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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Like a Fish Out of Water (10/24/13)

TITLE: The Deep-end of Faith
By Richard Hicks


Peter stepped out of the boat into ĎGodís Zoneí when He met Jesus in the deep that day. His faith in God moved him to go beyond the natural elements of his surroundings. Can you imagine what the other disciples must have thought or felt as they witnessed this miracle? God is also calling us to step out of our flesh and walk in His Spirit by faith. We will most likely feel like fish out of water at first. But when we are obedient, we begin to feel the electricity of our faith compelling us to do certain things that donít feel comfortable to our flesh.

Over the years I have learned to face my fears in many ways and once I got past the fearful stage I experienced the exuberance of water-waking-victory! Getting remarried was a big step for me. Moving from my home state was another giant step. Then there was the hassle of finding a new doctor and mental-health support group, but I slowly began coming out of my comfort zone. I opened up about my past, my paranoia, and depression, sharing how it had almost destroyed my life; soon I started experiencing an awesome peace like I had never before. Today I can say that I feel freedom for the first time in life.

Whatever we are called to do, God is simply asking us to get out of our boat, begin to walk, and He will do the rest.

I am sure Peter struggled within himself when God asked him to step out into the deep that day. While in the boat, I am also sure the disciples asked him what he was doing, but God had spoken, so he was going to look toward the prize. Later Peter preached to thousands leading them to salvation and those would then take the life-saving message for themselves and likewise share it with others. Acts 2:14-41 (NKJV)

Will there be times when we lose our focus and sink? Yes, Iím afraid that we are human beings and do err. We lose our perspective and have to refocus on Jesus Christ. He will always reach out and lift us up when it looks like we are drowning. There will be times when the wind blows us off course, but when we make the decision to obey God, nothing stands in the way but our fears. God gives us the strength for what He has called us to do.

Peter went on to do great things and so will I in God's great timing. There is so much I desire to do with my life. Just because I have been labeled with a disability and don't work doesn't mean that I am a couch potato watching TV all day long. God is raising me up as I let Him lead me into totally different situations that I have never been in before.

My story is not easy to tell. Sometimes I go into places where a stranger I come into contact with will ask me who I am, and where I work. Not only am I in a minority because I am a Christian, but I have a mental-health challenge as well. My whole life is really a lot about living outside of my comfort zone; therefore it is tough to always know how much to say when someone asks me questions. It is not always easy to know where to draw the line.

ďGot an hour or two and I will tell you all about it, I think to myself."

Another area that God is pulling me out of my comfort zone is my writing. It was not easy re-living my testimony and typing it, but I did it. This whole ' fishy' subject makes me a bit squeamish, but I am here to say, 'When I step out in faith, even when it is scary; it is growing me and glorifying Jesus.'

One steps out and reaches into the very Zone of God when they step out into this kind of faith. Yes, God has a Zone; I really believe it. When you get there you will know. When we FEEL like fish out of water then we know we are going in the right direction.

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PamFord Davis 11/02/13
Inspiring testimony with a creative close!

Wing His Words
Joanne Sher 11/04/13
Your testimony is such an inspiration - and so very well-written. I'm glad you stepped out in faith and shared. Please keep writing. :)
Danielle King 11/04/13
'Do it afraid.' An inspiring entry and I'm looking forward to reading your testimony in the book. Good use of the topic.
Amelia Brown 11/04/13
Using Peter as an example of a fish out of water was a great twist to the expression since his ordeal actually took place in water.

Very nicely done. I recommend your bravery & willingness to humbly step outside of your comfort zone & share your story.

Keep writing & watch God work in your life.
lynn gipson 11/04/13
As an "out of the closet bi-polar manic depressive" I can entirely relate to your story. It wasn't until my physical health failed me to the point of near death that God healed me both mentally and physically. That's when I gave it completely to Him. I am not ashamed of the way God made me, but I know that "fish out of water" feeling very well.

This is excellent writing and by sharing you may have helped another person, like me. Blessings.
Virgil Youngblood 11/04/13
A powerful testimony of God's faithfulness.

In the second paragraph,you wrote "...water-waking-victory".
Did you mean to write "walking" instead of "waking?" Either way works, though.

Thanks for sharing.
Judith Gayle Smith11/04/13
I wish I had written this so succinctly. I have Fibromyalgia with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - and the causative Major Depression as a result. We are sympatico. Thank you for opening the door to bravely sharing with others our experiences, challenges and victories in and through the Christ . . .
Sarah Elisabeth 11/05/13
Great testimony to share with love and boldness. Powerful last line, true for us all.

Write on!
C D Swanson 11/07/13
Congratulations! God Bless~
lynn gipson 11/07/13
Congrats on your placing! Great job.