As we become brave and take tentative steps forward and perhaps backward, we start a process of feeling different in our hearts. We sense things are changing and this leads to brave faith. We may never arrive at an understanding of brave faith because the process is evolving as we yearn to deepen our relationship with God.
I am discovering moments where a step across the room to talk to someone I don’t know or asking if I can pray for someone I just met, begins to feel brave. Each step is leading me to a heart change that God is slowly preparing me for in my walk. Eventually my steps will become strong and steady and I will see myself as God sees me – a brave woman!
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Brave looks good on us when we start to experience a heart change. Brave is becoming and choosing God to work in us. Brave is pointing to God while keeping our eyes focused on His truths. Brave is knowing God is in charge.
How will we stay focused when everyday life pulls us away from keeping our eyes on God?
In grace and peace,
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Um THIS: “Brave is knowing God is in charge.” I need to remember that and trust in that promise. So much easier said than done though.
It is easier said than done. God recognizes how hard it is for us to release our control but the good thing is He never gives up on us. That is the beauty of unconditional love. Love you for sticking with me friend!
The only way I can stay focused is to make God my first priority. If I don’t spend time with him first thing (ok, confession, I make coffee first ;)), than I lose my focus for the day and feel disconnected and grumpy instead of any kind of brave!
I can relate to everything you are saying. If I don’t spend time centering myself on God my day can go south very quickly. Brave loses momentum when we take God out of the picture.
PS I always have coffee first too! 🙂
It is brave to allow God complete access to our lives. Maybe it shouldn’t be so, but it is, Your post today expresses the beauty of that sacred first step, that leads to the next step, and the next until we are in perfect cadence with our Lord. How do we stay focused? by being intentional (my #oneword for 2014!) and keeping our eyes on Christ. This is such an encouraging series, Mary! Bless you!
It is brave to allow God access to our lives! I am sure that is why I do not feel brave very often. I am not trusting God with my everything and letting Him take the lead. Staying in sync with God will allow our brave faith to increase and our life to better reflect Him. You joining me each day is such a blessing June!
Each tiny step of faith we take brings us one step closer to becoming brave. I love the way you connect courage with reliance on God rather than trying to muster it up in ourselves. Maybe the more we look to God in daily dependence, the more we’ll slowly become the courageous women of faith He already sees us as. Lovely post, Mary! I’m enjoying this series. Thank you. 🙂 x
Your encouragement means so much. I believe we are only brave with God’s help so depending on Him is the way to brave faith. May we all take steps toward God and in the process learn to become brave. Blessings!
It is so hard to keep our eyes on God when there is so much “life” around us; but…well, God IS our life!
Thank you for sharing your words today on Day 6 of this 31 Day challenge!
God is our life, indeed! Worldly distractions are always going to try to pull us away from our true purpose but I pray our faith is the stronger pull for us. So glad to have you here today, Barbara.
I love the quote in that first picture.
Sometimes I find myself thinking, “I really should give this issue to God, and leave it in His hands, but I’m terrified of what He’ll say.” You are so right that it requires bravery to trust Him.
It does require bravery to have faith that God will do what He says He will do and He will lead us where we need to go providing all along the way. I know whenever I try to be in charge it can be a train wreck. I am learning to let go and let God take care of all. I am blessed that you stopped by here today. Blessings!
I think this is my favorite part of the brave journey. The first steps are painful and awkward, but when I start seeing the change in my actions and feeling the change in my heart … well, then I KNOW God is accomplishing something special in me.
One small step can become many when we open our hearts and minds to all God is calling us to. I believe brave grows braver as we continue to step our confidently. Blessed to have you here today!
Beautiful message, Mary! Such great encouragement and such a powerful truth! Blessed to visit with you today! Peace and many blessings to you, Love! 🙂
Thank you Tai! Good to see you here today! Your encouragement is a blessing.
Little things like talking to a stranger are definitely moments of bravery for me, too. Steps in the direction of bravery–that’s what’s needed.
May we all take steps toward bravery by saying “yes” when God comes calling. So glad to have you visiting today. Blessings!
Little steps = brave journey
I can go there …
Yes you can! One step can become many but sometimes it is enough to just take the one and let God do the rest. Love seeing you here!
Great article Mary! I am experiencing having to be brave and God is leading me. It’s difficult at times to stay on track, but when I do I am rewarded! 🙂
You’ll have to tell me more about you brave sometime. I love how God stretches and challenges each of us. Our brave journeys will not look the same but that’s because God calls us to do different challenges. So good to see you here today.