looked at me confused and said, “Hmmm…which one do I want?”  Immediately I realized she didn’t know all of the presents were for her. She didn’t know she was going to be able to open them all. She didn’t know…anything.  In fact, she thought she got to pick one…and then her friend Ramsey got to pick one…and her other friend Hank got to pick one…

But once I leaned in and whispered something into her ear, she put her hands over her mouth, bent her knees a little and shouted, “You mean they are all for me!?” And within seconds tissue paper began flying through the air, bows were being ripped off the boxes, and the sound of wrapping paper being torn could be heard all throughout the room.

The more I think back to that day, the more I see each of us standing in front of the gifts our heavenly Father has for us every day. Gifts of healing, restoration, wisdom, peace, joy, love, comfort, and forgiveness; yet we think they are not all for us or maybe we only get just one. Or perhaps we spend so much time trying to decide which one we want, or we stand around talking to others about what we want or even need, we never get to open or experience them all. Or maybe we do choose one or two gifts, but then leave the rest for our friends because we think they need or deserve them more.

But friends, can I whisper to you what I whispered to our foster princess that day and what I believe our Heavenly Father wants to whisper to you in this moment? If so, I want you to first imagine what you need or even want from Him. Do you have them in your mind? Good. Now I want you to imagine Him sitting next to all of those gifts and as you stand back scanning them and longing for them, I want you to imagine Him gently leaning over to you and whispering, “Sugars…you don’t have to pick just one because they are all for you.”

Did you catch that?

Did you hear what He said?

He said they are all for you.

So go ahead sweet friend and through your faith (no matter how big or small) in Him, rip off the bows, tear into the wrapping paper, and let the tissue paper fly. And tomorrow when you need more of the same, ask Him for it, He will have it; wrapped and ready for you to open and experience all over again. For if we being evil know how to give good gifts, how much more will our Father in heaven give good gifts and blessings to those who ask Him (Matthew 7:11).  

With Love

The thief does not come except to steal, kill, and to destroy.  I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  ~ John 10:10

Ask , and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  ~ Matthew 7:7-8

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!  ~ Matthew 7:1


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41 thoughts on “God’s Whisper to You

  1. First, I want to say how much I love your love for Goldilocks! The stories of your sweet girl always warms my heart. And thank you for your message on being open to receiving gifts from God. I really needed to hear this today!

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  2. Oh precious Goldilocks…seriously had some tears reading that she hadn’t ever blow out candles or that she thought she only got to pick one present…..you always know how to get me thinking…thank you for making me remember to ask Him for the gifts in my heart….love to you all and Happy Birthday to Goldilocks this weekend!! xoxo

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  3. Oh, my! This post brought me to tears! You have no idea how much I needed to read your faith-inspiring words!! And, dear, little Goldilocks! How very precious she is…I know it must have broken your heart to realize how much this all meant to her. She is a very blessed little girl to have you and your husband in her life. 🙂 Thank you for this wonderful encouragement…God always knows exactly what we need to hear. Love and appreciate you, sweet friend, and often remembering you in my prayers. Surely God is working on your miracle, and I can’t wait for the day He sends your sweet baby to you!!!

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    • Thank you so much Cheryl for always being such a wonderful and constant source of encouragement to me. I can’t thank you enough! You are such an amazing woman and I am honored and blessed to call YOU my friend. xo

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  4. Elisha, you have a way of writing that is so beautiful and precious…clearly a gift from God that you are sharing with all of us! Thank you for bringing me to tears (again!) and for the words of encouragement that I really needed today. God bless!

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  5. my #waitingforBabyBirdFam, my heart, just be still this battered heart. We take it for granted, the knowing those “Birthday gifts are all for me.” yet there are thousands who don’t ever get a one. One day to be loved and appreciated by all who know them. You’ve hit home so much lately, and oh how it hurts, yet it strengthens us to know these small moments give hope.. YOU give hope. Reminding us just how amazing our Heavenly Father is.

    This, allows the broken pieces to be placed into a small melting pot and as we begin to believe our sweet heavenly fathers words, we start melting back together. Those parts of us which have been abused by the lies, the actions and the belief we’ll never measure up to being a woman because our bodies have betrayed us once again.

    What the mirror throws in our face, he reaches and says look at me, see me.. Feel what I feel when I look upon my daughter. I know every tear, every ache, every bruise, every doctor visit. I see the gut wrenching ache when the darkness closes in.. BUT LOOK at me. VIEW you through my eyes. The first one to grab a friends hand when their hurting, the first one that niece or nephew, god child or student says your name. Hear them speak your name with love, and know I am with you.

    I know what your heart desires, but because I have great things in store for you this is your journey right now. These trials my sweet girl are just that trials. There is another looking in on your journey. There is a woman you’re meant to reach and show them the faith of a mustard seed in me. You’ll bring them back home, to me. Trust me.. Stand in the light of my grace and love, be my shining example of through every rough patch, every time that mirror gives that ugly lie movement, and you falter.. Reach for me, I will wrap you in the grace, and understanding only a father can. Cry out, because when you do, when your heart pours out into the world and you bring each moment to life my sweet, broken girl.. YOU’VE touched another sister. There is a woman standing by hanging onto your journey knowing for the first time in a long time she isn’t alone.
    Just as I have never left you, in the brightest of joyful days and the darkest worst days. I’ve been right there.

    Thank you for always being open and honest, no matter how hard it is.

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  6. As always…right on time and just what I needed. I love your family stories and each time I’m so thankful that Goldilocks has you and your husband. She is just precious.

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  7. So sad that she didn’t understand about birthdays, or birthday parties, and that all the love and gifts were for her! I’m so happy that she has you guys to share your love and caring with her. She’s just the sweetest little thing! And a happy birthday to her!

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  8. Hi there, Elisha,

    I’m all the way down here in South Africa. I stumbled upon your blog (probably via Holy Spirit) and it has been so encouraging to me to read it. I come too from a fertile family, especially with unbelieving members having children out of wedlock…it has been a challenge.

    My husband and I have been married 6 years now, tried from the beginning to start a family, and conceived once and miscarried at 18 weeks. It seemed to take forever to get over the grief of our baby girl. We are trusting the Lord for our own baby bird.

    Thanks for saying the things I struggle to get out most of the time. I feel like I have a friend understanding exactly how I feel, and it is such a great big comfort!!

    Blessings to you and thanks for sharing your life with us.

    Yzelle Swart
    Ermelo, South Africa

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    • Thank you so much Yzelle for leaving such a wonderful and encouraging comment. I am praying and believing RIGHT NOW that your womb will be filled with life and that no weapon formed against you shall prosper! xo

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  9. Beautiful. Breath-takingly beautiful! So thankfull for God’s extravagant love to each one of us. And blessings to you for showing that extravagant love to those around you. You are such a blessing! I look forward to every blog post and every fb status! Thanks for letting God use you in such a beautiful way!

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