Thursday, January 22, 2015

FLYing on my Spiritual Journey

Thank you to Holly for this reason to write every Thursday! I'm honored to be part of this amazing group. Writing about my OLW today helped me stretch and grow and learn so much. Please join us at Holly's blog for this Spiritual Journey link up!

My OLW has been around for almost a month and sometimes I feel like I am still searching for it's meaning in my life. I trust in it. I believe in it. I have faith that it's the right word for me, I just don't understand. Sounds like a metaphor, doesn't it?!?!

FLY. It means to move through the air. I don't want to literally, "move through the air". So the question is what does FLY mean to me? It means faith. It means living my faith. 

Faith and FLY. Hmmm...Whether it's a bird flying or a person skydiving, flying takes faith. You have to make the decision to fly and once you do, you have to take that step off the ledge or let go of that tree branch. You have to have faith that your wings will carry you safely to where you are going. 

In my walk, I've discovered that faith is about more than church on Sunday. It's more than saying the words. I felt like I'd always had a strong faith, but I wasn't living like that. I was living in fear, living a safe life, a life with no RISK. (My OLW for 2014.) Last year, I decided to start RISKing more. Saying "yes" when I was afraid and doing things outside of my comfort zone. It worked. I was living a fuller life than ever before! It became a life filled with people and experiences that made me happy and allowed me to be better. 

Faith is bigger than saying the words. Living a faith-filled means taking those leaps to FLY every day. Teaching is an act of faith. Driving a car is an act of faith. Cooking dinner is an act of faith. Reading a book is an act of faith. Loving is an act of faith. I started to see how taking that step off the ledge into the unknown made me stronger and made life better. I felt like I started to live the words from Jeremiah 29:11. My belief that God really has plans for me helps me get up every morning and start my day. When I'm on that tree branch getting ready to FLY, I know that I'm not alone. God is next to me.

I thought faith meant believing in God. I have always believed in God. So what was the problem? I would say the words, "I have faith. I believe in God." But I lived like I had to take care of everything by myself. I believed I was standing on that ledge by myself and I wasn't taking that step off the ledge. It's easy to stay in a safe, protected place and make sweeping declarations! It's harder to step off that ledge and truly believe that everything will be ok. I have lived a long time frozen on that ledge. The past few years I've tip-toed closer to the edge and now I want to leap off of it! I know that God is with me! I think with this word, FLY, I am leaping! 


  1. Scary stuff, leaping off the edge. But you know that God is there if you fall. Do not fear the failure. That is what will make you stronger. It's hard. It hurts. But I have faith in you that you can do it.

  2. That's wonderful!! You've expressed so well the state in which many Christians (including myself) live. We are fearful, faithless, and fruitless so often. We all need to "step off that ledge and truly believe that everything will be ok." Only then will we live the full lives God wants us to live...fearless, faithful, and fruitful = flying!!

  3. Faith is bigger than saying the words. You have highlighted the many facets of the word faith in many ways I had not thought about. (Might be a good to write about later!) Moving off that ledge is so hard sometimes isn't it? I guess if we truly have faith, we wouldn't hesitate to jump! Thanks for allowing us to share your word this week.


  4. Thank you for sharing from your heart...always.

    Isaiah 40:31
    but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.


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