Brave Season?

I’d like to first start off tonight by thanking you for your patience last week with my post.

You may have noticed that it was late in posting. And no, there wasn’t a glitch in the system. Nor was I eaten by sharks.

I was…afraid.

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For the first time, in my entire blogging lifetime, I let fear get the best of me.

If you missed Thursday’s post, and you have no idea what the heck I’m talking about, I wrote a piece about my virginity. Monday night was the premiere episode of The Bachelor, and Colton Underwood, the lead, is being touted as The Virgin Bachelor. And naturally, as a fellow virgin, I wanted to share my two cents, as seemingly the entire country is making fun of this brave [and handsome] young man. You can read it here.

But I had gone around and around about publishing it all day. I felt in my soul, that it was one of my better blog posts, but I knew that publishing it could have some real negative repercussions. I could offend a lot of people. I could potentially hurt some people, or make them feel uncomfortable.

And 7pm – my publishing time – came…and it stared me in the face. And then it went. And I couldn’t bring myself to push “publish”, afraid of the possible negative consequences.

After all, my viral post about Trump…it cost me a few friendships that never recovered.

So defeated, deflated, and utterly disappointed in myself, I came to terms with the fact that I let fear win. And I went and met up with some friends at our local bar in Ohio, as I was leaving the following morning to fly back to NYC.

And I was one of the first ones to arrive, and I was talking to my dear, sweet, friend and she could tell my mind was unsettled about something. So I told her about the post, and she looked at me and said, “Absolutely publish it.” She said, “I wish I could have read something like that when I was in college.”

I think so often we let fear dictate our actions. We desire control, familiarity, guarantees, you name it — so we shy away from anything outside our comfort zones.

And how unfortunate is that?

What are we missing out on? What impact could we be making if we quit letting our fear determine our future?

Honestly, I think this is one foothold that the evil one likes to use to hold us back from pursuing the path that God has set before us. What a victory for him if he silences that which brings people together – that which spreads the Good News — that which ignites hope and faith and life-giving-love?

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So what do we do?

Because if you ask the culture, they’ve got their answer all tee’d up: bravery.

Especially when it comes to young ladies, bravery is the buzz word of the moment. Reflected in movies, and songs, and tee-shirts. We’re led to believe that being brave is the antidote to fear.

But I’m here to tell you, that answer totally misses the mark.

The only way to truly fight fear, is to radically trust.

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Bravery — it’s self-reliant. It’s: what I can do to control the situation. Depending on my strength, my wisdom, my preparedness, my power to manhandle the outcome.

When in fact, trust, is the humble powerhouse that does the opposite.

Trusting in God’s strength, God’s wisdom, preparedness, and power. Relying on His goodness to provide, as Father, for His beloved children.

“Do not fear, only believe.” – Mark 5:36

Now, I’m not a gambler, but I’d much rather place my bet on Him, than my feeble, earthly self.

When I first began my recovery from anorexia, it goes without saying that everyday presented a myriad of challenges and fears. Heck, I would wake up afraid.

But there was a little mantra that I adopted, that honestly, I have been incorporating into my life every day, ever since. And it is this:

There is nothing I will face today that Jesus and I can’t get through, together. 

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It is a nod to Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 

My recovery – I was incapable of doing it on my own. Ask anyone who has struggled with an ED, or an addiction of any type – they will attest to this. I needed my Father. I needed a strength that was steadfast – yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Keeping my eyes firmly locked on Jesus, and radically trusting in His goodness, and firm plan for my life — only then could I face those seemingly insurmountable fears.

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So there you go. Not exactly where I expected this blog post to go tonight, but then, when do I ever fully know where the Holy Spirit will lead?

Have a great night, friends.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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234 responses to “Brave Season?”

  1. Wow. I don’t even know what to say to this. It was beautiful, thoughtful and inspiring, everything a good blog post should be. Thank you for this and may God continue to bless you, your family and your friends. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  2. YES and amen! Fear often holds us back from things we need and want to do, but God reminds us time and time again not to be afraid. Keep being brave, girl!♥️

  3. Great post! You don’t have to be afraid of who you are. You’re a virgin and that’s beautiful. I have slept with a fleet of men and I’m totally comfortable with that. To each their own. And you should be proud to shout your truth from mountaintops! Go you.

