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

be brave.

“And…I am back in the game!” {Name that movie.}

Being back means I need to say thanks to a few fabulous and beautiful women. The super talented and super kind Danielle Burkleo designed the new blog and the equally talented and super kind, Mary Hess made it all work correctly and put everything in it’s spot. Bless her sweet heart. At one point, Mary and I had an email thread going that had over one hundred conversations. She’s a good woman.

This place means so much to me. I feel overwhelmed with joy to be able to write here. God has placed so many things on my heart and I *hope* to share to encourage you, challenge you, but ultimately point you to Him.

I wanted to start fresh and what better way to do that than start a fab new *blog series*. Some of you might be wondering what in the world that is… let me explain. First, after much prayer and thought, the series will be called, Be Brave. I will ask a friend to share about how they are being brave with the story God has written for them. It might be infertility or adoption related, or something else. I plan to share a story at the beginning of each month, so this MONDAY you will hear from a precious friend of mine. You do not want to miss hearing her heart, believe me. You can find the posts by clicking on the ‘Be Brave’ tab or the ‘Be Brave’ graphic like the one below.

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As always, much love and thank you so much for reading!

KB