When God asks for a “leap of faith,” it’s scary.
What does a leap of faith require?
It requires not knowing. It requires accepting that you don’t know, but that you know that God knows. And choosing to trust him.
It requires movement. Sometimes it’s a small step forward, sometimes it is, in fact, a figurative leap – a huge, giant movement. But no matter how big or small of a step it is, it always feels like a big, terrifying leap into an open chasm – where you can’t see the other side. Where you don’t know if you are going to land safely or if you are going to plummet into oblivion.
So… a lot. A leap of faith requires a full surrendering, and an invested follow-through. It’s not something you can fake or just sort of half-do.
Take the Leap is my leap of faith.
In 2012, I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder and Depression.
That diagnosis sent me down a long, winding path of self-discovery and growth. Healing and learning to live the best life I can has been, in my experience, a bit of a two-steps-forward-one-step-back thing, and I have found that writing helped me process more effectively.
As I began to write more, I felt God stirring a call in me. A call to a leap of faith.
While our trials are meant to shape and refine us, they can also become a light for others. The idea that you are not alone in whatever you are going through can be a great comfort and a great hope. I found that comfort and hope in others’ success stories, and felt called to allow my experiences to do the same.
As 2018 rolled around, I discovered the catalyst to start this blog.
At the end of 2017, I found myself evaluating my life; comparing where I was to where I wanted to be.
From the beginning of 2017 to the end, I ended up in a completely different place than I expected.
I moved from Los Angeles to a tiny town outside of San Diego to get a head start on the life I would share with my almost husband. Professionally, I had to take a dead-end, less-than-healthy work environment job vastly outside of the profession I trained for for 6 years in Los Angeles – there is no need for opera singers in a tiny town more than 45 minutes outside of any major city centre.
I had to start over completely. New friends, new job, drastic trajectory shift – a direction I saw leading to nothing but stress.
And I was very unhappy.
And I kept feeling God saying – I gave you that story. I gave you those experiences. I have so much more in store for you. I need to you step out in faith and trust me – and tell what I have done and what I am doing.
I quit my less-than-healthy job. I took on some private students, I found a part-time personal shopper gig online – to pay the bills. And I began this blog.
And let me tell you, God does amazing things when we take that leap of faith.
He does amazing things in us and in the people in our sphere of influence. I can’t tell you what amazing changes I have seen in my own heart and all you wonderful people have told me God brought about in your lives – just because I decided to step out in faith and tell my story.
If you take one thing away from Take the Leap, let it be this: Leaps of Faith are terrifying. They often feel like a freefall with no parachute. But close your eyes, take a deep breath, and jump – and know that God will not only catch you, but he will make you fly farther than you ever dreamed possible.
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It ended with a cracked skull and six stitches. But it all started so innocently.
When I was young, jumping on the bed was one of my absolute favorite activities. I’m talkin’ mess-up-the-sheets, scream-with-giggles, butterflies-in-your-stomach, Olympic champion bed jumping. Nothing brought me more joy than that beautiful bounce. You could probably hear my carefree cackling from miles away.
But then one bed-jumping session went horribly wrong.
At a weekend gathering of a family friend, I began jumping on a bed in the basement with one of the other young boys. Not wanting to miss out on the fun, one of the other kids decided to join in. She was older than the two of us and able to ricochet us across the bed and into a pile of pillows, similar to jumping on a trampoline. After several rounds of bouncing us into that soft landing, she went to rebound me again.
This time, I was catapulted headfirst into the sliding glass door next to the bed.
I reached back to inspect the wound and screamed at the sight of my blood-soaked hand. My father came running to the rescue. The paramedics were called. I was taken to the Emergency Room, stitched up and sent back to the party with a full head bandage, ashamed for having defied my dad’s strict order to not jump on the bed.
Now that I look back on it, that situation was kind of like everyone’s biggest fear, realized. No one wants to jump—to take a leap of faith—and end up with the wounds to convince them that they shouldn’t have jumped to begin with. J.K. Rowling touched on this when she said, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.”
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather fail fast than take the chance of not living at all. Failure hurts, but regret hurts more.
