A Baby Step of Faith — 23 Comments

  1. Thanks, Heather, for reminding us that God allows us to take baby steps of faith. Thanks also for sharing your heartfelt desire to be a devoted mom. This is relatable. We are new empty nesters, and yet our kids vist weekly–because we need them to. I totally relate, sister, as I’m sure other parents do as well.

  2. Raising my three children really did require baby steps of faith every day. Two of my children struggle with addiction and one is on the autism spectrum. I did not have the knowledge necessary to face these situations, but I did have a little bit of mustard seed faith. I am grateful for your encouraging words. Thank you for sharing. Very inspiring.

  3. Thank you for reminding us of the baby steps we take in faith. I know that raising my three children required little steps of faith every day, especially as two struggled with addiction. This was so encouraging.

  4. Heather, thank you so much for your honesty and transparency. You make such a good point about how in order to move forward we just need to start with the smallest of steps with the smallest mustard seed of faith. Once we get momentum and some traction each baby step contributes to moving us forward. It is interesting how in this era of “supersizing” and efficiency we think things have be done in grand and noteworthy ways. Yet, oftentimes it is the baby steps that get will in actuality get us where we need to go. God just asks that we commit to something, take even a small step and walk with Him in his strength and power. Thanks again for your article.

  5. I do understand your journey. We have five children and have been married for twenty years. I can count on one hand how many times the girls have spent a night away from home. Of course, the son a little more since he’s the only boy. I believe it’s our God-given duty as parents to ensure the safety of our children. After all, we have approximately eighteen years before they are ready to venture into their own journey.

  6. Heather, taking baby steps reminded me of playing “Mother May I?” as a kid. I guess when it comes to faith and charting new territory we ask, “Father may I?” And then we trust Him with every baby or giant step we take along the way. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Dear Heather!

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts here. I appreciate your post. I can relate to how you feel about giving up the control of being a mother. It’s not easy, and often a fearful experience.

    Love what you said here: “By God’s grace, fear is no longer part of the equation.” That’s how it is to be a Christian.

    Edna Davidsen

  8. It’s so hard to take that baby step! And more will be required down the road. I remember those early days myself, going nowhere away from my tinies when they were small. Now they’re all adults and even bigger steps are required. But we can’t get to those without all the baby steps that go beforehand. Thank God for his grace and his power that grows our strength and trust in him, for they are his more than ours. God bless you, dear momma.

  9. I did the same thing when my kids were younger, but it was primarily because we lived far from any family members that we could leave the kids with, and we didn’t feel comfortable enough with friends to take care of our kids for an overnight. (I think I’ve read too many bad stories that caused me to not trust others much with my precious children.) One thing suffered in all of this… my marriage. After 26 years of being married, we’ve only been on one vacation together away from our children. We are happily married, but I think we would have enjoyed our younger married years had we spent a least a little more time away from the kids, just the two of us. It’s all good now, but I’m glad that you’re taking the mustard seed of faith, and trusting God with it.

    • Wow- thanks for sharing your story!
      Every anniversary we toy around with the idea of spending a night away. But we haven’t done it yet. Maybe for our 13th coming up in January!

  10. Great post. I can totally relate. Maybe it’s being a writer? I envision every terrible thing that can go wrong if I leave my babies to go focus on myself. It’s so hard sometimes. I love the vulnerability in your post. Thanks for letting us know we’re not alone!

  11. God will be faithful as we take baby steps in our faith. Prays for more nights away for you in the future. God bless

  12. Great post, Heather. I can totally relate. It’s hard as a parent to entrust the care of my kids to other people: babysitters, grandparents, etc. Good job taking small steps of faith as they get closer to leaving the nest. God is faithful and worthy of that trust.

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