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Steps of Faith and Growth

Thank you to everyone who replied to my poll on stepping out in faith. We had a lot of discussion and great comments. Several of you mentioned that you experience self-doubt once you take a step of faith.

 

  • Second-guessing.
  • Cold feet.
  • Mixed feelings.

 

I feel ya–I really do.

 

The step of faith is a step into the unknown. It’s a step into new, uncharted territory–into utter and complete trust in the One who has called us to take that step in the first place.

 

 

Stepping out in faith is a sign of growth, my word of the year.
  • Can I do this?
  • What if I fail?
  • Should I step back–or keep going anyway?

 

Stepping out stretches us, dear ones. We learn to trust not in ourselves and our efforts–but in God’s. He alone can do what we feel we aren’t capable of doing ourselves. We are then in a place where we continue to look to Him for guidance and wisdom and not rely on our own.

 

What is He calling you to do? What step does He want you to take?

 

  • To start a new career?
  • To seek help for your addictions?
  • To move on from an unhealthy relationship?
  • To help someone in need?
  • To adopt?

 

I encourage you to do that which He wants you to do. Take that step of faith, my friend. Ask others to join with you in prayer. If God wants you to take that step, He trusts that you are ready–maybe even overdue–for this new part of your journey with Him.

 

It may be difficult, but remember…you have Him leading you and others beside you. Fear is natural, so don’t bury those feelings. Express them to Him. Tell Him your hesitations, but vow to keep going anyway. “Happy are those who hear the word of God and obey it” (Luke 11:28).

 

Stepping out in faith…It’s all a part of growth–mine and yours.

 

 A person may plan his own journey, but the LORD directs his steps (Proverbs 16:9).

 

Come alongside…What is God calling you to do? Will you take that step of faith? What do you fear? How can you express those feelings to Him and obey Him in the process? How will stepping out grow you?

 

I look forward to hearing your feedback.
Big hugs,
Daphne

 

7 Responses to Steps of Faith and Growth

  • One step, two, three–I have my blog up, finally. One book proposal is finished and ready to mail to the FCWC, working on the second proposal–and then the third. Things are falling into place. I am doing my part. The next phase will all be God’s doing, because I cannot work miracles! 🙂

    On my computer room wall is a saying, “If you do your best, whatever happens will be for the best”. I don’t know who said that. I’ve never researched it. But when a person gives everything to God, uses their talents and abilities, and does their very best–which I think he expects–the results has to be what He thinks is best for you at that time. There’s where faith stands up or wilts. Faith isn’t just for the good times. Faith helps you run up the highest mountain. And someday, you will be able to stand on the mountain top and throw your arms wide. But we have to remember that it’s on the mountain top that the winds are sometimes the strongest. Don’t be blown off to defeat and destruction. You can stand firm on the mountain and search the distant ravines, hills, and flat land. God’s hands will hold you in safety, and you can view where he wants you to be–beyond the rugged mountain.

    • Daphne says:

      Congratulations on getting your blog up, Karen! 🙂

      I agree: God gives us His best. It may not look like the best thing for us at the time, but He sees the full picture. He holds us every step of the way, and sooner or later–in this life or in the one to come–we will see how His hand protected us from the things we thought were best.

      Keep up the great work, my friend!

      Big hugs,
      Daphne

  • Beth says:

    Thank you for stopping by Tigger! Sounds like we are on a similar journey with the Lord!

  • GuichT says:

    For me, it was so difficult because I only wanted to take half steps. I only cared to relinquish part of my life. Then the moment came, and God called. “Yes Lord, I hear you.” So I didn’t just take a step in faith, I LEAPED! Three years later, God has opened up opportunities I only ever dreamed of. I had the opportunity to rededicate my life, I took it. The opportunity to get to know the most amazing woman, I took it and married her. The opportunity to retire from the trades and start a business, I took it. And you wanna talk about a step of faith? How bout faith in knowing that God is going to guide my wife and I in adopting the five most precious kids any mother or father could ask for. Because of my steps of faith, this relationship I have with Jesus has grown and grown and continues to grow. Amen!

    • Daphne says:

      Yes, you did leap, GuichT!

      When we step out in obedience, God bleses…and it looks like He’s definitely blessing you…and me. 🙂

      Big hugs,
      Daphne

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