1. I love this Bible story, Michelle, and you have added even more meaning to it. I think the stormy winds that crash over me are the memory triggers and the lies that insecurity and shame pummel me with. Sometimes I’m like Peter who took his eye off of Jesus, and I’m sinking under the waves, drowning but reaching up and crying out in my heart, and Jesus reaches under the water and grabs my hand and pulls me up to again walk beside Him on the water. He helps me to again keep my eye on Him and who I am in Him. Thank you, my friend, for these encouraging thoughts to be brave in Jesus. he will never leave us or abandon us. Blessings and hugs to you!

    1. Yes, Trudy – those are some very painful stormy winds, and Him being there with His hand reaching under the water is such a powerful image to hold onto. His grace meets us in those places for even deeper healing at times. Thank you for your encouraging words – so thankful for you! Blessings and hugs to you too! <3

  2. Just keep stepping. That’s always important advice that I need to hear. It’s easy to let fear paralyze us altogether, but if we concentrate on only the one step in front of us at a time, the Lord will hold our hand. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi! I’m visiting from Faith Barista today and the #OneWordCoffee linkup! I just love how you outlined this story I’ve heard time and time again. You brought fresh insight. God has definitely been calling me to step out and be brave in so many small ways. I want to see what’s at the end of all of these steps, but I need to just be faithful to take the next step ahead, then the next, then the next. Thanks for sharing this encouragement today! 🙂

    1. Jordan, thank you so much for stopping by! I completely understand wanting to know what’s at the end of all of these steps. Sometimes, when I get overwhelmed and anxious about what is ahead, I will look back at how He has been faithful. He met me with those steps and will meet me with the next one. You said it well, “we need to just be faithful to take the next step ahead, then the next, then the next”…. Blessings to you!

  4. One step…the next…and next…I am learning with every day as long as I stay close to Jesus. Yes, I have fear in taking a next step because I cannot see what is there. That ghost…that wind…for me, they are fear of provision. Will we be ok in our aging years? We are learning to walk forward in Him for He is our Provider. We have enough for today.
    Your post is so thought provoking…powerful. I am thankful that you are my neighbor at Suzanne’s today.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    1. Linda, I am thankful to be your neighbor at #livefree and thank you so much for your encouraging words. Your words – “we have enough for today” is so true. It’s hard to think ahead and not worry. I was worried last night and I read this reminder in John 14:27 AMP “Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]” Such a great reminder to keep taking brave steps eyes on Him knowing He is our provider and give us His peace. Blessings to you!

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