Five-Minute Friday~ “Brave”


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When I think of the word “Brave,” I think, “What does it take to be brave?”

Fear. Without fear, there would be no need for bravery. So it takes fear to be brave.

Courage. Without courage, it would be impossible to be brave. So it takes courage to be brave.

Then there’s that verse: If God is for us, who can be against us?  That verse that we hear so often, but it’s so hard to really believe…absorb…down deep to the core. But it really takes God to be brave.

Of course there are people against us. Sometimes, it seems like the whole world is against us. But when all is said and done, who is the One that really matters? Who is the One that we will spend eternity with in Heaven? Who is the One that created us for His pleasure?

So many things in this world require us to be brave.

  • Sending your child to college away for the first time
  • Watching your daddy die of cancer and your mom carry on without him
  • Announcing to the world that you have an addiction
  • Explaining to your child the process of having to put her beloved pet to sleep
  • Flying across the ocean in an airplane

And those are big things. Life…every single day…requires us to be brave.

But because we have the hope and power of an almighty God on our side, we really have nothing to fear.

Fear + Courage + God = Brave. Click HERE to tweet that Wink

Because if Him, we’ve got this!


Five minutes up: Stop.

(That one took more thought than usual…didn’t get too many words out in those 5 minutes!)

What does it take for  you to be brave?







Linking up with Lisa Jo over at the Gypsy Mama for Five-Minute Friday. Click on her button to check out some others thoughts on “Brave.”



  1. Mari Mayborn says

    Hi Celeste,

    Looks like you’re going to be going places it seems like you have to be brave to go: Allume, SheSpeaks. Those are both places you’re going to be among friends. But that kind of new can brew the freakish all-alone-in-the-lunchroom- wondering-who-will-let-you-sit-with-them fear that you thought was long gone.

    “But when all is said and done, who is the One that really matters? Who is the One that we will spend eternity with in Heaven? Who is the One that created us for His pleasure?” It really does all boil down to this. And knowing that He Loves us and leads us every step of the way.

    It’s good to have each other since we all need reminders aplenty this side of the gate!
    Thanks Celeste!

  2. Denise Oldham says

    Really love this.

  3. Kim Hyland says

    “it takes fear to be brave.” I LOVE this realization! It helps me see the opportunity in the things I fear! (I don’t usually leave links, but I really want to share this with you . . Thank you, Celeste!

    • CelesteVaughan says

      Thanks Kim! I think there’s always an opportunity to be brave. And sometimes an opportunity to help others be brave by showing them the formula: Fear+Courage+God=Brave. They don’t always get the God part…and I’ll go check out your link 🙂

  4. Cathy Baker says

    Love it Celeste! You may not have gotten out as many words but the words you shared made an impact. There’s no such thing as true bravery without God leading the way. He strengthens, encourages, inspires, guides, pours out wisdom and protects.

    Thanks for this post — great reminders 🙂

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