I Want to Be Brave {+ a giveaway}

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I’ve always wanted to be brave. And sometimes I am. But then there are those other times… times when I let fear, doubt and the comparison curse make me feel not-so-brave. And during those times, my feelings of “blah” and not-so-brave need a kick in the booty. Others times I need a friend to remind me I am brave. I just need to choose to “live” brave.

I invited my friend Annie Downs to stop by and be that friend for us {all} today. She’s part of the (in)courage contributor team with me, and her book about being brave just released into the world this week. All kinds of awesomeness is happening because she was brave enough to write this message; a message we all need to hear! Here’s Annie…

My friend Sarah said she never does anything brave.

She’s 37. Married. Three kids. A dog that yips too much. Her husband has a job and they live in a house.

It’s your basic suburban life, with a literal suburban as the family car.

As we sat at Starbucks, catching up while her kids were in Vacation Bible School, she asked about my new book Let’s All Be Brave and proceeded to inform me of her lack of brave.

I laughed. Sarah is one of the bravest friends I know. We’ve been in each other’s lives for years, since college, and I have watched her be brave over and over again.

Her first date with her future-husband. Brave.

Finding out she was pregnant with #2 quicker than expected (ahem). Brave.

When things got bad after her third baby, you that mama-doesn’t-have-it-in-her-to-cook-another-meal kind of bad? She didn’t run away. She cooked dinner that night and the night after. If you ask me, that’s brave.

Sarah walked away from a job she liked to raise her family. Brave.

Now she works part-time to help ends meet. Brave.

Do you see it? Do you see the brave in the every day? Do you see the moments when fear or hurt or worry could whisper so loudly that all movement halted?

Here’s what’s true about courage: being brave isn’t the absence of fear or worry;
being brave is stepping forward even when the fear still whispers.

Brave people hear the fears, they just don’t listen to them.

I laughed at Sarah. Yes, right in her face. (We’re good friends; it was appropriate.) I laughed because I know she is brave, just like I know you are brave.

There have been times when you wanted to quit, but you didn’t. There have been moments when you wanted to say no, but you said yes. There have been opportunities to stay when you knew it was right to leave. So you left.

You, my friend, are brave.

It isn’t just the ones who jump out of planes or move over the ocean that get to wear that courageous title.

It’s yours too.

And when you’ll be brave, the people around you will see that brave and they’ll choose it too. In the everyday moments, in the big moments, look for brave, choose it, and know that your people are watching and deciding to live brave because of YOU.

Let’s all be brave and watch as it changes the world.

 

labbAnnie F. Downs is an author, blogger, and speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. An author of three books- Let’s All Be Brave, Perfectly Unique, and Speak Love, Annie also loves traveling around the country speaking to young women, college students, and adults. Read more at anniefdowns.com and follow her on Twitter @anniefdowns.

 

 

 

LABBENTER to WIN: 
What resonated with your heart as you read Annie’s thoughts about being brave?

Enter to win Annie’s new book, Let’s All Be Brave, by clicking “Share Your Thoughts” below today’s post and do just that.  Annie is giving away 2 copies!

This giveaway is now over, but I would still love to hear from you!

About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.

Comments

  1. Heather H. says:

    Reading this made me realize that being brave doesn’t mean climbing a mountain or running into a burning building. Every person has the potential to be brave and has shown that bravery in her daily life over and over again. I’d love to read this book in depth and better understand how I can be brave and how I am already brave. Thank you.

  2. Peggy Moberg says:

    Admire a mom who was pregnant sooner than wanting to be. I was in that situation and know how tough it is. Mine are 13 month’s apart.

  3. Whew! “Do you see it? Do you see the brave in the every day? Do you see the moments when fear or hurt or worry could whisper so loudly that all movement halted?

    Here’s what’s true about courage: being brave isn’t the absence of fear or worry; being brave is stepping
    forward even when the fear still whispers.”

    There are many times I have wanted to q uit, but, by the grace of God, I didn’t. I have grown weary and said, “just take me Home, God!” I’m still here, alive and kicking. God is so very good!

    Thank you for the reminders about what bravery really is. God continue to bless you richly!

  4. Being brave is going to a parent-teacher conference knowing that the news is not going to good.
    Being brave is feeding your parent and talking to them about plans for tomorrow while they’re in hospice.
    Being brave is letting your adult child make decisions that you know are not the best but allowing them to learn on their own.
    Being brave is telling God you’re not brave and need Him continually.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful book!

  6. Amber Chapais says:

    When I read her story.. about her friend Sarah.. I feel lke Sarah sometimes. I am brave for my children. I’m s single mother of 5 blessing 9 and under. .. I need to be brave for them.. and there is somedays I don’t feel at all brave. I hope I win this great book to hear some encouraging words. Thank you for that chance.. God bless.

  7. Shirley Mason says:

    I am not as brave as I should be. I would like to win this for myself and for my daughters to read so we know how to be brave.

  8. Marcella says:

    I never thought about being a brave person. I just got back from a mission trip to Costa Rica. I went for the first time ever without any family with me. Thinking about all the people I met and prayed with on the streets. The homeless. I’m handicapped too, so I think that considers me pretty brave, even if I didn’t feel brave. I think everyone is brave. Meeting someone for the first time, speaking in front of people, driving somewhere your not sure of. Leaving home for the first time as an adult. Trying new food can even be brave. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for being real.

  9. I had a situation that required action on my part that caused me so much fear. I pressed forward and did what I knew what I needed to do. I had no idea that my sister had been watching me. Because I got brave it gave her the courage to deal with something in her life that brought fear to her. I would love to read this book and then pass it on to her.
    Being brave (with knocking knees!)
    Kathy

  10. Made me realize even though I may just be a mom I am brave also in so many ways I haven’t realized! Love to read this book!

  11. The fact that she recognizes that being brave is taking a step forward regardless. Also fear is present for all of us in some form or another, but it does not have to paralyze us if we use it to propel us to be brave! I choose to be brave today and not let fear take over. Life is too precious and we were meant to take risks. Hope I win!

  12. book sounds great we all have to be brave every day GOD gives us are strength

  13. Gennie Griffin says:

    I love this reminder that I don’t have to jump out of a plane to be brave. There are things that we do every day that are considered brave. Thank you for the reminder ,

  14. Debbie Napier says:

    Annie, God is so good! Thank you for allowing Him to use you to speak to me tonight. He knew this messy, weepy girl needed to read the words you penned “being brave isn’t the absence of fear or worry; being brave is stepping forward (trusting God) even when the fear still whispers” in this moment of my life where there is a life changing decision that needs to be made. Knowing that God loves us when we lack courage, yet are willing to step forward in confidence that He will carry us through and around the fear to get to the place He knows is best for us.

