A year ago I began a journey to learn about brave. Being skeptical, I would tell people over and over that brave is not a word I would ever use to describe myself. This past year has been not only a chance to discover what brave means to me, but it has been a year long uncovering of a dream that has changed my perspective. This is my story of brave revisited.

If you have been on this journey to grace with me for any length of time, you have heard my heart and read my words about bravery. Because in the process of embracing a change, we all need to extend ourselves grace along the way. Last October, I spent the month exploring brave faith and learned so much as to what brave looks like for myself and others. But even throughout that month long period of digging deeper into bravery, I would still utter the words, “I am not brave”. During this past year, I started dreaming about going to Nicaragua. I began sponsoring a child through Compassion International in Nicaragua and our church put the wheels in motion to give us the opportunity to visit our child as part of a mission trip. I randomly began saying “yes” to opportunities that I believed would turn out to be “noes”. But God had a different ending in mind.

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For every “yes”, God countered with opening a door to make my dream come true. I put my name in to go on this trip knowing the number of people allowed to go would be limited. I turned in my deposit and then forgot about it. God doesn’t forget and knew what was hidden in my heart. After the first “yes” came through saying I was picked to go on the trip, my next hurdle was raising the funds to be able to afford the trip. I once again thought this would be a “no” but I ended up with more than enough money because of the generous hearts of friends, family and others who have a strong belief in mission work. At every turn, I thought I would run into a dead end, but God saw the possibility of the open road leading me forward toward Nicaragua.

Two weeks ago, my dream came true. Every thought I believed about myself and my lack of bravery was erased the moment the plane touched the ground in Nicaragua. I was humbled and so grateful that God believed in me enough to make my dream come true. He took me, a most unlikely candidate, and showed me this past year that when we honor God by saying “yes”, He in turn blesses us with more than we could ever imagine.

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I want to encourage all of you today that one simple “yes” can lead to more than you ever dreamed before. Give yourself the gift of saying “yes” and moving out of the way for God to take care of the rest. We are brave and when we embrace God’s truth rather than the voice of our “not enoughs”, God shows us over and over who we really are.

God sees brave where we see fear.

God sees love when we feel unloved.

God knows our hearts when our vision is clouded.

God loves our “yes” especially when we believe it will be a “no”.

Let me leave you with these words of encouragement from Psalm 27. God’s goodness is magnified when we use our “yeses” to honor Him.

I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14

With brave faith and grace for the journey!

Mary

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