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Thursday, February 9, 2012

My Leap of Faith

 Have you ever heard the term "Leap of Faith"? What does it mean? I mean really mean. I've contemplated that a lot in the last couple of years and this year it came home to settle seeing as how this year is Leap Year. Which means there is an extra day in February. My story of taking a leap of faith is different than what most people think about when they think of that phrase. Most people think it means doing something risky with a hopeful outcome.

For me it means doing something risky without any hope with the ending of that situation. A leap of faith means you just have to do it knowing something is there to protect you and help you. I grew up without a father, he left my mom when she was seven months pregnant. My mom always told me it wasn't that he didn't want me, just that he panicked and pride kept him from admitting it. I never held it against him and still don't.

The biggest leap of faith I ever took was when my mom and I hired a private investigator to find him. Two weeks later I spoke to him in the phone. Six months later, my mom, kids and I took a trip across three states to meet him face to face. Sure I had anxiety, but I had faith that he would want to be in my life and my kids' lives. And that faith held out for me. It has been two glorious years of him being in our lives and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

So, what does my little story have to do with a "Leap of Faith"? I say take it to heart and take that leap. You never know how much joy will be introduced into your life if you don't.

What is a Leap of Faith to you? Have you ever taken a one?


Judith Ashley said...


Thank you for sharing your Leap of Faith story and the pictures. The old saying "It's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all" came to mind as I read. Sometimes when we take that leap, we win it all. I'm so glad you and your family did.

maepen said...

We are as well Judith. It's something that when you grow up without a parent you always dream about, but never really think it can happen. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. The lesson I really learned in this was to cherish the people you do have in your life.

Sarah Raplee said...

What an amazing leap of faith you and your mother took with no real idea what the outcome would be! You are courageous, compassionate women.

I'd never thought about a leap of faith in this way before, but it makes sense. My leaps have been hopeful with confidence God would give me strength to get through no matter what the outcome.

Marrying a serviceman at 17, just out of high school, during wartime was the biggest leap of faith I took. I'm glad to report we're still in love and happily married!

maepen said...

I would definately have to agree with you Sarah about marrying into the military and at such a young age. I was married at 19 to my high school sweetheart and even though many people said we wouldn't make it, here we are still going strong and maybe even more in love than we were then.
I think anyone who either joins or marries into the military has to have that faith that everything will work out fine.

Robin Weaver said...

So glad your father is back in your life!

ElaineCharton said...

Wonderful Story! You are so right about that Leap of Faith. Sometimes you just have to do it and pray. So glad you have your dad in your life.

Diana Mcc. said...

What a sweet story with a great outcome. Nice post.