Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice"
to the Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Betsy, Dana, Beth, and Anna
for hosting this meeting place each day in March
The bloggers at Spiritual Journey Thursday are
writing about the spiritual focus of our community's
One Little Words. This week, we are writing about
I have always loved the story of Esther in the Old Testament. Each day that we rely on faith, instead of fear is a day that we show our bravery as followers of Christ. I usually don't allow myself to read anyone's Spiritual Journey post until I've written my own, but this week I read Holly's post before writing. She reminded me of this favorite scripture in 2 Timothy 1:7. "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." Each time that we push aside our fear to act on inspiration from God, we are being brave. I love the stories of modern-day faith exemplified along with Esther's story in this short three minute video.
"Being brave doesn't mean that I'm not afraid. Brave is just acting in faith."
I'm also reminded of one of my favorite read aloud books that I frequently shared with my sixth graders. It features a boy-girl friendship, it's historical fiction, it's about bullying and racism, it's humorous while dealing with serious themes, and Gabriel (the boy character) is afraid of many things. The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going is a perfect read aloud for fifth and sixth graders. The spider in the swamp scene is my all-time favorite passage to read aloud. By the end of the book, Gabriel comes to the realization that courage is not the absence of fear, but that being brave means doing hard things even when one is afraid, and that love is what allows us to move forward in spite of our fears.
How is Teresa's OLW (one little word) "brave" manifested in your daily life? Can you be afraid and brave at the same time?