  15. Connie D says:

    Brave, brave, brave. Yes, I know I’m brave, but sometimes I forget. A single parent for 20+ years. Raising 3 wonderful kids who are now adults. Daring to love again. Going back to school as an adult learner to finish my degree. Facing job conflicts in a corporate world motivated by the bottom line. Moving to a small town. Facing health problems. Dealing with aging parents. Dealing with grief. Yes, I am brave. Thanks for reminding me!

  16. Kathy Thompson says:

    Being brave is more than a word, it taking action even when your brain is saying no, no, no.It’s taking that first step even when it is something that you have never done and accepting the results weather it was a success or failure. It’s accepting help from others.Being a parent or grandparent, especially when you don’t know how or what to do.Facing each day is an act of bravery. I was diagnosed as Manic-Depressive and clinically depressed after I tried to kill myself. Every day is a gift from God and living for him is an act of bravery that I deal with every day. Sometimes when I and I do so quite frequently, it’s all I can do to pick myself up and try again.we all need to remember that fear is not fear unless you are afraid to try. So personally I would rather be brave than crippled by fear.

  17. Love sharing with others knowing that your not the only one who has these feelings of not being brave!

  18. Gerri Almond says:

    This book sounds like one that I need to read and share possibly in a women’s group. It kind of opened my eyes to think “Brave” is not just jumping out of an airplane or doing something dangerous, it’s living God’s Word everyday! It’s actually doing what we know we should do and doing it and not doing what we should not do. I am so glad that I have read and am studying “A Confident Heart” in small group. Sometimes we have to slow down and focus on the things above and know what real life is all about. Brave people hear the fears, they just don’t listen to them. WOW! A wonderful statement!

  19. What you said is so true, and I think it will help many people have a higher self-esteem of themselves – in a good way! I recently stepped out in faith and God took away all my fears when I did street ministry for the first time. He gets the credit for my bravery!

  20. I would love to read this book. What hit me is that we all want to be brave. The desire is in us to be brave but so many things cause us to doubt that we can be brave. How to choose to be brave is the question. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  21. Jennifer says:

    I want to be brave. As I work towards reconciliation with my formerly abusive husband who is now working towards right living in Christ. I want to be brave as I explain to others that I feel God can heal even this marriage. I want to be brave as I continue to trust in Christ. I want to be brave.

    • Jennifer,

      Praying for you and your husband as you take the next brave step together. Praying for brave as you forgive your husband. Praying for brave as you wait for God to heal your marriage. Praying for brave as you and your husband make God the centerpiece of your marriage. Praying for brave as trust God to lead your husband closer to His heart. Praying for brave as you keep your eyes focused on God.

      Blessings,
      Donna
      Renee Swope’s Ministry Team

  22. Elaine Segstro says:

    Being brave is stepping forward when the fear still whispers.

  23. No weapon formed against us shall prosper.

  24. This really got me thinking. My friends have always told me I am brave. It’s true I have survived some horribly scary days and situations in my life. But, I always considered myself stubborn and fighting to survive, not brave. When I read the line, ” There have been opportunities to stay when you knew it was right to leave. So you left.” I realized maybe that is the bravest I’ve been. In those moments when it’s easier to do nothing, I have forced myself to jump into the deep waters of faith to do the right thing. That’s where doing things to survive becomes doing things in order to grow. That takes every ounce of bravery I can muster. Bravery comes from pushing beyond the natural response for survival and risking everything to trust what can be.

  25. Mendy borough says:

    It’s amazing how it is easier to see other people’s brave, strong side and not our own. But how exciting and encouraging to think that could be me too!

  26. I really like how Annie sees the brave in the everyday. Brave doesn’t have to be big to be real. Sometimes the seemingly small steps of bravery are the biggest of all.

  27. At a time in my life where I have so many days where I look around me and I just get overwhelmed, this is a wonderful reminder. I don’t feel brave staying home, raising my kids, but it is. I don’t feel brave going to a new church and talking to people I don’t know, but it is. Everyday, I have a change to live life bravely, with confidence that I can glorify God with all of the gifts he has given me. I am brave because I choose to live for him, each and every day.

    • Love your comment Becca about living everyday with confidence that you can glorify God with all the gifts He has given you and because you live for Him, you are brave.

      Amen and Amen,

      Donna
      Renee Swope’s Ministry Team

  28. I DO want to learn to be brave…or am I already? I’d love to read Annie’s book!
    Thanks Renee!

  29. Melissa May says:

    A couple of years ago I was one of those “move over the ocean” people and so many told us they could never be so brave – and it’s funny because I didn’t feel at all brave at the time. I was terrified! But I guess I’m realizing anew that “brave” isn’t the same at all as “unafraid” or “fearless.” It’s exactly for those times when we aren’t unafraid and when we are terrified. Because we can do it if God wants us to anyway. But the other thing is that being brave once or many times doesn’t mean we won’t ever be afraid again or that we’ve got this “brave” thing down. There will always be new lions and giants and mountains and enemies to face… and new grace and strength from God to do it with. So yes! Let’s be brave! With Jesus and His Body in the flesh, we can do it. Thanks for sharing this message, Annie and Renee!

  30. Wow!
    What an inspiration, this really touched my heart and is so true in every aspect of my life. God and all of my friends and family seem to play a part in this aspect of my life; hopefully as much as I support them. Thank you

  31. Michelle says:

    I am dealing with the this right now. I want to be brave again. Would love the book to help with this. Thank you.

  32. Right now I’m not ‘feeling’ so brave – just got word that my mother-in-law just had a stroke – she’s ok but it brings back the memories of so many deaths our family has gone through. Needed this word of encouragement, to put one foot in front of the other as we trust God with her. I’d love to have a copy of the book!

    • Deb,

      Praying for you as you minister to your mother-in-law and family. Praying for bravery as you trust God.

      Prayers and Blessings,
      Donna
      Renee Swope’s Ministry Team

  33. Shelly Green says:

    Wow, what an inspiration! So many times I feel like it’s only the big things that make me brave, although I see the little things in other people as being brave. I’m working on having the courage to step outside my comfort zone and do new things, take chances in a new career to enhance my health and that of others around me; this book is something I would love to read, and then pass it on to my daughter, and young mother of two (mostly stay at home…she has a part-time job that she can take her children to work with her).

