Friday, May 3, 2013

5 Minute Friday: Brave

Brave doesn't require a uniform.

You don't have to wear camouflage (although we know our military men and women are some of the bravest people around).

You don't have to stand in front of a microphone or jump out of a plane or sail around the world.

You don't have to travel with body armor or with a weapon or with bodyguards.

You don't have to attend high-level meetings.

Brave doesn't require that you do the scariest thing you've ever thought of doing.

Brave doesn't even mean big.

Brave for one woman might be allowing her feet to touch the floor when the sun breaks forth on the horizon.

It might mean taking another pregnancy test, negative after negative.

It might mean saying "no" to another drink, or any drink at all.

It might mean choosing to let your daughter walk out the door.

It might mean letting your son fail.

It might mean letting your husband do things differently than you would.

Brave might be leaving a misspelled word on your five minute Friday post.

...Brave looks different through the eyes of God.

Perhaps because God's view of bravery is looking into His eyes and saying "yes" to doing that we He has equipped you to do, but to which the world has said "no way."

Be brave, sweet sister.  Be brave and say "yes."

I'm hanging out with Lisa-Jo this morning.  Want in?  Here's the deal:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

photo credit: aussiegall via photopin cc


  1. That is a beautiful take on brave , my friend. Love it. Thank you for these words. They help me to see clearer. ;) Hugs, Jen

  2. Jen - You words spoke to my heart in a powerful way this morning. I believe that I needed to be reminded that brave isn't always BIG...sometimes (often in fact) it is in the small moments of the day.

  3. spectacular photo! simply . spectacular!


  4. This was beautiful! And I so agree- it will look different for each one of us. Thank you!!!

  5. Touch my heart Jen, it always seems that you write just what I need to hear, so thankful you are brave and say yes to God. You are a blessing love you.

  6. Beautiful touched my heart!

  7. Beautiful touched my heart!

  8. There is a lot of freedom in what you said about being brave. I love the part about leaving a misspelled word in your 5 minute Friday post. I want to be that brave!

  9. Ah, I have not reached the level of bravery required to leave a misspelled word in my FMF...Happy Friday to you, Jen :) Appreciate you :)

  10. We are being brave every time we say yes to God! Have a lovely weekend!

  11. love all the different facets of brave you brought into this piece. so very, very true. sometimes it's big. . . and so often it's very, very small. but those small steps lead to big things, if only on the inside.
    have a beautiful weekend, jen!


  12. You are SO right, Jen! Thank you for these different depictions of "breve." Each one brings to mind a vignette from my own life. Maybe I am braver than I thought...?

    1. Gaaah! A typo in my comment!! Feel free to repair "brave." Or, you can help build my courage by leaving it there!

  13. Brave looks different through the eyes of God. Oh...those words just plopped into my heart. What looks to be little, might take a lot of brave and God sees that. Sometimes I forget that. Sometimes I feel alone in my braveness.


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