What is brave? Oh if I only knew the answer to that question! I am thinking I can tell you what brave is not, but then I stop myself because brave looks different for everyone. My brave is not going to look like your brave and that is okay.
When we step out of our comfort zone, we are brave. I always tell people that my comfort zone is very small, so brave steps often happen when I choose to become uncomfortable. How about you? What does your brave looks like?
One of the books that I read recently that has impacted me is “Let’s All Be Brave” by Annie Downs. Every page is full of real life moments that have taught me that brave does not have to be extraordinary, but in fact can be very ordinary. Annie calls us to action right from the very start and asks us to take the leap that scares us to death. Bold words for someone like me who is naturally not brave. Her words teach us that brave is not clear cut and full of rules. She says…
So when we try to assign specific words to describe “brave”, we are going to find that, instead, we need to just start the journey to find out what brave is for us.
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Let’s walk this journey together and find out what brave looks like. Let’s turn to God’s truth to speak into our hearts and teach us what steps are needed to move forward out of our own comfort zones. Let’s all be brave!
In grace and peace,
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This is so true, Mary! Being brave looks different for each one of us, yet almost always means stepping out of our comfort zone. I remember one Sunday morning, years ago, when God clearly told me to walk to the front of the church. It was a small church, and I was ONLY one who got up and walked forward for prayer. It was terrifying! But oh, the blessing of obedience! Have a blessed day, my friend!
Thank you for sharing your brave story. I can just imagine how you were feeling as you walked to the front of church that day. God blesses our brave moments and gives us the strength to try on more brave moments. He calls all of us to bravery and even those of us that feel we could never be brave. Thank you for being on this journey with me. Happy Sunday!
I loved Annie’s book….absolutely loved it.
Annie sure writes with honesty and in a very down to earth manner. It feels like she could be talking about me while drawing me into her life. Thank you for being here friend!
Mary, you know the whole “word of the year” thing? Last November I felt the Lord telling me to live in WONDER – and I haven’t had all these wonderful Wonder moments like Karrilee has had but it has definitely influenced my day to day world. But the word that resonates deep within my spirit is BRAVE. ENDURE. COURAGE. Those are scary words in this day and age. I so want to be brave for Christ – He was brave for us, wasn’t He? I am going to follow along this month and see where brave takes you! xo See you at Allume!
It’s interesting that you brought up the “word of the year” My word is “shine” but as the year has progressed I am not only drawn to brave but pulled in to what brave means for me in my life. It will be interesting to see how the rest of this year unfolds.
Looking forward to meeting you at Allume in two weeks.
Great post- I like the idea that brave is different for each of us. It’s so true. There have been times when I’ve done something that I felt took courage and then I tell someone else and they don’t get it because it would have been easy for them. And I guess it works the other way round too. I’m going to have to read the Annie Downs book- I seem to be hearing about it everywhere I turn at the moment!
First, you would love “Let’s All Be Brave” by Annie Downs. She is so down to earth. Second, I know for a fact that brave looks different for each of us because I have seen it played out. It is too easy to believe we are not brave because when we take that step that is hard it could be easy for someone else. We need to pray that we do not fall into that trap. I am blessed by your words here and the time you took to read and comment. Thank you and have a wonderful Sunday.
my comfort zone tends to be pretty small. that’s not necessarily bad, that’s just the way this introvert rolls.
but i think i’d like to be brave when i grow up some day. you’re paving the way, friend …
I am certainly trying to pave the way. All I know is that God is leading and as long as I keep my eyes on Him, I will be okay. Love seeing you here friend!
Yes, my brave doesn’t have to look like yours and yours doesn’t have to look like mine. I don’t get to pass judgment on your brave because what might look easy to me could be very difficult for you. So glad that we all have our own journey to lead…that it doesn’t have to match up with anything but the truth of God’s word…and that we get to encourage one another along the way!
I am so grateful for the encouragement of friends along the way. Friends make us brave because we cannot be brave alone. Thank you for affirming that our brave faith looks different and we each have our own journey. Hugs friend!
Brave is doing it afraid. 🙂
Enjoy the weekend!
I like how you are thinking. We always have fear in certain areas of our life but moving away from the fear will lead us to brave. Hope your weekend has been wonderful!