When it’s time for you to make the leap

photo by  cdsessums

She stands on the edge of a diving board, toes curled around the edge. Her pink swimsuit is a splash of color against the blue sky. Peering at the water and then back at her father, the question comes through in her eyes, “What will happen if I jump?” He nods and smiles. She pinches her nose tight, yells at the top of her lungs and slides into the water with a splash. 

When it’s time to take a leap, we want two things…

* For the fear to completely go away

* To know what’s going to happen

So we stand on the board and bounce. We gaze uncertainly into the water. We wait.

But the only way for the fear to go away and to know what’s going to happen is this: jump.

You’ll never resolve those issues while you’re standing on the board. You just won’t.

If you know what you’re to do, then do it.

Without hesitation.

With trust and courage and your eyes on your Father standing at the side of the pool.

He’ll help you be brave.

You’re not made for diving boards. They’re too small for you.

You’re made for the wide open expanse of life to the full that waits for you.

1, 2, 3…



P.S. Congratulations to Sharon Hall for winning the wooden painting. The winner was chosen through www.random.org Sharon, please email me your mailing address at hearttoheartwithholley@gmail.com. Y’all, thanks for sharing your hearts with me.


  1. says

    Holley, I am excited and terrified all at the same time right now, just like that diving board. In exactly 3 weeks from today I leave my home for 49 years in Fla to a new home in California. Your post today was just one more assurance that I am on the right path. Thank you, other than my daughter living there, I have no idea what else God has planned for me. No job yet, I will be living with her at first, no church and no friends. But He said “go” and I said “yes”.

    In all honesty, I feel more alive now then I have in years.

    I cannot wait to see what He has planned. I think this is gonna be FUN!!!

    • Sonia says


      This reminds me of the song “Come Away With Me”
      Come away with me, come away with me
      It’s never too late, it’s not too late, it’s not too late for you.
      I have a plan for you, I have a plan for you,
      It’s gonna be great, it’s gonna be wild, it’s gonna be full of me.
      So open up your heart and let met in, open up your heart and let me in.
      Come away with me. . .

      Recently I took the scariest step of my life while this song played through my mind almost continually. But God has been soooo faithful. Today I’m waiting to hear what the next step in His plan for me is, because I have no idea. So I continue to pray.

      God bless you as you take this step in faith.

      • Vicki says

        Sonia, I love that song! Just learning it in my Praise band! Continue to remain steadfast in your faith and the path will be presented clearly from our God! Amen sister!

      • says

        Sonia, thank you for your encouragement, I had never heard the song before so I looked it up…WOW. My new favorite song. Praying for you and your next step. God Bless You.

    • Betty L. Onions says

      Just 5 years ago I had to move from my home of 20 years and leave my teaching position in a great Christian school. I always thought the Lord wanted me to stay right where I was, but that was not His plan. I remember telling my friends that the door was open, I just needed the faith to walk through. I moved closer to family and found I was needed there. I began to substitute and became resigned to the fact that I would not find a full time position because of my age. I was hired a year later in a public school. His plan to move me became a great blessing.
      I wish you well in your new adventure. As long as we allow the Lord to lead, we are on the right path.

      • says

        Betty, thank you for sharing and your encouragement. Like you, I thought the Lord wanted me to stay where I am. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be moving to the other side of the country. It is so amazing to see His plan unfold.

  2. Laura says

    Ha! I just 2 minutes ago jumped, hoping I did the right thing. Then I come here, and this is the word for me today. I love how God does things like this to help us and encourage us.

  3. Kathleen McCready says

    Very amazing timing. I just told my husband I am ready to
    start! I will wait to share the outcome of this decision, but no
    doubt if its my God sized dream, tightly woven in His
    will and not mine… I will succeed!

  4. Cindy Fox says

    Thank you, Holley:

    These are really good thoughts! Keep my eyes on Father God and step on out! Because of the sacrifice of my Lord and Savior, Jesus, I can do that. God bless you

  5. says

    Just like the literal diving board~into~the ~pool feeling in the belly,
    the Leap of Faith is an Amazing Gut Wrenching Totally Freeing feeling~
    both before and as we jump. Our Creator, Father, remembers that we are
    dust and helps us through these emotions, when He says, “Do it!”
    And the beauty beyond the diving board is indescribable.
    As usual, this is so Very Timely, today. Thank you, Holley.
    I’m jumping~ And it is so Freeing!

