The gifts that God gives us aren’t always what we expect, aren’t always what we ask for. He promises things like joy and peace and protection. But we all know that we don’t walk around day in and day out all happy and not worrying and kept from all kinds of harm. He promises us things in a different realm, he gives us things that fall more into the category of what we need, what he knows we need.

My daughter is a gorgeous specimen. She is full of life and huge laughter and wit and she’s smart and beautiful and compassionate. Her journey is similar to mine in the family department -- daughters of divorce -- but she gratefully has had Jesus for a good 10 years already, walking her through it all.

She is already learning lessons that I didn’t learn until the past few years. She is already hearing about boundaries and forgiveness and respecting someone because we are called to and choosing when to speak certain words.

And the cool part, as my mentor (who is also her mentor) pointed out to us, she is already being entrusted with gifts. With information, confirmation. With little glimpses of what is really going on, that she’s not crazy, that what she’s been told is going on is really going on. The power of seeing things for yourself cannot be overestimated.

Jesus knew she needed this. Jesus has seen her growth and trusted her with this. And Jesus knows that she can handle this knowledge. It’s not a gift that she ever would have asked for. To see these things, to know these things already. But I believe that he will use these things in her life not only to protect her future choices, but also to bring comfort to others along the way.

c. Elisabeth K. Corcoran, 2012

Elisabeth is mom to Sara (15) and Jack (13). She loves spending time with her kids, her friends, reading and writing. She is the author of At the Corner of Broken & Love: Where God Meets Us in the EverydayOne Girl, Third World: One Woman’s Journey into Social JusticeHe Is Just That Into You: Stories of a Faithful God who Pursues, Engages, and Has No Fear of CommitmentIn Search of Calm: Renewal for a Mother’s Heart, and Calm in My Chaos: Encouragement for a Mom’s Weary Soul. All these books can be purchased on Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle.

Visit her website at www.elisabethcorcoran.com and her blog at http://elisabethcorcoran.blogspot.com/.

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Watch Elisabeth and her friends spread hope through Africa with Samaritan’s Purse at http://www.vimeo.com/7919582.

Elisabeth is a proud Member of Redbud Writer's Guild (www.redbudwritersguild.com).

Publication date: May 22, 2012