I am not brave in the normal sense of the word. You will not catch me jumping out of an airplane. I’m not likely to go mountain climbing. And by not likely, I mean NEVER. But that does make those like myself any less brave. Brave means something different for all of us. When what we are doing takes courage, we are being brave. Never take that from yourself. The more we give ourselves credit for those moments, the braver we will become.
I just finished Let’s All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs and loved that she believed this, too. I saw a friend mention this book on Twitter and could absolutely not say no to a title like that. Annie is a beautiful writer, encourager, and woman of faith. She will make you feel that you can be brave, too. She will also help you to see that being brave looks different to everyone else and is careful to not define that for us. She let’s us define it for ourselves. But she tells us a little about how to be brave and what makes it easier to be brave.
A few of my favorite quotes from Let’s All Be Brave: Living Life with Everything You Have
I love when she talks of how brave is different for each of us. It is about doing the thing we feel drawn to do that requires courage. A few of Annie Down’s quotes from the book on finding your own brave…
“Like peering at some sort of kaleidoscope crystal, no two people are going to see the same thing when they look for a brave moment. God is that creative.” -Annie Downs
“She would say in her last days that God kept her on earth to pray for us — her children and grandchildren. That she felt her purpose on this planet was to cover us, intercede for us, and ask God to direct us. That’s brave to me.” -Annie Downs
“What’s your yes? I have to wonder if there is a question lingering out there in your heart that you don’t know how to answer. It could be big, like a location change, a job change, or a relationship. Or maybe it is a yes to inviting one friend over for dinner, attending one Zumba class at the gym, or making one request for help. What is waiting for you on your map just on the other side of the next yes?” -Annie Downs
She talks of how being brave is not about the results as much as it is about the doing…
“And I’m just not sure you are going to get it right every time — saying the right yes and the right no. I don’t get it right all the time. But courage doesn’t equal right; courage equals stepping out and trying. Be brave and say yes. But also be brave and say no. Jump on the float. Walk into the furnace. Stand up. Sit down. Get on that flight. Say the thing that courage asks you to say, even if it’s the word no.” -Annie Downs
And I just love this one…
“This is your story. Be brave for yourself, be brave for your God, and be brave for the onlookers, the ones who will be inspired by you to inspire others.” -Annie Downs
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Being brave is scary, and I really enjoyed reading what it was like for someone else, I especially loved where she talked about her people. We all need that group of others that we consider our people.
What’s calling you to be brave? What’s your brave look like? Whatever your brave looks like, just do it. And celebrate those times you are brave, no matter how small they may seem or what they may look like. If they took courage, even if that was courage to show up, to speak up, to not be invisible, then celebrate that, my beautiful friend. Celebrate it. Every single moment. Every single act of courage. Celebrate it.
Celebrate those times you are brave, no matter how small they may seem or what they may look like. If they took courage, even if that was courage to show up, to speak up, to not be invisible, then celebrate that, my beautiful friend. Celebrate it. Every single moment. Every single act of courage. Celebrate it. -Topaz