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Stepping Out and Finding Out – October 18 Devotions

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Happy Sunday! How is your day going? Fall weather is definitely here in Maine! My hubby Dave and I went out to breakfast this morning at our favorite little diner, and he had to scrape frost off the car windows when he went out to warm up the car! The grass was “crunchy” with frost, which fascinated our dogs. It’s still only 39 degrees (11:30am as I write this) and it’s supposed to drop into the low 20s tonight. Yes, fall is here in all its glory and typical weather!

 

Fall's blazing glory!
                 Fall’s blazing glory!

 

Have you ever wondered about what your next step should be, in any area of life? Sometimes the only way to find out is to take a step of faith in that direction!

 

Onto Sunday’s devotional thought…

 

“There are times in life when you must take a step in order to find out,

one way or another, what you should do.

Some doors will never open unless you move toward them.

At other times, you may take a step

and find that God will not open the door.

If you trust Him for guidance and the door opens easily,

you can trust that He is leading you

to enter the opportunity before you.

Sometimes the only way to discover God’s will

is to practice ‘stepping out and finding out.’

If you have prayed about a situation

and still don’t know what you should do,

take a step of faith.

We can stand before an automatic door at a supermarket

and look at it all day,

but it won’t open until we step forward

to trigger the mechanism.

Trust God, take a step, and see if  the door opens!”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending the Day Right”

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My reflections:

In this devotional, I like that example about the automatic door – you can look at it all day, but it won’t open until you step forward. It seems many areas of life are like that, where you have to take that step of faith to indicate your commitment. I don’t think the concept of  “stepping out to find out” advocates being reckless or doing something dangerous, but rather exercising faith and confidence.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you agree with the concept of “stepping out to find out” what you should do in or with your life? Do you think fear and lack of confidence interfere with taking that step forward?

6 Comments

  1. Susan

    I like the example of the automatic door, too! I will keep it in mind this week as I attempt to step out in faith. Have a lovely fall week! In Indiana, it’s becoming more fall-like, but not quite as quickly as in Maine 🙂

    18 . Oct . 2015
  2. peppylady (Dora)

    Fall sure been pretty. If one don’t take a step they don’t grow.
    Coffee is on

    18 . Oct . 2015
  3. Amy Bovaird

    It’s true that sometimes when we do step out, we find the door doesn’t open and we have to accept that too. My book is based on trusting God and stepping forward in my mobility training. It is called “Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith.” The main message is that my faith walk meets my physical walk with orientation and mobility training due to my vision loss.
    I like the lesson Joyce raises.
    Thanks,
    Amy

    19 . Oct . 2015
  4. Bonnie Geanq

    Hi Karen,

    I see so many gals online wanting to carve out a niche, but they fail to take a step forward. I know they fear the unknown and they are afraid to fail, but sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith to see where you can land your feet.

    Besides, unless you make a few mistakes along the way, how will you ever know if you made any? Right?

    – Bonnie

    19 . Oct . 2015
  5. Alana

    We also went out to breakfast yesterday, this time with my brother in law who is developmentally disabled. There was frost on our windshield, and we showed him the changing fall colors and the snow on the ground at the top of the mountain where the restaurant is. Both of us are taking tiny first steps towards changes in our lives. It is so hard for both of us but also, in some ways, exciting. For us, anyway.

    19 . Oct . 2015
  6. Mike Gardner

    I love the fall or Autumn as we call it this side of the pond. I drove to London yesterday along the M40 which at this time of year is on of the prettiest motorways in the country at this time of year, tree lined for most of it with a range of different types of trees all in various colours as they start to change before falling, 110 miles of pure enjoyment

    19 . Oct . 2015

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