  34. Most if the time I think of brave as saying yes, even when things are uncertain. But sometimes, it’s saying no to a seemingly perfect opportunity. I had been praying for years for God to open a door for me to stay home with my kids. Then my Pastor came to me with a job opportunity at church. It looked like my prayers were finally being answered! The committee wanted me so badly they pulled strings for a decent salary and also told me I could work when the boys were at school and still be home to get then off the bus. I was so excited! But hubby was not. He had a lot of concerns and we prayed and talked and talked and prayed and put out a fleece that God change hubby’s heart if this was his will. And his heart did not change and the opportunity passed by. My heart was broken. It took a long time for my disappointment and anger to go away. Imagine my excitement when the job offer came back a year later! Surely this was from The Lord! But hubby’s heart was still troubled and this time I told he and God that no matter the outcome, hubby and I were in it together this time and I would trust God. After much prayer and discussion, I had to say no. I had to honor my husbands leadership and trust God as he didn’t change hearts. And it was so so hard. I mean, how could working at a church not be His will??? But sometimes you have to be brave enough to say no. And He blesses and blesses and blesses it. Being brave.

    • Wow, Paige! That is hard to imagine. I kept thinking as I read your comment that maybe you saw why you weren’t able to take the job. Have you seen that yet? Maybe you will down the road. Thank you for the example of honoring your husband’s leadership and being brave enough to say no. This is an insightful twist on bravery. 🙂 God continue to bless you in your bravery!

  35. As a mom of teenagers I need all the encouragement I can get to be brave!

  36. I never really considered it being brave is the little things in life…it is rally amazing how Annie makes you stop and think and realize that sometimes just getting out from under the covers each day is being BRAVE to some people. Thanks Annie for the reminder that just because we are not literally climbing mountains….sometimes our mountains come in diffrent packages.

  37. Being a military wife gives me countless opportunities to be brave, although I can’t say that I choose to be brave every time. Sometimes it’s easier to cry in the dark and hate the Army and the war for changing my husband the way they have. But every time, I pick myself up again and keep pushing forward. I think that’s the most important thing about being brave – is getting up even when you’re bruised and knocked down. 🙂

    • Wow, Malori! Thank you so much for sharing your heart and what you have learned from your “countless opportunities to be brave.” I like that. Thank you for reminding me that ” the most important thing about being brave – is getting up even when you’re bruised and knocked down.” Maybe I am a little more brave than i thought. 🙂 God continue to bless you richly!

    • Malori,

      Thank you for being brave. Thanks to your husband for being brave. And yes, you are a LOT more brave than you think. Thanks for being brave and for getting up when you are knocked down and bruised. Praying for you and your family as you serve each one of us. May God bless you abundantly beyond what you can imagine for your bravery.

      Blessings and prayers,
      Donna
      Renee Swope’s Ministry Team

  38. Cheryl Curry says:

    would like to win

  39. Soooooooo trying to be brave in the midst of my mess. I know I am supposed to be here right now,but so very very hard in so many ways. I know YOU will be brave for me and through me! I am counting on Him!

    • Pam,

      It’s in our messes where He fills us with His bravery. In our weaknesses, He is made stronger as we lean into Him for His strength. Thank you for sharing your heart and for your realness.

      Prayers being lifted,

      Donna
      Renee Swope’s Ministry Team

  40. It is good to know what it really means to be brave. It is not what the world thinks but what the Lord thinks.

  41. I am brave! Just reading that makes me wish I could live it. Doubt and comparison are my enemies!

  42. Annie made me feel that the times all I could see was how scared I was might have been when I was actually brave because I went through it. I didn’t hide or run away but with a hand reaching for God went through until I got to the other side.

  43. This message spoke to me because I don’t think of myself as brave. However when I think of certain things that have happened in my life I realise I am brave. For example when I had a miscarriage and didn’t feel like going to work but my colleague and I had a presentation to do, I picked up myself and went to work. At the end of the day I could not understand how I managed but I know God’s grace kept me.

    I am currently going through a difficult time in my marriage where there’s no emotional connection. I feel like giving up but i believe that I should give it a bit more time and thought and decide what is right. I am scared, tired, frustrated and unhappy. I want my children to be in a happy and loving home.

    I also tend to put off things that I want to do for myself, like starting a blog and eventually writing a book.

    I believe winning the book would be a good motivation for me. Thanks

    • Praying for you Sophia as you go through this difficult time in your marriage. Praying for God to fill you with his strength, his love, his mercy, his grace and his compassion, his peace. Praying for God to give you his eyes and his heart as you take each step through this. Praying that he will fill you with His bravery as you do the next right thing.

      Prayers,

      Donna
      Renee Swope’s Email Ministry Team

  44. Crystal Helms says:

    This spoke to me as i am a mom of 3 children. Our first two are 13 months apart and was not expecting that to happen. God knew what he was doing and 4 years after my second child we got the son we long for. I try to be brave in my walk with God but I always let him and myself down. I wish i could be braver in my marriage. Ive let things hold me back.

  45. Brave for me is just not giving up. Not matter what is going on and even though sometimes you don’t think you can make it through your circumstances as long as you hold on to God and don’t let go you will always make it. I know our circumstances help mold us and also help us better help others. Just hanging in there is brave to me.

  46. This book sounds wonderful. As women, we become everything for everyone around us…husband, kids, coworkers, church etc. that we don’t really feel brave but safe. We are brave in our choices/decisions. Can’t wait to read your book!

  47. I don’t feel brave – ever! But after reading this post – I see so many ways in which GOD has made me brave:
    Bearing 3 children
    Dealing with a difficult 3rd pregnancy.
    Taking the step to adoption.
    Starting to promote my own blog.
    All of those are “Brave” – thank you for this!! I needed it today!

  48. Would love to read the book, I don’t feel very brave at all I just lost my husband of 40 years and am trying to find a way to carry on. My husband took care of everything from finances to maintenance you name it he took care of it, now that I need to make those decisions I am lost. He was my whole life been married since we were 19 not even sure who I am without him. I get up daily and try to focus on God above to guide me.

    • Dee,

      We are so sorry for the loss of your husband. Praying for you as you find yourself being brave with each step as you move forward with learning the finance side of things and as you make decisions. Praying for God to fill you with His peace and His grace as you take each step in moving forward and as you lean into God for his strength.

