Have you ever had a theme song? I feel like at different times in my life, I find a song a like and then I play it 1 million times. Around the time I was planning my wedding and getting married it was 2013. Hillsong had just come out with a new album and I became obsessed with their song Oceans. I couldn’t figure out how to incorporate the song into my wedding, because well its about God being there when you suffer, more or less. Forward to 2.5 years later when I was driving to go pick up formula thickener for my twins and this song came on the radio by Bethel Music You Make Me Brave. I listened to it and then for months after I listened to it over and over and over again. It even became part of the reason I named this blog “A Brave New Tomorrow”. So when I heard this mash up of the two songs- it touched me. All the tears, kind of touched me. It’s literally a mashup of the journey I’ve been on the past 4 years. Here- take a listen Oceans//You Make me Brave. I feel like they recorded it for me, because obviously I’m that important!
To me, these songs are reminders that God has purpose in all the suffering. I know He is working all for the good of those that love Him and are called according to His purposes. In case you need to know, that verse is about suffering, and we aren’t promised a life without suffering. I’m just glad I have a God that loves me and works through the pain to show me greater and deeper love than I’ve ever known.
take a listen to the songs. I hope they encourage you, like they do me.
Opportunities for Bravery
“Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow”. Does that line ring a bell? It’s from the hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness by Thomas Chrisholm. Sitting in church, in the midst of my uncertainty, we sang that hymn. That line hit me upside the head, and reminded me that God will strengthen me, and there is hope.
Hi. I’m Kimberly. I don’t know much, but what I do know is that life is full of opportunities. Opportunities for bravery. Every day is a new opportunity for bravery. Things were pretty simple for me. Then life happened. Adulting happened. Tragedy struck. I had to make some choices. Hard choices. Necessary choices. I find myself in the place where I am a single mother to 3 incredible children who are all under the age of 3. That’s right folks, I’ve got irish triplets. A singleton (moms of multiples lingo) and twins who arrived 16 months later.
I am a follower of Christ. I am by no means perfect. One morning, in the midst of my tragedy, I was unable to sleep. I got up, made myself coffee, and began to read my Bible and pray. As I was praying, begging God for answers as to why in the heck is this happening, He sent me to Jeremiah. I was reading about how God would rebuild the city. I sat there wondering what God was trying to say to me in that moment, and honestly, I didn’t know. What I do know is that God is saying He his faithful. That He is the hope I have to hold onto. That God is faithful, and He has me. He has my kids. He has my future, hopes, worries, anxieties, fears, joys, trials, happiness… (do you see where I’m going?). He is orchestrating my life, and I may not see why, or how in the world He is going to work this for my good, but His word tells me He is (Romans 8:28). That seems like a cliché Bible verse to some, but to those in trial, those who have no idea what God is doing or why He allows things to happen, it reminds you that God’s got this and He is working it for your good, despite our doubt.
So there it is. A Brave New Tomorrow. Every night when I go to bed, I have to choose to be brave tomorrow. No matter how I failed or succeeded that day. Whether I kicked butt at parenting, or lost it about 100 times that day (this is what typically happens). I have people depending on me to be brave.
So I will be brave.