  6. says

    I love this! Yes diving boards are too small and even the pools we plunge into are too small. We serve such a big God who urges us on, just like the daddy nodding and smiling. We were made to jump. So agree! I’m jumping…

  7. Emma says

    Dear Holley,

    I love your inspiring messages but did not have a chance to say so and thank you for those. You just use simple and understandable words, with profound meanings; to overcome fears, doubts and resolve emotional issues and situations.

    You are blessed and you share your blessings with us. Thank you so much for everything.

    God bless you,


  8. sistertosister53 says

    Hi!! Holley…I am so bless to read this today…it is very courage for me, I know that I am doing just what He has called me out to do in His name. I have taken a jump!! 1-2-3- I have done it…and I know God is with me…His guidance… Thanks again…Holley God Bless you. agape! :)

  9. Spencer says

    Being a guy, I am so encouraged by all you Godly women.

    I have to share something that happened a few days ago while I was attending a Men’s conference–I made a lady cry. Wait, before you judge me bigtime.

    I was returning to my room at the Resort Center.

    A lady who was working at cleaning rooms–walked in a few doors down to clean a room.

    I reached into my wallet and grabbed out a $20.00 bill. I knocked on the outside door and the lady came out to see who had knocked on the door. I told her you don’t get paid enough. (They get minimum wage.) I gave her the $20.00 dollar bill and then went back to my room where I had a copy of Pattie Mallette’s book– NOWHERE BUT UP. (She is the mother of Justin Bieber. The front of her book references 3 Bible translations which are used in her writing of the book.)

    I walked back to the room where the lady was cleaning and again knocked on the door.

    The lady came out crying. She told me that she did not have money for gas to get home that evening. I started crying too.

    I guess I am just one of those guys who make women cry.

    I must be a mean guy!!!!

    • Helen Bugaj says

      Spencer, thanks for sharing your story. In my bible study group this morning we talked about our hesitancy in offering help to others as you did because of a fear of embarrassing the recipient of our generosity. You confirmed to me that those who are of a humble spirit will accept help and be thankful for it, and I’m encouraged to continue to reach out when the Lord shows me someone has a need.

      • Spencer Daniel says

        Helen, thank you very much for your reply!!!!!

        One thing God has been doing in my life is taking one fear after another out of my life.

        Two fears I have always had were skydiving and going on a roller coaster–which most people have already done.

        I announced to my family recently that I would now do skydiving and going on a roller coaster.

        God has taken our of my life a fear of embarrassing the recipient of our generosity.

        I’ve been trying to outgive God and it is not working at all. God is blessing me bigtime.

        One verse that has helped me tremendously is Proverbs 28:1
        The wicked flee when no one pursues,
        But the righteous are bold as a lion.

        New King James Version (NKJV)
        The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

        • Helen Bugaj says

          Thanks for sharing that verse, Spencer, about the righteous being bold as a lion!
          I needed to hear that because I want to move forward with more boldness to obey God when He gives me “marching orders”. Fear is an impediment to boldness. I wish you well with your new ventures but make sure the activities are ones God wants you to pursue. Everyone is designed differently. God’s plan for each of us is unique. God bless you!!

          • Spencer Daniel says

            Yes, I totally agree with you that it is very important to “make sure the activities are ones God wants you to pursue.”

            I find that when I have a question about God’s perfect will for my life I go to Romans 12:1,2

            I especially refer to verse 2

            12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

            New King James Version (NKJV)
            The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

            I have a notebook that I use to seek to know God’s perfect will for my life.

            I put GGAPW (This stands for God’s Good Acceptable and Perfect Will.) in the center of a page and then on each side I put the pros and cons of each situation. Usually after a while the Holy Spirit makes it quite clear through the pros and cons which is God’s will for that particular time.

            You also said something I totally agree with. “Everyone is designed differently. God’s plan for each of us is unique.” I would add to that Ecclesiastes 3:1

            To everything there is a season,
            A time for every purpose under heaven:

            New King James Version (NKJV)
            The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

  10. Jackie Ingram-Myers says

    Thanks for this message. I want to take a leap and find a new job. But I have been at the same company for 15 years. I haven’t been on an interview in years. The interview process has changed a lot since I have been on one. But I went on one a couple of weeks ago and I did very well. Once you get in there and start talking I was not as nervous. And then they asked me if I had any questions for them. I pulled out my questions and started to ask them question. I walked out of there and felt good about it. It has given me the courage to go on many more. But I know that initial step is scary. But you have to have the faith that it will be okay. I thank you for these encouring messages.