      Praying for you,

      Donna
      Renee Swope’s Ministry Team

  49. Shannon J says:

    I really don’t consider myself a brave person. After reading this post from Annie I realize God has made me brave in ways I never realized. I feel a lot like Sarah at times. I’m 40 and have 2 children 13 months apart and there’s lots of days I feel my main purpose is taking care of 2 preschoolers. I lost my job 2 days before my youngest was born (almost 4 years) ago, but soon realized that was God’s will for us. Glad God’s made it possible for me to stay home with the children while my husband works. Sounds like a great book!

  50. Lenora Zacharias says:

    Sometimes the bravest thing we can do is keep moving forward, even when every fiber in our being wants to hide under the nearest rock or run the other way. Brave to me is one foot in front of the other when you don’t know how you are going to do it.

  51. Barbara Rivera says:

    God doesn’t want us to fear the unexpected moments in our life. He is right there with us going through the storm with us. God is not surprised by them. We can be brave by facing the tough moments of our day. Being brave is not about slaying the giant. It maybe as simple as applying for that job you have always wanted. Signing up for that bible study with the women in your church. Starting that walking program and beginning to eat better. It’s the simple brave choices we make every day that will continue to conform us to the image of Christ.

  52. This has been a year of bravery. Most days it doesn’t feel brave – sometimes we only realize how brave we are when we’re standing at the bottom of the cliff, only then realizing we’ve not only jumped, but landed on our feet.

  53. Brandilyn says:

    A group of Compassion sponsors choose a “word for the year” at the beginning of every year. This year I prayed that God would help me know what my word should be. I kept hearing “brave” and the words of Nichole Nordeman’s song “Brave” kept playing in my mind. I honestly thought, “I don’t want ‘Brave’ to be my word.” I don’t know what I will have to be brave about, and that alone scared me. Yet, I couldn’t deny that God chose that word for my year. I still don’t know if it’s 1 big thing or a bunch of little things He wants me to be brave about, but I am ready for whatever He sends my way as long as He is with me through it all.

  54. Kristen Wirth says:

    I would love to win this book!!!

  55. Marie Sarle says:

    Being brave sometimes just means getting up and dealing with whatever the day brings. My husband -and the rest of us- has been battling cancer for over a year now. It’s been hard – very hard – but we know that God has a purpose for his suffering, and that this too shall pass. We cling to Him for our strength. We have to be BRAVE everyday, to face the treatments, and to face the result of those treatments. It’s tiring, I thought I was tired when my twins were newborns-nothing compares to this. In the fight of our lives He gives us the strength we need to get through, and the faith to cling to His promises for hope for our future. I would love to read this book-sounds like it’s right up my alley!

  56. Tanisha G says:

    This post is so on point. I think we all needed to hear this and I am truly encouraged.

  57. Natalie McCurdy says:

    My son heard Annie Down speak at a camp this summer. He said she was fantastic. I would love to win a copy of her book for us to read!

  58. I’ve completely forgotten what being brave feels like. I’ve lost myself in the midst of a period of fear/worry/anxiety that seems to have taken over my life. I don’t recognize the person I am today, yet I know I miss the old me. I ‘ve been brave in my life many times, I know I have, but how? I’ve forgotten how to live and I miss living so so much. Existing isn’t enough.

  59. I sound so much like her: I have the same name, I’m the same age, have one more kid than her and some days I just don’t have the energy to get out of bed, but I do it. I can’t say I ever considered myself “brave” for that. My family is in a bad place and people call me brave all the time, but most days I honestly feel more cowardice than brave.

  60. Michelle says:

    My , love of my life, best friend husband passed away March 11 this year. For me, being brave is not losing my faith in God , waking up each day and healing a little bit more and believing I will one feel joy again. For me bravery is letting my children see me hurt but cry out to God to wipe my tears. Bravery is staying obedient when it’s cost you everything. Bravery is believing Gods love for me and His will for me is greater than the daily pain I’m in. Bravery is clinging to my Fathers truths and not listening to the enemy’s lies that I will never again be happy or that my baby was taken from me to punish me. Bravery is finally understanding that there is a time for everything and there may be weeping in the eveving but, yes- there is joy in the morning.

  61. Kristen Svajda says:

    I’m so thankful to read this today. I need the reminder to be brave. I am going to give birth to my first child any day now. And my entire life I have viewed childbirth as this Goliath sized obstacle. Thank you for the reminder that it’s okay to feel fear, but I can’t let the fear paralyze me or cause me to freak out. Instead, I step forward. Take the next step. So much of this post resonates with me. I’ve chosen to stay home, leaving a beloved teaching career. I never really had considered that to be a brave choice, but I now see that it is. Thank you for sharing!

  62. Camilia Doro says:

    Being brave is letting God carry me when fear paralyzies me

  63. Tiffany says:

    I loved her perspective on being brave in the every day. Life is sometimes mundane, even when we love our life, but it takes courage to keep on keeping on and facing the mundane with joy. That’s being brave and something I needed to hear.

  64. I love this! We spend so much time putting ourselves down and comparing to those who are out moving mountains that we fail to recognize the bravery in just living day to day. Thank you Annie Downes for pointing this out to us all. Let’s all live BRAVE!

  65. Made me cry. In the daily of it all, I don’t feel brave – just clinging to God and waiting for later to figure it out. Then I tell a story to someone and I see it on their face, that look that I wear as I hear THEIR story – that look that says “wow! I can’t believe you did that!” Thanks for reminding me of the wonder we are all given, and to slow down, see and celebrate it!

  66. I’m not a very brave sort of person. I have a really hard time when faced with adversary or people who are strong willed. But after reading the insert I see that I am probably braver than I think. I love the Lord with all my heart and sole and I am not afraid to show that to all! I feel that this book could help me see my strengthens and worry less about my weaknesses that the devil tries to hold me back with.

  67. I am so guilty of thinking I’m not being brave because I do things full of fear instead of with confidence.

  68. I lost my dad to cancer when he was 39, my brother (22) in a house fire and my sister (24) in a car accident. Some days I feel brave just getting out of bed. I have to trust God with my two kids every moment. Brave is hard.

  69. I think more women should give themselves the gift of being brave!! So excited to read more!!!

  70. Ellie C. says:

    I discovered that I am brave even though I didn’t realize it. Sometimes I make myself do things that I’m not comfortable doing, but I do it because I know it’s the right thing to do. I pray and ask God to take over when I’m feeling that way and He always comes through for me. I feel at peace when I know God is control.

