ln Flooded Nicki Koziarz reflects on five decisions Noah made to deflect doubt and walk in obedience to God. While sharing her personal experience with loss, the author unpacks the biblical account of Noah and gives insightful tips to handle doubt.
“Disbelief often brings doubt in our souls, which, if not dealt with, can lead to unbelief. Unbelief is what causes us to turn our souls away from God. It’s the most dangerous place disbelief and doubt can lead to,”
Decision One: To Walk With God
Decision Two: To Listen to God
Decision Three: To Rise Above the Doubt
Decision Four: To Remember Who is in Charge
Decision Five: To Find the Familiar Faithfulness of God
It’s discouraging when you’re being obedient to God and you don’t feel like anyone supports you.
“In your own process of learning to rise above the things that feel hard in life, you will have ideas. You will have dreams. You will have naysayers. And you will have dream defenders. But it will be your decision to rise above the doubt that floods your mind about who you are based on what others say, and what you’re becoming despite others’ judgments of you.”
If self-doubt makes you want to give up, this book will motivate you to press on.
In chapter seven, Koziarz gives four practical tips to help navigate the naysayers. I loved her suggestion, “consider not sharing the process until your confidence matches the calling.”Her encouragement to talk less about what God is calling me to do and just do it, inspired me to stop worrying about what others think and get to work.
She says, “I have a motto: Keep your head down. Work hard. And prove them wrong by your outcome.”
“If we are not willing to vulnerably rise above our own faults, we should never expect others to.”
“Noah walked closely with God. He listened and obeyed. He received his ark-building, animal gathering, humanity-saving assignment. For over 120 years, Noah worked faithfully on building the ark. He rose above the culture, the fear of man, and the impossible, doubt-filled feelings this assignment brought.”
“Faithfulness is not built on momentary agreements and arrangements with God. It is built through days, weeks, months, and years of showing up with expectancy, hope, and belief.”
“If we are waiting for someone to come alongside us and usher us into obedience, we might be waiting at the end of that aisle for a lifetime.”
Flooded is well-written and will help anyone who struggles with discouragement and doubt.
I received a copy of this book from BethanyHouse in exchange for my honest review.