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Step Out to Find Out and Make Progress During Trouble – February 4 Inspiration

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Many times we have to take steps of faith to find out how to fulfill our potential and purpose in life. It’s not always easy to do this, obviously, and we often encounter barriers and struggles along the way in this journey of life. Yet with God’s guidance, we can still make progress even during difficult times.

 

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Here is some inspiration for this Thursday, excerpted from two of Joyce Meyer’s devotionals. Just so you know, I have permission from Joyce Meyer Ministries and their publishing company, Faith Words at Hatchette Book Group, to share these small portions from her books. Someone questioned me on this, so I inquired and received confirmation that it was OK  and even received their blessings to continue sharing, as long as I continue to provide proper attribution and to link to their sites.

 

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“The only way we ever reach our final destination

and succeed at being our true selves,

is to take many, many steps of faith.

Stepping out into the unknown–

into something we have never done before–

can leave us shaking in our boots.

Because of feelings of fear,

many people never ‘step out,’

therefore, they never ‘find out’

what they are capable of.”

-Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional

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“God can strengthen us to the point

that we can make progress even DURING  trouble.

Trials and testing do not come

to cause us to lose stability.

They are opportunities

to prove the strength of God.

Nothing will keep us from making progress today

because God is our strength.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right

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My reflections:

I think these two devotional thoughts go well together. It’s good advice to “step out to find out” because we won’t fulfill our potential if we stand still. It’s like that analogy again of standing in front of an automatic door that won’t open unless we step forward to activate the mechanism.

I also know from personal experience that we grow by going through struggles, by the grace of God. I’m just thankful He does take us THROUGH–He doesn’t abandon us in the midst of the problems!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you agree with the idea of taking steps of faith to find out what you need to do to fulfill your potential?

Have you experienced growth when you go through trials and testing?

 

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Two of our eight kitties: little Thor and Miss Cali.
Two of our eight kitties: little Thor and Miss Cali.

22 Comments

  1. Nick #thisyearinmusic

    I agree with the quote, being good at something is one thing, but without drive and ambition its wasted.

    04 . Feb . 2016
  2. Alana

    This being World Cancer Day, it made me think of the people in my life, no longer here due to cancer. Each and every one of them showed tremendous courage – and, dare I say it, growth. Perhaps, after you are diagnosed, the fear of being diagnosed is gone, and you realize where true support comes from.
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    04 . Feb . 2016
  3. Salma

    I really appreciate your inspiring quotes. I’m going to be doing a vision board next week and I think that some of these quotes will be on it!
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    05 . Feb . 2016
  4. Sandy KS

    I do agree we need to do steps of faith to find where we are going. Otherwise we are doomed to keep repeating the same mistake over if we don’t learn by stepping out and expanding at the same time.
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    05 . Feb . 2016
  5. tara pittman

    I need to lean on God to strengthen me. In times of trouble I forget to do that.
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    05 . Feb . 2016
  6. Elizabeth O.

    You that’s really true. You have to take action and move as well. It wouldn’t matter how good you are at something if you would rather just sit around and not pursue it.

    05 . Feb . 2016
  7. Diana

    Yes I agree that we need to take steps and to also read the bible and to grow with the Lord. He wants us to succeed but first we have to step out and try.
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    05 . Feb . 2016
  8. John Milnes

    Thank you for this quote. I am glad you gain your comfort from Heavenly Father.
    This quote is inspirational.

    John
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    05 . Feb . 2016
  9. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I do believe that if you want something to happen, you have to help make it happen. It wont’ just do it by itself.

    05 . Feb . 2016
  10. Ana De- Jesus

    This made me think of all the people I loved and lost and how they had the courage even when they were in so much pain and I think we should grab life with the same optimism!
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    05 . Feb . 2016
  11. Terri Beavers

    I’ve had many trials in my life and have had to walk on faith through them. I think it’s brought me closer to God.
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    05 . Feb . 2016
  12. Claudette

    Another wonderful reminder to focus on what truly matters and seek support from an unlimited Source. 🙂
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    05 . Feb . 2016
  13. Lexie Lane

    Another good reminder! I enjoyed reading the quotes. I really admire all your posts.

    05 . Feb . 2016
  14. Teresa Bowen

    This reminds me of a quote I keep pinned up 0n the wall of my study. It says “It is not because things are difficult we don’t do them. It is because we don’t do them they are difficult” It reminds me to keep on trying no matter the circumstances.

    05 . Feb . 2016
  15. Amy Jones

    Great post! i totally agree with you. By the way I really like your quotes
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    05 . Feb . 2016
  16. MyTeenGuide

    the quotations are not just simple quotations, it depict reality of life and teaching us to strengthen our faith in God..truly enlightening.GREAT REMINDER!
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    05 . Feb . 2016
  17. Eugenia

    This quote is so motivational! I enjoyed reading your post! 🙂
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    05 . Feb . 2016
  18. Rachel @ Parenthood Highs and Lows

    I’m glad a god helps you to do this. My children and the love of my family he me to do this.

    05 . Feb . 2016
  19. Jessica Harlow

    There is something to be said for stepping out of our comfort zones. I’ve found some of my best growth and understanding is by pushing forward even through some of the toughest obstacles in life.

    05 . Feb . 2016
  20. Patty

    It is wonderful that you find such comfort and power in your faith.
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    06 . Feb . 2016
  21. Ana Fernandez

    I agee with you I think you have great aproach in life.

    08 . Feb . 2016
  22. Mardene Carr

    I have experienced and continue to experience growth through trials and testings. Yes at the time you are going through it does not seem likely but afterwards you get it
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    09 . Feb . 2016

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