    Jackie Ingram-Myers.

    • elizabeth says


      this is exactly my experience too, except i attended my first interview 2 years ago and have been to many since, though i haven’t changed my job yet! Am still at the same Co, (been there 14 yrs now!)…. once last year i almost got close to making a decision to leave but delayed it a bit because i felt i just couldn’t leave my comfort zone…. and the job went to somebody else in no time! Am still open to more interviews and am praying that if it is truly His Will, He will enable me to take that great leap of faith!

  11. says

    Oh wow, it’s as if you’re speaking directly to me. I have been hanging out on the dive board of life far too long. Thanks for the encouragement to jump in.

  12. Helen Bugaj says

    A wonderful word of encouragement for us, Holley! Thank you! It’s hard to stand out on the end of that diving board. In fact I can remember doing that in my college phys.ed. class and almost fainting from fright. We all enter into new activities hoping that we’ll be rewarded in some way for our efforts…….not with fame but with satisfaction and a feeling of fulfillment. I’ve been hesitant at times of going out on that diving board yet again, but I understand that life is full of the unexpected and those of us who want things to stay the same will be sorely disappointed.

  13. Betty says

    I think we take leaps more times then we realize some times scary but with God as our co pilot we usually do good.

    Is God wonderful as he watches over his children.

    Thanks Holley. Love you Betty.

    P.s What a nice thing for Spencer to do for some one he did not even know. God Bless him

    • Spencer Daniel says

      Thank you Betty very much!!!!

      God is blessing me bigtime. I have been trying to outgive God but it is not working at all.

      Many times people say at a store as one is departing “Have a good or great day.!”

      God has given me a new reponse. I say to the person “I have something better to say to you and they are all attentive to what I am going to say next.

      I say, “In the Bible in Ephesians 3:20 God says
      20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

      The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

      So I say according to that verse and with Jesus Christ I say to them. “Have the best day, week, month, life possible and I say that to all of your family and friends and everyone who has ever come into this store or will ever come into this store.

      So I say, “Have the best day, week, month, life possible to Holley and all of her family and all of her friends and everyone who has ever read any of her books or will ever read any of her books and to any one who has ever read and/or responded to any of her blogs like this one.”

      This is only possible with Jesus Christ and revealed to us in Ephesians 3:20 and all the other scriptures in the Bible

  14. HONEY says


    • Spencer Daniel says

      I think if one is frightened by a possible direction–it is possible that it is not God’s will to do that right now.

      Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30

      Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

      New King James Version (NKJV)
      The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

      Perhaps learning how to swim might be your jumping off the diving board.

      It msy take a leap of faith for you to learn how to swim and in God’s eyes He would reward you the same as someone else jumping off the diving board.

  15. aimee says

    Holley, thanks for the reminder. I like how you said, “You’re not made for diving boards. They’re too small for you. You’re made for the wide open expanse of life to the full that waits for you.” God always has great things planned for us. But we need to do our part too. Yes, we need to take the plunge when God wants us to! God bless!

  16. Maria Jones-Davidson says

    Hi Holley, thank you for your encouragement once again, you’re such an inspiration to all your friends. I’m not really good at swimming, let alone diving… I thank the Lord for inspiring messages like this one. ~ It’s good to remember what the Word says, “Eyes have not seen, nor ears heard what God has in store for those who are His.” This just comes to me right now and I love your quote: “With trust and courage and your eyes on your Father standing at the side of the pool.
    “He’ll help you be brave.
    You’re not made for diving boards. They’re too small for you.
    You’re made for the wide open expanse of life to the full that waits for you.
    1, 2, 3…
    jump!” ~ God bless you and your hubby Holley! Take care!

  17. Carol says

    I find myself looking down at the water from that unbelievably high diving board and thinking, I can’t do it. And I turn around and go back to my small little world. Then I find myself not so close to the Lord anymore. So I seek His face again. And guess what? I find myself back up on that very same diving board looking at the very same water, trying to decide if I can dive in.
    And I turn around and go back again! I have been doing this for so long and I am so tired of my fears!!!! Why can’t I let go and let God????
    Your devotion today certainly tells me God wants me to know He is there wanting so badly to help, if I would just let Him. Pray I will indeed let go and let God. Pray He will not give up on me.

