Make Me Brave

The deeper I walk into the mysteries of God and the more confidently I embrace them, the more foolish I appear to the world.

Everything is upside down; there is a way that seems right to a man.

My husband took a significant risk at work last week: in a place where the name of Jesus may not be mentioned, he unraveled the whole beautiful story to a person lost in desperate darkness.

He planted hope and it may yet cost him his job.

As we were sharing this story with the kids, one of the little ones asked if Daddy was going to die for his faith.  We laughed in the moment, but really, this call to live in Christ is a call to come and die.

{And we may die for Jesus one day, just as brothers and sisters all over the world are dying in His name even now.  I dare not believe that this façade of peace is here forever; I need to live ready.}

Yet, courage has to build one step at a time as I learn what life really is and what it means to follow a Redeemer-King whose wisdom is folly to the world: it means exchanging my comfort for the cross; replacing worldly wisdom for seemingly-confounding Supernatural Revelation, and swapping personal peace for a Love so wide it leads into eternity.  It also means resting in the shadow of His wings and abandoning ‘it all’ to the one who loves me the most and knows every detail of my life… my times are in His hands.

I have never been more proud of my husband.  Watching him, ready to ‘die’ (lose his reputation/job), because his love for Jesus just won’t be contained any longer is about the most solidly beautiful thing I have seen in my life.

He makes me brave.

It’s been a powerful week as we have walked together, prayed together and pressed into all the perfect promises of Scripture as though our lives depended on it…

…Because they do.

The road to heaven starts here; travel light and risk it all.


6 thoughts on “Make Me Brave

  1. Ben is a marvelous example of a man. I was touched deeply by my prayer experience last time I was there. If you had withheld the ending from this story (will he or won’t he risk his job by sharing the gospel message?) there would have been no doubt in my mind which course he would take. I will offer my own prayers to heaven for you as well. God bless.

  2. Thanks for your kind words and prayers, Terri-Ann. It’s been a very interesting week, and it’s not over yet! It’s neat though, to see how God has been shaping us for “such a time as this”. It only gets me excited to think about what is ahead!

  3. When in battle, God’s word speaks best.
    Hope youa re encourage by following scripture. We are keeping you all in our prayers. It’s amazing to see the mighty hand of God move when we step out of the way. The battle is His and so He has won the victory.
    Psalm 20:6-8
    New International Version (NIV)
    6 Now this I know:
    The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
    He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.
    7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
    8 They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm.

  4. praying for you, and for the one who Ben shared with, that Ben’s words would be absorbed and seeds of truth would bud in this persons life.

    • Thank you, Anne… prayer is so powerful… it looks like the seeds are being cast far and wide as others involved hear about it… thank you for joining us before the Lord.

  5. Thank you Chana! Psalm 20 is kind of a “family theme song” for us… Ben’s written a tune for it and we all sing it together… your reminding me of it is just confirmation that we will rise up and stand firm!!

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