    • Thank you so much!! I really appreciate you saying that. Yes, from the mountaintops! A little Julie Andrews Sound of Music moment! Haha Hugs and love xox

  4. Trust is what Mary did when Gabriel shared with her that she would become the mother of our Lord Jesus. By saying yes to God’s plan, she had to trust him because it could have meant her being stoned to death if Joseph had publicly shamed her.

    By trusting we let God work out the details. I want to encourage you to continue to trust and share your story because God will work through it.

    • I love that so much. Thank you so much. Yeah Joseph’s actions were so beautiful. Both he and Mary are such powerful examples of trust and obedience to God! Hugs and love xox

  5. God had to tell Joshua many times to be courageous. He knows we can slide back into mediocrity easily. That’s a comfort right there. He knows us & how we tick. Jesus said we would lose family and friends if we followed Him. In other words, it’s okay to be “unfriended”. If we rest in our popluarity, we lose. You are resting in Him, and that’s enough. God’s grip, Alan

    • Thank you so much Alan. I love Joshua’s story. I appreciate your encouragement. Hugs and love xox

    • Thank you so much Jeff for your encouragement. You’re so right about that. Hugs and love xox

  6. So, you know the evil one is out to get.

    You know your Heavenly Father wooped him when His carried our sin to Calvary.

    I stand with you sister. You just remember your father isn’t bound by time so when He says in the Psalms that He is your shield, that means a complete, lifelong, with NO breaks in the protection, Shield.

    Walk in that victory sister because you know it’s yours. You NEVER have to be afraid to do the right thing.

    You’re a warrior, your armor is waiting for you in Ephesians, put it on and kill some more demons.

    Love you sister.

    • Amen to that. Thank you so much George. I love that verse from Ephesians. The armor of God!! Hugs and love xox

  7. Great post! My favorite that I’ve read of yours so far!! My husband recently bought me a shirt that says “Faith Over Fear.” Hold onto that, it’s the key!

    • Thank you so much Holly. Oh gosh what a kind thing to say! Faith over fear! Love that!! Hugs and love xox

  8. First off, don’t be overly hard on yourself; you are human, after all. Now may I offer the very slightest of corrections? Bravery has its place in this situation. The thing people don’t understand is that the bravest thing we can ever do is admit that we can’t handle things alone. It takes bravery to trust, to submit ourselves to a higher power. Those who try and go it alone may seem brave, but I’d wager that many are fearful of failure.

    You, my friend, demonstrate bravery through posts like this one. Hugs and love– Mike

    • Thank you so much Mike for this encouragement. This is great insight. You’re right – bravery definitely is part of the equation! I like how you say it takes bravery to trust. Amen!! Hugs and love xox

  9. I for one loved your post!!! I wish I had someone like you to look up to when I was younger…even though I’m older than you! LOL! But it made me think of a video my husband and I watched on YouTube called “Laughing Your Way To A Better Marriage”. He speaks on young people waiting and why it’s so important. And now we can’t wait until our boys are a bit older so they can watch it too! As one who didn’t wait and neither did my husband, we wish so badly we had! For each other! You are amazing! You are one of the first bloggers I started following and I absolutely love reading your posts!

  10. I’ve shared some of the same fears before publishing my own blog. I take comfort in knowing that the most common phrase in the Bible is “do not be afraid.” When I trust in God, when I let him take control, the writing goes in directions and carries power and might that I could only dreamed of having. As always, thank you for sharing your journey. God bless you.

    • Hey Brian, thank you so much for this wonderful affirmation. Amen to that! God guides the pen! Hugs and love xox

  11. Thank you for trusting in Him and posting your thoughts. I know your words will encourage and inspire a lot of people and that will honor Him. Keep writing!

    • Thank you so much Greg for your kind words. I am truly touched and humbled. Hugs and love xox

  12. Unless the purpose of your website is to make friends then I don’t see what there is to be afraid of. Are you true to God? Are you honest with yourself? What does the Bible say, If God is for you who can be against you? Just let ‘er rip with what is on your heart and let God sort them out. You’ll be fine, young lady.

    • Hey friend, thank you for your encouragement. Let ‘er rip haha love that so much. Hugs and love xox

  13. Wow! Excellent post and great reminder. I’m really struggling with fear at the moment – fear of going forward, of making choices, of the unknown – and this is something I ought to keep in mind. Thanks!

