Stepping Out On Faith

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Stepping out on faith is a lot like trying to find your footing in the dark. If you stand still, yes, you may feel more steady, but you’re stuck in the same position in the dark…but if you keep moving forward, it may be scary, but you can then find your way to the light.

I feel like this year is a lot of stepping out on faith for my family and me.

I started a business making gluten free goodies from home, my husband is making strides at work, my kids are all working towards things physically, emotionally or in their health journeys. We are all facing things and sometimes, the scariest part is taking that first step.

Soon after starting my in-home baking, I found out I was going to be having surgery. It felt like a gut-punch. Things were going so well, then I felt like I was hitting a brick wall. But my family reminded me I wasn’t alone; they told me they were with me and we would get through it together. So I scheduled my surgery and also started preparing for my recovery; since I wouldn’t be able to be hands-on, my family would have to be my hands. This meant teaching icing piping lessons and preparing to slow my business down for a few weeks. This surgery would mean a difficult time temporarily, but it would also mean a huge difference in the long run.

My son has struggled with immune difficulties since birth and we recently received his lab results for his latest immune work-up. They weren’t what we had hoped for, but we knew this was a possibility. The next year will determine a lot about his future in regards to whether we need to start an immune treatment. We are walking this path in the dark once again, but we are together and we know our faith will see us through.

No matter what you are facing in life, you just have to remember that you have three choices: (1) You can try to go backwards, second guess every decision you ever made and live life looking back; (2) You can stay where you are, stand alone in the dark, secure because you don’t move forward or backward; or (3) You can take a step out on faith, yes you may be in the dark at first, but you are able to move closer to the light and you just may find something amazing along the way. I don’t know about you, but I choose option #3. Yeah, it’s scary, and sometimes I second guess my decision for a little while, but so far, it has never led me wrong.

Some of my best decisions were made by stepping out on faith.

When I quit my job to become a stay-at-home mom, I was terrified and the over-thinker in me didn’t know how we would do it. I fought it for a while and stayed at a job I hated and my mental health declined. I was depressed and stressed. My work environment was horrible. Then, once I found out I was pregnant with my third, things only seemed to get worse at work, so my husband and I agreed I needed to take a leap of faith and stay home with our kids. Looking back, it was the best decision I could have ever made! Yes, it was an adjustment and we had to learn to watch our spending for a while and things were tight for a few months, but then, opportunities opened up, my husband changed jobs, and we made the decision to homeschool our kids.

Everything fell into place and now I couldn’t imagine what life would be if I hadn’t stepped out on faith.

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