  71. I was drawn to click on this post about bravery because I am desperately in need of some right now. When I became a Christian five years ago, a deep rift occurred in my family and my mother and siblings parted ways with me. It was during this time that I was also fighting a battle with severe illness that caused weakness and many food restrictions and muscle loss. Abandoned and on my own, with just my husband and I, God began to send people our way and built a new family for us. I find myself now pregnant and overjoyed, but in desperate need of bravery. I need God more than ever now.

  72. Lorraine says:

    I moved 3,000 miles across the US to start a new life with my 3 kids (leaving behind 10 years of court battles with an abusive ex). I have almost no material things. I have my faith in God, a fabulous church, and my freedom. I need this book.

  73. Monica Wasemiller says:

    So many times I think I am being Brave — but realize that I don’t go to my full potential because of FEAR and DOUBT — I have a gift of touching people as they need it…. but I get overwhelmed with Spirit using me and tend to back down a bit. So close to completely surrendering to God’s Will and shining His light for others. Your words are inspiring!

  74. As women we are taught to rely on men as husbands and boyfriends, and fathers, but some of us are left by men we trusted and depended on. Learning to be brave and make it on our own without depending on any human male is hard and scary. As a single mom going through school, moves, new jobs and big decisions–relying on God is the only way to be brave.

  75. I think I need more encouragement to be brave in my faith & life.

  76. Chelsea says:

    In reading Annies’ thoughts, I realized that being brave isn’t what most of us usually think of: Most of us think being brave means bungee jumping or something. But really, being brave is something that can be done in everyday living.
    For me, I have a chronic illness. Being brave means fighting. Fighting for a cure, fighting to go to the next appointment, to go through the next horrible-scary test. It takes bravery for me to get up in the morning.
    I would love to read your book, Annie (I’ve read your other 2 and enjoyed them 🙂 ) God bless!

  77. Cindra Huddleston says:

    I SO desperately wanted to be brave when I was growing up….being painfully shy I just never made friends….I still have those same issues today as an almost 50 year old. It’s just easier to bury myself in being a single mom and caregiver to my parents. I just lost my Dad and will be burying him on Friday and I’m arranging his service that will be on Saturday. My mom has dementia and so she’s unable to help plan so I’m feeling overwhelmed right now.

    I appreciate how you explain brave….maybe I’m braver than I think……I can’t wait to read your new book!

  78. kimberly says:

    Being brave is waking up and facing the things that life throw at u. The book looks great!

  79. Danelle says:

    My first thought when I read this was that although I have been brave at times in my life, there’s always another area where I need to be brave, so I’d better read this book. It’s not as if I have conquered fear for the rest of my life. There are always new fears that will arise. It is something that will need to be addressed/identified, prayed over, and surrendered to the Lord for all my remaining days. It’s a tactic used against us, but God is greater and as you ponder how he’s helped you deal with it in the past, it will build your faith and encourage you for the future.

  80. Cindylou says:

    I need to read this book and be inspired to be braver. I’m in a difficult situation and I need to find my braveness!

  81. Wow! After reading this I realize I am brave! Amazing when you realize how much you think about yourself that isn’t true. It’s like having $20 in your secret compartment in your purse you didn’t know- or rather forgot you had. It’s like digging for treasure and finding it and instead of finding diamonds in the earth we find it in ourselves. I need to look at myself with new eyes and new perspective realizing I am more than I think I am! Reminds me of Pooh in Pooh’s Grand Adventure where Christopher Robin tells Pooh, “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

  82. Charleen says:

    I am inspired to face my fears. Something I have hid & ran from all my life. I try not to get upset with myself that I let it go this long. Still have a ways to go~and sometimes its with only God by my side.

  83. I need to pretend to be Brave even when I do not feel like it because in reality I am just that and so much more!!!

  84. When I look back at my adult, I notice that there were many moments I was brave. Of course I didn’t see it that way. Picking myself up after a mental breakdown and having lost some friends. Taking on a leadership job I didn’t have the confidence in doing and giving my heart to my fiancé after brig burned so many times. I have never seen these things as brave…but I sure do now☺

  85. Pamela B says:

    I’m 60 hours post op…. of my 3rd pelvic support prolapse… Every other breathe & thought in my mind at this point is to try to be brave & keep the faith. That this surly can’t happen again…. but everyday is a new day & I have Hope! Woman out there…. Do kegels everyday; they will save your life!!!!!!

  86. Thanks for this. I don’t consider myself brave but when I look back on my life I see someone who had to be brave to survive.

  87. What an interesting subject…would love to learn more.

  88. Christine says:

    Moms are brave in many daily moments.

  89. God’s daughters aren’t meant to be dread-filled, reactionary beings… We are meant to be brave. Loving the theme of this book, and the story shared! (Enter the chorus of the song Brave by Sara Bareilles … I just want to see you, I just want to see you… I wanna see you be brave!)

  90. Pamela K says:

    This post on being brave comes at a good time. The Lord is stretching me out of my comfort zone in my work in children’s ministry. He is asking me to come out from behind the scenes and play a more active role. The only way I’ve been able to do this by taking baby steps and fully trusting that God is taking those steps with me – leading me.

    • Carmen Wilhite says:

      Hi Pam,
      I faced the same thing this time last year. Not only was I being asked to work in children’s ministry, I was being asked and I believe led, to be in charge! Holy toledo batman!!! The most I had ever done was teach a class. I have got to tell you that this past year has been filled with sooooo many blessings. We are a small congregation and there are usually only 6-8 kids in our BLAST (believing, learning and sharing together) program every sunday morning . Doesn’t sound too bad…..until I tell you I have 2 2year olds, a 5 year old, an 8 year old, an autistic 10 year old and a precocious 9 year old adorable girl. Yep all the others are boys! I also have a 12 year old boy who has become our right hand.
      If God is asking you to do this, He will be faithful and give you what you need. You will be richly rewarded and believe me…you will have a BLAST!

  91. Marie Mitchell says:

    I don’t feel brave.

  92. Bridget K says:

    Would love to read this.

  93. Pam Cantino says:

    I would like to win this for a good friend. She recently lost the love of her life (30 years of marriage) during a routine heart valve replacement (1% chance of death). She is a mother of 4 girls and works as an OB delivery nurse. She is so inspiring still getting up and going to work every day and caring for her family. But at every turn she misses him as do her girls. They are living a nightmare and it is so hard just getting through the day without him. She puts all her faith in The Lord to get her through each day. I think she could greatly benefit from your book. Thank you.

