Be You, Bravely by Elizabeth Mason

Be you, bravely.

Brave.

Courageous.

Daring.

Fearless.

Bold.

What if these were the words used to describe you? God did create you to be all those things, after all. Not because you are those things, but because HE is.

He is brave…so that you can be brave.

He is courageous… so you can be courageous.

He is bold… so you can be bold.

God tells us over and over in the Bible to, “Be strong and courageous!” Actually, he doesn’t just tell us, he COMMANDS us.

“Have I not commanded you, ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified. Do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’” Joshua 1:9.

The Lord is commanding Joshua to take his people into the Promised Land and I think God knew it wasn’t going to be an easy task. He knew this leader was going to need to be strong and courageous. He would have to be brave. He would have to rely on God to “give him every place where he would set his foot.” Joshua 1:3. That’s why the phrase is on repeat throughout the passage. God was making sure Joshua didn’t forget. Go read the passage in Joshua 1.

It reminds me a teeny bit of me telling my four-year-old to put her shoes on. It starts out as more of a request. Then, a second reminder. Then a ‘no I really mean it! Like really, please do it!’ And then a ‘Didn’t I already say…’!

Are we not the same as a four-year-old? Or as Joshua? God isn’t just telling us as a request or as advice… It’s a command! He knows this life will be hard. He knows we’re going to need to be strong and courageous and bold and brave. But He still calls us to be who He created us to be. And to do what He created us to do.

What does the brave version of you look like?

How does the brave version of you get through a crazy day or week at work?

How does the brave version of you say yes to a big decision where the Lord is leading?

Let God make you brave. First, submit to Him. Give Him the control. We have to let go and give our lives back to our Creator with open hands. John 3:30 says, “He must become greater, I must become less.”

What if we really did that? Really let go of everything we are trying so hard to do and be and say on our own. What if we really spent the day in constant conversation with Him, instead of being afraid? A wise woman once told me, “Don’t just be sweet and kind. Be strong and courageous.”

Don’t be afraid to say yes to what God is calling you to do or who He is calling you to be. Take a step.

               Just one little step at a time.

                             And with each step, just keep saying yes.

And what if those little brave steps added up to a bunch of brave steps? What could happen just by you saying yes to who the God of this universe created you to be?

In Matthew 17:20 Jesus makes a promise and says, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Be you, Bravely.

That’s our MOPS theme this year and it has been so awesome to navigate how to truly live that way alongside other women who are striving for the same goal. It’s tough. Life is tough. But God is always faithful and He will “give us every place to set our foot” if we trust in Him. (Joshua 1:3)

You are valuable. You are precious. You are brave enough, because HE is enough. God wants to give you the courage to be yourself. So, let Him.

“HE is the one who makes you brave.

He is the one who helps you face the day.

Gives you strength

Gives you permission to be weak

Gives you boldness to speak

A quiet place to breathe

Ears to hear the heart

Eyes to see the dreams

Conqueror of death

Creator of life

The Hero of all heroes

The inventor of time

He is with YOU

You are not alone.

He wants to walk with you daily

So today, take a step.

Be you, bravely.”

An incredible speaker, poet and women of God, Amena Brown, spoke those words (and more) at the MOPS conference this year. They posted a link to her four-minute “BRAVE Anthem.” It is so powerful to me. Take a few minutes and let the Lord speak to you through her. Watch the short video here. (http://www.mops.org/anthem)

Lord, we pray today that we would be women who say yes to You. That we say yes to who You created us to be. That we wouldn’t be afraid or timid or scared but that in Your name we would say yes. That we would take that first brave step. Jesus, make those little steps into something big to bring you glory! Thank you Jesus, for promising to be with us wherever we go. Thank you for reminding us that You are always holding us in Your hands. Help us to encourage each other to be who You have created us to be, not who we wish we were. In Your name we pray, Amen. 

Elizabeth Mason has been a part of Valley MOPs since moving to Des Moines in 2012. She is the mom of two girls, Reese (4) and Lucy (almost 2) and the biggest cheerleader for her husband of seven years, Mark, who is a Surgery Resident at Methodist Hospital downtown. Despite the crazy cold winters, the Mason family has enjoyed their transition from Texas to Iowa. And they’re especially thankful for what God has done for them through Valley Church.   

Elizabeth Mason has been a part of Valley MOPs since moving to Des Moines in 2012. She is the mom of two girls, Reese (4) and Lucy (almost 2) and the biggest cheerleader for her husband of seven years, Mark, who is a Surgery Resident at Methodist Hospital downtown. Despite the crazy cold winters, the Mason family has enjoyed their transition from Texas to Iowa. And they’re especially thankful for what God has done for them through Valley Church.