Deeper Day Six: Like a Gut Punch

Lately, my family and I have been walking out some huge walks of faith, and when I make myself vulnerable in this way, I seem to feel so much more deeply.  When a good word comes, I feel like I’m soaring on eagle’s wings.  When a negative word comes, I can feel like I’ve been punched in the gut and it can take a moment to regain my solid footing on the promises again.

For a long time, I felt so guilty about the time spent reeling, but then I realized I’m human.  Being human isn’t an excuse, but it is a fact.  I have a myriad of emotions and feelings, and I can’t expect to maintain full composure all the time.

What’s most interesting is that I’m learning in the times when a negative thing happens and I need to recover, it actually pleases God.  It pleases Him because I am once again choosing Him.  I am again choosing to live a life of faith.  This is no easy task.  He’s well aware of this, and every time I choose to not give in to the ups and downs, I am increasing my faith.

This I know, without faith it is impossible to please God.  Because I am aware of this, I am always seeking out a greater measure of faith.

Think about this for a moment…..without faith it is impossible to please God and the faith we have comes from God.

Have you ever thought that through before?

He gives us what it takes to please Him.  How cool is that?  He LOVES relationship so much.  He is the best Partner.

Prayer Moment:

Ask the Father to show you places where He desires to partner in faith with you.  Is there a place in life that feels particularly stretching or stressful right now?  Invite Him to increase your faith in that area.  Then ask Him to open your spiritual eyes so you can become more aware of Him moving on your behalf.


I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy.  Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.  Psalm 116:1-2

And it is impossible to please God without faith.  Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6

And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Hebrews 12:1b-2a