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A source of inspiration - Jason A. Smith

My little girl has had a big week. A couple of days ago, I was sitting on the sofa at my house, with my two-month-old baby lying next to me, on her back. My wife had stepped out of the living room briefly, so I was able to be the first to enjoy this particular moment.

My daughter was holding onto my finger, when the strangest thing began to happen. She started turning her tiny body toward me.

It looked like she was trying to roll over, but I thought she couldn't possibly be ready for such a task -- yet. However, my daughter seems to have a mind of her own, and will decide for herself when she is prepared to tackle something new.

She slowly moved her small frame, with all the strength she could muster, until she landed on her stomach.

I couldn't believe what I had just seen. My baby had rolled over, all by herself.

Sure, the sofa wasn't a completely flat surface, with me sitting on it, and she was grasping my finger for leverage. But, I didn't care. The child had rolled over for the first time.

A few seconds later, my wife returned to the room and saw the baby on her stomach. I quickly pointed to my little girl and emphatically told her, "I didn't do this!"

That drew a shriek of excitement from her mother.

I barely had enough time to tell everyone on the planet about the baby's accomplishment, when she blew me away yet again the following day. My wife had scheduled her at the pediatrician for a two-month checkup, during which time we were expecting to find out how much weight the baby had gained since her last trip to the doctor.

The child was born weighing less than four pounds in January, and gained two full pounds in a month's time, but I wasn't sure if she could keep that pace.

My little girl proved me wrong, of course. We found out she was over the eight-pound mark, thus more than doubling her birth weight.

I was shocked, and so proud of the baby.

I realize I'm not the first parent ever to witness such a thing, but her resilience and strength is amazing to me.

She inspires me, with each milestone she achieves, to do more and be more than I think I can. Since day one, she has shown herself to be stronger than the perceived limitations of her size.

More than that, though, she continually serves as evidence of God's power, and faithfulness to His people. Everything my wife and I have experienced with our daughter, has caused us to seek His face, and His direction, more and more.

I know my little girl is counting on me. Without God's leading in my life, I'm as helpless as she is.

We could never be deserving of the gifts He has given us -- the gift of this baby, the gift of my job, or the gift of His Son. As my child continues to grow, I want to continually point her to Him, so that she knows He has been with her from the beginning.

Jason A. Smith covers government and politics for the Henry Daily Herald. He can be reached via e-mail at jsmith@henryherald.com.