Today I am thrilled to hear from my friend Holly Barrett as she describes “brave in the staying”. Her perspective is brave and is one that can teach all of us that where we are right now may be exactly where God has called us to be.

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There have been several times in my life when others called me brave. Leaving an abusive marriage is certainly not for the faint of heart. Single-parenting isn’t either. We often think of brave as something that we do…or pursue…or achieve. But I recently learned that being brave may just be none of those things.

Sometimes brave is staying right where you are, even though it’s not where you want to be. But for whatever His purposes are, God has called you to be still. That’s exactly where He has me right now. In a place not of my choosing. In a place exactly opposite of where I love to be. To be honest, I’ve fought it hard. And all that has accomplished is to prolong my own despair.

Now that God is calling me to be brave in the staying, I’m trying to lean into the uncomfortable. I want to listen for what He had in mind when He brought me here. And to discover contentment in the place He chose for this season.

I want to be brave.

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As we wrap our brains around these words from Holly, let’s ask ourselves what our brave looks like and consider the possibility that the times we doubt we are brave may be the times we are exactly where we need to be.

HollyBarrett 070515 copyHolly Barrett is a Jesus-following minister, writer, mother and YaYa from NC. She serves as Assistant Director of Residential Life at The Crossnore School in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains, where she works to bring hope and healing to children from families in crisis. Holly writes at Reclaiming a Redeemed Life, and enjoys teaching and speaking opportunities wherever they may arise, sharing the story of redemption available to all. Connect with Holly at her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.



In grace and peace,


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