I had a good reminder this past week. While I was in Big Spring for my baby niece’s birth, I had a chance to visit with Esther Whitmore. For those of you who don’t know Esther, let me give you the skinny. To begin with, her mother is a spiritual warrior. That is a great linage to begin with. Sister Mary epitomizes what a Christian woman should be. She is kind, gracious, speaks the truth, and always has an encouraging word. And the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Seriously, I love being around these women because you always leave feeling refreshed. I aspire that my own presences would be considered refreshing.
Ester came up to the hospital to see baby Devri. At the time she came, the nurses came in to check up on Jenny and asked us all to leave. Esther walked me out to my vehicle. I was telling her about a prophetic word Dennis and I received in January from Bishop Tudor Bismark (www.jabula.org) about having children.
She began to tell me her story. She and her husband Scott wanted children. When you meet Esther you know immediately she was designed by God to be a mom. She has a sweet mom voice. They had tried for years to have a baby. The doctor’s reports were not positive. Throughout the years Esther received prophecy after prophecy that she would have children. She said after 10 years, her faith was fading. After 10 years of trying in September of 2000, Esther did get pregnant. She and Scott were so excited about the pregnancy they had already shared the news with EVERYONE they knew. This was progress but the pregnancy was not carried to term; she lost that baby. I cannot imagine the disappointment Ester and Scott must have experienced bot be so close and not see the fruit. Esther described this time as “very tough” but said that God was so amazing during that time and they both emerged with more faith than they ever had before. In July of 2001, Esther received another prophecy about having children. She was said she was so tired. She told God, “I just can’t get there today, Lord, and I”m sorry. I believe… but help my unbelief” Two months later she found out she was pregnant with her oldest son, Nathanial. He was born June 1, 2002. By that time, Esther and Scott had been married for 15 years. A few years later, the Whitmores welcomed Nicholas into the world.
This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare I Timothy 1:18
Paul told Timothy that we are to wage a good warfare (that’s prayer!!) with the prophecies spoken over us.
While traveling home from this trip, I listed to several CDs in a series aptly named “Faith Burst”. Bishop Bismark said reading the testimonies in the Bible and hearing the testimonies of the saints should INCREASE our faith. If God will do this for Hannah or Ester (Whitmore) than He will certainly do it for me as well. Most of the time, we disqualify ourselves from the good things God has stored up for us. It is our unbelief; our lack of faith that slows things down in our lives.
Bishop also said that Faith is the currency of heaven. God is not moved by need.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Faith is what moves God.
If you just can’t do it….pray Esther’s prayer, “I just can’t get there today, Lord, and I”m sorry. I believe… but help my unbelief’.”