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When it comes to Annie F. Downs, I’m a longtime listener, first-time reader. I love her That Sounds Fun podcast and have picked up more than one book on her recommendation, but never one of her books. That ended as of a couple weeks ago, when I started 100 Days to Brave – Devotions for Unlocking Your Most Courageous Self.
Also, I feel like Annie and I could be besties, but that’s really beside the point. Anyway…
Each day Annie starts you off with a verse, followed by her commentary, and leaves you with a “Be Brave” prompt. Day four’s Be Brave prompt – When you see brave, say so.
So, here I am – saying so.
I see brave in my mama. Through her fight with breast cancer, she has left me in awe of her resilience, her “I’ve got this” attitude, and the strength she’s found in Him.
I see brave in my dad. He’s been with mom through it all – there for her at appointments, hospital stays, never missing a round of chemo, staying strong for her when she feels weak, and lifting her up in prayer when she doesn’t feel like she can pray.
I see brave in my friends who’ve fought cancer and won and in those gearing up for their battle.
I see it in my farming and ranching friends, making a go of it with Mother Nature and the markets stacked against them.
I see it in my friends whose husbands are farmers. The ones left with quite the load during this busy season of harvest.
I see it in my friends who are teachers, gearing up for another year in the classroom building strong foundations and leaving lasting impressions on those they teach.
I see brave in my friends who own businesses. Those who listen to the whispers and get up every day to run not walk toward making their dreams their reality.
I see brave in my friends who’ve taken a giant leap of faith, moving their families states away from home to follow His path even when it felt hard.
I see brave in my kids and their tenacity for life.
I see it in my husband and his unwillingness to quit.
And if I look really close, I see it in myself. Not because I’m blatantly brave, but because it’s there. Bravery is there. Even if it’s shoved way down deep, it’s in all of us to be brave. And I’m finding, thanks to Annie, that it’s a whole lot easier to see your brave when you see it in others.
So, where do you see brave?