Leap of Faith

The Super Bowl is about a month away and I am happy (relieved) my team has made it to the playoffs once again. Last Sunday the Packers(my boys) took on the Lions(my husbands team). Thanks to an earlier game win or lose both teams would make it to the playoff, but let’s face it I wanted to see my boys win. And that’s just what they did.  Sorry/ not sorry honey 

Only one that knows me, knows I am a HUGE Green Bay Packer fan. Some of my earliest memories are of me sitting on my dads knee watching them play in the late 70’s and early 80’s (back when they did not play so great) The love of the game and the team is in my DNA. A love I have pass on to my kids. 

My dad and me at Lambeau Field

One of my favorite moments during a Packer game is the Lambeau Leap.  If you don’t follow Packer football (or the NFL) let me give a quick history lesson.  On December 26, 1993 the Green Bay Packers were hosting the L.A. Raiders.   The Raiders had the ball. Green Bay Safety, LeRoy Butler caused a fumble in which Reggie White (also Green Bay) recovered. White, while fighting off a tackle, passes the ball to Butler and he runs it in for a touchdown. In the excitement Butler points to the stands runs and “leaps” into the crowd. The excited fans help pull him up and congratulate him. He then returns to the field. Thus the Lambeau Leap was born. It’s on YouTube feel free to check it out 💚🏈💛 I love watching the players and fans carry on the tradition. 

Me Lambeau leaping at Lambeau Field
My oldest daughter and I touring Lambeau stadium

I can’t imagine the excitement Butler felt when he scored off of that play. He took a leap of faith.  He had faith he could make it. He had faith the fans would help hold him up there.  He had faith he would not fall.  

We all take leaps of faith. We may not jump into a crowded stadium but our leaps are just as impressive.  God wants us to step out or leap in faith. This past year my faith has been tested time and time again. I look back and see now God was in control with every step and every change.

It took a leap of faith for us to become foster parents. People questioned our sanity, question our motives and plainly told us we were crazy to take in “someone else’s trouble kid”. But God had a bigger, much bigger plans for our family. If we had not taken a leap in faith we would not have our five little loves. We would have never met the 20 little ones that stayed with us for a season. We would have never met and became friends with some of the most selfless caring  people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Our last seven years would have been completely different. And truth be told I would have never started writing.  My kids inspire me to do so. You never know were your leap of faith will end up. That’s the beauty of it. 

My beautiful chaos this Christmas in our new home

For me moving over 300 miles away from my family and friends was also a huge leap of faith.  My husbands job had offered a few different transfers; Florida, South Carolina,and North Carolina.  I found fault with all the offers. They were either way to far away from my family or the school systems could not meet the needs of our little loves. I even said some placed were just to hot for me to move there, pety I know but he wanted my honest opinion. Granted we would have been closer to the beach at a few of the places, I could not bring myself to say “Sure honey let’s move there”. Then the offer for Tennessee came. We love Tennessee. It’s one of our favorite vacation spots. The mountains remind us of home and it’s an easy day drive (well as easy as it can be with 7 kids)to see our parents.  It took some convincing on my husbands part but here we are.  God knew where we needed to be and made a way to make it happen. Never question Gods plans for your life. 

We make little leaps of faith every day.  We can wake up and be grumpy and dreadful knowing that the day with be horrible or we can get up get our time with Jesus(love Facebook live morning devotion Thanks T ❤️😊)and have faith it will be a great day. Leaps of faith can be anything from taking a new job, to deciding on becoming a foster parent, to talking to a  doctor about a treatment you are facing, to confront a friend, to stop smoking or doing drugs, or even to go back to school to get your degree. A leap of faith can be anything. My leaps will be different from yours but they are all important to God. He knows our comfort zone and He will help us push our boundaries to broaden our faith in Him. 
From our beautiful chaos to yours take that leap of faith. Gods ready to catch you. 

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