I was sharing with a friend recently that brave is going to look good on me! It is putting on the armor of God and walking forward in courage to what He calls you to do in your life. It is the outer strength that wraps the inner core of fear with a desire to step out and say “yes”.

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:10-12 NLT

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What does brave look like? How will brave become your armor?

~ Brave looks like strength. Inner and outer strength colliding in the act of letting go your fear to God.

~ Brave looks like confidence. A simple “yes” becomes a domino effect in which many yeses will follow. God is not satisfied with a one time act of stepping out of the boat to walk toward Him. His plans are bigger and so much better than our own.

~ Brave is beautiful. God’s beauty surrounds you and fills you with each brave step toward Him.

Wearing the armor of bravery requires some key components.

~ Brave is God’s truth found in His Word. His promises are found in every word and every passage. Immerse yourself, embrace the truth and try on brave for yourself.

Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up.
Expect God to get here soon. Psalm 31:24 MSG

~ Brave is community. We are never asked to take that first step toward brave alone. When the storms come your way along the path to brave and it looks like isolation, choose to continue the journey in community.

~ Brave is commitment. Taking the first step and surrendering to Jesus could mean that we are saying yes over and over again. Perseverance is needed in the process because doubt and fear will certainly try to be our companions along the way. Say “yes” and surrender all over again if your focus becomes cloudy. Jesus will be there every time we start over.

I am learning that brave is not a one and done proposition. Brave is the act of saying “yes” when “yes” is the last thing you want to do. One brave step leads to another. It is never finished because God continues to ask more and more of us as one “yes” turns into many.

What does your brave look like? How do you wear brave?

In grace and peace ~

Mary

Linking with these lovely ladies this week…

Holly @Testimony Tuesday

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Kelly @RaRalinkup

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Jennifer @ TellHisStory

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Beth @ Wedded Wednesday

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Lisha #GiveMeGrace linkup

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