Monday, December 29, 2014

Leap of Faith

When was the last time you took a leap of faith?  What does that even mean to you?

For me, it means doing something you’ve never done before and having absolutely no idea what the outcome will be – but you do it anyway.  I suppose we do things like that all the time … when we decide to marry, have children, get a new job, etc. 

What does it take for you to make the leap?  I look back over my life and I guess I’ve taken leaps before, although they may not have felt like it at the time.  In 1993, I packed up my son and with my new husband moved to a new state with no job or prospects.  Something inside me said that I was making the right decision and it did eventually work out for the best.  Eventually.

In 1997 I walked out of a job for no good reason – just being emotional, even though my family desperately needed my paycheck.  I found another job two days later.

In 2010 I left a relationship that was slowly killing me even though I was terrified of what people would think and after almost seven years, I wasn’t sure I knew how to function on my own.  Suffice it to say, I’m functioning just fine.

Now, in 2015 I’m about to take a real leap.  In the previous examples it seems I was running away from something:  a town, a job, a man, but this time it’s different.  I’m not running away, I’m running toward the possibility of a happier, more fulfilling life.  A life, that up until now, I didn’t think was achievable.  It’s taken much prayer and much faith to get me to this point.

These are the promises that I’m standing on in 2015.  I encourage you to look them up.

Malachi 3:10-11
2 Timothy 1:7
Isaiah 40:29-31
Romans 8:18
Ephesians 6:13

I’ve written them out on index cards and will keep them with me always.  I know that I will not be able to get through 2015 in my own strength.  There will be so many things going on I’ll need God to help me to stay focused and to guide me with each new decision that has to be made.

My church  is rolling out a 24/7 prayer initiative beginning January 1st and going through the end of March.  It’s called The Lord’s Watch.  Each member is encouraged to sign up for an hour long time slot so that during every single hour of everyday someone is praying.  I’m looking forward to this time that will specifically be devoted to spending time with God.  I have found that whenever I am intentional about my time with God, something happens.

This leap is not scary.  I have complete peace.  I know who my source is and I know He will not allow me to fall.

Happy New Year.


LadyLee said...

Loved this post. Here's to taking a leap. I am taking a small leap of my own. Good for you!

I love the one hour prayer time. When I pray like that daily, I see changes in my life and the lives of others.

I am excited about your new direction. I am excited just to read about it. Your testimony gives me courage. If I was up there, I would be a client in a hurry! Indeed :)

Val said...

Happy New Year! I love that you have promises you are standing on. My biggest promise this year is from 1 Corinthians 2:9. I have taken some leaps myself, specifically with packign up and moving to North Carolina. I don't think I was running away, I just wanted a new life and a different life. My vision board for 2015 has Dallas Texas on there. I've wanted to move there for a while now and yet "I" couldn't figure out how. It may be one of those leaps but I'm praying about it and trusting God to work out the details.

Eyes On The Prize (eyesOTP) said...


That's my other middle name. I really need to do you what you did...figure out where to run toward.

themultifacetsofblujewel said...

Great post and I doubt it's a coincidence that I've come across it now. I'm in a transition of my own and while it's a good one, I still find myself a little lost at times. I'm thankful for life's little reminders such as this one that leaps of faith are necessary and will affirm the trust I have in the Lord. I wish you all the best for 2015 and thanks for your unbeknownst to you, encouragement.