  94. Jessica W says:

    When I look back I realize I’m braver than I think. I need to remind myself of that!!,

  95. How often have I done things afraid? Every day. Some days the bravest thing I’ve done is get out of bed. Some days I’ve faced my biggest critic; myself. I think those moments happen to every one of us.

  96. Carmen Wilhite says:

    The thought thats clanging inside my head was, “I wish Jerry could be brave.” Jerry is my wonderful husband of almost 31 years. We were high school sweethearts and I love him tremendously. He allows the voices of others to dictate who he is. I keep pushing him to come out of the box he is so secure in and live. I so want him to know what joy is and free himself enough to enjoy what our loving Father has given us. He believes that all he is capable of is failure inspite of the knowledge that he is incredibly intelligent, loyal and a child of the king. It is very isolating for him and for me. It saddens my heart because I know if he would just be brave enough to step out and live, even a little, he would be amazed and amazing.

  97. I raised 6 kids and always felt like I was just getting by (mostly) or trying to catch up (a lot!) and I have lived in fear much of my life. It has taken me getting older and evaluating my life and where I am at going to see that I was not being the person the Lord created me to be. I was not using my gifts and talents to His glory to the extent that I could. I was not believing His love, grace, & mercy for me. When I began to really believe and operate in that, I began my story of bravery that is being written. I’m still in the beginnings of this new outlook and life, so this book intrigues me. I look forward to reading it.

  98. Erika Ziesmann says:

    I am in a very difficult situation with my family. My husband filed for divorce and even wants to leave his job, maybe even the USA. I am a stay-at -home mom, have left my job 20 years ago to be at home with my daughter and son and now have to face an uncertain future. Almost every day I have to make myself aware of God’s unconditional and deep love for me, that he had and has a good and perfect plan for me with my husband or on my own and that me created me with all my weaknesses – they are a part of who I am and He can even use those for his purposes. Yes, I need to be brave to go on and it is possible because He goes with me.

    • Erika,

      Praying for you and your husband in this difficult time of life. Praying for God to draw you both to Himself and to each other. Praying that God will fill you with His peace as you seek His heart.

      Prayers,

      Donna
      Renee Swope’s Ministry Team

  99. ‘…being brave is stepping forward even when the fear still whispers.’

    This is what resonates with my worn-out heart today…in the middle of a mess that I was invited into…in between the rock and the hard place that accepting the invitation puts my frazzled emotions…thank you for this today…I’ll keep stepping forward no matter how loud fear whispers…or screams…or shouts. Thank you. xo

  100. Kristen says:

    This sounds like an awesome book! I’m a soon to be single mom w a special needs daughter and a typical 3 yr old soon. There are so many days that I just want run away but I’m still here and do what I need to do. Thanks for sharing so many great books with chances to win them!

  101. Cathy McCoy says:

    I so want to be brave ALL THE TIME but it’s so hard. God has really been working on me and molding me toward becoming who I am supposed to be, who he made me to be.
    I’ve also been under so much attack from the enemy over the last few months and have been in such a dark place. All I could see was a light that I’m striving for and that light is God. I’m trying to be brave as I’m working my way back out of the dark place and the light is getting bigger and brighter although slowly.
    I just want to be brave and strong and never doubt God is in control if I just stay focused on Him

  102. Tess Crawford says:

    Annie’s friend Sarah’s story just squeezed my heart… all of those ways that she is really brave even when she wasn’t feeling very brave. I lived in a third world country for 10 years with my husband and children. I felt brave then but in the last 5 years since we’ve moved back to our home country, I feel less and less brave every day. I can’t even believe that the person who lived on the other side of the world was me sometimes. So many life experiences, so much water under the bridge… I really feel very small and scared most of the time. I’m reading “A Confident Heart” and am being so encouraged… learning to tell myself the truth always. I would love love love to follow that up by Annie’s new book as well.

  103. Kim Paolillo says:

    “Brave people hear the fears, they just don’t listen to them.”

    Love that! I love that you see “brave” in the everyday things we do as women. It’s powerful~ thank you

  104. Tonya Ellison says:

    It made me think that I (we) can be brave in the normal, every day tasks.

  105. Kim Shumake says:

    Cancer is very scary stuff, I wasn’t brave, but with Jesus carrying me, I went through chemo, surgery, radiation and almost finished with reconstruction. Trying to focus on just today,bone day at a time. This book is so needed.

  106. Stephanie Bates says:

    It’s easy to play the comparison game and think we aren’t as pretty, smart, organized, or BRAVE as the women we interact with, but in truth, God gave us each a unique situation. He appointed us and us alone to be the wife to our husband, mother to our children, and in relationship to those he puts in our path. Being ‘just’ an everyday person, her story resonated with me because my daily interactions with my family and friends may seem mundane but may also call me to step out of my comfort zone and be BRAVE in order to be used by God in others’ lives.

  107. The first and only thing I could think about as I read your comments about being brave is the major decision I had to make today. Just before I read this actually. I was so scared that I was going to make the wrong choice and mess up something and then regret it in the future. But I prayed before I made my choice and now that I read this so immediately after making that choice, it just makes me feel very blessed and confident that God is speaking to me right now, telling me that I’m going to be ok and I made the right decision, the decision he wanted me to make. So thank you!

  108. It made me realize brave comes in all shapes and forms. My mom for instance is brave because of her fight with breast cancer. I want to say I would be as brave as her , but I honestly do not know. But I strive to brave as my mom.

  109. I would absolutely love to win and read this book! Sounds outstanding! So helpful! with everything that seems to be coming at me right now. I am not good with decisions. I haven’t been very brave. Thank you for the opportunity! 🙂

  110. I like that she understands that being brake doesn’t always mean HUGE things and sometimes the bravest are in the little things.

    Like being respectful in a marriage where you are treated as lesser..

  111. Pat Stephens says:

    I was married to a very abusive man and I didn’t ever think I was brave!! It took me 28 years to leave and never look back! I am now old and retired with heart trouble, thyroid, and COPD! I have lost any chance if being brave! I would love to have your book maybe reading it can help me be brave now!!!

  112. Being brave is being faced with some of the toughest challenges but being an overcomer & a fighter-I have a chronic, incurable lung disease called pulmonary hypertension -which is high blood pressure inside my lungs- I have had the disease since 2001 & yes! I am a long term survivor at this point. Woohoo! God is so amazing!

