Please join us today as we share a post written by our dear sister, Nancy, on finding our “brave” so we can keep stepping forward, even when it’s scary and hard.
Where’s Your Brave? by Nancy Howell
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)
Where’s your brave?
Is it buried deep inside you, where no one else can see?
When was the last time you pulled it out and used it?
You know what I’m talking about, sisters–the confidence, the boldness, the fearlessness–of stepping out in faith. Many times stepping out into uncharted territory, murky waters.
Being brave doesn’t come easy for most….certainly not for me. I spent most of my adolescent years conforming to what society dictated. I just wanted to “fit in”. Going along with the crowd is much easier than taking a stand and pulling out your “brave” from deep within. Or so I thought.
But life isn’t always perfect, and circumstances change. Death, divorce, loss of job, sickness, or a myriad of other bad things happen–hopefully not all at the same time.
When you find yourself in less-than-perfect surroundings, it may be hard to find your brave.
“It’s easy to be a Christian when everything’s going your way.”
In good times, brave is an asterisk on the great happenings in your life.
In not-so-good times, it’s the hope we cling to.
In all times, we are told to approach the throne of grace with confidence.
Grace is unmerited favor–meaning God gives it to us, even when and if we don’t deserve it. By doing so, we are given compassion, forgiveness, and strength to carry us through our times of need.
Fitting in, going with the flow, conforming with society? I’ve found it to be over-rated. Many times it’s 180 degrees from God’s plan for us.
To fulfill God’s specific, meticulous plan He has just for you, you must find your brave.
Step out in faith. Use your brave. Come boldly before Him.
And watch what happens.
Father God, Help us to have confidence, to approach Your throne of grace with boldness, finding our “brave” as we mature and live out the purpose You have in each of our lives. Sometimes the first step is the hardest. Let us always know we are not alone–ever. Thank You for the unmerited favor You give, and give, and give. Remind us it never runs out. In Jesus’ name, Amen.