Day 27 :: Fill in the blank

on October 27, 2011 in 31 Days of Courage, Giveaways with 39 comments by

Today is your day.

I just want you to fill in the blank. You’ve heard me talk for 27 days about courage. Now I want to hear you and I want the rest of our sweet community to hear you. Even if you’ve never commented before, maybe today is the day to be brave. Take a step of courage. Just simply finish this sentence…..

One sentence, ten sentences, one word. I don’t care. No rules here, people. I just want to hear what courage is to you.

. . . . .

Ange at SignedByAnge is offering one of these beautiful keys to courage to one lucky commenter. So all you have to do is fill in the blank “courage is…” and you’ll be entered! I’ll use random number generator to pick a winner from the comments when I wake up Saturday morning [around 8am Scotland time, 3am EDT, 2am CDT, midnight PDT].

Go ahead. Let’s hear ya. Courage is…


  1. posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 4:16 AM  |  reply

    Courage to me is my 8 year old daughter who bravely fought cancer from the day she was diagnosed 2 weeks before turning 4 in 2007 and endured 830 days of treatment. Courage to me is when I look at her more than 1,300 Beads of Courage knowing that every single bead represents something that happened to her. Courage to me is when I see her smile that lights up the room!

  2. Maia Mei
    posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 5:37 AM  |  reply

    …, sometimes, just keeping going and trusting that the mist will clear

  3. posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 5:48 AM  |  reply

    Courage is having faith, despite it all.

  4. posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 5:52 AM  |  reply

    Courage is learning to be still in the midst of noise. Continuing to take steps even when your soul is wanting to stop but your spirit tells you can do it…

  5. ~VA~
    posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 6:39 AM  |  reply

    Courage is leaving my room every day to go into a world that scares me…(I’m being tested for social anxiety because I LOVE being around small numbers of people, but having to interact with anyone terrifies me)

    • Amy W
      posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 9:22 AM  |  reply


      I have social anxiety too, so I understand completely! *hugs*

      • ~VA~
        posted on Oct 29, 2011 at 7:35 AM  |  reply

        @Amy W, Amy, I was wondering if it ever gets easier? Thank you…

        • Amy W
          posted on Oct 30, 2011 at 12:50 PM  |  reply

          I still struggle with it every day in certain ways, although the older I get, the more confident I find myself becoming. It’s only happening veeeeeeeeeery slowly though. I went to counselling for 5 months this year, and it did help (although not in the way I thought it would), but it didn’t instantly fix things – there’s a lot I have to work on!
          (sorry for hogging some of your blog’s commenting space Annie!)

  6. posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 6:41 AM  |  reply

    Courage is putting one foot in front of the other when the end is nowhere in sight.

  7. posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 8:30 AM  |  reply

    i think courage was stepping out in faith and trusting God to meet our needs when the hubs and i put our house up for sale, moved to Fort Faith Baptist Camp and went into full-time Christian service with neither of us having a “paycheck”.

  8. posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 8:54 AM  |  reply

    .. believing God to the point that I obey Him… that and being a parent!

  9. posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 9:02 AM  |  reply

    Courage…to love myself as Christ loves me so that I don’t miss out on His willf or my life.

  10. Andrea
    posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 9:05 AM  |  reply

    …, faith, and more faith. Faith in our Father. Faith in myself. Faith in others.I get so emotional when I talk about faith because I realize how much it has pulled me through things in my life. I realize how much it has pulled some of my freinds/family members through trials in thier life. I realize how much faith I have had for others when their faith is weak. I beleive there is a difference in faith IN others and faith FOR others. My faith is so strong that sometimes I carry the weight for them and it pulls them through.

  11. Amy Carpenter
    posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 9:09 AM  |  reply

    trusting that you don’t have it all together, but that you serve someone who does and He has the best plan of all. Resting in that knowledge when every fiber of your being is wrestling with that reality and wants to run and grab your life circumstances and try to change them yourself. Allowing Him to expose your junk so He can mold it into greatness.

  12. posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 9:17 AM  |  reply

    Hanging in there with my family in the years that have followed my mom leaving. So lots of 6 hour drives home to be there for my younger brothers.. and 6 hour drives back to everyday life wondering about it all… and learning about forgiveness and changing patterns in my own life. It is hard.

    It encourages me to think of what would my life look like written “hebrews 11” style: “By faith, Frances…”

  13. posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 9:46 AM  |  reply

    I think it takes great courage to be yourself – authentically honestly YOU – no matter if your by yourself or in a crowd. It takes great courage to grow up the person you should be.

