What To Do When One Jump Isn’t Enough


Pretty soon, parents all across the Midwest will be yelling the same thing as their children poise on the end of the local pool’s diving board:  “1, 2, 3, Jump!” 

Striving to encourage their little ones to take the plunge, overcome their fear, and eventually learn to swim, the chant will be repeated until Sally or Timmy finally go for the gusto.

Yet just because they jump, doesn’t mean those children can be let loose in the deep end. It takes repeated exposure to jumping and lessons before they become strong swimmers.

One and a half years ago, I jumped—I took a leap of faith in following what I believed was God’s calling on my life. It was exciting and scary.

And I boldly paddled into deeper waters, attending a writer’s conference, putting myself out there for speaking engagements, and calling myself—of all things—a writer (gasp).

This year, however, is taking a different direction than I thought it would, and at times I wonder if I’m sinking. I feel like I’m adrift on a buoy waiting for the current to move me one way or the other.

That one jump, and smaller leaps along the way, have not yet taught me to be a strong swimmer.

I know what I need to do. I need to continue to jump in faith. I need to continue to practice my strokes. I need to continue to persevere in the truth that God is indeed teaching me to swim and guiding the direction I’m going.

He is faithful.

Take repeated jumps of faith, and discover that God is faithful. Click To Tweet


Because when it comes to faith, it takes more than just one jump to feel secure. So rewind the clock, reclaim the promise, and take the leap again and again. 

After all, it is in the repeated jumps where we really learn to swim.

“The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20)

Reflections: Have you ever questioned the direction God was taking you? What’s one practical suggestion you have for when you feel adrift? 

Linking with Lisa-Jo where a group writes uninhibited for 5 minutes (or a few more) on a given topic. It is a wonderful exercise in letting the words flow. Click the button to check out more posts or consider linking up yourself. Today’s topic is “Jump.”

Give it a try. Join us at Lisa-Jo’s. And if you do scratch out a piece for 5 Minute Friday, go ahead and link it up in my comments as well. 

Five Minute Friday


By His grace ≈


Encourage Others by Sharing This Post

Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

6 comments on “What To Do When One Jump Isn’t Enough
  1. Mia says:

    Dear Julie
    I cannot agree more. After we have mastered the art of swimming, our Lord starts to teach is all the different strokes, don’t you think! And after that, just for good measure, it is water ballet!
    Mia from FMF

  2. Rachael says:

    Mia just took your post to another level! Most of us are either too afraid to jump in or thrash around feeling like we are going to drown when we do. In either case God is the lifeguard, and it is safe to jump. Knowing He is there helps us not to panic when the water covers our heads. Blessings to you! Love, Rachael @ Inking the Heart

  3. Denise Oldham says:

    Yes, keep on jumping.

1 Pings/Trackbacks for "What To Do When One Jump Isn’t Enough"
  1. […] I even wrote more about my need to persevere in Be Set Free From the Prison of Fear and What To Do When One Jump Isn’t Enough.  […]

Join the Discussion

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.