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Moments for Mom July 2003


By Elisabeth Corcoran


Have you ever heard the voice of God? I don't mean audible. And I don't mean, 'take that job', or 'don't marry that man'. I mean the nudge-in-your-heart kind of voice. It's almost a whisper. Something that you know was meant just for you from the Creator.

I have. And I want to share one of those experiences with you. I was traveling by train to Minnesota to visit a friend. Me. Alone. Ten hours. Can anyone say, 'Ahhhhh' I was in heaven. I spent the day reading magazines, listening to CD's, journaling, reading. And then I thought, 'okay, why don't I just sit, just look out the window and see if God has anything He wants to say to me?' So I did. And within moments, and I mean moments, I heard this: "You're not a bad mom." Now, I hadn't been reading about parenting. I hadn't been feeling guilty about going away for four days and leaving my children at home with their dad. In fact, to be honest, I wasn't even really thinking about Sara and Jack at the time. But, bam, that was what He had for me.

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Now, how do I know that was the gentle voice of God? Because my God is very intimate and personal. He knew that I walk around my life muttering, "I'm a bad mom". (Maybe not out loud, but I sure do think it a lot.) Had the wording been, 'you're a good mom', I would have actually doubted the authenticity of the source, because He knows my heart isn't ready for that affirmation quite yet. He met me just where I was.

It gets better. He went on to say, "Sara and Jack adore you. And they know you love them. You are not a bad mom." And the tears began to flow. I needed to hear that. Probably more than I even knew I needed to. And I thanked my Father for bending down and whispering that encouragement to me. And I thanked Him for being the kind of Father who loves us so much that He takes the time to send little messages like that to us. Let me encourage you today: you are not a bad mom. And may you enjoy the benefits of a walk so close with God that He whispers something precious into your soul today.


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© Elisabeth K. Corcoran
Elisabeth Corcoran is the author of "In Search of Calm: Renewal for a Mother's Heart (2005)" and "Calm in My Chaos: Encouragement for a Mom's Weary Soul (2001)". She is wife to Kevin, and mom to Sara, 11-&-1/2, and Jack, 10. Her passion is encouraging women and the Church, and applying her gifts to eradicating global poverty, as well as local and global AIDS, one small step at a time, which she hopes to fulfill through her writing and speaking, and her connection with Open Door Clinic in the Fox Valley area and her church's partnership in Bo, Sierra Leone. You can learn more about Elisabeth and her ministry at elisabethcorcoran.com.

 

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