The Good Gift

Growing up, my dad traveled a lot for work. In the early days of his career, he mainly traveled by car. The cost of flying kept it out of reach for most people. Sometimes dad would plan a trip during the summer so the whole family could tag along. When we lived in Canada, one of his excursions took us the entire way across the country. The journey gave me a love of travel and was a good gift for me.

When we moved to the USA, his travels continued and still included the family when possible. We lived in Michigan, and one of his regular stops incorporated Pittsburg, PA. I remember one trip, in particular when I was about 15 years old. The time came for the whole family to go to Pittsburg with dad. Mom would take my brother, and I sightseeing as dad worked. Then, each evening we would dine together and maybe go for a walk around the area. On Saturday, dad toured around with all of us.

The Good Gift

As his work day wound down, my dad announced he had found somewhere special to take us. So when he got back to the hotel, we headed out for a walk up a hilly street. Mom and I window shopped as we walked along. Money was tight for us, so I learned the enjoyment of window shopping. As we walked past one shop, I stopped and gawked. On a mannequin hung the most beautiful baby blue corduroy jacket I had ever seen. My parents walked on, but I remained glued to the window. Once he realized I had stopped, dad walked back to see what help my attention. I showed him the coat and then started to walk to catch up with everyone else.

God’s gifts last forever and provide us with eternal life. Click To Tweet

My dad called me back over to the window and asked if I wanted to try on the coat. I knew money was tight, so I smiled and told him it was okay. But, he grabbed my arm and dragged into the shop. Next thing I knew, I stood in front of a mirror wearing the coat. My pulse quickened as I turned to admire my reflection. Then I heard my dad tell the lady we would take it. I held my breath in anticipation. As I walked out the door, I skipped over to my dad and hugged him tightly. We continued on our way, and I soon found myself enjoying an ice cream cone to top off my already wonderful day. 

I kept that jacket for years. I included a picture of me wearing it, but please don’t laugh when you look at it. It was a long time ago. 

Just like my earthly dad, God delights in presenting us with special presents. Click To Tweet

God’s Gifts

My dad loved to surprise us with special gifts. But the memory of that day helps me think about another gift giver. My father is gone now, but I have my Heavenly Father, who also likes to give me gifts. Just like my earthly dad, God delights in presenting us with special presents. Let’s turn to the Bible to learn about some of these gifts God gives to His children. 

  • James 1:17 ESV; “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
  • Romans 6:23 ESV; “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  • Ephesians 2:8 ESV; “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”
  • John 3:16 ESV; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Which One is Better?

The gift from my dad eventually wore out and went in the trash. But, God’s gifts last forever and provide us with eternal life. I am also reminded of verses from Matthew 7; “9 Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” And, the memory of this story from my childhood helps to reinforce these verses for me. I hope they help you too.

Prayer

Dearest Heavenly Father, thank you for the gifts you give to us even when we don’t deserve them. Help those who did not have good earthly fathers as an example to understand Your love for us. Forgive us when we take Your gifts for granted. Teach us to follow Your example with our children. Let us be more like You in every aspect of our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Blessings,

Yvonne M. Morgan, author, blogger, and speaker.

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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26 thoughts on “The Good Gift

  1. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    Amen. God’s gift is forever. He gives us new mercies and gifts each day. I pray I will be alert to all His blessings today and every day.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      He is the best gift giver and we are so blessed b them. Thanks for visiting and God bless

  2. Oh, this is such a beautiful story and powerful analogy, Yvonne. I love that your dad bought you the coat you admired from the window. And that’s a great picture of you to remind you of a sweet, sweet gift and memory.

    The best gifts come from the Father.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes, our Father provides us with wonderful gifts. Thanks Karen and God bless

  3. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Vice Chair of Communications. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Q

    And the gift of eternal life is going to be awesome!

