The other day Reagan said, “Mom, you are brave!!” It took me by surprise. Me? Brave? The one who sometimes looks at others and worries what they think? Me, who at times holds onto life too tight fearing it might be taken? The one who sometimes forgets to walk by faith, and not by what I see? Brave?
I’m still trying to figure it out as I look at it through his eyes. Maybe it was the time I killed the big bug for him. Or when I held him tight and told him I wasn’t scared of the storm. Or kept him safe walking across the street. But whatever it was, it made me want to live up to those little words on a larger level. Am I brave enough to step into the unknown places where God may lead? Can I let go of fear and completely trust? Am I able to walk as the woman God made me to be, in spite of what others may think?
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:9)
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)
Have you heard the song “You Make Me Brave” by Bethel Music? If not, do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s one of my favorites because it talks about how HE makes us brave when we keep our eyes on Him. He calls us to things that may scare us. Into deeper waters. But trust, be brave, we aren’t doing it alone.
Momma, do things that scare you. Little eyes are watching. They are being shaped by our actions. I want to hear, “Mommy, you are brave,” over and over as my children see my life unfold. I want them to see a mom who’s not ashamed of Jesus, who stands when others may not. Who reaches out a hand when others turn their head. Who allows the gifts God has given her to be used for His glory. This isn’t a complacent life. It won’t happen by circumstance. It takes one shaky step after another. Be brave.