Five Minute Friday – Brave

On Fridays I link to Lisa Jo Baker and take only 5 minute to write a post. Great for making me to sit and write with total freedom. Here goes:


Jan Cox
Janis Cox – age 6

As a young girl my shyness kept me from trying new things. I didn’t put my hand up in class; I hated speaking in front of the class; terror struck in my heart when I had to go somewhere new or on my own.

My Dad, who was a Captain in WWII, always encouraged me; never put me down for my shyness; and told me to be strong and brave.

Gradually over the years I developed a better sense of daring. I started to teach school and felt capable and prepared to be a good teacher. I encouraged my students to relax with one another and have respect for one another. They blossomed.

I married and had children. They helped me to be braver – especially with spiders, bees and snakes. Of course, when they fell or got sick I had to be brave as well.

But true bravery did not happen until later in my life when I met Jesus fully and since that time nothing has stood in my way of trying something new. I do say in my bio that I won’t bungee jump and that is true but I do meet new people, try new activities and go new places by myself.

And I stand up for Jesus – no fear of telling people what I believe and what He has done in my life.

This has only happened since the fear has fled and been replaced by a new sense of God in me.

Nothing can separate me from God – No thing.
So how can I be afraid of anything? I can’t. (tweet this)

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of Godthat is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, NIV).

I guess that is bravery. Brave because I have Jesus.

Time is up. What do you think of when you hear the word “BRAVE”?

Have a great weekend,



Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

Time’s up. What do you think of when you think of the word BRAVE?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you {and if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to say howdy}

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.




  1. Dear sweet Janis
    Oh, you was a beautiful little girl! I was talking today about this wonderful verse from Romans 8. It has always been a great encouragement to me. Yes, I know how brave a mom needs to be when her child is ill.

  2. Love this! Yes – it is Jesus that makes us Brave!!! And with Him – we can overcome our shyness… because we can put our confidence in Him and not in ourselves! So good!

    1. Yes if we can encourage all our women to believe in Jesus – then to know that they don’t ever have to be afraid, wouldn’t that be awesome.

  3. I was a shy child as well, and I understand the struggle to be brave out of that.

    I watch my six year old daughter and how easily she goes up to kids at the park and makes friends and I envy, but mostly admire that ability. I think with kids they are just so secure in who they are (and didn’t Jesus praise the faith of a child?), that it doesn’t enter into their mind what people think or them or anything else. It’s a challenge to us adults for sure, and as you say we have every reason and belief to be confident in Christ. Thanks for sharing:)

    1. Joy,
      Yes my parents were supportive but they were quite “shy” as well. So I came from that background. I did things I was told. I liked to know exactly what was expected of me. Now to know that I can trust in God no matter what I try, is a freeing that I didn’t have before.
      Thanks for your comments,

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