Brave Is...

Susan Narjala   |   February 8, 2024 


Is not being unafraid

But trying even while you tremble with fear;

Sometimes, it looks like standing on a stage,

In other moments, it is journaling in silence.



Is risking vulnerability

Because it might bless someone;

Sometimes, it looks like sharing a weakness,

In other moments, it is sharing a gift.



Is confessing your brokenness

Before Him who enfolds you into His love;

Sometimes, it looks like tears poured out,

In other moments, it is hands lifted up.



Is sharing your story

Because you want to give Him glory,

Sometimes, it sounds like a testimony of victory,

In other moments, it is a tale of endurance.



Is stepping into the unknown

Your eyes fixed on the One who knows all things;

Sometimes, it looks like taking new territory,

In other moments, it is being still and simply abiding.



Is standing out, not to be seen

But to show Him off;

Sometimes, it looks like being set apart,

In other moments, it is becoming invisible.



Is not fearlessness

But faithfulness to stay the course;

Sometimes, it looks like running the race,

In other moments, it is hanging on by a thread.



Asks questions

Confronts doubt

Cries quietly

Grapples with anxiety

Doesn't quite understand

But always turns back

To the Cross.



Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash

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When she's not smuggling chocolate past her kids or drinking gallons of coffee, Susan Narjala can be found writing, baking and (thinking about) working out. She grew up in Chennai, lived in Portland, Oregon, for the last ten years and is now back in India with her family. She finds nuggets of humour in the everyday, and writes about it on on her blog,

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