A Chain Reaction


One act of courage by a woman can open the door for another to be courageous. Let's start a chain reaction!

Without the action from one courageous woman the action of the next would not have been possible. 

What power truth my daughter Mariah pointed out to me as I was sharing with her Wednesday’s Wisdom Tip:A Chain of Courage.

If the midwives in Exodus 1 were not courageous by defying Pharaoh’s edict, Moses’ mother, Jochebed, would not have had the opportunity to hide her new born boy, Moses, in the Nile. Her Hebrew boy would have been dead.

If Jochebed had not courageously hid Moses, Miriam would not have been bold enough to speak to Pharaoh’s daughter. There would have been no need.

If Miriam would not have been courageous and spoken to Pharaoh’s daughter … who knows what would have happened to the millions of Israelites Moses was chosen by God to lead out of slavery.

But they were.

They took steps of bravery, making it possible for the next woman to be brave.

One act of a courageous woman can open the door for another woman to be courageous.

I’ve been pondering on this chain reaction and thinking of so many women in history who were courageous and opened the door for others.

Harriet Tubman, (or “Moses”, as she was called), lead approximately seventy slaves out to freedom during the Civil War and became the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war. Her name was feared by slave owners because of her courageous acts.

Women, like Harriet Tubman, who were a part of the abolition movement sparked the suffrage movement for women’s right to vote and own property.

Catherine Booth, co-founder of the Salvation Army, led the way for women to be able to publicly share the gospel.  Her act of bravery opened doors for women coming behind her to be able to live out the calling the Holy Spirit had poured into their lives as well. Catherine Booth opened the doors for me and you to publicly speak, sharing the Word of God as He stirs His words in us.

I could write posts all year long of the courageous women who have gone before us, opening doors so that we can have the opportunity to be brave and make a difference in our world at our time.

One of my life joys is watching my daughters as they become part of this chain reaction. Mariah, a social work major, is passionate about seeing laws changed when it comes to rape in our country, especially rape on our college campuses.

My youngest daughter, Madi, has a heart to help women reach past their insecurities and difficulties to reach their fullest potential.

How about you, friend? Where will you take a step of courage, in the footsteps of women who have gone before you?


I’ve been challenged this week by my friend, Suzie Eller, to ask God the question: Is there something you want me to do? I know there is. I’m knocking on doors; seeing which one will open.

Let’s be brave together, friends. God has more for us in 2016; to give in order to see others participate in His glory. Keep the chain of courage going on and on and on until Jesus says to each and every one of us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” 








  1. funny how I should read this after I just emailed my son’s teacher as her to relieve my son from her class. They will be discussing sexual preference in health class and so with me being a Bible believing Christian it offends me and my faith. I pray it doesn’t get all ugly for my son who has been bullied these past two years and that God will be glorified through this whole experience. I think it is time for us as Christians and stand up for what offends us and God’s words and live them out. Pray for courage for me for this is the first time in my life I am willing to stand up and share my faith and live my faith out loud….

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      I applaud you, Amy, for taking the step you sense is right in this situation.

      Lord, please cover Amy and her son with Your protection as she steps out and is brave. You have not promised us an easy life, but You have promised that You will be with us. May Your presence be tangible, Lord. Amen

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