ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH?

Good day, friends, how are you today? How was your weekend? Were you part of the storms over the weekend? Our area got a bit of snow, although our family missed it, because we were on our way back from Ohio.  But it does sounds like March came roaring like a lion. I was so hoping for an early spring, but prayerfully March 20 will be the first day of actual Spring.  A friend from our church lost a few friends from the tornados in Alabama over the weekend.  Sometimes, the thought of death puts life into perspective, does it not?Slide1 Would you consider yourself a brave person? I must admit, I am not known for my bravery.  I love having a husband; it’s nice to have someone, who can be brave for the two of us. I don’t like the dark, I don’t like feeling alone.  When the girls were younger, I would bring them to our room, if my husband had to work out of town.  I have never spent a single night on my own, in my lifetime.  Before we had kids, my sisters would spend the night with me, if my husband was out of town.  Loud, unexpected noises scare me, quarreling people usually cause my heart rate to escalate and my breathing also becomes erratic.  Unexpected changes and ‘new’ circumstances and situations can cause a flight or fight response.  I prefer sameness (I know I’ve said so before).  Yeah, I know, I know… I have issues.  Are you brave?  Yet, the Lord has called me to be exactly that.  Slide1 See, things and circumstances and even people can sometimes scare us into believing that we are alone in this world, sometimes even have us believing that our God isn’t big enough or strong enough to fight our battles. So, we hide, we build safety hedges to protect ourselves, because after all, if we don’t; who will? We are safe in our little bubble, or so we think.  Can I be brave enough to stand in the gap for you?Slide1I WANT TO BE BRAVE ENOUGH to…

  • Get outside my bubble
  • Move beyond my insecurities to build up and encourage others
  • Accept my disabilities and health issues and yet offer compassion and concern and sympathy for others
  • Remove my protective shell and love freely and unconditionally
  • Look beyond my hurt and pain to keep loving and forgiving
  • Invest in the lives of others in spite of the pain and suffering they may inflict.
  • Pray earnestly for others and myself
  • Sometimes, place the needs of others above my own
  • Focus on the more permanent, because this world and its things are temporary
  • Tell others about the Loving, Forgiving, Saving God
  • Start and complete new things
  • Live life abundantly
  • TRUST GODSlide1

Whenever the Bible tells us to ‘be brave, or be strong, or be courageous’ usually there is a task to be performed. As Christians, we can’t live life crippled with fear and discouragement.  We are reminded daily, that we are closer to Heaven than the days gone before. Let’s not be so consumed with us, that we forgot about them.  We’ve been given boldness and courage, not because of who we are or what we have, but in spite of it.  There are hurting and frightened people out there just like us, but unlike us, they don’t know the Lord as their Savior.  They need to know, and we have to be brave enough to show and tell.

Are you brave enough?

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45 comments

    1. 😀😀😀 I totally get it. Sorry it took me so long to respond, we were out of town and sometimes responding to comments when company is around is difficult. Praise the Lord, He does not leave us where He found us. May the Lord bless you

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  1. Just this morning I read a Charles Spurgeon devotional talking about little faith and big faith. In it he says how Great Faith has courage, but little Faith is fearful. He shared wonderful verses to fortify bravery in trials.

    Thanks for sharing. I love when I have a theme for the day from the Lord! 🙂

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  2. Wow, I feel this so much! Newness scares me; I wish I were braver through it! I definitely agree that having me husband there to help me carry the burden makes it so much easier! Thanks for sharing- needed this today.

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  3. Thank you for your honesty, I think we all would be amazed at how many people have fears like yours, like our own or of things we wouldn’t think of being afraid of. Courage is moving forward in the face of fear and is never easy. I believe God gives each of us each enough for every situation. Leaning into Him is usually a good fall back response. His grace is enough. Many Thanks 8)

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  4. THis was absolutely a delight to read! I didn’t notice how much fear I had and places in my life’s where I lack courage! Thanks for sharing. This post brightened my day and brought a lot of things into perspective. God bless

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      1. Jesus where would we be indeed??? Thank God that our Lord and savior Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice to be selfless than selfish. He was courageous and yet humble all the way to the cross! We are forever blessed and loved because of his courage!!!

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  5. ★ God has given me the courage in my life, to walk through the Valley of the shadow of death with two of my children & through my late husband’s death to Brain cancer.
    ★ He is giving me courage to face the daily chronic health conditions I now have, one being chronic pain.
    ★ He is my courage, He is my brave… 😀
    I can’t do this life of bravery without Him! 😉
    Blessings,
    Jennifer

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  6. Some times I am brave enough. Sometimes I am not. In addition to Scripture and my sister, music often encourages me towards bravery. A song comes to mind that says:

    “I’ve seen the lightening flashing.
    I’ve heard the thunder roar.
    I felt breakers dashing,
    They were trying to conquer my soul.
    I heard the voice of Jesus, telling me still to fight on.
    He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone.”

    Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Some times I am brave enough. Sometimes I am not. In addition to Scripture and my sister, music often encourages me towards bravery. A song comes to mind that says:

    “I’ve seen the lightening flashing.
    I’ve heard the thunder roar.
    I felt breakers dashing,
    They were trying to conquer my soul.
    I heard the voice of Jesus, telling me still to fight on.
    He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone.”

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Wow! That’s nice, I love the words of that song 🙂 Sometimes, I think my main problem is that, I overthink things too much. I come up with all the possible outcomes and most times staying in my bubble is the solution. May the Lord be with you 🙂

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      1. I love the honesty and insight coming from your response. I have to admit that there are portions of my life where I spend too long in the bubble, and it is because I get tired of trying to break my way out of it, and I get tired of being rejected. I get in a job that I like. It is going well, so I spend too much time in it so I apply for 50 positions but I stop applying because I get tired of the rejections. I think we need to pray and have christian focus groups that encuorage each other to stay at it.

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  8. I want to be brave enough to venture outside my bubble as well.

    After all, if God be for us, who can be against us?

    Praying for all those affected by storms – both physical and emotional.

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  9. Great post sweet friend! It has been an awful situation here and one so close to home. Our daughter is in Auburn but we were in Tennessee this past weekend. I will be praying for your friend.
    My oldest daughter has a kid in her class who’s her mom lost like 3 family members in those tornadoes. Garret family. Keep them in your prayers as well.
    Then the other daughter student taught at one of the schools where they lost at least one child if not 2. Still awaiting updates. So heartbreaking! I will keep then in my prayers. Big hugs💗

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  10. I am not a brave person either. I am an introvert by nature and also easily intimidated. I don’t like confrontation and will agree rather than make my own point. Thankfully I have a husband who tries, very often to no avail, to help me assert myself more. 🙂 Thankfully I also have a God who is extremely patient with me (after all, He created me 🙂 ) and also helps us to balance out each other. He helps me to be brave when I just can’t do it. Thank goodness! God Bless!

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    1. Amen 🙂 Amen 🙂 I usually hide behind my husband in unfamiliar situation or people. I am trying to get out of it, the Lord has been really working on me in this area. I tell our kids to be brave, especially as they entered the new environment of college, after being homeschooled. Yet, I’m the one that needs help 😦 😦

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