Baby Giraffe Steps


Getting our familial machine up and moving again after extended illness is a bit like a baby giraffe learning to walk. We wobble and lay back down a lot. You can’t just vault back to full speed. Or you’ll spend Wednesday with your sinuses in revolt, demanding that you LAY THE HECK DOWN.

Ask me how I know.

Earlier in the week, I went to our homeschool support group. One of the veteran moms encouraged us not to get weary in the drudgery, the sameness, the under-appreciated job of raising small people. She reminded us that every small step of obedience is an act of worship.

So what constitutes obedience for a mom like me? It’s doing the job I’ve been given, one step at a time.

It’s changing the diapers, pushing that second load of pee-soaked sheets through the wash in time for naps, listening to that phonics lesson, reading the same I Spy book to the baby 4 times a day, hunting down those missing shoes, rubbing lavender oil on the boo-boos, remembering to thaw the meat for dinner …. pause while I run to the freezer to dig up some chicken…

And then there’s the time you’re out for coffee with a friend and you get the call asking you to pick up some super glue for the baby’s head.

It’s the small things, really.


Now, I certainly don’t picture a choir of angels singing hallelujahs over me every time I remove the stench from Finn’s backside. But it did give me pause to picture that one act as a musical note of worship, and the next steps toward the sink to clean dishes as another note… til the notes build and harmonize and crescendo in a day full of seemingly meaningless tasks… and He is glorified by my tune of faithful work.

One wobbly baby giraffe step and then another, humming along in my weakness, but I say “yes” to the next act of motherhood and my Creator receives worship.

Even if I never get out of my yoga pants today…





  1. I need this. It makes me laugh to think of my own awkwardness and how crazy awkward a baby giraffe is, too!

  2. “I say ‘yes’ to the next act of motherhood…”

    From labor through the dirty diapers through the teen years, to the times we’ll stay awake and pray for them when they’re grown with their own babies – this is one of the most profound things I have ever read relating to the “pain in childbearing” God told Eve she would have. I have a feeling I am going to remember this for a long, long time.

  3. It’s a thankless job, but so worth it. And yoga pants? Yes please!!!

  4. “One wobbly baby giraffe step and then another, humming along in my weakness” I’m going to be repeating this over and over to myself today. Thank you, Lora Lynn. x

  5. Yes and yes and amen, friend. This is true faithfulness. Just keeping on and keeping on with a prayer in your heart and hands raised high (when they aren’t catching puke).

  6. Love and Thank you! =)

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