Friday, May 03, 2013

Five Minute Friday---Brave

Five Minute Friday

Linking up with Lisa-Jo and the Five Minute Friday writers today. The topic is BRAVE.


I am not brave. There is not a brave bone in my body. I fret, I stew, I worry. I even hyperventilate. But I don't face things bravely.  I am a coward.

Yet, I moved from Kentucky to Washington as a newly minted social worker with just the cat to a place where I knew no one for a job. (Later I found out I had family there! Go figure!)
And I quit my job to start a single's ministry at the church (and then working part-time in social work).
And I got married. ;-) Actually for someone determine to remain single, maybe that was brave.
I followed my husband to another state and then another country (and another and another).
I gave birth to three amazing blessings. I said good-bye to two blessings before they grew big enough to meet them beyond the "blip" on the screen that faded to nothing.
I homeschooled my children.
I send my children to school.
I attempt to learn to speak German.

And people comment all the time that I must be so brave to do the things that I do. I just shake my head.

I'm not brave.

But I trust in a God who can handle any of these things and more. When his hand has directed us to a new place, a new job, or a new aspect of our life, I've learned to just follow. Hyperventilate if I must, but follow nonetheless. The blessings have been amazing.

Call me blessed. Call me faithful. But don't confuse that with bravery. They are not the same thing.


Seriously, go visit the other brave women linking up today.  You will be blessed!


Anonymous said...

I LOVE this...blessed, faithful, yes! Brave, no...I am not. This is lovely. Absolutely lovely!! I get it!

Denise said...

Enjoyed this, bless you.

Jess @ said...

Yes. All that I am is from Him.

michelle said...

In Christ you are brave!

Sue said...

Stopped in from FMF... with so much in common, living on foreign soil at one time as well... blessed, faithful... others do see us as brave, yet we know who directs our paths and gives us His strength.

Great post

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

I do understand why you won't call yourself brave - however, if being "brave" is doing the right thing even when you are scared - then, yes, you are VERY brave. As well as faithful and blessed.

Love and blessings to you - even if you do prefer Coke to Pepsi! :)