On Brave -Because I’m Not (5 Minute Friday)

I think of myself and know the truth.
God knows I’m not brave. 
When I hear the word brave, I think of my husband. Spot on.
It takes courage to take on a family. To step out in faith and say the words, marry me.
And trust me I was fearful, because I saw so much ugliness in marriage as a child that I dared not hope. Pressed down that little girl dream that is dormant within every little girl’s heart. Yes, I said every little girl. We all long for the kind of faithfulness that comes from above in a man. 
And that is the loftiest of all dreams…dangerous, risky.
But this precious, man. Long time friend. He has shown me his courage, again and again. In the way he gets up and goes to that job. Loves this sinner graciously. Models gentleness to this fresh chick and loves me just the way I am. Even likes me in my yuck, but sees past it. Sees something in me beautiful that I can’t see.  Models, patience and true bravery while living amongst the land of drama.
We two girls have our moments, and he so sweetly holds us together in love that reflects a love I feel unworthy of but oh, so grateful for. How this man loves us. And in this love I see him brave. And in this love… I see Him. 





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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at dawn.paoletta@gmail.com

16 thoughts on “On Brave -Because I’m Not (5 Minute Friday)

  1. Dawn, I am so glad you joined FMF tonight. This is such a beautiful tribute to your husband. Thanks for sharing.


  2. I was teary when I wrote it as well…it just kind of spilled out. Started thinking about how I was going to write about brave and then BAM…it came to me.


  3. Just beautiful…what an amazing tribute. Thank you for sharing. 🙂 (And yay for your first FMF Party! I got distracted this week but looking forward to joining you all next week!) Happy weekend! 🙂


  4. What a sweet way of looking at your husband, with bravery. Glad I finally stopped by because I am loving your blog..especially the above post with the teenage hair sneak…been there done that. We had to hide all the scissors in the house for a few years, even the blunt kiddy ones, she loved to cut her own hair, and cut her hair and cut her hair. We named her Jenny Scissorhands. She finally grew up and out of it! Glad your daughter got to live through it!


  5. So bummed I missed the #FMFParty last night! (I'm usually there)…but am so thrilled you jumped in bravely and did it. you are brave. and your husband? I'd love to thank him in person…for showing you Jesus.


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