Yearning for Brave
There’s just something about a brave woman.
She walks differently.
She stands differently.
She’s just “different.”
And yet, she’s not that different than the rest of us. Because we all have it in us to be brave.
Every. Single. One. Of. Us.
The moment God breathed his majestic breath into our lungs we became brave.
The moment He pointed his finger and said, “you…you are mine,” we became brave. It’s how He made us. And it makes me wonder, why do we as women, as wives, allow the whispers of the enemy to tell us that we are not?
“You should just give up on this marriage, you don’t have the courage to stand firm.”
“You’re a terrible wife for having depressive thoughts.”
“He doesn’t love you as much as you love him. You should just give up on him and move on.”
God seeks us out. He chases after us. We’re His girls and when we walk with the “brave” that He’s placed inside of us, our whole countenance on life changes.
I bet you’re braver than you think, friend.
You’re brave when:
- Instead of fighting back with words you know will hurt, you close your mouth and humbly say, I don’t understand but I do love you and we will work this out.
- The memories of betrayal keep flooding your thoughts and mind yet you have scriptures you’ve written down and you speak those scriptures over yourself instead of finding comfort in the memories.
- Instead of carrying around years of hurt, you take the first step and find the courage to reach out for God’s hand.
- You do not let fear rule, but instead walk in the spirit of love, power, and self control. (2 Timothy 1:7)
- You feel neglected by your husband you know that you have a Savior that puts you in such high regard and died for you.
- You’ve not yet conquered, but you’re maybe still in the battle, fighting, not giving up.
Let’s look at Abigail for just a bit. She was a wife who was brave. She was in a hard marriage, yet she didn’t let it destroy her.
To get to know Abigail better, we should know that she wasn’t married to a loving, selfless, God-fearing man. Abigail’s husband, Nabal, likely took Abigail for granted and didn’t love her like God calls husbands to love the church.
Abigail surely had every reason, according to what her friends might have told her, to give up and walk away. Yet she chose differently. When Nabal offended and insulted King David, David planned to retaliate and kill Nabal. But Abigail bravely took action. She humbly approached David and begged for mercy, in order to save her family. Davids response was immediate and positive because of Abigail’s bravery and courage.
Abigail did hard things even though she didn’t have to. She did the right thing even though she didn’t need to. And Abigail loved her husband and fought for him, even though she wasn’t sure he would’ve done the same for her. She led and she loved by example, not because she wanted to, but because she knew her Father called her to this kind of brave.
Dear wife, God WILL make you brave. Put the hard in His awesome hands. Choose today to hold your head up and breathe in brave.
Wife Step: Take three post-it notes and write these words on each one.
“Lord, you make me strong.”
“Lord, you make me courageous.”
“Lord, YOU MAKE ME BRAVE.”
Shannon Geurin is a wife, mother, writer and speaker; but most of all she’s a fighter. She has learned what it takes to fight for her marriage and family. She is deeply passionate about empowering women to rise up through their circumstances and fight in order to find their greatest calling. Shannon loves serving an actively engaged “Fiercely His” community via her website www.shannongeurin.com. Her authentic, genuine style and courage to speak the truth is a breath of fresh air to her readers and is one of her greatest qualities. An Oklahoma girl at heart with the accent and “y’alls” to prove it, she currently resides in the beautiful mountains of Colorado. She graduated with a nursing degree from the University of Oklahoma, but spends her time sipping coffee, writing and doing what she loves most, taking care of her crazy family. Shannon has been married for more than 25 years to her husband John, and is Mom to two spirited daughters, Alex and Averee.