  113. Carmelle says:

    I love the idea that we can be brave even when we have fear. I recently shared a fb post expressing vulnerably how uncourageous I am when it comes to sticking up for or fighting for me. I have allowed fear to rule my decision making far too often. But this excerpt reminded me that I have been brave. When I found out I was pregnant with my first child shortly after my spouse & I had decided not to have children, I kept my child. When I was a victim of an abusive relationship, I walked away. I am currently facing a new circumstance & I want to give up. I want to run away & hide. I want God to fix it now. But I my be brave. I must not back down. I must praise Him in the storm & trust in His promises. Brave. This year God is teaching me courage.

  114. What resonated with me was how I’ve felt I’ve never been a very brave person and to hear Annie describe the bravery she saw in Sarah in the everyday things, it made me reflect on my own life and the times where I could recognize some degree of bravery. I just didn’t see it from that perspective. Bravery doesn’t have to be in just the big things in life, it can be seen in a multitude of levels. Annie, your book sounds wonderful! May God bless your words to help others in their life journey.

  115. Lindsey P says:

    Sounds like a great read!!

  116. Love this concept. I agree we are all brave. I shafted a quote in social media @smilinjen216 and facebook.com/smilinjen216
    “Here’s what’s true about courage: being brave isn’t the absence of fear or worry;
    being brave is stepping forward even when the fear still whispers.”
    Good stuff and I can’t wait to read it! I how I win it!

  117. ann ray says:

    Would love to win for our MOPS group – our theme this year is Be You, Bravely. We’re always looking for new books/studies to do with the moms. Thanks!

  118. This book sounds excellent and much needed! We all need a little (or a lot) more brave!

  119. Missy Hoppe says:

    This book sounds amazing. I am always trying to be brave.

  120. Danette peacock says:

    Amen

  121. Melissa says:

    I especially liked the quote: “There have been opportunities to stay when you knew it was right to leave. So you left.” My husband and I recently resigned from a ministry position that we loved in order to take care of ourselves and keep our marriage strong before it started to deteriorate. It was a hard decision, even one that makes us worry we won’t be able to find another place to minister (which we feel is God’s call for us), but we are trusting God that He has us right where He wants us. Even if that means we focus on strengthening ourselves and our marriage now, so we can say yes to a much better opportunity later.

  122. Stephanie Mundt says:

    Often it is the fear of failure or my lack of perfection that I allow to cause me to stop moving. The Lord has been teaching me that he does not expect me to be perfect, but he expects me to keep trying, to persist in faith. Never thought of that as bravery…..gives me new stuff to ponder. And a new prayer to pray, “Lord make me brave”.

  123. Laura C says:

    What resonated most with me is that bravery comes even in the mundane everyday actions and decisions of life. Each day, each moment, I can choose to give up or I can choose The Lord Jesus Christ as I strive to intentionally follow in His ways. At age 28 & 29 I began the battle with anxiety, and possibly some depressiin. The Lord taught me through him alone how to be a woman with a confident heart, brave in the promises and truth He provides. My prayer is I can help others debe brave as well!

  124. Laura C says:

    Whooos… sorry for all the typos… 🙂

  125. Mandy Babineaux says:

    Brave holds the word verb.. The stories reflect just that through risk, being willing to be uncomfortable for a greater purpose..

  126. Wow! I could glean so much from this book!

  127. Katherine says:

    I have been working on being brave for myself, my marriage etc. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  128. Being brave requires listening to God even when you don’t understand His plan. People may criticize you, but you know who holds your future. Step into the light. God has got you!

  129. This is so inspiring. I get really tired of feeling like I have to brave constantly. As a single mom to 3 kids who’s just trying to fulfill God’s purpose in her life, I don’t always feel brave. This is such an encouragement for all of us in our different situations…

  130. Sharon Gentry says:

    Lord be with me and give me courage to be brave as I watch my Mother spiral into a state of declining health. It’s not easy to observe her transition into deeper stages of dementia. I must be brave ~ it is undeniable.

    • I am with you on this….my mom is in the same situation…we made the decision to admit her into a personal care home last April….it was the hardest decision I have had to make….it still breaks my heart…But it was for her safety and well being…she still doesn’t like me for making that choice but I am trying to get past the hurt of that and knowing it is just the disease process helps…God Bless you and your mom…..

  131. Being Brave? I have in the last few years tried to step out of my comfort zone and take steps into the unknown and uncomfortable…it is so very hard to do….but so worth it!!! Lets be brave not for someone else all the time but for ourselves too! It is always a work in progress…. Would love to read this book!

  132. People say I’m brave and courageous …. But it is just living everyday to the best we can given what we have each day! This book would continue to inspire and support me on those days when I may not be feeling so brave! I have people with whom I would share my copy with as we all can use a little help some days!

  133. I would love to win this book. I really enjoy your others.

  134. Alexandra says:

    I came across this after I was listening to “Oceans” by Hillsong. Listening to “Oceans” by Hillsong reminds me of the story behind the song. It brings me to when Peter was being called out on the water to Jesus. The song was about stepping out in faith and trusting and depending on God no matter what trials we faced.

    Matthew 14:31 – Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

    I started reading more about it and so many positive quotes and passages had led me to this:
    —Bless those who walk away from you. They are making room for those who won’t. Everyone who’s in your life are meant to be a part of your journey, but not everyone is meant to stay until the end. Every struggle is to be endured to make you stronger. Sometimes the things we can’t change, are meant to change us. His answers are not always the same as our expectations, simply because He sees things we can’t see. We see in part, God sees in whole.

    I believe this book will encourage faith, and encourage courage, and in the end, place hearts in His embrace.

    • Alexandra,

      Thanks for sharing your heart with us. Love Hillsong’s song and sing it often on Sunday mornings during church.

      Blessings,

      Donna
      Renee Swope’s Ministry Team

  135. Trudi Griffin says:

    I’ve discovered that the smallest brave moments make the most difference. Those moments that no one else is aware of, including you, until awhile later when someone else tells you they thought you were brave. Those are the ones that count.

  136. Sheri Clark says:

    Brave people hear the fears, they just don’t listen to them.

    That reassured my heart as I sit in my mama’s hospital room one week after the stroke. So many emotions, voices screaming worry, fear, uncertainty, overwhelming feelings, as I will now be a caregiver or make decisions about her care. I am encouraged by this excerpt from the book to continually quiet my heart through prayer and choose to claim truth and drown out those other noises.

    • Sheri,

      Renee and I are praying for you and your mama. Praying for God to fill you with His peace and His courage as you sit there and minister to your mama. Praying wisdom for you and the doctors as they treat your momma. Praying that God will fill you up as your pour yourself out for your momma and your family.