Leaping without knowing where you’ll land on the other side can be extremely scary. But taking risks is necessary for growth. All of the greatest things in life require a leap of faith. You cannot fall in love if you don’t let down your walls and leap. You most likely won’t advance in your career if you don’t allow yourself to put in the hard work to make it happen. And you cannot connect with the Universe unless you lay down your sword and learn to lead with and embrace love.
It’s called a leap of faith for a reason. But what is faith exactly?
Faith is the belief in something larger, grander and more powerful than you. Faith is the belief that you cannot fail, you can only learn. Faith is the belief that you’re always being guided by love.
I like to think of my faith as an interconnected network of tree roots: No matter what storms may come my way, I will remain unshakeable and stand tall; I may bend, but I shall never break; I am grounded yet boundless. And yet, despite all of the strength I garner from my faith, it can still be difficult to accept this truth.
Fear is powerful, but faith persists. Fear says, “why try?” but faith says, “why not?” Fear whispers that you need to ration your love, but faith whispers that love is the only thing that lasts. Fear builds walls, but faith builds bridges.
A life lived in fear is like a bed of springs: It propels you headfirst toward a sliding glass door. But a life lived in faith is like a pile of pillows there waiting on the other end. No matter how many times you leap, you’ll always land softly. No matter how many times you doubt your greatness, you’ll be sure to bounce back. No matter how many times you trip up in fear, your faith is there to pull you back up with a hug.
Below, I detail five ways to take a leap of faith. Because you deserve a pile of pillows instead of a sliding glass door. You deserve the joy of gratitude instead of the grief of regret. You deserve to be guided by love instead of fear.
Are you standing on the precipice of change and considering whether you should take a leap of faith?
It’s a scary place to be, right? Yes, it’s exciting, but the uncertainty of what lays ahead can also be paralysing!
We all want certainty. That’s natural. Certainty makes us feel safe. But in the game of life often where all the excitement, expansion and possibility exists for us, is “out there” in the blue yonder… beyond our comfort zones!
In this Daily Inspiration video we’re talking all about what a leap of faith really is, when to know if it’s time, and how to have the courage to do it.
Taking a Leap of Faith
What leap are you considering making?
I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment below. Let me know what’s going on for you.
With love, Bernadette
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Thank you for reminding me of what I know but have hesitated to do out of fear. I have felt stuck for a very long time and now I am experiencing panic attacks that are totally debilitating. I am a widow that has a nice home but lives in a part of the country that does not please or inspire me. I am alone without family nearby. I feel like I am just using oxygen without being alive, worse I have lost any motivation to try and help myself. Finances have kept me from making a change along with now, terrible anxiety and depression. You have inspired me to get it together and find the solution.
Hi Linda, I am so glad you feel inspired to find a solution. If you need help at any time, we have lots of useful resources on the website for you, many free articles, audios and videos, and you are also welcome to join me for a coaching session if you get stuck, need support or guidance. Best wishes! Bernadette
I used to live this way, taking leaps of faith and things historically have always worked out in my favor. I am scared now, I fear change and worry about taking leaps of faith. This change all started to happen with increased responsibilities, owning a house, my career, and the birth of my daughter, and aging parents. I want to take a leap of faith and move, I feel called to get out of this town and do something different, I’m not 100% certain what that would look like but I am not happy in my current life circumstances (place of employment, where we live, ect). I know my decisions effect others not just me so it makes it harder to take these leaps. Any wisdom to share to help me get “unstuck”? Thank you 🙂
Hey Jocelynne, I hear you. And that is so often the trap we fall into, that as life progresses and we take on more responsibilities and commitments, and feel responsible not just for ourselves but for others, we stop listening to our intuition. But our intuition will always be there, always waiting for us to listen and always is on point. So if you sense that a change is needed, and is important for you (mind, body and soul), then it’s worth listening to. Remember – a leap of faith doesn’t have to be a big leap. It can be a planned and calculated choice, that you responsibly manage and execute in a safe way that allows you to enjoy change and not create massive risk or upheaval, so you honor your intuition, your needs and everyone else at the same time. I hope that helps. Love, B
I have never been one to make huge leaps. I once moved to a different state and left the life I knew behind easily. Now a man I met online is asking me to move in with him. He lives all the way across the world. I’m a bit scared and nervous. Obviously I trust him and I’m going to do this, but I am just so scared and I just can’t shake the fear. My gut and heart says go but my brain is telling me not too. I’m so scared. I want to be with him, but I don’t know anyone there.
