CMOM: Smile, and Take the Next Step

Steps in Beach – Rodrigo Gutierrez (

Steps in Beach – Rodrigo Gutierrez (

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With so many different projects swirling around in my mind, anxiety was taking over. So I stood very still and let all the mental balls of responsibility I was juggling fall to the ground. Then I smiled and realized I have only one thing to do: take the next step. God promised to guide us step by step when we follow his will, as we understand it.

What are you juggling? A presentation at work, a ministry website, a sick child? It’s difficult to think it all through since you have no control over the schedules, preferences or priorities of the other people involved. Where do you start? Just take the next step in God’s will, as you believe it to me. Happily make the next telephone call or send the next email, knowing you are making a little progress. Enjoy reading your child one more bedtime story. Remember that his word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path.


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About Nancy Ward

Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.
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