For the Moms – Tides of Faith w/ Leanne

For the Moms Tides of Faith with Leanne

How many children do you have?   I have one child.

How old are your child(ren) OR how long have you been a mom?   I have been a mom for 5 years.

Are you a mom of girls, boys, or both?   I am the mom of a boy.

How has fierce faith driven you to intercede for, stand with, or fight against on behalf of you and
or your family – in spite of what things looked like in the natural?

My journey into parenthood was not the traditional path that most mothers experience. From the onset I had been called to exercise fierce faith when, in 2018, the sudden and unexpected death of a loved one left a small boy in need of a home.

My husband and I were asked to make a time-sensitive decision: if we would take custody of him and raise him as our own. Adoption was something that had been on my heart for many years, but not my husband’s.

After conversations about adoption over the years of our marriage, it appeared that our hearts weren’t equally yoked on the matter. I had felt heartbroken about it and called out to God in tearful prayer many times. I was confident that God gave me a heart for adoption, and through all the time I spent praying, I had a deep-seated faith that He would make a way despite what things looked like in the natural.

My husband and I desired very much to become parents and were actively pursuing fertility treatments to become pregnant. It was within one week of our first fertility consult appointment that we received the tragic news which left this child in need of parents—with our names as perspective guardians on the top of the list.

It was at this time that I was driven to intercede regarding the fate of this little boy—and my husband’s heart. I went straight to God in prayer, asking him to soften my husband’s heart toward His will, while fighting against the notion that my husband would turn down the proposition altogether.

Have you ever felt clearly guided by the Holy Spirit in regard to the raising of your children? If
so, how?

It was within a matter of minutes of praying about all of this that I felt The Holy Spirit touch my heart with the certainty that this is the child He has planned for us to parent.

I was filled with immense confidence that this was the right decision. The Holy Spirit was clearly guiding me to move in obedience to His plan.

I anxiously called my husband to tell him how God had spoken to my heart—that The Holy Spirit had laid it heavily on my heart that we are to raise this child. There was no hesitation on the other end of the phone—with a sigh of relief my husband responded that he felt the exact same way. His heart was softened toward this child (and God’s plan!).

God worked out all the details: within days, my schedule at work, our finances, our housing situation all fell into perfect order, effortlessly and conveniently accommodating the new responsibilities we were taking on. Talk about divine intervention!

In every way, shape and form The Holy Spirit was moving. God transformed our life to perfectly suit what He was calling us to do for this child.

How has the Lord been present with you in your journey?

The fear and doubt that I experienced through the beginning of my journey in motherhood was very real.

The enemy saw that we were actively obeying The Lord’s calling to parent this child and that the hearts within my household were changing and growing in Christ, and so he attacked.

The adversary tried to break apart my faith and fracture our family unit through doses of fear, anxiety, hopelessness, and power struggles. Through the grace and strength of God I persevered through the trials but not without sadness, pain, and difficulty.

It was through these challenges and more that I felt an overwhelming pull from The Holy Spirit to read The Bible.

I began to dive into scripture and pray heart-felt prayers over my life and my family every day, unlike ever before. I learned to let The Lord lead me in all aspects of this life He had called me into.

The Lord has certainly been present with me through every step of this journey. He taught me that when I put my faith and hope in Him, when I seek Jesus alone for answers and direction, and when I say YES to what He calls me to do, He comes through in ways beyond my imagination or expectation.

I have been able to give my child a life beyond what I had ever hoped for. I am continually amazed at the path God lays out before us.

Through all of it, in the tension between blessing and adversity, The Lord has caused me to recognize my complete dependence on Him as well as His sovereignty over my decisions and actions. Over the course of the past five years, our life has become Christ-centered. We have learned to allow Jesus to truly carry our family through every season. His love has filled an empty space in our hearts and in our life. His love has given us healing, freedom and joy. And my testimony only continues to grow as I watch and
experience God’s divine intervention on my family—a blessing simply beyond what words can define.

What role do you play in your child’s life?

I believe with all of my heart that no matter how motherhood finds you, it is a blessing, a divine assignment from God in which we are called to steward our children in love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control—This is my God-given role as mom and it is only by His grace and power that I persevere in it.

As I surrender to The God who goes before me, beside me and behind me, I pray with intention that in this role, my love for God impresses upon my son and inspires Him to pursue The Lord with his own life.


Mother and Homemaker

For the Moms is an annual written blog series which aims to ignite and connect Godly Women in various stages of Motherhood toward the revelation of their Divinely given assignment and their impact as the gatekeepers of the home. 

The purpose and mission is to elevate Christ and conceptualize Godly character in Motherhood – and to reach down and pull up those Mothers who are just starting, who are understandably worn, or who have somehow lost their way. 

Further, For the Moms is a movement that is calling to attention the warriors within us for the times in which we live. We will aim to unravel the mistakes and cycles of generations past. We will wage war for our families. And, we will diligently seek the Lord’s face concerning His will for our children, and who we are becoming through our Motherhood. 

My prayer is that the women who lay eyes on the For the Moms Series, will be encouraged, emboldened, and all the more hopeful. I sure am.

For the Moms,


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