    • Thank you so much, I’m sorry to hear this is a challenging season. I’ll definitely keep you in my prayers! Hugs and love xox

  14. Bravo to you for the post about virginity. I admire you for your stance for yourself and about the bachelor and that hype. It took a lot of guts to post. May God bless you as you continue to trust Him and inspire others.

    • Thank you so much 🙂 I really appreciate your affirming words. God bless you too, my friend! Hugs and love xox

  15. Another great post, never be afraid, trust God and He will always work things out! I enjoyed your post on virginity, seems it is never easy to talk about but we should, it can be a great encouragement to a lot of people. I have lost friends by mentioning I was a virgin but we can’t let that change us. I believe this is what God wants and I trust Him, He always takes care of things for us. God bless you always!

  16. What a great reminder to stop trying to be self-reliant, but rather rely more on God to face our fears. Thank you, as always, for the weekly encouragement!

  17. Sweety, I was a virgin until 25, despite having several boyfriends. No problem whatsoever telling people. I’m in my early 50s and no one has attacked me for saying it yet. Post the post, blogging is all about being yourself.

    • Thank you so much, what an encouraging response! And thank you for sharing your story!! Sending big big hugs xox

  18. Oh my! I love your courage and transparency! Here is a healthy dose of love and support! I wish I could send a bushel basket to you!! Much love as a mother to a daughter! I couldn’t be prouder than if you were my own daughter!!

    • Thank you so much Beverly! I am so touched by this! A bushel basket! Oh my goodness yes!! That’s so sweet. Big big hugs to you xox

  19. I’ve never watched a single episode of The Bachelor so I am clueless as to how the show plays out; however, I enjoyed reading the previous post and this one. Furthermore, I appreciate your open honesty about your life and beliefs that you share in posts.

  20. This is a beautiful post! Roosevelt said the only thing to fear is fear itself. I never really understood what he meant but I always remember it, lol! I do know that fear never got anyone anywhere and we’re afraid to post something because we’re afraid of upsetting someone we’ll never post anything. I 100% didnt agree with you on our President and the post you made but that’s the great thing about our country we’re allowed to have different views and still respect each other and move forward. God gave us a mouth for a reason, to raise our voices and be Brave. We just have to be mindful and respectful of others. And you do that very well 🌷🌷🌷🌷

    • Thank you so much Lane! You’re so right – mindful and respectful of every single person 🙂 thank you for doing just that with me 🙂 it means a lot and I am grateful for you! Hugs and love xox

  21. 2 Timothy 1:7. One of my favorite verse. For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. It’s a reminder that God has given all of us a spirit of power to overcome our fears.
    Great Post!! Much love!

  22. Love this. Radical trust rather than bravery founded on our weak imperfect selves. Thanks for being a courageous writer, brave enough to be vulnerable, trusting God will work good through you. I’m inspired!

      • I’d like to really follow the Holy Spirit’s lead more in posting…and not get stuck worrying if people want to hear about stuff or not…too many unpublished or unfinished posts cluttering my soul!

  23. Beautifully written. As a mother of a 13-year-old girl, I hope my daughter has the relationship with our lord that you do and can say the same when she is your age. Whether that is her path or not though, I am inspired by your words weekly. I have just recently discovered your blog and have fallen in love with the message. Again I thank you for your words and the reminder that we need to let the Lord carry us through that which we were not meant to handle alone. Have a blessed week.

    • Thank you Mary, oh my goodness i am incredibly humbled by your generous words. Yes! Let Him carry us through! Hugs and love xox

  24. Well, after the news and social media took actor and avowed Christian Chris Pratt to task just for saying he was following a diet inspired by the Book of Daniel, I don’t blame you for bring afraid on a number of levels.

    • I read that today too!! How awesome that he’s not afraid to share his faith!! Hugs and love xox

    • And in total transparency, as a eating disorder recovery blog, I totally do not encouraging fasting like he is doing if a person is susceptible to eating disorders. Even for religious reasons. But none the less – him putting his faith out there is a breath of fresh air!

  25. I love your daily mantra! Great post! I actually have a post scheduled tomorrow (on a possibly controversial topic) that I was afraid to schedule so I know the struggle! Had a fellow blogger look it over and encouraged me to publish it. Glad you share your faith through this platform!

