When We Don’t Feel Brave

When We Don't Feel BravePin

I’m Not Feeling Brave

This photo of a wary rabbit struck me this morning. As I adjust to living in an apartment, I feel kind of like a rabbit. Not brave.  Watchful, wary, and alert all. the. time. It’s exhausting. How do rabbits survive without dying of exhaustion or fear?

My little dog, Dottie, is feeling the same way, I think. There are other dogs who live in this building. Some of them are like my Dottie; quiet and cautiously curious. Others are scary. They lunge, bark menacingly, or snarl at us. This makes venturing out of our apartment a little nerve-wracking. When you have a dog with a tiny bladder, we go outside a LOT!

Every outing feels like Russian Roulette. Will we get in and out without an unpleasant or scary encounter? Are we likely, to bump into that large German Shepard lunging out of the elevator? What if my across-the-hall neighbor opens her door at the same time as me, with her I-don’t-like-other-dogs-pooch? While walking in the neighborhood, will those two loose, defensive dogs chase us down or bite us?

God Enables Me To Be Brave

So, this leads me to think what a scaredy cat I am. Which reminds me that God wants me to be brave, not fearful. In many places in the Bible, we are encouraged to be brave.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

I’m not a naturally brave person. Often, feeling more like a timid rabbit, who survives by hiding. But today, I will meditate on these words: God will be with me wherever I go. As I remind myself that I am not alone, God will help me be brave.

A Song About Love & Bravery

Of course, thinking about bravery reminded me of this song:

What Helps You Be Brave?

Finally, what about you? Do you struggle with fear? What inspires you to be brave? Want to know more about God, send me a message. 

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Till next time, Kathy

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By Kathryn

I'm a writer, disabled registered nurse, and former home school parent of 6 children ages 19 to 32. I'm also a domestic abuse survivor.


  1. Great post Kathy, and this song is one of my favorites! I’m sure you’ll get used to navigating the new challenges and before long, you won’t even have to think about it. In the meantime, it’s wonderful that you remember God is with you as you go about your day.

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