Blazing Burning Bravery

Well friends, this whole thing has been burning like a fire in my bones for a LONG time and NOW is the time.  God’s Word.   His voice. His purpose.  His call.  His great goodness.  So, here goes! And, if for no other reason than obedience alone, I move ahead.  It’s unknown.  It’s vulnerable.  It’s exciting.  It’s uncharted.  It’s often how God works.  It’s often how life works.

I weary under its long journey.  I despair of its coming.  I lose hope.  I wrestle doubt.  I beg signs.  I grope for direction.  I debate its validity.  Yet, the fire burns.

What burns like a fire in the bones?

For Abraham, an heir, an innumerable nation; for Israel, the promised land; for Judah, un-exiled freedom; for Hannah, the longed for child; for Esther, mercy in the touch of the King’s scepter; for John, the return and reign of Christ; for Peter, the restoration of his denial; for Mary and Martha, the healing of a brother; for Paul, a beautifully betrothed Bride; for Christ Jesus, the purchase and redemption of His own.

What burns like a fire in your bones?  What is the unquenchable?  What is the blazing?

Unquenchable, blazing fire is God’s voice to Judah in Jeremiah the prophet.  Oh Jeremiah, through weeping lament tell us about the fire!  Tell us about the plans God has for us.  Tell us about the thoughts He thinks toward us.  Tell us about the peace,…and the future,..and the hope…the everlasting love.

The fire burns.  The eyes light.  The fire burns.  The soul melts.  The fire burns.  The mind kindles.  The fire burns.  The heart blazes.

Psalm 45 LG Edit

“My heart is overflowing with a beautiful thought!  I will write a lovely poem to the King, for I am as full of words as the speediest writer pouring out her story.” (Psalm 45:1, Living Bible)  This is my fire.   And after 17 years, yet it burns bright.  In the words of Jeremiah, “His word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones; I am worn out trying to hold it in.  I can’t do it.” (Jeremiah 20:9) I am removing the protective screen and placing a log on the fire.  I am fanning this thing into flame.

Plugged in, music blaring and vacuum spinning, my almost thirteen taps my shoulder singing the words of pop singer Sara Bareilles in her song “Brave.”  “Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out.  Honestly, I wanna see you be brave with what you want to say, and let the words fall out.  Honestly, I wanna see you be brave.” He hollers, “Mom, be brave!”

The fire burns.  The soul melts. The fire burns.  The heart blazes.  The heart blazes brave!

It’s vulnerable.  It’s exciting.  It’s uncharted.  The fire burns.

What burns like a fire in the bones?  Unquenchable?  Blazing?  Be brave, my friend. Be brave!

So, I am going to be brave over here at “Defining Word” fanning into flame His word burning and bubbling over, shut up in my bones.  You wanna join me?  I would be humbled if you would allow me to share with you the good things, the God things, the Good God things, that He has taught me, is teaching me and has yet to teach me.  Could we journey together?  Fan into flame that which burns like a fire shut up in our bones?  And, yes BE BRAVE?

With the affectionate love of Christ,


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2 thoughts on “Blazing Burning Bravery

  1. Kim VanWalleghen

    Wahoo you be brave oh daughter of the King!!
    I looked back in my bible to a reference I had jotted down, 2/24/2007 MC 1 Corinthians2:9


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