    • thank you so much Johnzelle! Yeah, it brings me comfort for sure! can’t wait to read it! hugs xox

  26. So good! I prayed recently for God to assuage my fear thinking that would help me be bolder for him. But he declined my request pointing out that when I al fearful I faithful. I think it is a similar point to your post here. I am learning now to lean into my fears and watch God work!! Thanks Caralyn

    • Hi Nanette! thank you so much. That’s an awesome prayer. Yes – let’s lean into the so that He can work! hugs xox

  27. Love this! Once again you are brave, and bold, and honest. There’s only one you need to please and His name is Jesus! He’s got your back, and your front, and everything else. ❤🙏🏼

    • Thank you so much Meghan! gosh, you’re kind to say that. Amen to that – His name is Jesus! hugs to you xo

  28. My dear friend,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and words 🙂

    When we are honest to ourselves and others, it may sometimes happen that others feel hurt – but it was never our intention to hurt them, if we only have another opinion then them. When a friendship breaks because of different opinions then you can be sure that it was not a true friendship. Just let them go…

    We should not make us dependent on the opionion what other people have to say, to fear to harvest critics, to fear not enough to be acknowledged, but we should stay self-centered (not as an egoist) and be what we are. We cannot be what all other people wants us to be, then we would be a split personality.

    About fear:
    There are many things we are afraid of: Unknown things, situations we are not used to, fear of not to be loved or acknowledged, fear of being lost, fear of death as the biggest fear and many more types of fear. All depends where we put our attention, when putting our attention to fear it is like climbing a mountain and you look down: the deepth will try to swallow you, but when we have our attention in all kind of positive things, mostly in the deep knowledge that God is with us, then fear cannot catch you. So simple it is, but we have to turn our attention then towards positivity. Both cannot stay side by side if we give full attention.

    Thanks, my dear friend, you are in my heart

    • Thank you Didi for this insightful comment. You’re so right about that – our attention directs our path. I love that so much. Big hugs to you xox

    • Thanks you so much Kara, I really appreciate that! Hope you have a great night! Hugs and love xox

  29. I don’t have the same beliefs you do any longer, but I totally understand your perspective. No matter what our beliefs are, it can be terrifying to be honest and vulnerable about them. Well written!

    • Thank you so much Alex! You’re right about that! So grateful for the respect and support it’s been met with. Sending so much love and hugs xox

  30. This was excellent! I have found myself battling fear of the unknown recently. It’s not fun, nor is it necessary. Instead it’s a waste of energy and time. Both of which could be used to focus more on all the positives and be more grateful to God for His abundance in my life. Thank you for this post. 😊👍

    • Thank you so much Bekkah! I’m sorry you’ve been going through that. Hang in there. I’ll definitely keep you in my prayers 🙂 Hugs and love xox

      • Thank you so much. I’m have to admit that sometimes I let the worries of those I trust to inspire fear in me. But, I feel like the minute I regather my thoughts and surrender my worries to God, something like a warm embrace rushed over me and I know it’s Him giving me a hug and filling me with peace to know it’s all good. 😊

  31. I’ve always seen fear as a mask. It hides who we really are or could be. The more we wear it, the more we feel like we are holding back. We need to break free or led to see who we really are. God wants us to shine and be light. In a world where we can easily hide behind so many masks, it is easy to find shelter in comfort. I find that it is necessary to grow by overcoming fear. Love this, rooting for you to keep it up! God bless.

  32. Kalau kau katakan “Saya bisa menyinggung banyak orang. Saya bisa berpotensi melukai beberapa orang, atau membuat mereka merasa tidak nyaman.” Saya rasa tidak ! Ini hanya perasaanmu saja. Mungkin saya diantara sekian orang-orang di blog ini yang paling suka dengan ceritamu ini. Apa lagi kau me ngupas tentang dirimu sesuatu yang sangat pribadi, prinsip secara terbuka.

  33. Good on you for being so brave and writing what needed to be said. Your courage is inspirational to so many, so never under-estimate that. Virginity is not a taboo subject and bringing it into the open is remarkable. Be proud of how you are and what you stand for.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. It really means a lot! Hugs and love xox

  34. If you say “I can offend many people. I can potentially harm some people, or make them feel uncomfortable.” I do not think so ! This is just your feeling. Maybe I’m among the people on this blog who like this story the most. What’s more, you peel yourself about something very personal, an open principle.

