Guest post by Alyssa of Life from My Laptop
A faith leap is stepping out of your own comfort zone into the hands of God. Is it time to take a faith leap in your life?
There have been several times in my life that I knew without a doubt it was time to take a faith leap. Did this make the step any less scary?
Sometimes no matter how strong your faith, there is still some amount of fear. Just imagine what would happen if we all stayed in our comfort zones all the time. We wouldn’t get to experience so much of life that way, now would we?
The first true faith leap that I can recall taking in life was when I transferred colleges in the middle of my freshman year. I had dreamed of going to the private Christian college I was attending, but I hadn’t expected to get engaged a couple of months before leaving for college to my soon-to-be husband. Our whirlwind romance had changed so much about my desires for the future.
I can fondly remember my father saying to me on one of our nightly talks, “Alyssa, you don’t have to stay there.”
Did you know that sometimes our Heavenly Father is whispering the same thing to us: “Dear, you don’t have to stay there.” He is often ushering us out of our comfort zone into his hands, but we are afraid to take the first step.
I have taken other faith leaps since those days and there is one common theme in every leap: God is always there. It’s like His Word says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
So, when I took a leap of faith to quit my job and stay home with our two children at the time, God was there. God provided and guided me along the way. When I took a leap of faith to get my first full time job teaching school God was there and even when I didn’t feel comfortable and in control in my classroom all the time, He did and He showed up each day.
You may be wondering, “How do I know when it’s time to take a faith leap?” I’m glad you asked. There are a few indications. These include:
God is clear in His Word. He calls us and He equips us. However, sometimes He isn’t clear on exactly where He is taking us or how quickly He will get us there. Our calling is not like a flight to another location, where we know the detailed itinerary. It is a clarion call, a summons to go forth.
Most likely, God will not give us all the details up front. He doesn’t usually work that way. Instead, He gives us the information bit by bit, as we rely on Him in faith. That’s why it’s called faith. We can be sure that God calls each one of us to something. He puts a passion inside us, deposits dreams, equips us with the necessary abilities.
An inner sense
When you are feeling led to take a leap of faith there will often be an inner sense that will continue to come to you again and again. I have often described it as a feeling that I could not shake. God would bring it to my mind time after time.
God confirms or denies what we may believe to be true often through the circumstances in our lives. He can use those things to help alert us and to spur us to action.
Do you need to take action today? Do you need to take a faith leap?
Alyssa Avant is an author, Christian mom blogger and virtual assistant. Alyssa is the mother of three children and blogs about WAHM tips, frugal recipes, parenting and cash budgeting over on her blog, Life From my Laptop.com. She is the author of FaithLeaps: The Christian Mom’s Guide to Passion, Purpose, and Profits.