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Step of Faith

What does faith mean to you? I think if I conducted a survey the answer would vary between most people, but faith rooted in God’s word means you make decisions based on what God says prior to what He does. Faith is when you operate on an action before you see it. 11:1 says “Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.”

Faith is waiting actively and preparing yourself for the fulfillment of God’s promises even when nothing in the natural points you to them happening. A few years ago I cleaned out the nursery and after putting it off for awhile, I thought the next natural step would be to paint the nursery. So, a few months ago I asked for opinions for paint colors on instagram and facebook.

Months later and we finally purchased the paint (modern gray from Sherwin Williams for those who voted) and recently Colby painted the nursery. We are doing as much as we can now to get ready for what our future will bring. No, nothing in the natural has indicated we will get pregnant anytime soon, but acting upon the unseen is exactly what faith is! We are believing the Lord for a supernatural miracle and we want to prepare as much as we can for the promises that will come later.

What are you waiting for? Are you acting in faith while you wait? If you are believing in faith for a baby, what are you doing in action to prepare for being a parent? Are you getting a nursery ready? Paying off debt and saving for the new baby purchases you will have? Discussing names with your spouse? Eating right and taking care of your body? The list could go on and on and doesn’t just apply to a baby. It could be a spouse, a house, a new job, financial breakthrough, healing, a restored relationship, etc.  If you are asking and believing for something from the Lord take a leap of faith while waiting. Hebrews 11:6 declares “that without faith it is impossible to please God.” Don’t let your fear of failure keep you from taking a step of faith and pleasing the Lord.

“Faith is acting like it is so, even when it is not so, in order that it might be so, simply because God said so.” – Tony Evans

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29 Comments
  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 06:20h, 13 November Reply

    What an encouraging word, Caroline! Some of the things God has led us to do while waiting for our breakthrough would seem so silly to others, but it is all about faith in HIM and HIS promises. Abraham had no precedent to look back to, as you and I do. Yet, he stepped forward and followed the radical path God had carved for him, with nothing to stand on but a promise! I love that you painted the baby’s room!! You are calling those things which are not as though they are!!!! Just like Abraham. Bold, audacious faith…strong enough to move the mountains in our lives!!

  • Melissa Hall
    Posted at 07:38h, 13 November Reply

    I love this perspective on faith. Preparing and being prepared for what God says He will do or what we believe He will do before it happens. This is my first time on your blog and it’s beautiful!! Thank you for your transparency.
    Moving forward in my life today in faith!!

  • aseersuckerstateofmind
    Posted at 07:45h, 13 November Reply

    I absolutely love this challenge. Sometimes I do not step out of faith to do something. It’s definitely been something that has been laying on my heart.

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 08:48h, 13 November Reply

    “Waiting actively” … wow… that just opened up a whole new thought process to me.

  • Jojo
    Posted at 08:56h, 13 November Reply

    Love this! Acting in faith is actually sort of therapeutic to me. Less stress on my shoulders when I just believe he will not let me fall no matter the circumstances.

  • tiffanyatouchofgrace
    Posted at 10:40h, 13 November Reply

    I feel like a lot of what I’ve been doing lately is stepping in faith. We have some big life decisions coming up and I just have to trust that God knows what’s right for us. Faith all the way!

  • Bri DePauw (@ATGlittered)
    Posted at 10:53h, 13 November Reply

    Very nice post.

  • nina
    Posted at 11:02h, 13 November Reply

    faith is actively waiting. yessss.

  • Ally | The Speckled Goat
    Posted at 11:05h, 13 November Reply

    Actively waiting- what a difficult, but important concept!

    We’d always felt that living out on a farm would be the best thing for our future children and for us as parents, too- and we made that big (BIG) transition to a new home and new property and 21 acres of land this year! We’re so blessed by it already!

  • Iris Birdhouse
    Posted at 11:07h, 13 November Reply

    I’ve been doing some faith stepping….and it’s always kind of scary but so rewarding.

    Iris
    The Blue Birdhouse – DIY Blog

  • Amanda @ Green Tea + Cotton
    Posted at 11:14h, 13 November Reply

    What a great post! Caroline, you have a way with words that just make everything make a little bit more sense! I posted today about my weightloss journey and literally I light just went off in my head! I haven’t put faith in the equation. You my dear are probably an answer to some unsaid prayers!!

