How To Be Brave

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I’m trying. Really, I am.  This bravery thing, isn’t for the faint of heart.  And lately?  My heart is feeling pretty faint.  I feel like that one lone bird standing on the rock closest to the wildly pounding ocean, with the tumultuous waves ready to smash her to smithereens if she doesn’t take flight.

I tell my Sweetboy that bravery is what you do even though you feel scared.  I tell my Sweetgirl that mama’s can be brave, too, just by doing what they know in their hearts they are to do – not what the world tells them they should be doing.

And it all sounds so good.

Only, all of those words aren’t quite making it to my own heart lately.  I feel on the cusp of a bravery.  Glorious adventure and excitement await as soon as I will just commit to taking flight.  But, if I don’t, and soon, I’ll be crushed by the waves of disappointment, expectation, and even circumstances.

I don’t want to be crushed.

There is no need for panic.  No need for indecision.

I know how to unfurl my wings.  I even know what flight plan to use.

It’s a matter of doing it.  In trust.  In trust that He will hold me steady and keep His firm grasp upon me when the winds shift.

I just need to practice Brave.

Then, I will be.

I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker and the beautiful community of writers for her Five Minute Friday writing prompt. Click the button below to participate, or to read what this word, brave, brought to mind for others.

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30 thoughts on “How To Be Brave

  1. I love this. I feel like lately, as my kids get older, the realization that my words won’t be what they follow. It’s my actions. That scares the patooty out of me!!! I so long to be brave, too. To not be so downright timid and scared of life’s circumstances. TO be strong in the the face of adversity. You are so thoughtful. And I am blessed to read from a heart like yours. I pray that this year, we can truly allow His Spirit to CHANGE us from the inside out. From the depths of our hearts.

  2. I get this, truly. He has been with me all along, and still I stand, ready to jump, yet hesitant that I will make a mistake, or fail. I must choose to trust Him. For when I finally let go, I will realize He’s held me and carried me all long. Hugs!

  3. I just need to practice Brave- LOVE that thought!!! Thank you, Missy! And you are right. I can’t help thinking of Isaiah 40:31- But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles.
    Can’t wait to celebrate as you soar!!!

    • Becky – I love that verse! Love it. It is exactly what I needed to read to finish these thoughts rolling around in my head. Time to fly!

  4. Practice being brave! Do you know that the idea of practicing bravery has never crossed my mind. We practice nearly everything else, why not that? Honest to goodness I don’t know how I made it this far in life sometimes. This is lovely!

    • You and me both, Amy. Ha! Practicing bravery is something I aim to get better at. Thanks so much for the encouragement.

  5. I could read this line over and over… ” mama’s can be brave, too, just by doing what they know in their hearts they are to do – not what the world tells them they should be doing.”…yes. yes. yes.

  6. oooooh love and hmmmmed what you mean (hmmmmm meant i was having deep agreement with your words!)

    powerful stuff. i esp love this bit: I know how to unfurl my wings. I even know what flight plan to use. It’s a matter of doing it. In trust. In trust that He will hold me steady and keep His firm grasp upon me when the winds shift

    and i adore your image !!!

    • Aw, Jenn, what a lovely thought. That’s what I love about this community of writers. Always so willing to hold hands with each other and fly together as we trust.

  7. Missy – Nicole Nordeman is a Christian singer/songwriter. One of her albums is entitled Brave. You could just download the title track on i-tunes. Then turn it up and dance around wildly! 🙂

    • Rachael, I know Nicole Nordeman’s music well. Brave is one of my favorites and was on my mind during this write! 🙂

  8. Dear Missy
    Yip, we know the flight plan. It goes something like: just unfurl your wings, stretch them out and I, your God will be the wings beneath your wings.
    Blessings
    Mia

  9. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on bravery. I can relate to you wholeheartedly! Just recently I have realized that my lack of bravery comes from my lack of trust in all that God can be. The good news is once we realize where the fear is coming from, we can do something about!

    Prayer, Practice, Perseverance.

    Praying that you are able to break away from all that is holding you back and be brave!
    It’s time to fly!

    • I love that – prayer, practice, perseverance. Thank you so much for your prayers. We’ll both be flying before we know it!

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