Being Brave

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You don’t have to be brave unless you are facing something that requires it.

Being brave means that you are facing something that requires more than a step of faith, it requires a walk of faith.

It means not living by sight, not making your choices and decisions based on what is but on what can be. 

Being brave means getting up every morning and keeping your word when you don’t want to. Stating your boundaries and holding to them even when you don’t feel like it. Choosing to believe new truths instead of old lies every day.

That is being brave. 

Being brave is choosing to take the leap and then getting to work when your feet hit the ground.

Keep going.
Keep believing.
Keep hoping and trusting God.

“I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage!”

Joshua 1:9 MSG

Don’t lean on your understanding because it can only be based on your past experience. Jesus wants to help you create a new future not help you relive the past.

Trust him.
Look to him for guidance.
Ask him for strength. 

Listen for God’s voice in everything you do and everywhere you go, he will keep you on track.

He will help you to keep going forward as you are being brave. 

You Can’t Take It With You

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“But godliness with contentment is great gain.

For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.”

1 Timothy‬ ‭6‬:‭6-7‬ NIV

You can’t take it with you.

Things don’t go with you into eternity.

They will stay here to rust and rot.

Don’t waste the precious time you have here worried about things.

Make moments that count.

Create memories that last beyond your lifetime.

Invest in your relationships.

Allow God to move freely in you and through you.

Make your life a story of faith-filled adventure, not one of collecting a lot of stuff that will mean nothing in the light of eternity.

You have today.

Spend each moment savoring the sacred and embracing the enduring truth of God’s unconquerable love.

Love wins. 

Don’t Go It Alone

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You are not created to exist alone.
Introvert or extrovert- you are created in Christ to be in healthy relationships.
First with God, then with those around you.
Love God, Love People (in that order).
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Relationships are not easy and they are endlessly complicated.
They take grace, forgiveness, honesty, and courage.
You may think that it would be easier and simpler to withdraw altogether but God created you to be connected.
Don’t cheat yourself or others by withdrawing in fear.
Persevere.
Quiet the fear-filled beat of your heart and listen for the encouraging whisper of the Holy Spirit.
God can make a way where there seems to be no way.
Be brave and reach out today.

Someone Needs You

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Someone needs you today to be kind today.

To preach without words.

To listen without judgment.

To speak the truth in love.

To serve without complaining.

To be brave.

To be real.

To be available.

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season;”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Be available for God to use you anywhere, anytime with anyone and He will.

Yes, This

“I am the Lordʼs servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:38‬ ‭NIV‬‬
May your word to me be fulfilled.
Yes, this.
How many times have you wished that the Lord would show up and just tell you what was about to happen? You think that maybe if you knew what would happen, you would be better prepared to handle it.
Mary had that opportunity. The Lord showed up and told her what her story would be. She would be “the virgin” of Isaiah 7:14. Mary was a good Jewish girl, she would know what that meant.  It is one thing to know what it means and another to live through it.
She would be rejected before she was accepted, desperate before she was provided for, slandered long before she was ever believed. She knew the road before her would not be easy and the story she had imagined for her life would be drastically different…but she said yes.
She said, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled”.
Yes, this:
– Saying yes when you know it will be hard.
– Trusting God when things are not happening the way you thought they would.
– Following God when He leads you to stop what you’re doing with no discernible reason.
I believe it is the great mercy of God that He leads us one step at a time.
I believe God has a plan for your life and is able to bring it to pass.
I believe it will be harder than you thought it would be but more worth it than you can imagine.
Yes, this. 
Don’t be afraid. God will empower you to walk in His purposes and guide you faithfully through every challenge that comes.
You will never really know what God can do through you unless you say yes to Him like this.
Be brave. Say yes.

Personal Bravery

The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!”

‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭3:19‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

The Lord will give you what you need today. He will BE what you need.

God knows what you are facing and does not cower from it.

He stands, he fights, he pours courage into you to rise up and walk forward in spite of it.

Your circumstances may not change but they will not have the same effect on you. They will not cause your heart to swell with fear because it is already filled with the presence of God himself.

Your circumstances will not stop you from going forward but will be a catalyst to your growing to new heights in Christ.

Don’t look to the world to give you what you need.

Look to Jesus.

Ask him to be your personal bravery and give you strength to face whatever heights you must climb today.

Trust Him. He will give you what you need to do it.

He is good like that.

Have a wonderful day spending time with Jesus and drawing from Him what you need.

Sabotaging Speech


Little white lies.

Big unsaid truths.

Smoothing it over by telling them what they want to hear.

Avoid confrontation at all costs so you won’t be rejected.

We rarely do these things because we don’t like someone, sometimes we do them the most with those we care for.

It becomes the language of our relationships and the protection of our most tender selves.

“Liars hate their victims; flatterers sabotage trust.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭26:28‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Words are powerful and all deception, whether it is big or small, deteriorates relationships. It doesn’t matter if it is a negative slur or a positive flattery.

If the words you are speaking are not true, you are not really loving them.

Your deceptive words are causing ruin whether you want them to or not.

If you love someone, tell them the truth. It doesn’t have to be brutal but it does need to be spoken.

This isn’t a challenge to suddenly verbally vomit all your pent up, stuffed down and swallowed words on the ones you love.

This challenge is to examine your words and your heart.

This challenge is to ask God to show you why you are stuffing, swallowing, avoiding and not speaking the truth.

And it probably has more to do with how you see yourself than how you see others.

When you discover why you are lying and unintentionally ruining your relationships, you will uncover a place that God wants to heal.

Trusting God means having the courage to boldly look at your underlying motives and bravely begin to create new speech patterns with the ones you love.

It matters.

Speak the truth in love.

Face the fear of being misunderstood.

Ask God to heal the broken parts in you so that you can have healthy relationships with those around you.