  • Callie
    Posted at 11:32h, 13 November Reply

    Love this point! When I was waiting before getting pregnant with my first, I found a maternity shirt on sale and bought it, praying I would get to wear it soon. And now we are looking at moving hopefully in the next year, so our step of faith is getting our house ready to sell even though we can’t move yet!

  • Elisha
    Posted at 11:45h, 13 November Reply

    oh yes! I have a closet full of baby goodies, a crib purchased and put together, and a dresser that will serve as a baby changing table (still needs refinishing). Hopefully after the holidays I will get to decorating 🙂 Thanks for sharing love! xo

  • thelongestjourneyoregon
    Posted at 12:02h, 13 November Reply

    I think you bring up so many wonderful points. I also had my hubby paint our nursery last year as I love being able to plan and have stuff ready for when the time really does come. xo

  • Deborah
    Posted at 19:17h, 13 November Reply

    Each time I read about your nursery I’m reminded about the beginning of Isaiah 54. I love that you are not just waiting in faith, but walking in it.

  • Angie@chasingmyhalo
    Posted at 19:34h, 13 November Reply

    This is great, but a tad convicting. What does it say about me that I’m turning our would-be nursery into my personal walk in closet? Lol. Really, it’s because I know we are moving when our year is up, and I thought I’d have fun with it in the interim BUT, I love the word pictures in my head with actively waiting. I feel defeated way too easily, and too often!

  • Coupon Diva (@RealCouponDiva)
    Posted at 20:00h, 13 November Reply

    sometimes i think God is waiting for US to step out in faith

  • Godlyindianmom
    Posted at 20:44h, 13 November Reply

    Thank you for this encouraging post

  • Brianna George
    Posted at 21:53h, 13 November Reply

    you are an encourager. 🙂 Sometimes the wait is waiting to living in joy while waiting, sometimes the wait is for our perfecting, for the perfecting o the circumstance God wants, but always the wait is for a purpose. 🙂 ((hugs))

  • Courtney
    Posted at 07:34h, 14 November Reply

    I needed to read this post today. I try to walk in faith everyday. However, most days I’m trying to use my own strength to make things happen instead of taking rest in knowing that God is working on my behalf and all things will come in due time.

  • Beka
    Posted at 08:22h, 14 November Reply

    Amen, friend!

    It’s neat and encouraging to see you walk in faith. I also want to see more pictures of your nursery =)

  • Jonathan Key
    Posted at 13:29h, 14 November Reply

    This is so encouraging! First we must trust God that His plan is good and He will give us the faith to move forward with His Guidance.

  • Tara
    Posted at 16:58h, 14 November Reply

    I love your faith! We did much the same thing and ended up waiting several more years. I don’t regret having faith because it did all turn out perfectly in God’s perfect timing. I wish that in the mean time I had let my husband have the room for his guitars because he would have really enjoyed it. Your husband may already have space somewhere though! I also wish I had enjoyed more of the waiting time instead of worrying so much. I pray you are able to find joy in your wait!

  • Denise
    Posted at 21:14h, 14 November Reply

    We had Ricky Bolton speak at our church and he said Faith is “Acting like it is, even though it’s not, in hopes that it might be.”

  • lifeofaministermom
    Posted at 05:58h, 15 November Reply

    Faith is an action word!! I love this!!’

  • Rebeca
    Posted at 10:44h, 15 November Reply

    I was reading Hebrews 11 this morning. I also love that color. I want a little lighter grey paint for my living room makeover!

  • threekidsandafish
    Posted at 21:37h, 15 November Reply

    How encouraging! Taking a step of faith is not always easy but always feeling more blessed because of it! 🙂 I like gray for a nursery!
    Cathy

  • stultsmamaof4
    Posted at 22:34h, 15 November Reply

    ” but faith rooted in God’s word means you make decisions based on what God says prior to what He does.” These words were so encouraging to me this evening! My husband recently transitioned from pastor to church-planter, and we are having to trust the Lord for some big things right now. I pray the Lord blesses your faith in His promises. 🙂
    Jen @ Being Confident of This

  • Melanie
    Posted at 02:54h, 16 November Reply

    What an encouraging word! I think faith goes hand in hand with patience sometimes. 🙂

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