Hey Ashley, thanks for sharing this, and yes fear can definitely roar very loudly when big change is afoot! Meditation often helps, as does EFT (Tapping) and deep breathing exercises, for quieting the mind and calming the body through times of change like this. With changing locations and making big moves, I also feel it helps to remember (from experience) that if something didn’t work out you can always turn around and go back. It’s not a bad worst case 🙂 Plus, when we follow our intuition and are in our flow… we meet the right people at the right time and life will unfold. It calls for big… faith! Wishing you the best!
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Your faith is an important aspect of who you are and without faith, you’ll find it harder to get by through anything.
When you take a leap of faith, this isn’t just blind optimism but you’re choosing to trust that you’re going in the right direction and that you’ll get to where you’re meant to go.
You’ll be surprised with the realization that the majority of things in life revolve around faith and love as these two aspects are interconnected. In this article, we’ll be talking about 7 benefits of taking a leap of faith.
What It Means To Take A Leap of Faith
When you say that you plan to take a leap of faith, you have this hope that things will go in the right direction.
Taking a leap of faith isn’t reckless, but it’s what your gut is telling you to do. It’s the belief that there are greater things in the unknown rather than staying where you currently are.
This phrase is often used when you’re changing something significant in your life, for instance taking a leap of faith with finding love or changing career paths into the field you want.
Doing this isn’t just an impulsive and irrational decision, but it’s the belief that no matter where you end up, you’ll still be closer to where you aspire to go.
How To Take A Leap of Faith
One of the primary ways if you intend to take a leap of faith is to surrender your need for control.
Faith is about having the belief that everything will turn out alright, even when things are uncertain and you can’t predict what the future holds.
Taking a leap of faith means letting go of your need to control every aspect of your life and just have faith that things will be okay. Otherwise, the very purpose of faith is pointless if you still need to be in control all the time.
You need to surrender to the fact that not everything is under your control – and that’s okay. Trust the process enough that you’ll eventually get to where you’re meant to be.
7 Benefits of Taking a Leap of Faith
1. You discover who you are
Even when things are uncertain and blurry, one of the best parts of taking a leap of faith is the journey of discovering who you are.
You can never do that when you’re always stuck in old patterns, afraid to leave your comfort zone behind. You’d be surprised and amazed by how much you discover about your true nature when you take a leap of faith into something you wouldn’t normally do.
It’s scary, but you’ll eventually thank yourself later.
2. You become less anxious
Being afraid to take that leap of faith means that you’re comfortable in where you are to the point that you can’t deal with change.
You like being in control over everything in your life but as a result, this gives you more anxiety and pressure to get things right.
When you take a leap of faith, it’s not that you aren’t executing an action, but you’re learning to trust the process that you’ll get there eventually. When you pressure yourself to get to where you want, this won’t do anything but do more harm than good.
Pressure does well to a person, but only to a certain extend. You need to let go and trust that things will be okay.
3. You feel excited again
One of the results of being too familiar with your own life is that you never take risks is that there’s this lack of excitement and joy since you barely do anything new anymore.
When you take that leap of faith that you need, you’ll start to feel all these emotions again like joy, excitement, and happiness. This is one of the many benefits that taking a leap of faith will do as you get to explore new things that you never knew was possible.
It’s refreshing to get out of your comfort zone every now and then.
4. You feel brave and courageous
As romanticized as it is to take a leap of faith, it’s not always the easiest thing to do.
In fact, it’s one of the scariest things you can do because as humans, we like knowing the answers to everything, including what’s on the other side of your fear.
However, there’s something to be said about your bravery when you take that risk because despite being afraid, you did it nonetheless.
