Baby Steps

Baby Development Stages in the First Year: Month by Month

Isn’t it the cutest thing when you see a baby taking his or her first steps? Even as they wobble unsteadily, trying so hard to master walking and they fall a time or two, a parent is still proud of each step. It shows they are growing stronger and wanting to be more independent. It is a milestone that is the beginning of other milestones. The child will continue to learn new ways of moving and exploring, but all within the care of the parent, less they get hurt trying to do something they are not ready for yet.

I love the beautiful relationship between a loving parent and child. It is so precious a bond with endless possibilities for adventures and memories. Our relationship with our heavenly Father is like that! He is so happy when we take our first steps towards Him. Just like a parent, He is waiting for us to walk to Him on our own and then grabs us with all of His love and hugs us for a job well done. He is excited for our adventures and memories to come.

He knows what we are capable of and what we are not. He will steer us, if we let Him, away from harmful things, but will also lead us onto areas where He knows we will be okay by leaning on Him. As His children, we trust Him to lead us safely. We know He loves us. We may go through times where we are TOO independent and want to do things our way, but He is always there, giving us the choice of asking Him to help us. And you know what? He always loves for us to ask for His help!

For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete. 2 Corinthians 13:9

Today, though we are adults, I think it is helpful to remember that we are God’s children, not fully mature but always growing into ourselves that He wants us to be. We will have many adventures, good and bad, but He is always there to go through every single day with us. What a Father! It makes me sad that some do not know the Father and feel very alone. It is our job to tell them about how great our Father is and what He does for His children. He never leaves His children. We have nothing to fear!

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 13:6

Just as we are happy to see our own children mature, we still love when they need us, reach out to us, ask our opinion on something. The Lord is no different. He loves when we reach out to Him it acknowledges our dependence on Him. He also knows our future and wants to help us mature into it. Comparing our own parent-child relationship to ours with the Father, makes me love Him even more! He takes such good care of us:)

Dear Father,

Thank You for reminding us that You are doing for us what we do for our children. We love You for how You parent us. You are our cheerleader for things we are doing for You, our comforter when we go through trials and our fount of knowledge and wisdom on how to mature in You. You are our everything and we love You! Please, as You guide us, give us opportunities to reach out to others who need You. Give us courage and words to say that will be what they need to hear. Help them to see where our hope lies and want that too. We ask these things because we know You will help us accomplish Your will as You grow us up into maturity. Amen

Love and prayers to all!

Just me. Just His.

Tina


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