You Make Me Brave

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Today I was thinking about some friends who will be leaving soon for Africa. They’re answering the call to be the hands and feet of Jesus half way around the world — packing up what little belongings they’re able to take and going. They’re leaving all of their family and friends, and everything they’ve ever known, for the unknown.

And I thought — I could never be that brave. 

Then my thoughts turned to family and friends that have bravely fought or are fighting for their lives against diseases like cancer. They face the unknown and endure treatment and surgeries that often times weaken their bodies, and yet they continue to be so very brave.

And I wondered — would I be that brave?

Then there are those who bravely tell their stories, helping others to see that they’re not alone. We can easily become prisoners to our pasts — chained by the shame and guilt of what we’ve done or what others have done to us. But when we choose to bravely speak up it gives others the courage to be brave too — setting the captives free.

And then I decided — I will be that brave.

I’ve never wanted to stand out but desperately wanted to blend in and not be noticed. I’ve never wanted to be a speaker. As a matter of fact, getting up in front of others makes me shake in my boots. But as I thought about how we’re all called to be brave in one way or another a familiar song began to play in my head and these words were written on my heart…
You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the love that made a way

Here’s the thing — we’re all called to be brave but we’re not called to do it in our own strength.

HE. MAKES. US. BRAVE.

Whether you’re traveling half way around the world, or battling sickness and disease, or speaking out to encourage others — HE will make you brave.

In a few weeks I’ll be speaking in front of a very large group of women, sharing my story and hopefully encouraging others to do the same. He’s calling me out, but I know I don’t have to fear because He makes me brave.

Friends, wherever He is calling you, don’t be afraid. He will make you brave too.

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