    Loved your childhood picture, by the way. Sweet memories!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen to the gift of eternal life. Best gift ever. Thanks Lisa and God bless

  4. buierocks2002 – "Wanna be" Writer, former Preschool Teacher, amateur Chef & Baker, Sister Daughter Co Worker Friend Aunt...that is a lot of hats to wear in a lifetime but, really, I am just "me." :) It is only by knowing Jesus that I have the life I live. As The Bible says, .." In him we live and move and have our being." So thankful to God for that!
    Diane Buie

    Love your blog post today! What a great reminder that God does give us the best blessings & gifts as we live for Him each day. 🙂

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Diane. I appreciate your thoughts and comments. God bless

  5. Ava Pennington – Bible study teacher, speaker, and author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional.
    Ava Pennington

    Such a beautiful memory and analogy.
    As good as earthly parents and gifts can be, they’re just a shadow of the real thing!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Yes they are. The real thing can be unimaginable sometimes. Thanks for visiting and commenting. God bless

  6. Thanks Yvonne. Your story reminded me of some of my very own special moments with my mom reminding me how special and precious they were. Seem like yesterday, and yet not so much. I love the photo and how it captures the memory and the analogy. Thanks.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much Lorrie. I am thankful to have some wonderful memories and they are gone to quickly. Thanks and God bless

  7. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    I grew up and still live a couple of hours away from Pittsburgh. My dad also traveled sometimes for business–often to Pittsburgh. Mother had family there and loved the big stores and city vibe. Great memories for me too! God bless!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Sounds wonderful. It is good to remember too. Thanks Nancy. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I know! What a wonderful God we serve. Thanks Jessica and God bless.

  8. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    I think you and I are about the same age. As a result, I love that jacket! I know why you turned back around to look at it in the store window. I would have wanted that jacket, too. I love the blue!

    Your Dad showed such kindness and understanding toward you in turning back and making that purchase for you, simply because he loved you. He definitely modeled the goodness of God to you in a way that you still remember today!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      My dad did model Christ for me. I know that is not true for everyone so I was blessed.

      I know, I still love that blue. I wish I still had it but it would not fit anymore.

      Thanks Melinda and God bless

  9. Holly – USA – Hi, I'm Holly! Lover of my husband, the Lord, nature and animals (especially cats!) I'm an INFJ (MBTI) which means I love deeply and care about the well-being of those around me and in this world. I hope to hear from you at one of my sites. God bless! ♥
    Holly

    Dearest Yvonne, oh how I loved your story! It truly struck right to the core of the heart. Your dad sounded like a man of excellent character who loved you dearly. I love that he included each of you on his work trips whenever possible. How special that is! Your jacket was precious and I loved that photo of you wearing it. It made me smile!

    Your prayer and the Scriptures you included were perfect. Indeed, so many didn’t have the example of what a father should be. I was one of those people and it absolutely does affect how we view the world and our Heavenly Father. It takes years of healing work to process the pain and grief associated with such a critical part of our lives.

    Thank you for your beautiful heart, ministry and love of sharing the goodness of God with all of us. You are a blessing, sister. Sending my love your way!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I am so sorry for your experience with your father. God is a better father than anyone. I will be praying for you to continue to heal and you to increase in faith. Thank you so much for your kind words. God bless sweet sister.

      1. Holly – USA – Hi, I'm Holly! Lover of my husband, the Lord, nature and animals (especially cats!) I'm an INFJ (MBTI) which means I love deeply and care about the well-being of those around me and in this world. I hope to hear from you at one of my sites. God bless! ♥
        Holly

        Aw, bless your heart, Yvonne! What a kind reply. Thank you for your prayers. You’re right, the more I encounter the overwhelming presence of Abba, the more I understand His love. Isn’t His presence amazing? Nothing could ever compare!

  10. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Such a sweet and tender memory! I loved reading and imagining myself traveling along with you and your family. I also loved that you understood money was tight and extended grace to your parents, by not expecting them to buy everything you saw. So what a special surprise was that cute jacket! Thank you for sharing the memory and most of all, for pointing us to our heavenly Father and His blessings which are poured out for us daily. Spiritual blessings which never wear out. Such a blessing!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much Melissa. It was always fun to travel and still is today. I appreciate you visiting and commenting. God bless.

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  12. Ava James – An indie author and lifestyle blogger. Words burst out at the most inappropriate times. Passion filled letters, impatiently exploding onto the page or screen when I'm consumed with something else. Besides life would be dull and boring if writing was straightforward. When away from her writing she works full time as a medico-legal professional. In her spare time she enjoys an adventure from the outdoors to dancing and anything sporty.
    Ava James

    Amazing when we think of what precious gifts God gives us. And to think at times we take them for granted. Love your picture too

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Ava. The picture feels like it was from a lifetime ago. But it always makes me think of the good gifts from our Heavenly Father. God bless

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