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Feeling Brave?

Verse of the Day:

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. – Ephesians 6:10-11

When do you feel the Brave? This question was posed on the Wordpess Daily Post by Scott Berkun. When I saw this question I thought I don’t know if I ever “feel” brave. I have often been told that I am brave or that I have been brave but I don’t know if in a moment I have ever “felt” brave. Have you?

For many people who battle an illness or face any type of adversity brave is not a feeling. You are sometimes faced with no other option than to be brave. In my case, as an adult who has grown up with an illness I did the only thing I knew how to do. I just kept going forward. There were days when moving forward was very easy. I felt great and nothing was significantly wrong with my health other than the obvious. But there were other days when I was facing open heart surgery for the third time or when I was cleaning out the softball size hole in my chest from a staph infection. Those days were some of my worst. And those were the days where I was my bravest. During that time however I felt like I was in a black hole and I would never see light again. Brave was not what I was feeling at all, not even a little. Some days I was on my knees begging for mercy.

Yet in those moments looking back, I know now that I am stronger mentally and physically because I kept pushing forward. My inner Wonder Woman came out. And that is what brave feels like to me I suppose. Facing your darkest fears and then punching them square in the jaw.

“Onward Christian Solider” is a phase from a Precious Moments Bible that I got when I was a little girl. It is a phrase that I remember ever time I need to summon up a little courage. Because for me, my bravery and courage comes from above. Always has, always will. A solider is the picture of bravery. We all need to picture ourselves as a stronger “us” when we are at our weakest. So I use this, or Wonder Woman! She is beautiful and kicks butt and sometimes you just need to tell yourself I am as strong Wonder Woman! I am Wonder Woman! Do you picture yourself as a superhero or a soldier when you need a little extra dose of courage?

Courage comes in all faces and places. I have a step-brother in Afghanistan who in my opinion is brave everyday with every other soldier who is fighting for this country. He (they) see things and face things that we as Americans can’t imagine. Yet he leaves his family to risk his life so that I have the freedom to write this blog and spend Christmas with my family and receive the medical care I really need to be alive. These guys are brave everyday. The have courage for breakfast, I think. Thanks Ricky! I love ya! And thanks to all the troops home and away, your bravery is astounding!

Bravery lies in all of us. It is that still small voice telling us to go for it. You can do it! The whisper in your ear of one more time, one more step, one more mile. It is the best part of us pushing us to face our fears, challenge our weaknesses and to battle our greatest enemies. I encourage you to find the places in your life where you have been brave or felt brave. If you are in a place now where you are battling then I say to you – Onward and Upward – It will get better eventually, even on your worse days know there is always a light ahead! I promise! Just keep pushing forward Brave One!

And if your ever need a little help I am always happy to lend a hand, a hug, a whisper or a sharp upper cut! 😉

12 thoughts on “Feeling Brave?

  1. I loved this!!! We all must put on the brave face to face an unknown future at times!! My prayers are with you always, happy to be following such a brave Christain solider. My son once had a staph infection, it was one hell of a week. I know it can’t be easy but be encouraged!! Your life is making a difference!!! :o) ♥

    1. I appreciate you! It is nice to know a fellow Christian solider! I had my staph infection back in 2009 for a few months and wore a wound vac. I am sorry to hear your son had one. I can’t imagine how hard that must have been for you to watch him go through that! I hope he his doing great now! Merry Christmas to you!

  2. Gena, here I am reading and admiring your post and then you go and jerk a tear from me when you mention us over here in Afghanistan 😉 Bravery is definitely NOT a feeling to me. I have come to define bravery through my experience as realizing fear but doing it anyway full force without hesitation. It causes me to be more focused,cautious etc. In other words I hone in the skills taught to me, but more importantly most Soldiers mitigate fear with FAITH. We pray in large groups before missions…for courage, strength, and protection. Excellent choice on picturing Wonder Woman, but you already are her, and I am already a Soldier lol, but you are absolutely right…I picture the Rhino. They are massive, covered in armor, powerful, get in their way and they will CHARGE! They cannot even take a step backward, it isn’t programmed in their brain….only FORWARD. We definitely share a lot of the same traits that I think were learned through our experience and GOD Bless you for getting it out there Gena. If there was a molded model of the word INSPIRE it would be your clone. Merry Christmas to all of you in the U.S.A.!!! You all take care of the home front, we got your back on the front lines. I love you sister Gena.

    1. Ricky!!! You read this!! I love the Rhino! Oh, you brought a tear to my eye as well. I am so happy to know that I inspire you or anyone. And you are right I too mitigate my fear with faith. Be safe and know I am in prayer for you and all your guys everyday!!! I love you!!! Merry Christmas Big Brother!!

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