BRAVE GIRL: THE DEVOTIONAL #1
by Anna Lind Thomas
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told them, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” (NIV)
A little easier said than done, amirite? I can’t even avoid a hot panic when my toilet is clogged and the water begins to rise.
Throughout the Bible, God is continuously asking us to believe when facing the seemingly impossible. Even the inevitable.
In Mark chapter 5, Jesus is surrounded by a pressing crowd while teaching, and a local ruler pushes through to get to Jesus. His daughter has just died, and he’s desperate for a miracle.
His friends say to him, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the teacher anymore?” (Mark 5:35)
Overhearing, but ignoring them, Jesus said “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” He then goes to the man’s home, filled with people in mourning, and raises the girl from the dead. I like to envision the disciples spending the rest of the afternoon picking up all the jaws dropped on the floor.
I’ve noticed throughout my Christian walk that the minute I put my faith in a dream, or in a miracle, resistance blows at me like hurricane force winds. Unsolicited doom and gloom advice or an unexpected disappointment begins the building blocks of fear to rise in my soul.
Perhaps my dream is too big, my miracle too foolish?
Life’s circumstances alone can test our faith, but the chorus of our friends, family and even the pressures of social media can take us out at the knees. There’s no use. Why even try?
Because God says so.
Encompassing the spirit of a Brave Girl means hip checking whenever fear attempts to make an appearance and replacing it with complete faith that God loves us, hears us, and will answer our prayer specifically or replace it with something better.
What dream, hope or vision needs to rise again in your heart? Just like the little girl, it’s not dead at all, simply asleep. Ignore the haters who want to stop you from even trying. Don’t be afraid, believe. Wake it up and bring it back to life!
And then maybe start looking for new friends. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
SHE IS BRAVE BECAUSE GOD IS WITH HER!
Join us Tuesday, February 5th at 7pm at the Ralston Arena for our next City Girl Event! We believe God has a specific destiny for each woman, but it takes strength and courage to pursue it!
You are a BRAVE GIRL!
This will be a time to encounter the presence of Jesus, grow together, and have fun! We will have vendors, food, merch and a great after party!