Kindergarten Faith

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What’s Kindergarten got to do with faith?  Well, everything.  And you don’t have to be a mama to get the elementary lesson God handed out for homework this week.  All you have to be is a daughter. And you are.  God’s beautiful, loved daughter.

A week ago, we dropped our beloved daughter off at school—for her first day of Kindergarten.  She would’ve leaped out of the car if we’d let her.

“You better stay in that seatbelt until I come get you, little girl!” Then finally, she got to take her big step forward while we reluctantly stepped back to watch her go.  Even superglue wouldn’t have held her, no matter how hard I hugged her or how tight I squeezed.

My husband and I flashed back to her first steps five years ago—and ours.  Though I’d been holding women’s bible studies, we’d never led a couples’ group together.

We re-traced our steps to that first group meeting.  Heart racing, red splotches creeping up our necks, praying to Jesus to help us remember our words—and our names.

We’ll never forget it.  It made the record books—of sorts.  Recorded on the pages of history in our spiritual legacy.

Way after God showed up and after the last couple left, we exhaled ourselves onto the living room floor. Heads bowed in reverence and utter relief.  And then uplifted in pure exhilaration. “We did it!”  Well, we knew God did it.

And just when our smiles couldn’t widen another inch, they managed to span another mile when we witnessed our first-born, at 9-months of age,  take her very FIRST steps to us.  Grinning, full of gums and gumption, she toddled straight for our hands—and our hearts.  We couldn’t be prouder.

No doubt, God perfectly planned and timed our first steps with hers.

A timely message to remind us that He’s so proud of each of His kids when we set out to take a bold step of faith, whether it’s leading a group, or leading a woman in the grocery store to the hand of Jesus.

All it takes is a mustard seed-sized faith—even a tiny Kindergarten-sized faith will do.  Just take a step, and He’ll do the rest.  I told you mine.  Now you tell me yours.  I want to hear YOUR FIRST STEPS STORY TOO.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

Thank you for walking along with me, one step, one word, at a time.  It would sure bless me if you’d subscribe to my weekly emailed blog posts, and I hope to bless you right back!

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4 thoughts on “Kindergarten Faith

  1. Christie, this is like an answered prayer! I was praying for something to help me decide if we should continue to lead our married group or join one instead of leading. After reading this, I think we are going to stick to leading!! Thank you for sharing! Your writing is phenomenal! Love you!

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