5. You feel open to change
As you progress in life, you’ll learn that even when you try to stop it, you can’t resist change from happening.
In taking that leap of faith, you’ll be more open to change and view it as an opportunity for growth and for truly living your life.
They say that life is on the other side of your comfort zone and this is accurate.
6. You become better
Having faith just makes you a much better individual in general. You trust the world and others more and you become open to a world full of endless possibilities at your disposal.
This perspective transforms you into someone better than who you initially were.
7. You regain your sense of purpose
Losing your passion can happen when you live your life with too much complacency that you know everything there is to know.
When you learn to take risks, you’ll find yourself again and get back your sense of purpose, whatever that may be.
I hope this article was able to help you shed insight into everything you needed to know on everything you needed to know about taking a leap of faith.
Staying in your comfort zone won’t get you anywhere in life, but learning to take risks will show you the real meaning of what living is all about.
You’ll know who you are better, including the best and worst parts of yourself, and that’s completely okay.
There she stood, toes dangling over the edge of the platform as if the laws of gravity didn’t apply to her. She was shaking, and she was scared, but she was ready to take the leap. She had to be ready — her very life hung in the balance.
Sounds like a day in the life of 42-year-old cliff diving champion Ginger Leigh Huber. It’s not!
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bishop
It’s about you. That is, if you’ve ever stood on that scary but thrilling precipice of change wanting to leap.
Few could argue that diving into a body of water from a 98-foot cliff requires a leap of faith. And it’s the same with our most profound and life-transforming changes.
Unlike death-defying dives, however, most “leaps of faith” occur as a result of fear or desperation. Something has to change, and so we close our eyes and take a wild uncalculated risk and hope for the best.
It doesn’t always work out. Quite often, we crash and burn. As a consequence, we never want to risk leaping again.
But what if you could consciously take that same life-changing leap without the risk of falling or failing? What if, instead of just closing your eyes and hoping for the best, there was a formula?
Ginger Huber’s Process
Before, during and after standing on that platform, Ginger Huber engages with a conscious process.
- She has already created rapport and connection with her body through physical conditioning. While on the platform, she instantly reestablishes that rapport with several relaxing deep breaths.
- Her unconscious mind is congruent with the conscious task at hand. She has agreeance.
- She acknowledges, then dismisses or ignores her innate amygdala FEAR response.
- Lastly, with one final deep breath and a literal leap of faith, she puts into practice what she has prepared to do.
Unlike the millions of failed attempts, a successful leap of faith is subject to rules. Whether you’re a cliff diver, a mom wanting to explore new horizons, or a business owner searching for the next lever, the rules are the same.
The LEAP formula
1. Body rapport
If you are going to leap, you must have the physical energy and strength to support it. If you’re week, tired, broken or disconnected from your body, you will hesitate and likely fail.
Creating rapport requires 3 things:
- Nourishment: Healthy, clean eating will support the cells that support you. Along with the carcinogenic poisons you want to avoid, feeding your body crap will deliver an extremely damaging message — “you’re not worth it!”
- Movement: A stagnant body prefers to remain stagnant. Movement creates momentum. Regular exercise is crucial to your leap.
- Hydration: Your body’s cells are comprised of 70-80% water. The mind/body connection thrives on hydration.
2. Brutal honesty
You must have conscious/unconscious agreement. This requires understanding and quite often changing disempowering beliefs about yourself and the world.
If you believe you’re not capable or deserving or what you’re leaping towards, you will not leap. Be brutally honest with yourself; you do deserve and are capable of everything you seek. You must believe that with every hydrated cell of your being.
After having connected with your body and coming to terms with what you truly deserve, you might still hesitate.
There will always be a level of fear and doubt associated with a life changing leap. Uncertainty supports the temptation to go back. It’s like an invisible force standing behind you, holding you by the neck. It’s why we often take one step forward and two steps back. That temptation is your overprotective ego — and it’s scared to death of change.
The only true way to overcome this misguided temptation is to recognize it for what it is. Imagine it like and old drinking buddy. He or she doesn’t really want you to get sober. If you did, they wouldn’t have anyone to get drunk with anymore. Ultimately, if you take that leap, your ego will leap with you.
