Be Brave by Caroline

Presentation1I’m Caroline and I blog over at In Due Time, which I started back in April of 2012. In 2011 my life changed for the better when I got married to my sweet husband, Colby. Besides working as a financial analyst, I enjoy spending time with him, friends, watching football, and attending various small groups and bible studies. I’m a health nut, who enjoys working out and eating healthy and I take every chance I can get to travel with my husband. I have a passion for those who are going through trials, especially those who feel like they are waiting on God to answer their prayers. I was overjoyed when Kailey asked me to post for her new series. Thanks Kailey for the opportunity to share about how the Lord makes me brave while waiting for His promises to manifest. Blog Facebook Instagram Pinterest Bloglovin

The Lord has been so gracious to us on our journey to becoming parents. We are at the three year mark since we decided we were ready to expand our family. While most people decide to pursue adoption or doctors appointments and fertility treatments, we have taken a different route.

We have felt called to wait naturally. That means we aren’t pursuing anything that could aid in ‘helping’ us get pregnant, besides Jesus. While we do try and take care of our bodies and get them healthy for conception and pregnancy, we are trusting the Lord 100% that he will perform a miracle for us and we will conceive naturally.

For someone who is type A like me, it’s very hard to sit back and ‘wait’. Most of us feel better when we are doing something proactive. When it comes down to it, the Lord made the decision very clear for us and we have been given the same two choices that anyone faces when making a decision: submission and obedience or rebellion and disobedience. For us personally, we can obey the Lord while waiting on Him and receive our Isaac or take our own route and receive our Ishmael.

The lyrics from the song by Bethel called, “You Make Us Brave”, describe so closely how we feel. He has called us out onto the waves. But, he hasn’t left us there. He meets us out in the ocean. He gives us the strength on the weary days, patience on the long days, and courage on the hard days.

Because of how He blesses us, we can withstand any trial we face. The Lord makes us brave by giving us courage. I’m reminded of Joshua 1, where Joshua was in charge of leading 2 million people into the promised land. I can’t even imagine the battle that he faced, especially knowing he was in charge of so many. I do know that our battle of infertility looks much different than Joshua’s, but the bottom line is the same – Bravery won’t come from us, but it will come from the Lord. Whatever you are facing today, put your confidence in Him. Ask Him to make you brave. Trust that He is with you no matter how hard the trial or waiting period is. He won’t put you in a situation unless He is going to bless you with the bravery to endure the situation.

Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon. Psalm 31:24

Blessings,
Caroline

Comments

  1. I absolutely adore Caroline! Your blog is too cute πŸ™‚

  2. This is so good, Caroline! “Bravery won’t come from us, but it will come from the Lord”– so much truth!! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Caroline is one of the bravest and faithful ladies I know! I admire her obedience to trust God in EVERYTHING! Love this new series!

    Ashley
    The Mrs. & Co.

  4. So glad you featured Caroline today. She is such an encouragement!

    • Kailey Birkeland says:

      Lisa, I knew I wanted her to start us off because of JUST THAT… she’s super encouraging!

  5. Kailey, I am so excited for your sweet girl that is coming soon! I love following your blog.

    Caroline is a fabulous woman. I have met her through this awesome blog-world and just think she’s one of the greatest, strongest people that I know. I love watching how God is working in her life. She’s an inspiration to me!

    • Kailey Birkeland says:

      Thank you so much for reading, Laura. I am honored to have you here and thank you for loving Caroline and encouraging her! πŸ™‚

  6. Yup – just as I expected and more. You are such an inspiration Caroline – your complete trust and faith in our God is just overwhelmingly wonderful and always a pick me up for our own trials. Thanks lovely lady xx

    • Kailey Birkeland says:

      Thank you so much for reading! And, YES! Caroline is a HUGE inspiration to me and everyone around her and I am so grateful for her. I look forward to checking out your blog πŸ™‚

  7. Love this! Love Caroline’s blog and am happy to have found yours, Kailey! πŸ™‚

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