    • Thank You friend for this encouragement. Yeah, I was definitely just stating my own personal feelings, and not trying to pass judgement on any other decisions or ways of life! 🙂 appreciate you stopping by! Hugs and love xox

  35. Great post, Caralyn. I thought your last post was a refreshingly honest one. I’m proud of you for sharing such a personal post and for making the decision to keep yourself pure for your future husband. What a beautiful gift. 💖 God bless.

  36. Another great blog from you! =)

    The next time you feel afraid to push the “publish” button, always remember that there are more people waiting for you to do it than people wanting you to chicken out.

    Always remember also that you are not here to please people but the One that you are worshiping =) One question test: Will this please God or not? 😉

    I really like your style, it’s like a friend telling a story to me through the written words. =) Hope we could be friends for real. And maybe have a collab work someday. 😉

    God bless you always =)

  37. I’ve been feeling just like that of late and it’s depressing actually. I’ve been feeling sorry for myself and kicking myself hard. It has been like walking into the same wall and not deciding to turn.
    Thanks for the encouragement that you bring every week. You are an inspiration to me and many more!

    • Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I know the feeling. Hang in there! Hugs and love xox

    • Thank you so much for the encouragement. I think you’re right about that! Hugs and love xox

  38. “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life” — Winston Churchill.

    I guess that sums it up perfectly.

    Noone wants enemies.. But if you’re with Christ and choose biblical principles, you’re gonna have some whether you like it or not.
    The fault of the modern generation is that we’re too afraid stand up for ourselves or our beliefs; lest we offend anyone. Yet we forget that there is a serious need for the truth. The truth always hurts, but it also sets us free. And we need more truth in our lives.

    The world has gotten far more Diplomatic and we now look for ways to speak our minds without actually doing so; hoping that someone gets it without being offended. Someone once described a Diplomat as a person who would tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.

    Just know that you’re not alone Catalyn and you have my support. Be brave, tell the truth.. and I’ll back you up in every way I can. 🙂

    • What a powerful quote. Thanks for sharing that with me. Powerful thoughts on this. I appreciate your support so much. Hugs and love xox

  39. I am so happy that You had courage to publish! I’ve not read it….will check it out….but what a sweet friend that supported You….and YAY that You went ahead!!! Sending huge hugs and a big, fat smile Your way!!! Thank You for all the wonderful inspiration in this post! 🤗💖☀️

    • Thank you so much for your encouragement and support. It seriously means so much 🙂 hahha I love those smiles!! 😁😁😁

  40. Honestly I don’t follow tv, but for some reason an add for this seasons Bachelor came up on youtube and my very first thought was “I wonder what you will think” so I wasn’t the least surprised to see your post. Keep it up.

    • Thank you so much, yeah I had to watch. I’ve always watched the show as a guilty pleasure, but this season, given the scenario, I had to watch. It’s making virginity, something i obviously care deeply about, part of national conversation. It’s in the forefront of people’s minds and so I had to hear the narrative and join the conversation! Left to secular media, there’s a lot of insensitive and misrepresentation happening about it. Thanks for stopping by!! Hugs and love xox

  41. Yes, you are brave. You follow the light no matter the resistance. That shows great inner strength. Thank you for voicing your beliefs and trusting in the Lord to see you through.

    • Hi Mary, thank you so much for this beautiful encouragement. Amen – He will always see us through and work all things together for good. We can place our faith in that!! So glad you stopped by. Have a beautiful day! Hugs and love xox

    • Thank you Avery, I appreciate your encouragement so much. Hope you have a great day! Hugs and love xox

  42. I absolutely love how transparent you are. I think it’s so important others see how raw and human we are – it’s what makes our testimonies so much more relatable. Thank you for sharing your heart!

    • Hi Samantha, gosh thank you so much for your support. it really means a lot. big hugs to you xox

  43. Ahhh, you underestimate the sensitivity of your readers. I read you because you are a fellow trekker in recovery from brokenness and pain. We both attribute our miracles to God through Jesus. Like you, I often look at the post I’m ready to post and say, “Really? God, do you really want me to share this?”

    I can’t question what God is laying on my heart. He/she has got a reason and I am merely a conduit.

