If you asked my close friends and family to describe me in a few words, I’m pretty certain brave would not make the list. I’m a creature of habit who appreciates lists, routines and generally playing it safe. I err on the side of caution in most areas of my life and am always thinking of every risk imaginable. I find myself letting fear rule my heart and mind too often and to be frank, I’m over it.

When I sat down to write down my goals for 2018 I realized the word to keep me focused should be the one word that scares me the most: BRAVE.

So here’s what I mean:

  • Brave to try new things and welcome new experiences.
  • Brave to take chances.
  • Brave to step outside my comfort zone.
  • Brave to speak the truth with love and humility.
  • Brave to trust my gut.
  • Brave to face my fears and insecurities.
  • Brave to write and share.
  • Brave to stand up for the right thing even when it isn’t popular.
  • Brave to embrace my weaknesses.
  • Brave to live like Jesus in a culture that rejects Him.
  • Brave to say no.
  • Brave to say yes.
  • Brave to leave the past behind me and look to the future with JOY.
  • Brave to love big.

It’s about the big and the small braves, the loud and the quiet braves – weaving them into my daily crazy life and becoming the brave mama God has called me to be to raises a brave, confident daughter.

Alright, now cue Sara Bareilles.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

– 2 Timothy 1:7

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