Today’s podcast was recorded with my sister Laura as we were sitting on the grass outside of a conference. Laura had shared a beautiful experience with our mom that happened about 20 years ago, and I just KNEW I needed to share it with you.
It’s a simple story, but we hope that as you listen, you will come to more fully understand that there is power from above that is available for us and for our families.
1:01 – April and Laura’s mom, Zoe, always wanted to please God and serve her family. She never sought recognition from others.
1:21 – Twenty years ago, Laura was studying for the CPA exam. When Laura went to take the exam, she realized she had done one of the problems wrong. The clock read 4:45 p.m. and she had fifteen minutes left to finish the exam. She quickly redid her problem and felt she would finally pass the exam after a few failed attempts.
5:42 – When Laura returned home, her mom quickly exited the house. It was obvious she had been waiting for Laura’s arrival. Zoe asked Laura how things went and wanted to know all about it “from beginning to end.” She then asked, “Did anything happen at the end of the exam?” Laura told her that yes, she had realized a mistake and had just enough time to rework a problem. Laura’s mom then told her that she had been fasting and praying for her all day so that she could enlist heaven’s help. She said that at about a quarter to five, she knelt down and prayed that God would let Laura know if she got anything wrong and that she would have time to correct it.
6:56 – Laura knows that her mom’s faith helped her to pass the CPA exam. She now has a job that is perfect for her and requires a CPA license.
7:38 – Zoe knew the Lord had not only heard, but had answered her prayer. This helped Laura to know that Heavenly Father really does answer prayers.
8:42 – Laura’s mother was completely focused on her child the whole day. Wherever we are or our background, our children will have something big going on. There are big experiences in every child’s life and sometimes they are even approaching failure. As a parent, we can be there 100% and be focused on what is important to our children.
10:02 – Sometimes when we see our children facing challenges we feel powerless. We try to be supportive, but feel that we can’t affect the outcome. What we can learn from Laura and Zoe’s experience is that Zoe found a way to affect the outcome. She was drawing on the powers of heaven. They are available to us as parents.
11:14 – We get to be part of the process of supporting our children with our whole heart. That is the kind of love that will impact a child.
11:58 – Laura said she struggled for years and years to try to pass the CPA exam and she knows her mom recognized how hard it was for her. She couldn’t have achieved it without the help from God and from her mom.
13:00 – Whenever April had a big test or speech, April’s mom always asked what time her test was. Her mom would put it on her calendar and at that time she would pray for her. April puts an alert on her phone so she can remember to pray for her children when they have tests or big events.
14:24 – “Will your heart be with me?” Our children can know that as they face their own challenges our hearts will be with them. It is a privilege to be the person that supports someone else with that amount of love.
15:25 – We get distracted by how many followers we have on social media, or what the scale says, or how much money we’ve made. We use external numbers as a measure of our worth. April and Laura’s mom’s priority was not those numbers; it was her children.
16:18 – The needs of our children, our relationships, and our experiences are all different. Think about the needs of your children and look for an opportunity when you can join your heart with theirs and take the initiative to draw upon the powers of heaven for your child. It can bring a powerful dimension to the important work you are doing as a mother.
Music from Creations by Michael R. Hicks
Audio editing by Christy Elder