I started the devotional 100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs. And it’s been fantastic and challenging. Each day I have journaled and actually listened to the challenge she give us. I will be going through and jotting down thoughts I have and summaries of each day while I go through these 100 days. Let’s dive in!
Day One: What is brave? Isaiah 41:13, For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Journal: To be brave means hearing the whispers of fear, but taking action anyway. God made me on purpose, and for a purpose. I’m scared to completely trust God. It’s not fun being ridden with anxiety and the loud booming voice of fear all the time. What am I scared of? Plenty of things. I know I need to give my fears to God but I’m scared of what might happen if I do.
Challenge: Tell someone about this 100 day journey to being brave and having a braver life.
Day Two: Why be brave? 2 Timothy 1:8-9 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.
Journal: Seeing other’s be brave makes me want to be brave too. Seeing others talk in public makes me feel like I can too. Seeing others lose the weight even if they have thyroid complications makes me feel like I can too. I can be brave. God wants me to be brave.
Challenge: Think back on your day. Where can you see God working on your behalf? Or just showing up for you? Tell somebody.
Day Three: You are braver than you know. 2 Timothy 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’
Journal: I’m trying to think back on brave things I did. Possibly joining the youth group as a leader, or taking over as lead for the nursery & preschool at church. But those aren’t necessarily brave, they are more so just positions I filled. I think something brave would be giving my testimony for the first time or being baptized in a public hot spring surrounded by friends and stranger in Colorado. I never felt brave. I feel weak and anxious more than anything, never brave.
Challenge: Think back on your life. Journal about two or three moments you or someone else might label as “brave”.