life beyond the well…



I get between 3-5 devotionals in my email everyday, each for a different reason. The goal is to try to read them in the morning, when I first wake up, or when I first get to work so that I can have that good foundation for the day. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. One of the devotionals that I receive is from Proverbs 31 Ministries, and it’s a devotional especially for women. I LOVE this devotional, and the ministry, because I feel like the women who write the devotionals are authentic about their worship and their relationship with God.

Today’s devotional was about having faith in the things that God has called you to do. This spoke to my situation, as I know that God is in the process of taking me to a higher level; however, I’ve been constantly questioning and being unsure of what’s to come. Here’s what the devotional said that really spoke to me:

This past year God called me to “step out” in a variety of ways in my life. His callings took me into unfamiliar territory. I, too, had a choice to make. I either had to stay where I was, or cross the Sea. To stay where I was meant that I wouldn’t fulfill the “hope of my calling,” or enter my “promised land”. This is where God’s blessings would flow fully and abundantly to me and through me as I allowed Him to be Lord of my life. There’s much reward in obedience. I knew that crossing the sea was the way to go. I knew it was best for me, and yet I stood on the shore saying, “Do I cross or not cross?”

Put yourself in the place of the Israelites. Picture yourself standing by the Red Sea. The Egyptians are hot on your trail. Moses raises the staff and the waters part. You’re standing on the shore looking at that. You have to run down a hill to the bottom of the sea. Can you imagine how high the walls of water would be on each side of you? What about the noise of the wind holding the water back? You’d be thinking, “If I run into this, will the waters stay back until I get across? Can I make it before the waters come crashing back in?” “By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land.”

Even when God is offering deliverance or a good path, it still takes faith to accept it!

The good news is our God is so faithful to us. He doesn’t stand on the other side of the sea shouting, “Hurry up and run!” He gently and lovingly stands by our side, takes our hand, and says: “Beloved, don’t be afraid. I will not leave you nor forsake you, I have summoned you by name, you are mine. When you walk through the waters I will be with you, they will not sweep over you, for I am the Lord your God and I love you…together, let’s cross the sea” (adapted from Isaiah 43)…

Whatever sea of circumstances you might have, may you, by faith, cross the sea as though on dry land.

So, I have been encouraged as I venture to this higher level in being reminded that God is faithful, caring, loving, and able to do EXACTLY what He said.

Wishing you God’s best!

“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”
~Romans 4:20-21


Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

2 thoughts on “faith.

  1. A good way to get devotional time in is to leave them on the back of the toilet. I’m just saying …

    Sometimes I’m blown away at how little faith I have sometimes despite how much God has done. I’m even more blown away by his patience considering all of that.

  2. LOL…funny you would say that…

    I keep a copy of “My Utmost for His Highest” on the back of the toilet. It’s that good first thing in the morning bathroom reading…

    And I’m with you on the faith. I think in this case, it’s that God sees something in you that you don’t see in yourself…and it requires faith to execute the operation.

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