    • Oh my goodness, I am so touched by this. Thank you Larry. You’re right about that! God’s nudges are always for a purpose! big hugs to you xox

  44. Thank you!! Thank you for constantly sharing your heart, your opinions, your thoughts, even when they’re contrary to society’s majority. I think Christians these days have forgotten we’re NOT supposed to look like society, we’re NOT supposed to follow in their shoes, but rather we’re supposed to look, sound, and live differently. It’s not about being PC. It’s not about jumping on the latest bandwagon. It’s not about our comfort. Your faithfulness to Him might not be rewarded by man, but it will most certainly be rewarded by Him, and HIS approval is the only one that matters.


    • Hi Laurie, thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. You’re so right! HIS approval!!! hugs xox

  45. To My Dear Young Friend, When I read your post on virginity, I was afraid that this post was to follow. You have to do what you feel is right, and your guide has never strayed you nor lead you astray. You have BBB and even into the marrow. Take it from the Old One, you are at your best when you are honest, and that is where you are coming from. Keep your Heart in your offerings and you will find that your second guessing is not your strong suite. You are why I wish I was 40 years younger. You are the Best and you are getting better.

  46. Hi Caralyn. Another post that is up in the excellent file range.
    It is obvious that within your spirit, Holy Spirit is continually working, and Jesus Christ reigns.

    Your Fear, Reverence, of the Lord is an attraction point in all your writing, and draws more people to your post, and thoughts of Christ, no doubt.

    I felt led to list a few verses, hopefully to encourage you, and not take up too much space and time.

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
    Proverbs 1:7 – (NIV)

    Job 28:28
    And he said to the human race,
    “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
    and to shun evil is understanding.” (NIV)

    Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.
    Ecclesiastes 12:13 (NIV)

    Ecclesiastes 12:13
    13 The conclusion of the matter–the whole, let us hear,–Towards God, be reverent, and, his commandments, observe, for, this, [concerneth] all mankind. (Rotherham’s)

    We see in one version listed above, “ Be reverent” is used in place of “fear”, which fits in with what God means when He speaks this.

    Then, as far as losing some readers, many people stopped following Jesus as well, when He walked on earth, as they did not like His teaching either.

    John 6:60
    60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” (NIV)

    John 6:66
    66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. (NIV)

    Keep up the great ministry of sharing Christ, and His way of life Caralyn, through your words, and through your lifestyle and every day living among people you know, and those who now know you through your writing.
    To God be All Glory.

    God Bless You Abundantly, according to God’s Word and Will.
    Luv, 😀🌹❤️😘

  47. We must have been on the same spiritual wavelength! I was pondering the topic of fear over the weekend and finding strength in 1 John 4:18. Keep at it! You’re honest insights and faith in God are inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing.

  48. Open your Bible and you will see that Jesus was constantly making enemies and offending the most powerful and influential leaders, even of His own faith, in his day. Furthermore, He told us that we would do the same if we followed Him.
    Anyone who does not offend or upset at least some people has not moral compass and isn’t taking a stand for anything.
    I applaud you for what you did.
    Love and Blessings,

  49. Kudos to you for posting it *and* sharing the struggle to push the button. I’m glad you have friends to support you when you need a sounding board.
    And I totally agree with your friend. If more people felt confident in putting sex on the back burner – for whatever reason, if our culture just wasn’t so focused on sex as a topic of distraction – just think of how many more Barack Obamas, AOCs, Tom McCains or Elizabeth Warrens we could produce. I’m not saying any of them or none of them survived until marriage with their virginities intact, I’m just holding them up as individuals that serve our country, their fellow Americans and the world with such confidence, intelligence and bravery. I know there’s more of them among us than there are Kardashians…but where is our focus?
    People hearing messages like yours could change that current. 🙏🏽

    • Thank you so much for your encouraging words. It seriously means a lot. Hugs and love xox

  50. Congratulations on not letting fear overcome you. I think the devil will often use fear to control us and lead us away from our walk. I know that I have personally experienced this a lot in my life and am working to overcome it. It is one of his greatest tools. Fear of rejection, fear of people not agreeing, fear of offending, the list goes on. Good for you for relying on God and allowing Him to help you beat the devil at his game again and again. God Bless!

    • Thank you friend for your encouraging and affirming words. Amen! It is only with His help! Hugs and love xox

  51. I read your very interesting post on the V Card. I admire you for keeping yourself pure. May God cintinue to strengthen and keep you. But, a word of caution. I believe the guy you marry should akso be a virgin. God is able to grant you that husband. Too often Virgin Christian ladies marry men who were or still is promiscious and all they do is to defile the young ladies and the marital bed.