      Praying,

      Donna
      Renee Swope’s Ministry Team

  137. I have never considered myself brave but after reading this I can see areas of my life that I am. I would love to read this book in depth and see how I can become brave in all areas of my life

  138. Lindsay Gilmore says:

    That being brave happens in the little things that you do every day that you think you can’t do it, but you keep on going anyways.

  139. Laurie Bulmer says:

    I have struggled with fear my whole life this post inspired me today thank you so much!

  140. Bethany Loomis says:

    Reading this made me think how often I think being brave is only related to the so-called big things in life when being brave matters in every area, big and small. But just getting out of bed each day and continuing to provide for my family, taking care of them, going to work and coming home to them…that is brave. Holding on to them no matter what…that is brave. Standing in the gap and praying for them…that is brave. I want to be so much move than I am now. I would love to have this book! 🙂

  141. Never thought of myself as brave. As I read this devotion I took a look back on my life and so many things that happened in it and how I came thru it with God’s help, and hey “I am brave” LOL….I love it when devotions make me look back at my life and I see how far my Savior has brought me…….Thank you for this Renee
    I would love to read Annie’s book.

  142. Suzanne g. says:

    Being brave is doing the next thing even though you are afraid. My second oldest son is deploying tomorrow to an undisclosed location in southwest Asia…I am trying to be brave while trusting in His promises. 🙂

  143. I have been brave during my son’s two deployments to war.

  144. The idea of continuing in hope when you’re not sure how something is going to end up… I’m learning that is being brave. To be like Sarah and “not fear anything frightening” regardless of dear ones’ choices & decision that greatly impact us & our family… extremely difficult and only possible in the Lord. I’m learning as I go through a very hard, seemingly impossible situation, that it is only through His strength can we be truly brave & go forward seeking & trusting Him moment by moment.

  145. I felt like I needed this book. I am a single Mom of 3 little ones and have been for 7 years now. I work full-time, attend college full-time, and have absolutely no help from the father or from my family. I barely get out of the house (because I work and school from home, and homeschool my youngest one) so I feel a lack of connections. It is hard to be brave when you are isolated and have everything on your shoulders to tackle alone…but that is why I need to be braver than ever, and continue to strive to be more brave every single day. My kids need to see that you can overcome anything, if only you let God lead, work hard, and have faith.

  146. SO many BRAVE women commenting. Here is a BIG (((HUG)))! After I read all the above, it makes my worries seem much smaller. Thanks for sharing your hearts!

  147. I would like to read this book.

  148. Shelli Layman says:

    Reading this post made me want to cry…I don’t give myself enough credit for my “just’ being a working mom, a wife, woman…I really need to read this book to help me slow my crazy life down to see just how brave I really am…

  149. To rise each morning to begin again, after failures and grief, guilt and regret; that I am learning is brave. So easy to give up but brave to continue. Thank you for sharing and urging us to be brave…to continue to be brave. Marti

  150. Susan Hofmann says:

    I realize when I am outside my comfort zone but continue to move forward in what God wants me to do…..I am being brave!!

  151. I loved reading all of your entries, they are inspiring and I would love to read your book and share with my granddaughter, she has been under attack by the enemy and even though she knows all she needs to do , istakecontrol as a child of God in the name of Jesus, command the enemy to leave and never return again, and pray for a hedge of protection be placed around her, and be strong in the LORD. We both have had some fear issues, I think we need this book!!

  152. Your comment, “And when you’ll be brave, the people around you will see that brave and they’ll choose it too,” caused me to remember once again – it’s not all about me! Sounds like such a great book for so many!

    Julie

  153. God has called me to be brave in many hings lately. I used to be the person saying no if it was too uncomfortable. Now, God is talking to me about a willing heart. A heart that is willing to say yes when He tells me to do something, not everybody else. A heart that is willing to stand in uncomfortable situations, in conflicts, in things that hurt. I have started to say YES and standing through it all. It is scary, yes. It is terrifying. It us uncomfortable.

    But my life has never been richer! I’ve never been so close to God. Not because God has been distant. Because I’ve distanced myself from Him. Because to be able to stand through it all, I need to be close to Him while I sing a song: “keep me close to you, Jesus” and ” Help me stand through it all” by J-team Skudnes(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7_rmyEL68g). And Jesus, God and the Holy spirit never fail me. Sometimes it may feel like it, but when I look back I see that I’ve been carried where there is only one set of footprints.

    Thank you for showing us that being brave is more than jumping out of airplanes;-) The world needs to know. I needed to know. God bless you!
    -Ava Sophie

  154. Wow! I guess I really am brave at times when I never would have thought of it that way. Thank you for the clarity and insight. I will try to look at situations differently now and see the bravery in each one no matter how small it happens to be.

  155. Jen Boren says:

    What jumps out at me is that being brave means being vulnerable, authentic and honest – with ourselves and with others. There is a lesson to be learned in all of our life happenings. As we go through those experiences, being willing to share them with others, gives them the opportunity to learn something, as well. My life experiences have taught me to be courageous and BRAVE. Others have shared how that has impacted their lives and given them the ability to step out and be brave!! It’s like paying it forward – considering I had the opportunity to watch someone else overcome their circumstances and rise above, which gave me what I needed to step out in faith and love! I WANT TO BE BRAVE!!

  156. Michelle Kellam says:

    Brave….just the word brings about that sharp sting of adrenaline-filled anxiety rush you get when you almost hit a car or grab for your child when they almost fall out of the cart, but you keep driving or keep pushing the cart. There are near-misses in life that are constantly around us that we don’t have time to consider before they happen, yet we continue to move on and survive. However, when we have time to think about having to be brave or are given a choice to be brave, i.e. taking on a new role at work or talking/singing in front of people, or moving out into a new realm in our lives, etc., we freak out and avoid it at all cost. The discomfort of knowing ahead of tîme that we need to be brave fills us with paralyzingly fear. If we knew just how brave we were today in unforeseen situations, I wonder if we would grow just a little more in our faith that God is and has been in control all along and in Him, we can be brave.

  157. Thanks, Michelle. You have brought out good points. I must take them before God. God continue to bless you richly and keep you healthy spiritually, socially, emotionally, mentally, and physically.

  158. Elizabeth jones says:

    Wow, I needed to hear this. I haven’t felt brave in a long time. Thank you for speaking Truth.

  159. I could not agree more about being brave is staying when it would be easier at times to leave. It is having the faith as small as a mustard seed and trusting God.

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