BRAVE {Finding the Promise to Endure} ~ Five Minute Friday

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For five minutes time.
Without editing or backtracking
On one word alone:

BRAVE

The word makes me look at the floor. You see, I’ve never been, and often wonder if this should fall in my list of regrets. I’ve settled for believing God simply made me to cling. Instead of laughing at danger, I hold on to safety. His arm is my preferred choice. And He doesn’t seem to mind…

I’ve been put in harm’s way, though. This world spins wildly, after all, and I’m living in it. Sometimes, it seems His arm extends beyond what’s comfortable. And though I’m still holding…grasping…dangling…danger finds me. Pain often ensues.

Yet I make it through. I may leave scars on His hands because of it, but He never lets go.

A friend who loves me more than I deserve once told me I was brave. She proclaimed it was the only reason I was still standing after the last blow. I gazed at the frieze as I confessed she was wrong.

I’m not brave, I told her. I just know how to hold on.

She stepped a bit closer and waited for me to look up. When I met her dare, she whispered:

“Nikki, brave doesn’t mean reckless.
It means you endure.
No matter what comes your way,
you know where to go to find the courage to make it through.
And you’re the bravest friend I know.”

My bottom lip began to quiver as I let her words find my heart. She wrapped her arms tight when I lost my breath. My knees wobbled, but she held fast. And I told her then, and have many times since:

“Friend, you bring me courage when hope seems lost.
I’m only able to find bravery when you’re here, reminding me to hold fast.”

And we decide then brave isn’t something you need to be. It’s a promise you need to find.

So when trouble comes your way–and it will (John 16:33), you’ll know the arm on which to cling to. And you’ll find it (bravery) on the other side when you realize…He never let go.

STOP.

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How about you, friend? Have you found bravery? How do you define it? I’d love to hear.

Thanks for sharing your time with me.

Simply striving,

Nikki

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29 thoughts on “BRAVE {Finding the Promise to Endure} ~ Five Minute Friday

  1. Nikki, your words leave me breathless. Wow. Just. Wow. “And we decide then brave isn’t something you need to be. It’s a promise you need to find.” Oh, you know His hand. . . you know the feel of His hand. I am blessed by your brave clinging to Him, girl. I am so blessed. You help me cling, too.

  2. “It’s a promise you need to find.” Powerful words, girl. Beautiful and brave post. Don’t we all hold on to our Daddy’s hand when we’re afraid? Love this!

  3. Absolutely LOVE this, Nikki!!! God was truly speaking to you through your friend. 🙂 I think it takes so much bravery to cling to His arm in those times, rather than to just throw in the towel and give in. I have seen too many people give up on Him when tragedy strikes. You truly endure. You don’t let the pain of life separate you from God, and that is awesome!

  4. Wow, I am glad I made yours the last post before bed tonight! This is so beautiful. And just so well written. I am truly blessed. Need to hang on to it before I drift off tonight! Phew. Thank you, friend.

  5. “And we decide then brave isn’t something you need to be. It’s a promise you need to find.” Wow. Thank you for this. Keep clinging to Him…keep being brave. Blessings and happy Friday, friend! 🙂

  6. Oh sweet friend. Even baby steps are brave. Standing still is where fear keeps us and pushes us back. You are one of the bravest people I know. So freely sharing your heart and loving on the people around you. Sometimes the bravest thing to do isn’t taking down the giant. Sometimes it’s bending down to wash another’s feet. Love you much.

  7. Dear Nikki,
    THis:”And you’ll find it (bravery) on the other side when you realize…He never let go.” So grateful He never does, and I am so glad your friend was there to hold you up and tell you how brave you are…Yes! {{Hugs}} wishing you a blessed weekend with your sweeties 🙂

  8. Oh my kindred sister friend… the one who is consistently BRAVE right here in this space… I love this so! This: “And we decide then brave isn’t something you need to be. It’s a promise you need to find.” = perfection! Oh so much loving this! (& Boo for broken computers that get in our way of chatting! Once again – in your honor and absence I didn’t even bring up Nutella!)

  9. “Brave isn’t something you need to be. It’s a promise you need to find.” You my dear, sweet and brave sister, thank you! I am going to allow this to sink deeply in my spirit as I lay down to sleep tonight. Love you!

  10. Dear Nikki
    You are so right! Even we are not very brave, we do have the common sense to hold onto the bravest One ever, our sweet Lord Jesus. He fights the battles for us as we rest in Him. Thank you for a beautiful post.
    Blessings from FMF
    Mia

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  12. Ah, Nikki! Every. single. time! Your words speak so deeply into my heart. I’m not brave, I told her. I just know how to hold on.- I LOVE these words.
    What a SWEET blessing you are in my life! Love you!

  13. So, so beautiful. I love that you have friends who see you and speak truth back to you from the outside of your life. Love your heart and humility that show such powerful grace – it truly reflects glory.

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  15. This —> And we decide then brave isn’t something you need to be. It’s a promise you need to find—> Oh my stars… leaking eyes happening here… Yes basking in this today.

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  17. I’m here, weepy as I read, my head bobbing in agreement with about every other word. But, most especially, with these, “And you’ll find that He never let go.” Yes. (And, your friend was spot on – you ARE brave!)

  18. “And we decide then brave isn’t something you need to be. It’s a promise you need to find.” yes…:)

  19. Brave is something we HAVE to be because we have Him as our back up if everything else fails! He never let go… So inspiring, Nikki! Starting today, I will keep holding on… 🙂

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