    • Hey again friend! gosh, thank you for this generous encouragement and advice. definitely something to pray about! hugs xox

  52. 1. Bravery is not the absence of fear, but what we say and do in spite of it.

    2. There’s nothing wrong with waiting until you’re ready and in a committed relationship such as marriage to have sex. I didn’t lose my virginity until just over a month before my thirty-third birthday. I’m forty-four now, readying to turn forty-five in a few months. I used to be worried about my status as a virgin because I let others convince me there was something wrong with me because I hadn’t yet had sex, but when I gave my virginity to my then-girlfriend, I realized it was simply the right time with the right person. I’ve no regrets about it at all. One day soon you’ll meet someone with whom you’ll fall in love, he’ll fall in love with you, you’ll marry each other, and embark on the next phase of your lives. Don’t ever feel pressured or inadequate because of a conscious choice you made to wait until marriage.

    • Thank you so much Michael for sharing your thoughts on this! I really appreciate you sharing your story. This is a great perspective! Hugs and love xox

  53. Be brave. Following the Christ is not for the faint of heart. But he promised heaven to anyone who would dare.
    I am writing these words as much for you as for myself.

  54. There’s nothing wrong in waiting, provided that one has the inner strength to endure the nonsense that others will put you through. Been there, done that. My lack of experience cost me what might have been a great relationship, and my willingness to compromise (when I finally caved) threw me into the most abusive situation I’d ever known. I’ve regretted that moment ever since, not only because of the drama that it put me through, but because I compromised my own beliefs.

    Stay true to yourself and don’t sweat what others will say.

    • Hi Doc, thank you for sharing your story. I’m sorry that you had to go through that. I appreciate you sharing that part of your heart with me. that is great advice, thank you. hugs xo

  55. C, love and fear live together in the chamber of our hearts. Doubt crashes at their apartment a lot, too. Doubt makes us believe we’re not awesome enough to make a difference when we click Publish. You are, though, awesome, beyond measure. – Tony

  56. Thank you for your trust! I always enjoy reading your posts. I love it how you said, “trust, is the humble powerhouse.” Mhmm this is so good. Your post about trust came right at the time when I needed it. I appreciate you!

    • Thank you so much Rachel, for your kind words of encouragement!! so glad this resonated with you 🙂 hugs xox

  57. I really appreciate and can relate to this post! It is only by trusting in God and what He’s doing in my life that I can get through a single day. I applaud you for being faithful in trusting Him and blogging about it for those who need to hear!

    • Thank you so much kevin, for your kind words. Amen to that! He gets us through!!! hugs xox

  58. Aww, this post is gorgeous! I haven’t read your other posts, but I’m a virgin too. Not that it means anything really.
    I loved this post, because to me it represented courage. Though yeah, I like the idea that behind fear, I mean the opposite to fear, is trust. The willingness to let go, and let god. Let go of the control, and let god take over – god, grant me the serenity…. I was actually repeating the serenity prayer over and over to myself today on the way to an appointment with a therapist (1st appointment).
    Take care of yourself today. As you know, god is with you (though reminders don’t harm and are always helpful, that was actually one of my last posts, that god is with you).
    You’re worth it!
    And why’m I rambling on someone’s blog???
    Love and light

  59. I literally had tears in my eyes reading this. I am SO glad you posted your thoughts on virginity and equally thankful that you posted this on bravery! I’ve done that so often too, not posted out of fear, and then lived with that regret of not putting those feelings/thoughts out there. I realized how much I agreed with you, it’s not about brave in the sense of “me” and what I can do, it’s having that whole trust in God and how with him there is nothing we can’t handle. I am going to take your mantra as well and repeat it to my two little girls. I truly enjoy everything you share. Thank you.

    • Hi Yvonne, gosh thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so glad that this resonated with you 🙂 Yes!! There’s nothing we can’t handle with God on our team! hugs to you x

  60. Appreciate your honesty. I find it helpful to preach the gospel to my self, especially when I may feel weak, vulnerable or attacked. As a number of people have said of Christ’s love, you are more loved than you can ever imagine.

    • Thanks so much for sharing your story, and for your wonderful encouragement. It means a lot. Big hugs to you xox

  61. Yea, you are damn right… .courage is another thing, strength, confidence, bravery that is also a thing too but trust is the mother of them all.

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