  14. KR
    posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:26 AM  |  reply


  15. posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:28 AM  |  reply

    to me courage is doing/being/stepping out (etc) when you are afarid or don’t want to do it but doing it anyhow.

  16. posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM  |  reply

    taking the first step, even when you don’t know where the second one will land.

  17. Cindy
    posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 12:32 PM  |  reply

    being exactly who God made me to be…nothing more, and nothing less. Unique, marvelously-made me.

  18. posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 12:57 PM  |  reply

    …taking the first step.

  19. Tiffany
    posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM  |  reply

    being myself at all times.

  20. Lauren M
    posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 2:20 PM  |  reply

    Saying yes, even when you’re scared. Especially when you’re scared. To quote one of my favorite lines from the movie Bounce: “It’s not brave if you’re not scared.”

  21. posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 4:36 PM  |  reply

    Courage is when I believed God was calling me to go to China for 12 days when I had never been outside of the US and my mother was not supportive. If it wasn’t for my pastors and church family, I may have given in and not gone. But I believed so strongly God was telling me to go that I couldn’t not go.

  22. posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 4:45 PM  |  reply

    Courage is admitting that you are weak and going to the One Who can give you the strength to carry on.

    • Annie
      posted on Nov 01, 2011 at 3:09 AM  |  reply

      Great answer. And CONGRATS! You are the winner!! 🙂 Check your email for how to get your key to courage!

  23. posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 7:30 PM  |  reply

    One of my best friends and I have this phrase…. Do it afraid.

    To me courage is doing it afraid. Having faith and trust in the One who loves us most and doing it despite the fear.

  24. Sarah
    posted on Oct 27, 2011 at 8:28 PM  |  reply

    Courage is honestly, reaching deep and trusting God. “For I know the plans I have for you,” Declares the LORD. “Plans to prosper you and NOT to harm you…”

  25. posted on Oct 28, 2011 at 12:56 AM  |  reply

    I was sent over here by Ange.
    Courage is sucking it up and ploughing forward even when you don’t want to.

  26. posted on Oct 28, 2011 at 2:07 AM  |  reply

    Courage is a discipline. It is the backbone of hope. M xo

  27. posted on Oct 28, 2011 at 7:04 AM  |  reply

    To me courage looks a little like 1 part faith, 1 part resolve and 20 parts fear! ~Lili

  28. posted on Oct 28, 2011 at 10:56 AM  |  reply

    stepping outside your door every morning with the faith that a piano is not going to drop on your head.

  29. posted on Oct 28, 2011 at 3:35 PM  |  reply

    Courage for me is where I am at now, so resigning from a job I HATED, to do SOMETHING I LOVE AND FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT – Interior Design, and then getting a half day job even though I never thought I would, and not thinking of the future, the funds, the how am I going to do this….

  30. posted on Oct 28, 2011 at 5:21 PM  |  reply

    – Asking for help to make your dreams come true.
    – Grabbing hold of the faith already inside to do the “bigger than you”.
    – doing the daily when it seems overwhelming

  31. posted on Oct 30, 2011 at 7:12 PM  |  reply


  32. posted on Oct 30, 2011 at 9:53 PM  |  reply

    Courage…is facing fears.
    Courage…is loving unconditionally.
    Courage…is acting on the truth that the Lord loves us and cares for us
    Courage is…doing things we may not *want* to do…when the Lord gives us opportunity to do them…in order to grow our faith!

    “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrew 11:1

  33. Diane N
    posted on Oct 31, 2011 at 6:31 AM  |  reply

    Courage is obeying His path for your life……when he says no, when he says go, when he says now, when he says wait, when he says that person, when he says not that person…..

  34. merideth
    posted on Oct 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM  |  reply

    I think courage is when you are willing to do what is right regardless of what it may cost you. I feell like being couragious involves risk. Sometimes risking loosing something. I can think of friends of mine that have stood up for what is right even if they have to sacrifice something(even something small), and I see them as having courage. I guess that is why I don’t really agree when folks think I have courage because of my disability. I’m really not risking loosing anything by living a “normal” life. I’d loose more if I just sat around letting my vision control me instead of living my life. so I don’t feel like it is couragious.

  35. posted on Nov 08, 2011 at 10:05 PM  |  reply

    Hi Annie
    Popping over from Ange’s blog..

    Courage can mean so many things to people at different times.. lately for me it meant.. being petrified of doing something.. but forcing myself to do it anyway… maybe not courageous in the big sense of the world.. Just those little acts of courage the ‘encourage’ personal growth..

    Have a great week.. ciao Julie

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