I’ve always seen bravery as some monumental, far-reaching, lofty goal. Please let me assure you how mistaken I’ve been on that thought. Let’s talk about how we can see the brave moments that sneak into our everyday life.
I recently read a beautiful and much needed 31-day devotional on Brave Faith from my dear friend, Mary Geisen. Her book brought me to this newfound realization of how brave I’ve actually been all along.
Day 10 of the devotional tells the story of Holly Barrett who describes seasons of waiting as “brave in the staying.” I absolutely love this. So often we see bravery as something that is done—a big, exciting, take giant steps kind of task.
Those times and efforts can definitely portray bravery. But sometimes staying exactly where we are requires us to be more brave than any leap forward would ever possibly need.
Holly goes on to share: “Sometimes brave is staying right where you are, even though it’s not where you want to be. But for whatever His purposes are, God has called you to be still.”
I’ve been through this many times in my life. I start a big project and am ready to pounce, moving forward at record speed. Yet I suddenly hear that still small voice telling me to be still.
I must admit this makes me crazy. I love the thought of adventure with Him and seeing where His plans will take me. However, when I don’t take the time to listen, I always end up doing things my way. That rarely ends well…
I couldn’t agree more with this thought from Mary:
“God assures us that just because we are not leaping forward into adventure with Him, we are doing important work.”
There is so much truth in that statement. Mothering. Going to work. Cooking yet another meal for our families. Getting down on the ground to play the 1 millionth game of Candy Land. This is kingdom work too.
For those of us who struggle with issues like depression and anxiety, these tasks can take the kind of strength and bravery only God can provide. He allows me to get out of bed every morning even when sometimes I truly just want to pull the covers over my head. I’m forever grateful to Mary for helping me see the act of getting up and carrying out my responsibilities when I really don’t want to as my very own incredibly brave act.
Knowing that staying still in this moment does not mean we are stuck, is a beautiful reminder to allow God to grow our brave faith right where we are.
~Mary Geisen, Brave Faith
No matter where you are today, know that You Are Brave. Spend some time in stillness allowing God to grow your brave faith a little more every day. We are not stuck. God may have us stay where we are for reasons far greater than we could possibly understand.
I want to close by sharing one of Mary’s wonderful exercises from her book. Day 15: Walking in brave faith does not always mean bigger and better than what others are doing around you. Name 3 things you have done today that are brave. (We would love to hear your answers in the comments!)
On the day I worked on that section my 3 were: getting out of bed today, calling an old friend to share essential oils with, and starting my day with this book, Brave Faith. Three simple tasks that truly took brave faith for me. I allowed myself a much needed feeling of accomplishment for each of those thanks to Mary’s words.
Learn more about Mary’s devotional, Brave Faith: A 31 Day Devotional Journey, here. The book covers far more than just being brave in life’s many waiting seasons. That is where I am right now which is why my focus here is on those sections. Pick up your copy today and start your own journey to Brave Faith.