living braver

one faith step at a time…



gift boxes pixa x     Sometimes we like to box things up nice and neat. Large box, bottom shelf for my worries about my children. Small box highest shelf for the grief of losing a loved one. Medium box back behind others for fears I just won’t face.

Then we go on our merry way saying how much we trust God or believe in Him or know nothing is impossible with Him.

Except maybe these few boxes that we’ve locked away in the storage shed. Those things we keep a lid on – that we don’t let go of – keep us behind bars. I see it all the time. The young woman who trusts God with her health or job – but not the relationship she’s currently in (for fear she may lose him). The man who trusts God with his wife or children – but not his money (for fear there may not be enough). And on it goes, something we just feel we need to control, or…

Does it control us?

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My friend Michelle expressed her freedom in Christ beautifully: Free to share my time, God created time. Free to share my money, it’s God’s anyway. Free to share my abilities, God will make the most of them. Free to attempt the next trial or test, to fail or to succeed. Free to forgive, as I am forgiven.

“Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32 NIV) So what is the Truth? “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.’ “ (John 14:6 NIV)

The truth, Jesus, opens our boxes – lids flung far – reaches in and says: don’t worry – I will make all things new, don’t grieve – someday no more tears, don’t be afraid – I will never leave you.

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“An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.” (Luke 2:9 NIV) After hearing the message, the shepherds hurried to see for themselves and fear turned to praise “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” (Luke 2:10 NIV)

Let us be like the shepherds, let us hear the message, see for ourselves, and replace our boxes with praises. We are freed…

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October 1, 2014 Define Fear

Living Courage (6)     Chances are if you are joining me on this journey, you’ve identified that fear is sometimes (ok often) your friend…

It comes in many forms, sometimes obvious and sometimes vague. Fear may look like: my child is making bad choices and I can’t do anything about it, my husband lost his job and the money is running out, my parent has the big c word (cancer). Those are easy to identify.

Then there’s the other kind: you have to meet new people and you wish you could do something else, you’ve been asked to volunteer for something but feel  ill-equipped, you have a great opportunity but aren’t sure you’ll succeed. Sometimes it’s just change – and change can be scary.

So on day one let’s do first things first: what triggers your fear feelings? Stop long enough to breathe and look out the window and say to yourself “What is it?” No quick answer may come and maybe today is just the admission: fear keeps me from living courageously. Identifying fear is the first step to taking Living Braver steps.

It wasn’t until earlier this year that I finally put a name to my anxious feelings, my dreads, my insecurities – I finally realized the name was: fear. Then I was able to take steps toward brave and begin to leave fear behind.

So today, sometime, somewhere take those few ‘me’ moments and ask… Allow your vulnerable self to be honest…