A boost of courage
Updated: Aug 25, 2019
A trip to the pediatrician's office making momma a little jealous.
I opened the mail today and read a note from the nurse at our pediatrician’s office saying she was proud of my son for his bravery and courage when he got his vaccinations a couple weeks ago. I have to say, I was a little surprised. Perhaps because all the screaming that echoed throughout the hallways of the office didn’t particularly communicate “bravery” to me, but also partially because I can’t say I have ever myself been congratulated for something like that. I sort of wish I could have a note in the mail acknowledging my knees are always trembling when I’m speaking in public, or celebrating that I used my deep breathing to calm my nauseated-roller-coaster-stomach when I was terrified to have a hard conversation and face conflict.
Wouldn’t that be glorious? To receive a handwritten note recognizing us for all our big and small brave acts in the world? A trophy would be nice too! (Just kidding - I’m a millennial but not THAT millennial.)
Perhaps if we’re really honest in our prayer time this evening, if we can turn off the self-hate tapes playing on repeat throughout our minds, we will hear the voice of God cheering us on.
Be strong! Be fearless! Don’t be afraid and don’t be scared by your enemies, because the Lord your God is the one who marches with you. He won’t let you down, and he won’t abandon you.