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What February’s Teaching Me About Faithfulness (It’s Probably Not What You Think)

February was always a hard month for me. Maybe not always. But at least from the time I was 17.

That’s when my friend’s boyfriend shot himself in the head. Five days later, she jumped off a bridge. When my infant cousin died in her crib just about a week later, it was all I could do to stay sane. Literally.

Over the course of three weeks, I went to three funerals and lost my will to stay faithful to the God I had known since I was five. That will got replaced by a burning desire to do whatever it took to keep my friends happy. And close.

Although it made my senior year of high school super fun, that decision also served as a catalyst for some really dumb choices that made me not want to go to my class reunion twenty years later.

For years, every February when I would realize what month it was, I would enter a sort of subconscious funk that made me dread the coming days and the pain I thought I would always remember.

I’m not sure when that pain stopped hurting. But I can tell you for certain it no longer does.

Still, there is a certain mid-winter funk that happens every year. It makes February feel like the longest month. ever.

Tulips for Feb

I find myself dreaming of springtime and daffodils and hyacinths. Easter celebrations and sunnier days and planting gardens and sitting outside at Chipotle. (My fingers are seriously typing faster with every thought of those springtime lovelies!)

I’d like to say this year I have found a way around the funk, but the truth is I have not. Rather I believe God is using it to teach me about faithfulness.

It’s doing what I know I was born to do even when I don’t feel excited to do it.

It’s just starting. Finding my way to the floor on my face and handing the I-don’t-want-to-do-this to the One Who does.

Faithfulness is choosing to stay committed to my dream even when the thing that does the choosing doesn’t want to choose that.

It’s every step, following God’s next. Believing He won’t let me stray. Trusting He’s showing up inside my every daily offering. My hands as they type. My smile as it turns a stranger’s countenance around. My mouth as it refuses to grumble.

And this is where I stand. Faithful because God shows me how.

What about you? What do you think of when you hear the word faithfulness? What about February? Do you like it? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

8 Thoughts on “What February’s Teaching Me About Faithfulness (It’s Probably Not What You Think)

  1. Oh, honey. Thank you for your honesty and for sharing of your past so transparently. And thank you for this: “Finding my way to the floor on my face and handing the I-don’t-want-to-do-this to the One Who does.”

    Deb Weaver

    • Deb, thank you for your kind words. It’s crazy to think how faithful He is to always, no matter what, will give us what we need so we can do what He asks.

  2. What a lovely piece, Brianna! I’m so glad I stopped by. Thanks.

  3. Oh, Bria love! Goodness. I can’t even imagine what that must have been like. So thankful for the lessons that God has taught you through it all. I really needed to hear exactly this this morning. I am in a deep funk and I do not want to climb out of it. I just want to wallow and self-sabotage and these feelings scare me. I need God’s faithfulness washing over me, cuz I’ve got nothing!
    So blessed to have you in my life. Thanks for being YOU!

    • Sweet friend, grieving is such a terribly complex thing. I hate that you are in the middle of it. Let yourself grieve. Do not fear. God’s holding you up when you don’t want to climb. I love you, dear Becky. And I am praying for you…

  4. I treasure your heartfelt words, the transparency is so needed today

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