Being Brave… by Tammy Allison
Being brave doesn’t have to be a huge heroic act. Oftentimes, it is a simple yet profound step of faith.
Being brave looks different for everyone.
Being brave might mean…
- Being honest in love and truth with someone about an issue that is bothering you
- Taking communion to shut-ins when you feel unequipped
- Saying no to something you don’t feel right about even if everyone else is saying yes
- Choosing faith over fear
- Not retreating into your phone because it is easier than engaging in conversation
- Submitting a piece of your writing for publication
Let me take a moment and focus on that last point. I have been writing for as long as I can remember. People along the way have encouraged me. A fourth grade teacher described me as self-disciplined in terms of my writing. My parents supported my writing endeavors by sending me to summer poetry writing camps at the sacrifice of family vacation time. My husband has encouraged me and made financial sacrifices so I could attend writing conferences.
Writing conferences…they are where I have felt the courage to be brave and to believe that maybe I can call myself a writer. I have met others who needed the same encouragement and support just as much as I did so we could be brave together.
Breathe has taught me to breathe.
Breathe has taught me to believe. A writer once told me …we don’t say if we get published, we say when we get published. These words have resonated into my heart. Sometimes they are quiet whispers fighting the shouts of doubt, but I can always hear them.
So, I trusted God. I was brave and obedient. I prayed over it, and I submitted something for potential publication.
On Friday, February 3rd, I received email notification that a story I almost didn’t submit, almost second guessed myself if it fit what they were looking for, was chosen. This story was selected for a 2018 Chicken Soup for the Soup tribute to mothers publication.
Not only does my story honor my adopted son’s birth mother, but it honors God in a simple yet huge step of faith.
Being brave means you are ready to accept the unknown. You are saying with courage that this feels strangely uncomfortable, but that’s okay.
Today, choose to be brave. Trust God and take that first step into the unknown. Your Breathe community will be standing alongside you to support and encourage you just as they have me.
We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Philippians 4:13
Tammy Allison loves story…reading it, listening to it, and writing it. Having worked in senior care for fifteen years, Tammy has had the opportunity to hear story on a daily basis. Currently, an Assisted Living Director by day, she feels blessed to spend her days joyfully interacting with elders. She writes at night and weekends for the local newspaper and her blog www.faithhopelovefood.com as well as poetry, journal entries, a novel in progress, and anything else on her mind and heart. She is married to her high school sweetheart. They share their home in Northwest Ohio with their two children and two dogs. Her passion is writing about matters of faith, family, human interest stories, and elders.