Breakthrough of Bravery

As confusing and messed up it is that some Canadians have left to go fight overseas for ISIS, it is because they have a (misplaced) desire to be brave and to fight for a cause.

How dangerous it is to be sucked in by the other side.

Something about this year is requiring us to muster up all the courage within us. Everywhere I turn people are talking about bravery.

And while my life my not look like it requires a ton of bravery – I don’t daily ward off terrorists or give international prophetic words – I long to be brave.

Where fear has kept me hidden in the past, I feel just below the surface of breakthrough.

All of a sudden every time I close my eyes I see this roaring lioness, sprinting across the plains, with great courage, agility and grace.

I wake each morning, and hear the Lord call me “brave lioness”.

So I have chosen to practice bravery. There are things on my heart for this year, that will take courage, and instead of waiting until the last second, I feel like I’m to jump in with both feet.

I’ve been rapidly crossing off “the braves” this January, and oh what freedom that is bringing to my soul.

Andrew and I took three kids swimming, even though being outnumbered by kids in water terrified me. It ended up being harder than I had thought, it was a wave pool!10945397_10155084215690431_782178886066163822_n

Once Amayah stopped her panic screaming, I laughed inside that I was being stretched in this area of fear for my kids.

Andrew and I have had it on our hearts to speak together, to tag team preach on some subjects that we’re both really passionate about.

The opportunity arose, and we almost settled for not being brave. The night before we almost changed the plan back to within our comfort zone.

But then we didn’t. Oh the breakthrough that comes when you’re brave. pre preach selfie

(blurry pre-preach selfie)

There are many more things this year that are going to take bravery. Scary things.

The Lord has asked me to record prophetic worship, to keep writing, to my more open with my stuggles, and to be genuine in my love toward people.

He’s asked me to wake up at 6 a.m. every morning to get time just with him and to be more clear minded with my kids (I always feel brutal when they haul me out of bed). 10801991_10155079828340431_1865938019883008118_n

I have to realistically looking at my post-three babies body and how I will meet my fitness goals to maintain my ability to run hard after my kids, and after what the Lord has asked me to do.

Brave – ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.

Brave – Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Now you, lionhearted one, will you join me in the quest for bravery in 2015?

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One thought on “Breakthrough of Bravery

  1. Monica, I think it takes incredible bravery to be a parent, much less a minister! Yes, you and your husband need all the courage you can muster up. The pictures are wonderful. Thanks for sharing your life this way.
    Elouise

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