Take A Trip Down Uncomfortable Lane

If you are visiting my blog today from my Proverbs 31 devotion Time For A Little Faith Stretching, then welcome!  For my regular blog subscribers, I hope you’ll take a moment to read the devotion if you haven’t already, because today I’m focusing on stretching our faith and leaving our comfort zones, and that’s something we can all benefit from doing!

And, for everyone who commented on my last post, sharing stories of how you left the comfort zones and reached out to be the hands and feet of Jesus, I just want to let you know how moved I was to read all of your comments! Every little act of kindness in the name of Jesus makes this world a much better place to live.

But all the comments proved a great point I want to mention –  leaving our comfort zone doesn’t always require huge sacrifice right off the bat, unless that is God’s specific will for our lives at the time. But it does always require huge faith.

The truth is, sometimes, leaving our comfort zone simply means taking a few steps down Uncomfortable Lane so God can lead us to a destination of purpose and peace that we didn’t even know we were longing for.

Uncomfortable Lane probably looks like a different path for everyone:

– a call to love someone who doesn’t deserve our love, or forgive someone who is undeserving of our forgiveness

– to give money to a person, charity or church when we don’t really have any to spare

– to reach out to that child in need, or homeless person on the street, with a hug or a word of encouragement

– to take time to help a neighbor even though you have deadlines looming

– to build a church, start a ministry, or share the gospel with that co-worker who is lost and without hope

– to quit a job, end a relationship, or start a new one

– to break bad habits, and be willing to persevere to form new ones

– to share our testimony with someone, and risk being vulnerable and transparent

– to allow God to take a difficult situation from our past and use it to help someone else find  hope and healing in Christ

The comfort zone is different for all of us, but there is one thing we all share , which is the need to leave the comfort zone and enter the faith zone where God can do His best work in our lives.  When we know we can’t do something in our own strength, our faith gets stretched, our hearts get blessed and God gets the glory and we might find out that Uncomfortable Lane is really all that uncomfortable after all.

faith_zoneSo are you ready for a little stretching?  Sign up for my free 5 Day Faith Zone Challenge to help you find the desire to begin stretching your faith muscles, the courage to take that first step, and the spiritual vision to see how God may have been equipping you for a brand purpose, for such a time as this.

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– the winner of my last post giveaway of a ‘hot off the press’ copy of my new book was Peggy Clement.





  1. Melissa on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Tracie, you are so right. There are times when I am uneasy about leaving my comfort zone. But, if I do leave that comfort zone, and put my trust totally in God, blessings always happen. Whether the blessing is for the other person or situation, or for me…. God always uses the experience for His glory. And, for that, I am very thankful.
    Thank you for your ministry. God Bless You.

  2. Shannon+@+Distracted+by+Prayer on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks for the challenge, Tracie. The biggest stretch for me right now is to base my reactions to circumstances on my knowledge of God and not on emotion. I’ve realized that I allow emotion to rule and ruin far to frequently than I’d like to admit!

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