Risk the Belly Flop

In the ladies bible study I lead at church, we have been reading the book Hungry for God, by Margaret Feinberg.

This week, the chapter is all about becoming intentional about readying our heart to hear from God. “Recognizing God’s voice means cultivating a seeking heart, a biblical heart, an inquiring heart, a listening heart and a patient heart.”

I loved reading the author’s take on the times we listen to God, step out in the direction we think God has called us to go, but it turns out to be a mistake.

“God knows how to handle my biggest mistakes. When I jump into the deep end of the pool and land with a stinging, awkward flop, God still uses the splash for his glory.”

Our mistakes and failures never hinder God from being God!

Linking up with Jen today over at Finding Heaven. Come join in!

17 thoughts on “Risk the Belly Flop

  1. Lisa

    God still uses my splash for His glory – I love that! Our mistakes don't hinder God from being God so we need to jump in. LOVE this word today, Eileen!

  2. Kelli

    Love that when we dive in, it might not look like much but when God gets done with us, we look like an Olympic swimmer! Great encouragement today Eileen!!

  3. Tracy

    Hi Eileen – I was thinking 'ouch' before I even read your post. i love how you say, God even used our belly flop splash for His glory. Great post. Great encouragement to know that He is not fazed by our mistakes.
    God bless

  4. Heidi

    I'm so grateful for this… "Our mistakes and failures never hinder God from being God!" I've got a lot of flops and while they do sting it's always wonderful to see Him put them to good use 🙂 Blessings!

  5. Janet Beckwith Macy

    Isn't it awesome that God can use anything to accomplish his glory. Love you site.

    A quote I read yesterday came to mind when I read your post.

    "You miss 100% of the shots you never take." -Wayne Gretzky.

    There has to be belly-flops if we are ever going to accomplish anything.

    Love your blog

  6. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    What a powerful truth Eileen… We certainly make our share of "Belly Flops" in life, but thankfully, God can even use those for His glory!

    Great post!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  7. Pam

    "When I jump into the deep end of the pool and land with a stinging, awkward flop, God still uses the splash for his glory." How very encouraging!
    Thanks! Pam at 2 Encourage

  8. Kandi


    I always get a little giggle out of your posts, so glad that even our worst belly flops can be used for His glory,He can our worst mistakes and created something beautiful from them.

    Blessings to you Eileen.

  9. Eileen

    Hi All, "God still uses the splash for His glory" I've been thinking about that quote all day. It's definitely a good one! Our group is really liking the study. 🙂

    Janet, that's a great quote!

  10. Stacy @ Heartprints of God

    I loved this, Eileen! Thanks for the reminder that even my worst mistakes can be used for His glory…and even in the the splashes, God is still God.

    Awesome post!

  11. Caroline

    What a beautiful, gracious picture of God using us for His glory – mistakes and all! Thanks for sharing this, Eileen.

  12. Leebird

    Love this post friend! I've flopped a bunch…even today…so glad He can use my belly flop to water the flowers in the flowerbed by the pool. 🙂

  13. Joywriter

    You had me at "Risk…" And wrapped it up nicely with "Our mistakes and failures never hinder God from being God!"
    Thank you!!

  14. applesofgold

    Hey hon! Found your blog from Facebook. I used to blog…and this blogpost has got me thinking that it's time to pick it up again. Yep, I loved the risking the bellyflop, and trusting God to be there to teach me in case I was wrong. I really enjoyed the reading this week 🙂


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