I’m sitting at my kitchen table thinking about you. Yes you. The one who will pick up this book or read this on my blog. My guess is you are here because you need a little more brave in your life and maybe a lot more hope. I feel your pain. For over two decades I struggled with a cycle of disappointment—not just normal everyday disappointment but a cycle that repeated over and over again. It has been a long process to healing.
Can I make you a promise?
God is faithful. He passionately pursues us in our valley seasons. However, He doesn’t just help us get out of the valley. He is there in our midst. Even if we cannot feel him, He is there. He surrounds us in the place where everything feels dead, and he begins a revival in our souls. I have found some of the most precious times I have had with the Father are those times when he comes into the valley with me—he meets me there and teaches me more than I could ever imagine.
We grow more in the valley than we do on the mountaintop.
It was almost four years ago when God started speaking to me about this topic of Brave Hope. I was living in a failing marriage and my heart was broken, so I cried out to God for answers. It was the end of 2013 when I started praying about my “word for the year” for 2014. God whispered the word “hope.” I was excited and angry all at the same time because hope can be such a good thing but sometimes it can feel like something that lives so far away it is unattainable. But oh how I wanted for hope to be a tangible, relevant part of my everyday life.
So, I embraced hope as my word for 2014. Boy did God teach me how to hope that year. It was a great adventure that I will share more about in the coming pages. In late 2014, I began to pray for my word for the next year and God spoke—“Brave.” In February of 2015, God gave me the title of my upcoming book, Brave Hope: Daring to Break Free From the Cycle of Disappointment. In that year God taught me what it meant to live in Brave Hope. I would love for you to join me on this journey of 31 Days to Brave Hope. Everyday I will be sending out a devotional.
Let’s get started…
As we dive into this topic, I feel like it is important that we define what Brave Hope is, so here goes.
adj. Possessing or displaying courage
v. Confident expectation
Brave Hope/brāv hōp/: A state of courageous and confident expectation.
We will define Brave Hope even more over the coming weeks but for now, you should know one thing.
Brave Hope is God’s promise to the enemy’s counterfeit cycle of disappointment.
Just like God has a plan for our lives the enemy of our souls has his own little plan. Thankfully, we serve a God that made a way and sent His son to make the ultimate sacrifice and die on a cross and raise up three days later to bring us victory over death—both physical and spiritual!
We are fighting from victory, not to it!
What Jesus did on the cross means that we are already victorious over the enemy, so we rejoice in Christ’s suffering knowing that we stand in a place of victory because He suffered and died.
“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:1-5 (emphasis mine)
The confident hope—Brave Hope of salvation will not lead to disappointment.
You may be asking, what does the cycle of disappointment look like?
Have I been living in a cycle of disappointment?
How do I break the cycle and start to live in Brave Hope?
Well, Sister, I have answers for you!
Tomorrow will discuss the first two questions and then we will spend the rest of our time together focusing on how to break the cycle and live in Brave Hope.
Live Fearlessly and Keep Laughing,
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25