Day 19 – Brave
I don’t consider myself a scaredy-cat. But there are a few things I can honestly tell you I dislike a lot:
I don’t like needles.
I don’t like curvy roads when someone else is driving.
I hate, hate, hate snakes.
I have learned to overcome my fears by trusting in God.
“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3
When I see the word brave, I’m reminded of a few people in my life.
“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13
She has walked through some difficult experiences. As a young mother of two girls, she lost her second child, Cindy at just 7 months. I can’t imagine losing a child so young; at any age, really. My father was in a boating accident right after all of us kids were out of the house. She was so brave when the doctor told her that she could start planning a funeral. She did exactly what the scripture above says. She watched as God did the impossible. She’d stand fast in the faith. She was brave, no matter what the reports said. And she was strong, enduring as a faithful wife. And she remained faithful for 27 years after that accident, caring for my Daddy. When she said “I do, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health” she meant it. It’s what I admire so much about her. Right now she is facing serious health issues, and still, she is standing in the faith, bravely trusting in her God.
My husband, Phillip Sonnier
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
This guy is one brave warrior. He remains to be strong and of good courage, throughout his walk with God. Whatever he faces, He links arms with Jesus and runs to the other side. In the almost 16 years that we’ve been married, he has battled many difficult and life-threatening health issues. Diabetes is a devil and it tried to kill him. He was not afraid when the doctor told him he had to start dialysis treatments. He walked through that clinic 3 days a week, for 3 long years. He was not dismayed, for the Lord was with him. He took every opportunity to share Jesus with the other patients, the techs and the nurses and doctors. He walked out of that clinic for the last time on January 10 and we drove to Houston for a kidney transplant. A miracle happened. He no longer had to do dialysis treatments. During his recovery, we walked the halls of The Methodist Hospital with one goal in mind… to make Jesus famous. And God moved in awesome ways bringing hope and healing to many. 2 years later, he bravely underwent another transplant surgery and received a pancreas. Another miracle. The Lord was with him and he is now healed… diabetes lost that battle! And the devil will keep losing because my husband is an overcomer! Today is his birthday. I’m thankful that God has given him more years to boldly share the gospel.
Sometimes we have to just say declare our bravery.
My grandson, Bishop is almost 6 and as a young boy, he has a few fears, as most 6 years old do. So, we gave him the superhero name – Bold and Brave Bishop.
I might as well tell you our other two grandchildren’s names.
Audrey is Awesome Audrey. Maddox is Mighty Maddox.
So today, If you are fearful or intimidated, I declare over you…
You are Bold and Brave! Declare it yourself!
Living in HIS Joy!