Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Leap of Faith

I recently picked up Liz Curtis Higgs book, Embrace Grace, which Lelia is doing as an online study. They are into chapter 4, "Embrace Faith," and what a timely chapter it is.

Higgs states, "Faith is not something you fall back on; faith is something you step into." Wow! How true is that. It seemed yesterday was a day of mixed emotions as I thought about what lied ahead for me in the next couple of weeks - the first shipment of my published book arriving (expected today) and preparing for She Speaks. It can all be overwhelming - sometimes in a wow sort of way and others in a very scary manner.

This is all so new and at times when I try to logically think about it, things don't always make sense. Though my analytical mind is at times tempted to know what this all means, I really don't know where God is leading.

But like Higgs says that is where faith comes in. Deuteronomy 31:8 says, "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." This is all part of his plan - 5 years ago it may not have been mine, but it was his before time and now I must embrace it.

At times that sounds difficult - I want to be the one in control and have an idea of how things will turn out, but that's not the way faith works. God is in control - always has been and always will be. It's not for me to know what comes next, but instead trust the One who does. 2 Corinthians 5:7 puts it plainly, "We live by faith, not by sight."

So as I prepare to take a leap of faith, I will look to the One who is faithful, God will protect, guide and strengthen. He is trustworthy and as a good friend always says to me, "He hasn't brought me this far to leave me now." And that is true for all of us sheep who trust our Shepherd.

5 comments:

  1. Jill, thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and leave a comment. What sweet encouragement for me today.

    You remember correctly...I did fly alone last year...but the Lord miraculously supplied!!!!! If you haven't read that story, and you have a few minutes, feel free to check out my other blog, "Ponderings" (www.princessjoyful.blogspot.com) and scroll back to the middle of June 2008. I did an entire series of posts on my "She Speaks" adventure and all the amazing ways God became so real to me.

    Did I read this post correctly that you already are a published author? WOW!!!!! Congratulations!!!! May the Lord continue to confirm His calling on your life.

    Blessings,
    Joy

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  2. thanks so much for sharing this. As I find myself at a time where I am having to really learn to have faith more than any other time in my life I needed this message today!

    God bless you,
    Tami Sisemore
    PRAYING JEREMIAH HOME QUICKLY
    www.tillGodbringsthemhome.blogspot.com

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  3. Great post today, girl! I needed that reminder that we walk by faith and not by sight.

    That is often a very hard thing to do. Praise God He is patient with us.

    I so look forward to seeing you at She Speaks!

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  4. Hi Jill! Congrats on your books arriving soon! Will you be bringing any with you to She Speaks?

    I hope to get to meet you there!

    smooches,
    Larie

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  5. Oh Jill... I haven't heard from you in so long!! Great to hear from you.

    The statement about faith being something we step into... was very powerful. Very true!

    That is so exciting about your book!! Congrats!!

    Blessings,
    Lynn

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