The word "Courage" in white overtop of a woman standing in the sunset

By Bonnie Baxter



I find courage inspirational, particularly when I see it in others. Sometimes it is found in the big things. We find it wrapped in grace as we fumble through. I think of times I’ve seen courage:

  • my friends helping their young daughter through challenging years with cancer.
  • my brother persevering through his heart transplant, and a family donating a heart to give him new life.
  • three dear mamas all saying goodbye to newborn boys…and many others who have kept on living, really living, when a child they loved was gone.
  • dearly loved older people walking forward into the last season of their life, even through the loss of senses, like hearing and a clear voice and physical strength.
  • a friend walking away from an abusive husband despite judgment from others who don’t understand.
  • a mom taking antidepressants for a season, despite her fears, so she can be the mom she needs to be.
  • a teacher standing up for what she thinks is right, when those who do not understand, and sometimes even her peers, are unwilling to change.
  • brave ones speaking up with love toward the bully and the bullied.
  • a child who can’t speak continuing to try and learn to communicate in new and different ways.
  • a broken-hearted person being willing to move on and try love again, with time.
  • a dad walking around late at night on the streets of downtown, handing out hot chocolate and sandwiches and being willing to listen.
  • a friend who has had so many failed attempts to become a mother, who still tries again, just one more time.
  • a foster mom pouring love into kids for a season while they are in her life, and being willing to let them stay there in her heart for an extended amount of time.
  • parents of kids with disabilities of all types…I have met so many inspirational ones.  It takes courage to embrace a life that’s different for your child than you had dreamed about, which brings to mind the poem, ‘Welcome to Holland’.
  • adults learning to read.
  • single friends enduring the not-helpful advice and comments from me and others and stay hopeful and real and true.
  • sometimes the hurting wife who stayed, sometimes the hurting wife who left.
  • those who are loving the people who need it most – you know, the ones who look like they want it the least.

Courage is also in the little, everyday big things, such as:

  • forgiveness even when the person doesn’t ask for it or deserve it
  • opening up to a trusted friend about pain
  • being authentic, at the risk of being mocked
  • saying no, and trusting that it will all work out
  • choosing hope even when you’ve been disappointed
  • giving…time, money, things, heart
  • risking – taking that first step, speaking that first word, opening those eyes.

Courage isn’t something that a person can just come up with on the spot. I think it is that moment when all the work you’ve done to be authentic and kind in your life starts to shine. It might look like a flickering candle or maybe like the sun. Courage might even shine brightest in a dark and lonely place. 

I’ve had days where getting up and trying again took a lot of courage. But then I look around at all the inspiring people that have come into my life and I am encouraged to keep walking forward. Courage is a holy thing, powered by the Holy Spirit.  It is a strength that is beyond myself and reminds me that I live in a bigger universe than I sometimes realize.

Be encouraged this day to live with courage, my friend. I’m right there with you.


About the Author

Bonnie Baxter HeadshotBonnie is a wife to Todd and a mom to two great boys. They make their home in Medicine Hat AB, where she works part-time as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She tries to add creativity to her days, through writing, music, sewing, or learning something new. She loves Jesus, her family and staying up late. 


  1. Mary Elford on June 3, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    What a helpful writing this is! Thanks so much for sharing Bonnie! God bless you richly!👏👏👏🤗🤗🤗

  2. Candy Wise on June 4, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you for the reminder that we see courage all around. When I see it in someone I need
    to stop recognize it and if suitable acknowledge it. A note of admiration and encouragement
    can go a long way in touching another and in doing so also lift me up.

  3. Arlene Manson on June 4, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    A welcomed reminder in a hard week for me.

    • Marie Taylor on June 12, 2019 at 10:20 pm

      How very insightful that message was. Thank you for putting things into focus. We all need to live with our eyes wide open, ready to give encouragement. Thsnk you

  4. Yvonne (Beckett) Gould on July 24, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Thjs article was not only so well written it gave me insight into the writer’s wisdom on the subject of Courage. I just love the way she deliberately and successfully brings light and life to the word . Thank you Bonnie . I look forward to reading more articles. I would like also to thank the Sister Triangle for putting this on FB inorder to reach a wider readership. I have written a few articles in years past and hope the readers experienced the same enjoyment I have in these present ones.

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