4. ABIF (Action Based in Faith)
In the movie Back to The Future, the reluctant hero, George McFly, is forced to confront his greatest fear, his arch enemy Biff.
The mild-mannered and soft-spoken McFly could never find the courage to stand up to the relentless bully. But in a climatic seen, McFly comes across Biff sexually assaulting Elaine, the woman of his dreams.
In that instant, he makes the conscious decision to act. He connects with his body, draws a deep breath and cocks his fist back — but hesitates. It isn’t until a moment later when he realizes that it’s not about him or Biff at all, but about the woman he has to save, that he takes a massive leap of faith.
He glances back at his fist, then at Biff, and finally at Elaine. He then swings with everything his body can give. The haymaker catches Biff square on the chin and knocks him out cold. His life is forever changed.
What is your leap really about?
If your leap is exclusively about you, you will hesitate. It must be about something more than just you. It has to serve a bigger role in the universe.
Make your ABIF about inspiring, saving or supporting someone, or something else. Find that purpose and you will find the strength, courage and motivation to change not only yourself but the world.
“Leap of Faith” falls into this category. During much of the story, Jonas is modeled on real-life religious fakers (on television as well as the revival-tent circuit) who have no concern with religion beyond the contributions they rake in with their collection buckets and 800 numbers.
Who wrote leap of faith?
Lionel Cartwright song
Who played leap of faith?
Leap Of Faith (1992)
- Liam Neeson as Will.
- Steve Martin as Jonas Nightengale.
- Lolita Davidovich as Marva.
- Lukas Haas as Boyd.
- Debra Winger as Jane.
- Meat Loaf as Hoover.
How does the movie Leap of Faith end?
The problem with this ending is that Boyd begins to devote his life to Jonas, rather than the true “powers that be.” There is no catharsis. Jonas ends up running away in the middle of the night, Boyd ends up thoroughly confused, and Jane and Will end up questioning what went on and what they believe.
What item does Jonas Nightingale break in the diner?
The Nightingale crew stops at a local diner, where Jonas quickly introduces himself to a waitress Marva, (Lolita Davidovich) who is quickly put off by Jonas showing off his “Miracles and Wonders” jacket.
Where was leap year filmed?
The film was shot in County Wicklow, Dublin, County Mayo and County Galway, with filming taking place in and around the Aran Islands, Connemara, Temple Bar, Georgian Dublin, Wicklow National Park and Olaf Street, Waterford.
Where was the final scene of leap year filmed?
Which year was not a leap year?
Every year that is exactly divisible by four is a leap year, except for years that are exactly divisible by 100, but these centurial years are leap years if they are exactly divisible by 400. For example, the years 1700, 1800, and 1900 are not leap years, but the years 1600 and 2000 are.
I remember growing up as the youngest of seven siblings. My mother was both a working and a stay-at-home mom. My father worked sometimes three jobs just to make sure we had a roof over our heads and food in our stomachs every day. We didn’t have all that we wanted but we did have what we needed. I often remember my Dad driving home to us the importance of getting a “good” job. He also thought an education was important since he turned down a college scholarship to join the army and begin a family.
A Good Job and Passion
A “good job” meant a job that had steady pay and insurance, period. However, there was an element of the equation that was left out and it centered not around a paycheck, but finding something about which you were passionate.
A mentor I was blessed to meet at my first job in journalism was a photojournalist named Brian. He would pour words of wisdom into me as we traveled from assignment to assignment. I remember one day I told him I would be in television news even if they didn’t pay me. He replied telling me that as long as that passion was there, keep doing it, but he would go on to say that if office politics and reality siphons that exuberance it may be time to look for a new passion.
I was in my twenties and thought very little about his words, but stored them in my heart. Brian would leave television and go on to start his own production company with his wife. He died far sooner than he should have, but he was a man filled with passion and love for life. To this day I often think about our conversations and the wisdom he so freely imparted.
