Baby Steps of Bravery

Okay, y’all. This is funny. I was sitting on the front porch thinking it might be fun to connect with you through a video {crazy to call such awkwardness “fun”}, but just as I took a deep breath of bravery and pressed record, a big ol’ landscape truck pulled in the driveway. Thank God for the warriors who’ve come to slay our Jack and the Beanstalk-sized weeds, but I wasn’t about to let them see me talking to myself! Because that’s what it looks like when you do these videos. The only ones who get to watch me “live” are Aslan and the chickens!

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As silly and seemingly uninspiring as this short little snippet feels to me, I think it’s worth sharing because of what it represents: a baby step of bravery. Just pressing record at all felt brave today. It doesn’t matter if I didn’t say much…or if what I have to say on any given day makes a big impact. Sometimes the bravest thing is just showing up.

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Remember my first video? I didn’t start out feeling brave that day, but one of you taught me how important and life giving baby steps of bravery can be. One of YOU inspired that act of bravery in me. One person’s baby step of bravery {delivering flowers to my door during a hard time} launched me into my own baby step of bravery {recording a video when I couldn’t find the words to write}. Who knew that bravery is contagious?

Never underestimate the power of a baby step of bravery. Not only because your baby step may inspire someone else, but because someday, all of those baby steps will add up inside of you …until one day, BRAVE isn’t just something you do, BRAVE IS WHO YOU ARE!

Actually, BRAVE is who you are TODAY. I know you may not see in yourself right now. I know you may not  feel brave in this moment. That’s why we need others to call it out in us. We need someone to call out what we can’t see in ourselves. I want to be that person for you today: the one who calls you BRAVE. The one who calls out what God sees in you…what He’s placed inside of you. He called me brave when I didn’t feel like it. That’s what He does. Because He sees you as you really are. Now you get to decide if you want to believe what He sees!

Maybe today, your baby step of bravery is just daring to believe that God calls you BRAVE. Don’t look for evidence in your past or ways to prove it in the future. Just see what happens when you choose to agree with what God sees in you in this present moment!

Celebrating baby steps of bravery with you today,

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P.S. Speaking of baby steps, I’m learning to walk again! After six weeks of broken ankle blues, I finally got to start physical therapy. It’s painful, but good. My youngest says I look like a granny the way I hobble awkwardly {feels like I have a peg leg!}, but I’ll take it. And besides, I adored my Granny, so I’m just just going to receive her funny granny comments as a high compliment! Anything is better than being on that couch. I may never sit in that spot again! Thankful for porch sitting weather this week…and a way to hobble out and enjoy it!

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  • Suzanne - Linsey- so happy to hear that you are on your way to recovery and walking again! I will be praying for you and want to thank you for being such an inspiration! Blessings! SuzanneReplyCancel

  • Dianne - So happy you made it to the porch alone. So disappointed you could not film an entire convo. I love your videos. Please try again soon. hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Inga - Glad to hear you are back on your feet! Take it easy now!
    You look and sound great in the video, no worries!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - Linsey, you are just too cute! I’m hoping to have a little more time to read your blog now that the school year is about to start! It’s hard to enjoy your beautiful photos and words when two young boys are fighting in the next room! I met a Sheltie last week that looked so much like your Aslan. She was such a sweet dog that it almost made me want think about adding one to our family one day. That is, when I could tolerate the dog hair!ReplyCancel

  • Jessi - I could feel Spirit’s presence even in your short video :). Your words and your videos are delightful and a big encouragement.ReplyCancel