7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 1 Timothy 1:7

This is my verse this week – my focus – my lesson from God to embrace and wear as His daughter. I am on a journey and each step is teaching me what it means to be brave, self-confident and strong to say “yes” to God’s plan. It is a journey that continues and will not end here because being brave is a lifelong goal for me as I walk through my weakness and doubt. 

1 Timothy 1-7

We are following a journey in my church called “Brave” with a map to mark our way. A map that outlines the path that we should follow, but with any map there are detours and barriers and messages that seem to pull us in a different direction. Stepping forward into brave is saying “yes” to God. Each step takes us closer to His embrace.

The story of Peter stepping out of the boat in Matthew 14 starting with verse 22 is the foundation of our church’s study. The story begins with this ghostlike figure walking toward Peter and the disciples out on the water. Peter questions Jesus and says “if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water”. Jesus assured them that it was He and beckoned Peter to come to Him in the middle of the water – in the middle of a storm. Peter looked Jesus in the eyes and took that brave step out of the boat. As long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he was fine but as soon as he looked at the swirling water, he began to sink.

What a great lesson for all of us. Keeping our eyes, our faith focused squarely on Jesus keeps us afloat and on the path toward Him. As soon as the world pulls our vision away from Jesus we start to sink as fear creeps in and threatens to consume until we re-focus again.

We were never meant to finish this journey to brave by ourselves. We were always meant to walk this out with Jesus by our sides.

Reminders for this week:

  1. Step out of the boat-that’s right, take the first step and look Jesus squarely in the eyes
  2. Brave is meant to be done with others and was never meant to be an “I can do this by myself venture”
  3. When fear  and doubt fill your mind with “you are not good enough”, kick it to the curb with God’s Word- see 1 Timothy 1:7 above
  4. Surrender all to God – the self-doubt, fear, weakness, messy, etc. even if it means that you fall along the way. Surrender again and again because God is ready with grace and love every time.

What is your brave step right now and what is your go to verse that keeps you focused on Jesus?

Blessings,

Mary

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