Overcome with emotion and a deep sense of pride I scroll through social media and realize I am surrounded by countless stories of bravery. Even with my own self-doubts I realize I was one in that list of the brave. Bravery is defined by the Merriam Webster as “the quality or state of having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty; the quality or state of being brave: showing courage.” After reading this definition it is easy to say, “Nope that’s not me.” That is so and so or Esther in the Bible, she exuded bravery or Wonder Woman. Now that’s an epic superhero who had a massive amount of grand bravery but me ummm maybe not so much.
A light bulb went off as I saw a post of my beautiful friend, a single mom who is raising two amazing children. She works full time at a learning center taking care of precious babies so their mamas can work. Each day is filled with ups and downs but she chooses joy. She looks to God for strength. She raises her children in the house of God. She serves faithfully. I look at her and I see BRAVERY. Then there is the mom who stays at home with her girls and works out of the home. Her business this year has been a challenge. She has been dealing with physical pain yet she speaks of hope for the New Year and is thankful for ALL that God has brought them through in this difficult season. She defines bravery. Then I think of one of my Sunday coordinators for Wave Kids. She is a wife, a mom, a doctor and I see bravery all over her as she helps countless lives reach health. Moms wear so many hats and when I think of bravery and courage I think of MOMS.
Alison Mann’s says this about motherhood, “My body gives. I nourish yours. This heart, these hands embrace you, firm bonds of love connect us two. We dance, entwined in growth. And as our seasons pass and change the mother that is me comes to see her precious self her strength and her beauty.” Moms are beautiful life givers, bold encouragers, determined hard workers, devoted teachers, fierce prayer warriors, compassionate healers as well as chefs, cooks, boo-boo kissers, cheerleaders and the list goes on and on. My wish is that moms would look in the mirror and know and feel this about themselves. That they would know that God sees them and ALL that they do and that He is proud of them. When the tough times come (and they will come) that we will run to Him even harder, that we won’t give up or doubt the strength that we have, that we will seek the truth in the Word of God, that we will find passion in serving in the House of God, that we will be confident in the abilities to guide and lead, that we will help and cheer each other on in being loyal friends. Romans 15:1-2 in the Message says, “Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”
I have doubted my ability in my calling. I have underestimated it and at times not appreciated it. I definitely have not seen it as bravery but when really thinking about it– What made me brave? I simply knew what it was — MOTHERHOOD. I daily step out of my comfort zone to face the challenges of motherhood. At times failing and picking myself up again to meet another challenge or task. However, more times I am encouraged simply when a little hand squeezes mine and big brown eyes look up at me and say “Mommy, I love you! You are the best!” This year I face motherhood with a renewed sense of bravery, with a new desire to encourage others in their walks and a passion to see others receive and give love. Whatever your calling is whether it be motherhood, being a student, a working woman, or all of the above may you know that you are beautifully brave and that God has equipped you with the mental and moral strength to face danger, fear and difficulty.
Devoted Devotional By Jenny Rowan