3 Emotional Stages of Stepping Out In Faith

You Did It! You Stepped Out in Faith & You’re Walking a New Road!

You finally made that brave, bold decision, and now you’re full-fledged into that new career, college, marriage, a new financial plan, healthy living or project. Have you ever noticed a pattern of emotions that almost happens like clockwork? It’s like a rollercoaster ride of the mind and heart. There seems to be 3 consistent emotional stages of stepping out in faith.

The 3 Emotional Stages of Stepping Out in Faith

Stage #1: The Peak

The endorphins seem to be flying high in this stage.  You are  filled with hope because you finally made that courageous choice and are walking a new road.  It feels like you are soaring, and life is good.  A mountain top moment where anything seems possible.  But a peak is a slippery slope with a limited time frame.  The peak experience is the catalyst that gets the decision from a thought to action. The Peak is the shortest of all three stages.

Stage #2:  The Valley

It’s only a matter of time until the honeymoon is over.  The peak becomes the slope straight down into the valley of reality.  Suddenly, the difficulties of stepping out in faith overpower the initial excitement.  Nothing in life is easy, but that is easy to forget on the peak.  All bold and brave decisions have challenges and the once optimistic outlook shifts to second guessing, doubt and fear of having made a mistake.  The valley is 2-3 times the size of the peak and crawling out seems impossible.

Lingering here too long…You want to turn back and give-up.  However, in this stage no decisions should be made.  You must fight through the fear and doubt and as the old saying goes, “pull up your boot straps or put on your big girl pants.”  In this stage character is built…character that God wants to develop in you and that will serve you well in the future.

Stage #3:  Level Ground

With time, a refocused attitude and lots of character development the ground seems to level out and you have a new-found strength.  Fear and doubt dissipate.  The roller coaster ride of highs and lows evens out.  Clarity returns and thankfulness fills your heart because you didn’t give-up in the valley.

Each time I make a big decision or step out in faith I have noticed that I go through these three stages.  The bigger and riskier the choice…the longer the stages last.  Truly, I wish I could live on the peak and skip the valley.  However, God is more interested in the person we are becoming.  Through this process, He works in me and you to reveal weaknesses and my misplaced trust.

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4

Currently on a Peak or in a Valley?

  • Surrender to the process.
  • Don’t make any life changing decisions until you are back on level ground.
  • Learn from your peak and valley moments.
  • Remember these are temporary.
  • It’s tough, but bravo to you for stepping out of faith!

Please share!  Are you on a peak or in a valley?  Have you made it back to level ground?  What did you learn?

Sincerely with Hugs,



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  1. Katie | 6th Oct 17

    Such great insight! Valleys are so hard, character building is not fun, but in the end, it is all worth it!

    • JJ | 7th Oct 17

      Thanks!! Yes, valleys are challenging. They are the moment we find out what were are made of.

  2. Jennifer Turney | 7th Oct 17

    What an amazing breakdown. I have recently had to surrender something. I have to make some decisisons that were hard but necessary. Still walking through the uncomfortableness . not sure if thats a word but you get my point. Anyhoo thank you for the post. Jeb

    • JJ | 7th Oct 17

      Yes, uncomfortableness is exactly it! In the valley that is exactly what it feels like!

  3. Jackie | 10th Oct 17

    I have been postponing to read this but I am glad I finally read it. I think I am still at the peak with blog. I pray to God for strength in my valley and level ground. God bless you for this.

    • JJ | 10th Oct 17

      Thank you for sharing! So glad you made the decision to blog. It is a brave bold decision! Us bloggers can help encourage each other in the valley. It is only temporary!

  4. Herlina Kwee | Making LOL | 29th Nov 17

    I had gone through the valley of depression from a recent major life change. My faith took a major beating. As of the current situation I am right now, I suppose I am climbing out of that valley. Did I step out boldly in faith in my new direction? It was more like crawling in faith as my faith in Him slowly returns.

    • JJ | 29th Nov 17

      Crawling is movement! Celebrate that. I am so sorry and will be praying for you. We have all been there or are going to be there. Hugs.

  5. Carrie | 29th Nov 17

    I think my decision to blog has been a big factor in my life and I’m now on level ground. The excitement has worn off and the valley is far away. I feel steadier about it and know everything takes time.

    • JJ | 29th Nov 17

      Level ground is good. So many emotions and the bigger the risk the stronger the emotions.

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