I took a leap of faith in my life recently and have opened up new horizons I only imagined. Both my parents are gone and I wonder what my Dad would say at my choice. I do know that he would be proud because he had some other rules of the road that he shared with me. As a fisherman he told me to “bait my own hook,” “stand up for that in which you believe,” and “live your live and have a good time doing it.”
Sorry, for the rather personal trip down memory lane, but I think we have to be introspective as we decide if it is time to make a change and take a leap of faith. If you are at that stage in your career where you are questioning whether you are where you should be, here’s a some advice from someone who’s been there.
Become Dora the Explorer
If you have ever watched the children’s education show Dora the Explorer then you know she has a passion for learning and discovering new things. I know its a cartoon, but that spark of curiosity and excitement is something you may need to help during this period.
The experts suggest you think carefully about what really drives you. This can be difficult if you are thinking mostly about getting paid and being in a secure job in this economy. But to when it comes to taking a leap of faith, you have to be able to step back and assess yourself.
Go back to your childhood dreams of what you wanted to do when you “grew up.” You remember the I want to “walk on the moon,” “join the circus,” or “be a rock star” dreams. Well, jot them down even if they seem highly unlikely at this point it your life. Think about the things you have done at work or a hobby that brought you excitement and sense of accomplishment.
Take Your Time
Don’t make an adrenal-fueled move and go into your boss and say “take this job and shove it.” The search for a new career path can take time and you could take several different twists and turns before arriving at the right place. Use the time to take a career/interest test. They are available free online and will help guide you through the process of finding the right fit.
Discover your primary interests and passions, they could lead you to your leap of faith. Sit down and make a list. Try to think of all the things that bring you joy. Think of the things you already do that don’t get you paid and the things you would do if you had the time. Once you narrow that down, you can begin to search while you are still employed for the career that fits your passions.
What Did You Learn Along the Way
The job you have today could be key to helping you find the right job in the future. Jot down and evaluate some of the skills and strengths you have acquired. I know two journalists who have used their on-the-job skills to launch their own companies.
Management and leadership skills, communication, public speaking, conflict resolution and mediation, even time management. These are called transferable skills and could be critical in moving you forward. Also look at those skills obtained while volunteering or doing your favorite hobby. There have been volunteer event planners who now make a living at doing it.
“Leap of faith” is a common enough phrase. We use it when starting a business, beginning a new relationship, or even when embracing a new worldview. When we say this, we mean something like: I haven’t a clue how this might turn out, and although it is a big risk for me, I feel like I must do it. However, the Christian’s use of the phrase should carry a little different weight than when others use it.
Abram, on the other hand, didn’t have much to go on. He didn’t have great reasons, so to speak, for his obedience. The general use of the term “leap of faith” implies that we may have some evidence, but that we are also risking a great deal. The Christian, however, has a plethora of evidence and essentially no risk when it comes to taking the leap of faith. What do I mean?
Unlike Abram, who had to trust and hope in what the Lord would do, we have the privilege and benefit of looking back on what the Lord has done. We can look at Abram’s story, our own stories and those of our family, and most importantly, we can look back to the historical resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Because of Jesus’ completed work in His crucifixion and resurrection, we have compelling evidence to “leave it all for God.” We also have no risk since Jesus has already secured the victory!
The Christian faith is a faith of freedom: we do what we want because we’ve submitted our affections to the Lord. God changes our affections to match His own, and then we can freely and joyously live out what we most desire in life. Take Abram’s faith as a model of true security—God didn’t abandon him, and God won’t abandon you. We have Jesus Christ as the down payment of that truth!
One book that has greatly benefited me is Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ, which gave numerous arguments and evidences for Jesus’ life and work. Also, no shortage of works on the historical resurrection of Jesus can be found online (e.g., William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, Mike Licona, N.T. Wright).
Our faith stands and falls on a historical event that has more evidence for it than anything I know of in ancient history. I encourage you to pursue at least one resource to learn the arguments for the historical resurrection of Jesus.
As you consider the areas in your life where you can only rely on the Lord to provide, reflect on the ways He has already made a way for you in the past. Remember that your greatest need has already been provided for you in Christ. Thank Him for His faithful love that endures.