Give Me Courage To Be Brave


“Immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’” Mark 6:50

I have stepped out in faith this week and need prayer that His will be done in my life.  I am awaiting a decision that will be made tomorrow, it is my steadfast prayer for healing and restoration.  I pray the Lord will speak to the hearts of all involved and the Lord will go before me preparing the way.

The past few weeks, during my quiet times with the Lord, one subject keeps coming up.  Are you brave enough?  I realized He was prompting me to step out, to stretch me.

Bravery is something I do not possess.  I always seem to take the safest option in my life.  It made me reflect, am I brave enough in my Christian life?  The words the Lord spoke to me “are you brave enough” kindled a fire in my soul as I began to think about all the ways I wanted to be brave enough: brave enough to speak up, brave enough to be graceful, brave enough to step out in faith, brave enough to ask for help.

What I have learned was I do not have enough courage/bravery on my own to face life without fear. I needed a courage that came from outside myself. My human bravery always fell short.

No matter what you need to be brave enough for today, Jesus offers to meet you there with what only He can do. He offers you forgiveness when you fail and grace that energizes you to try again. He offers you healing when you hurt and strength that replaces your weakness. He offers you his presence, giving confidence that comes fully from who He is — not who you are.

If we have any desire to see God move in a miraculous way in your life, we must be prepared to step out of the boat, as Peter did. God’s power is always there for the taking. Sometimes, though, the Lord requires us to take the first step of faith and then the bravery will be provided.

He wants to expand our borders to maybe try new things. It can be really scary. We may even start to sink as Peter did. But if we don’t ever get out of the boat, we will never know the new things God wants to do in and through us. He has so much in store for us, more than we could ever dream of.

Are you brave enough in your Christian life?

Has God placed something in your heart that you feel you should be doing? Are you holding back for fear of the unknown or a fear of rejection? What small steps can you take in pursuing it?

Commit these things to the Lord.

When you have Jesus, you have all the courage/bravery you need, for whatever you may face.

Heavenly Father, I want to believe that in You I have all I need. As I begin today, would You help me be brave enough for whatever You have for me? Give me the courage to forgive generously, love fully and shine brightly in the place You’ve placed me to grow. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Please pray for me regarding tomorrow’s decision, that His will be done in my life.  And that He moves in a miraculous way.  Preparing all the hearts involved and preparing the way.

Thank you all and God Bless!


Author: Cheryl Cooper Downum

My name is Cheryl Cooper Downum, I have been a survivor of childhood sexual and a victim of a stalker and sexual assault at 15. I endured a painful divorce in 2015. As I’ve walked this journey, I’ve found myself growing closer to Jesus. My heart is now infused with empathy for others that find themselves in this place. And, God has given me a story, a message of hope to share. A message birthed in my brokenness that brought forth a sweet-surrendered dependence on God’s unconditional acceptance and love. The reason I am writing this blog is; I have found in my life that the Lord often uses our deepest pain as the launching pad to our deepest calling. My desire is to encourage His children to seek a deeper relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope that as you read my blog, you will feel inspired and encouraged. Thank you for visiting! God Bless! The Lord has also blessed me abundantly with 3 beautiful grown and married adult children.

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