  18. Maria says

    Thanks Holley dear! You’re indeed a great blessing to all f us out here. God inspires us through the words woven into messages to encourage us. Jump….into His embrace knowing God is always there, here, everywhere, beyond all human limitations and human comprehensions.

  19. says

    Deep down, I’m begging for someone to come and give me a good push into the “wide open expanse” that God has called me to, when I know He desires for me to make the jump myself. Lord, give me the courage! Thank you for the challenge, friend!


    • Spencer Daniel says

      Maybe I am totally wrong but

      I see a possible problem with someone pushing you to jump.

      If there is a bad result of jumping–one could blame the person who pushed you and not

      see that you wanted someone to push you.

  20. says

    I finally made the jump. I have wanted to make comments but was afraid they would sound
    silly and stupid. ( I am a recovering people pleaser). But I just had to do it. Now I have and want you to know how much I enjoy your words, poems and statements. God bless you as you bless others.

  21. says

    Holley- I love how you always encourage me when I read your words to run from FEAR and into the unknown. “Taking the Leap” was your first article I ever read months ago. My sweet mama sent it to me…and your words have been with me ever since! xo

  22. Tonya S says

    Perfect timing for this lesson of encouragement. I’m fixing to take a leap this weekend and sing again. You know that thing that you’re just not sure if you’re very good at? That thing that your Mom and Dad encourage and you wonder if they are the ONLY ones that think you’re good enough? One thing I do know is that I may not be the best singer but my Heavenly Father will be standing there with me to help with the fear and to remind me I’m not doing this for myself or to sound good it’s all about HIM to glorify HIM to praise HIM to witness for HIM. Thank you for this message, I’ll picture my Father standing there (at the side of the pool) with me.

  23. Spencer Daniel says

    When we’re standing on the diving board there is the fear that we are going to die if we jump in.

    Jesus said in Matthew 16:25

    For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

    New King James Version (NKJV)
    The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

    When we actually jump in and God is calling us to jump in–we will find more of God’s life and freedom to be more of what God has called us to be.

    But we may ask–how do I know if it is God’s will to jump in.

    God says in Psalm 32:8

    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will guide you with My eye.

    New King James Version (NKJV)
    The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

    I find as I listen to the Bible on tape and seek to know God’s will and ask Him for clear direction–I find that more and more I hear clearly what His will for my life is.

    If one really wants to do God’s will–I am sure God the Holy Spirit is more than happy to guide us to His perfect will for our lives.

  24. Spencer Daniel says

    Holley, I was just looking at the reviews for your book on Amazon and I was totally amazed.
    There were 12 reviews that gave your book 5 stars and one review that gave your book 4 stars. No one gave your book 3 or 2 or 1 star. I have never seen a book so highly rated.

    So I did the only logical thing. I ordered your book. It is very possible that if Godly women think your book is so excellent. A man like me could also be very blessed too. Since God’s words are universal and really speak to all of us.

    I do share one psossible bit of humor though from scripture. It is from 1 Timothy 2:1

    2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,

    New King James Version (NKJV)
    The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

    It says in that scripture to pray for all men.

    Does that mean that we do not have to pray for women because they are all already perfect?

    • Spencer Daniel says

      A clarification. Amazon lists the book–God’s Heart for You with 5 stars from 12 reviews and 4 stars with one review.

      Amazon lists the book–You’re Already Amazing with 5 stars from 33 reviews. 4 stars from 15 reviews. and 3 stars from one review. For this book no reviews have been submitted with 2 stars or with one star.

  25. Niroshini says

    Hi Holley, thank you so much for this email! I am on the diving board and I will be jumping in 5 days time. Leaving my job to serve Him and His people. No plans and have no idea what He has in store.. Just taking the first step! The timing of your email was His perfect timing! May God bless you and use you powerfully! Thanks again! Niroshini, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  26. Spencer Daniel says

    I do not know if any of you Godly ladies ever have to deal with pride in your lives.

    After my latest comment this morning–My thought was something like–you are really something with all your good comments.

    Immediately the Lord dealt with me about pride and I had to kneel down and bend my head to the floor and ask God for forgiveness–tears came to my eyes.

    God again showed me the truth that if any good comes out of our lives it is Him coming out.
    The verse came out–John 15:5 “… for without Me you can do nothing.”

    New King James Version (NKJV)
    The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

    It is absolutely true–without God we can do nothing at all.


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