What Does It Look Like To Live Courageously? – Part 4 by Juliann Terrell


Author: Juliann Terrell

Have the Courage to Live your Journey

“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”- ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:24-25‬ ‭NIV‬‬

It takes courage to live your own journey.


Those are all words that I’ve encountered in my life as I march ever closer to middle age. Those are all things I’ve yelled at God about- they are all reasons that I’ve turned away from God at one time or another.

My journey looks different than most, very un cookie-cutter- if you maintain that cookie cutter is marriage, kids, house, dog, and career. Let me preface this by saying that there is NOTHING wrong with cookie cutter, I would have at times far preferred it to this journey. At times, I think I’m far too old for this and if there’s a “prince” out there would he come already?! To be honest,  it becomes a bit disillusioning, even at times hopeless.

Then, I remember the girl I was at 23, 25, and 27- she was not the woman I am today. She entered into relationships with this hope that the other person could make her whole and make her happy. She was sweet and unassuming, but very unsure about who she was. She didn’t know or understand her worth. She compromised on a lot of things that she said she never would. She just wanted to have a person.

At 37, my picture looks a little different. I want to someone to be on mission with, to seek Jesus with, to partner with, and even writing this down I see the transformation of my heart knowing that a single person could never fill that hole. Only Jesus understands that I have a heart that likes to mosey and not be pushed. It’s only now that I see that my heart is able and spirit willing to journey with someone. God’s person for me is perfect and when he gets here I’ll know it. Then all of this will be well worth this unconventional, sometimes lonely, and often times frustrating journey. The journey to get here has taken tremendous courage. It takes courage everyday to get up and step into the day,  not knowing what awaits. Courage to smile when people ask me about relationships and dating. Courage is waking up and doing life alone for now- knowing the waiting will be worth it. I’m worth it. God says so and I won’t settle for anything less than God’s best for me.

There’s a Brandon Heath song that says, “there is hope for me yet, and I know God won’t forget, the plans He’s made for me. Just you wait and see, He’s not finished with me yet.”

So I step into a new year with Hope.

“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”- Romans‬ ‭8:24-25‬ ‭NIV‬

My word for 2018 is Hope. To have courage is to hope in the things yet to come and to live your journey unapologetically because you are without a doubt worth it. God says so.


Juliann Terrell is a veteran Media Specialist completing her tenth year in the library at the elementary school level. She is passionate about creating an environment that embodies hope, truth, creativity, and positivity to the future citizens of America- aka her students. Juliann loves to write, read, and spend time with her family and friends. She is a child of the 80s and a teen of the 90s so she appreciates all the things from that era – especially the music. Juliann loves her coffee with cream and her laughter loud. Her favorite quality about God is His infinite faithfulness, which he has proved over and over throughout her life. Her favorite verse is Isaiah 40:31.


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