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A Braver, Smarter and Stronger You


Gwen Smith

May 16, 2017

Blog, Devotions, Encouragement, I Want It All, Strength, Trusting God, Worth

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One of the most lovable and charming characters in the history of cartoon animation has to be Winnie the Pooh. He simply oozes adorableness and positivity.

In the movie, Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, Pooh and Christopher Robin, who are the closest of friends, have a moving conversation high in a tree where strength and love flow heart-to-heart.


CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: “Oh, Pooh. If ever there’s a tomorrow when we’re not together, there’s something you must remember.”

POOH: “And what might that be, Christopher Robin?”

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

POOH: “Oh, that’s easy. We’re braver than a bee, and, uh, longer than a tree, and taller than a goose . . . or, uh, was that a moose?”

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN: “No, silly, old bear! You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is even if we’re apart; I’ll always be with you. I’ll always be with you. I’ll always be with you.”

This conversation reminds me of the conversation Jesus has with His disciples after His resurrection. He gave them new marching orders and assured them that though He had to leave, they would never be alone.


“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You trust in God; trust also in me.” (John 14:1)

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:15-17)

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:26-27)

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing… If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:5, 7-8)

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19- 20)


May these last words of Jesus serve as a reminder to you today that you are not alone or ill-equipped in your life. Because of this truth, you are enabled through Christ to be a woman of great courage and faith! Live like it. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think because the Spirit of God is at work within you to embolden, strengthen, and guide you.

Above all, remember this: God is with you. Always.


Thank you for the presence of Your Holy Spirit in my life.
Please open my eyes wide to all the courage, strength and wisdom you have for me in Christ.
Crush my insecurities and doubts so that I might be an effective witness of Your power.
In Jesus’ name, amen.




Fill in these blanks: “Today, I will face ____________ with the courage that the Lord provides for me instead of trembling in fear. In this area of weakness, ___________, I will ask God for strength and will trust that His grace is sufficient to provide what I need. And I will pray for wisdom and direction concerning ___________ so that the Spirit of God can guide me with divine wisdom which is far greater that anything I can come up with on my own.”

{Did you do it? If so, let me know! CLICK HERE to visit my blog and say, “I filled in the blanks and am trusting God to equip me for every challenge!”}



Today’s post is an excerpt from Gwen Smith’s latest book, I Want It ALL.

I’m SO excited to finally tell you about this!

Today, I am overjoyed to share a FREE online event I’m confident you’ll love – The Journey Together Summit, June 5-8, 2017.

I’m joining hands with 34 leading authors with the sole mission of helping you discover new bravery. Whether you desire to be brave at home or at work, in your marriage or with your children, in ministry or in the mess of the day, dealing with a surprising life or just organizing it – this is the event for you.  There is something for everyone with over 34 topics of fear covered (wait till you see them all!).

We’re also featuring an awesome line-up of authors who will give your practical, relevant and biblical tips for stepping into peace, purpose, and passion.
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So what are you waiting for? Join me and 34 other experts at the 2017 Journey Together Summit. Grab your FREE ticket today! And, if you can’t attend June 5-8, we have you covered. Get the All Access Pass and you’ll be able to watch the videos post-event.

I can’t wait to see you there!

Your sister on the journey,



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About Gwen Smith

Gwen Smith

I am an unashamed, imperfect worshiper of Jesus Christ. I cling to His goodness to cover my mess and purpose my days to live out the hope of the Gospel. It is my joy and passion to inspire women to live fully in grace and truth. I write books, devotions and songs. I speak. I sing. I worship. I post, pin and tweet. I am intensely in love with the Word of God and believe, wholeheartedly, that the Bible is divinely inspired truth.


14 responses to “A Braver, Smarter and Stronger You”

  1. I enjoy so much your inspirational blogs. I share them frequently with others and have been told that they bring so much joy and comfort. In Philippians 4:13, which says “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”. Be Blessed to God be all the glory!

  2. Margaret Raja says:

    Amen for all the spiritual words.its elated me Alot

  3. Julie says:

    I filled in the blanks and am trusting God to equip me for every challenge!

  4. Valery Slaton says:

    I filled in the blanks and I am trusting God to help me meet every challenge.

  5. Jacque says:

    I filled in the blanks and I’m trusting God will help me. Thank you Gwen! Your Faith is an inspiration! Blessings as board by board & step by step your home is rebuilt! Sincerely! Jacque

  6. Tammy says:

    “I filled in the blanks and am trusting God to equip me for every challenge!” God is good…all the time!!

  7. Jan Schoen says:

    I quickly clicked and am trusting God to strengthen me in these trying days as my husband is recuperating from knee surgery. Having to administer IVs and care for him were very daunting tasks at first, but I just prayed every minute for God to guide me, and give me strength, wisdom and patience. He has truly provided all that and more, and I am very thankful for his love and grace.

  8. Jackie says:

    “I filled in the blanks and am trusting God to equip me for every challenge!”} =)

  9. Kahealani says:

    I filled in the blanks! I am trusting in Him who supplies all of my needs. I have recently had yet another set back at work. I am believing in His promises that His plans are better than my plans and that He will do greater works in my weakness. I am clinging to my Jesus with all that I have. My auntie shared a story of the opihi…(shell fish in Hawaii) The opihi must cling to the rock during the stormy seas in order to reproduce. I must cling to my Rock Jesus so that I can bear much fruit. Mahalo for this devotion. God used this to strengthen me today.

  10. Roslyn Wright says:

    “I filled in the blanks and am trusting God to equip me for every challenge!” I know that GOD will answer me in ‘due’ time and my season Will change!

  11. I filled in the blanks and I am trusting God to equip me for every challenge! I am believing the words and promises of Jesus! And yes, I am braver than I believe, stronger than I seem, and smarter than I think! Thank you for these much needed words of encouragement this morning! Blessings!

  12. Melissa Plets says:

    “I filled in the blanks and am trusting God to equip me for every challenge!” My challenges are great, but my God is greater than any challenges I could ever face. Thanks for reminding me!

  13. Shirley S. says:

    I filled in the blanks and trusting God to help me. My fiance has stage 4 cancer which metastasized to his pelvic region causing him extreme pain. He is not able to stand or walk for any period of time and his appetite has suffered from taking pain meds. Many days I break down from weariness as I am his sole caregiver. The devil tells me I am losing the battle but my faith tells me all things are possible. I need and must be strong!

  14. Juanita says:

    I filled in the blanks. I suffer that I’m not smart enough, not as good as others. I have so many insecurities. I pray about them, but something always seems to break through, and then the depression sets in.

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