Being brave is something I was never intentional about. I never felt brave, even though I did some dangerous things in my life. People might say it was brave to get married at 20 to someone I barely knew, to move across the Pacific to the tiny island of Oahu without friends or family, to pick up and move whenever I felt like it actually, to publish my books for others to read and criticize, and the list goes on. The thing is, before I always did these things a whim, not because God was leading me to do these things. Today I want to talk a little bit about what it means to be brave, but be brave as a woman of God. Now THAT takes some real bravery.
I recently started reading "100 Days to Brave: Devotions for Unlocking Your Most Courageous Self". It all started when I picked Brave for my One Word challenge. A month later I was browsing through Target, which is not a usual activity of mine, and Annie's book practically jumped off the bookshelf at me. I couldn't ignore the sign from God to read it so I bought it and now I'm twenty-five days into it. I have to tell you...I LOVE IT!
When I read this verse, it really hit home for me. I have a 4-year-old daughter and when I read this, I pictured her asking me those questions and it tore at my heart. But, we ask God these questions all the time. "Why, God, did you make me this heavy-set? Why, God, did you give me such bad acne? Why, God, did I have to have frizzy hair?" No matter what it is, we all have issues with our bodies and self. It's one of the biggest issues women face today. For the longest time, I had a huge laundry list of things I wanted to change about myself.