31 DAYS OF WRITING BRAVE…
A time for defining brave
triumphing over fear
being brave in the stay
taking that first step
choosing God’s ways over our own agenda.
Comprehensive and compelling consideration of all things leading to brave faith. But halfway through the writing challenge the tables turned and God coached me in my own journey by reminding me that my written words were needed for myself as well as by others.
My life is marked by transition. The familiar suddenly looks unfamiliar. My identity, purpose and future plans are uncertain. I am not wallowing and asking for sympathy. Instead, I am being realistic in knowing that if there was ever a time I needed brave faith, it is right now.
I loved the challenge of writing for 31 days. Digging deeper into a topic and acquiring a new rhythm in writing, were beneficial as I pursue writing in the future. Never did I imagine that the brave words God was blessing me with were in reality written for myself.
God took His words about brave faith and whispered how these words could make all the difference. He questioned me as I wrote about embracing God… why aren’t you reaching for me? He showed me that choosing brave in the everyday is just as important as when life is turned upside down. I wrote these words to encourage others… “God gives us the gift of grace, when we feel like giving up, as a boost on our journey to brave faith.” God instead encouraged me to take one more step toward Him and accept His gift of grace. When I boldly spoke “you all are braver than you know”, God was speaking these same words directly to me in loving assurance.
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Never underestimate the good that will come from your words. Measure the impact of each written word by how you were changed for the better. Open your hearts to hearing from God as you hit publish. When God speaks into your heart, listen well. His words are truth and will light the way.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet
and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 NLT
God took my words and turned the table. Instead of imparting brave faith to my faithful readers, it became “how God taught ME in 31 days”!
We are brave when we choose God to guide us! We are braver together and your presence here has made all the difference.
Let’s be brave in the journey!
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What a great wrap up, Mary! I’ve found your experience to be true for me as well, in both the #write31days challenges I’ve participated in. God is so good! Have blessed week, my friend!
God is good all the time! He blesses us with His beauty, words, love and grace. Such beautiful gifts that help us to make it through the day. Love seeing you here. Blessings!
congratulations, Mary! You finished your 31 Days with flying colors! I can’t imagine doing it! I know what you mean about how God takes our own words and turns them around to address us! I find that often in challenging situation, God reminds me of words I’ve WRITTEN, and He challenges (or woos me) to step up to the plate and live what I’m writing. It’s helped me grow a lot spiritually. Blessings, you Brave Woman!
God does “woo” us doesn’t he? There is nothing about what we do that is haphazard. God has planned each and every step and that goes with our working too. Thank you for stopping by to share in this little victory. I am thankful for friends like you who journey with me along the way. Hugs!
All the yeses: “Never underestimate the good that will come from your words. Measure the impact of each written word by how you were changed for the better. Open your hearts to hearing from God as you hit publish. When God speaks into your heart, listen well. His words are truth and will light the way.” Love this and you!
Thank you Tara! Those are my favorite words too. I pray about the words I am writing and ask God to guide me in the process. I have loved having you along for the journey and so glad we have gotten to know each other better. Love you too, my friend!
I think many of us thought we were writing for others when we really were writing for ourselves. Isn’t that the way it is most often?
Brave? All of us that took the challenge whether we wrote 1 day or all 31.
Yeah for us!
Let’s hear it for being brave along the way. I am so glad your series became such a blessing for you. Letting God show us the way with our words is the brave part, isn’t it? Thank you for stopping by, Christy! Blessings!
First of all…Yay for YOU…and Yay for us! You did it; we read it…what a 31 day journey! Isn’t is truly amazing how God speaks to our hearts through our own writing?! I find that all the time. I really think I need to take time and go back over the many posts I’ve written because in all of it, God has ALWAYS been speaking to MY heart. It’s like He’s talking to me and I allow my readers to listen in lol 🙂
Celebrating with you and sharing in the knowledge you’ve gained! We are all blessed!
Thank you, high five, and a big ((hug)),
Thank you for joining me in the celebration. Writing for 31 days is an accomplishment, but allowing God to use me for His glory is what it’s all about. I pray my words helped others because I know they impacted me. You are a blessing every time you stop by here. Hugs and love!
Yes, yes, friend. We wrote for ourselves. He spoke to us. He used our readers to speak.
I love that.
And this? ‘My life is marked by transition. The familiar suddenly looks unfamiliar. My identity, purpose and future plans are uncertain. I am not wallowing and asking for sympathy. Instead, I am being realistic in knowing that if there was ever a time I needed brave faith, it is right now.’
We are sharing the journey together. And even though so much of the road ahead is unknown, it is well with my soul.
I don’t need to know tomorrow. I’m living in the daily of today. And it is good.
I know we share the uncertainty in the transitions and I love sharing this journey with you. It is well with my soul too but we do get a curve ball now and then. So glad we were able to cheer each other on throughout the 31 days. It made it easier having you along. Hope your week is going well.
Hi Mary! I can’t imagine the challenge of writing on your blog every day in October. And it’s a month with 31 days to boot! I know you were immensely blessed for your support and encouragement to your readers, helping them to see how brave they can be. Not to mention yourself! I know you were blessed too.
You are braver than you know too. It takes a lot of faith to take on such a big challenge. And He responded with inspiration and good news for you and for all of us. Quite a journey!
Monday blessings, and all through the new month,
It was quite a journey. I loved the challenge created by writing for a month straight, but loved the lessons learned even better. Thank you for letting me know I am braver than I know. We all have days we are not feeling that at all. You are such a great encouragement for me. I am always blessed when you stop by. Many hugs!
Don’t you just love how He takes our own words and teaches us great truths sometimes? I loved your series, friend! We can all use the encouragement and reminder to be brave – in big ways and small ways, too! Well done!
Amen! I do know God is always teaching me but sometimes it hits you right between the eyes and that is what it did this time. I have loved having you along for the ride. Here’s to finishing strong my friend!