How Humility Helps Us Be Brave with God

By Jenny Lynne Stroup

God's Brave Women - Jenny Lynne's Story


There are a few moments in my life where outsized pride outpaces humility and leads to memorable – if not painful – lessons.

One moment that stands out was during one of my husband’s deployments. Like many military spouses in similar situations, I was playing both mom and dad to our toddlers, scheduling a PCS, and generally trying to keep my head above water. Many days I felt like the stress was greater than the success. But one day, I felt like Super Woman.

It was the first of the month. The boys and I ran errands all over town. We conquered Sam’s Club, the bank, the grocery store, and a few smaller tasks. I posted about it on social media. I praised myself for how well things had gone, and for how great I was feeling. It was an ode to myself and the Super Woman status I deserved.

And then it happened. The ding on my cell phone was a notification from the bank. It turned out that I used the wrong card for EVERY. SINGLE. PURCHASE. during my Super Woman dash to run errands, withdrawing hundreds of dollars from an account with a zero balance.


"The ding on my cell phone was a notification from the bank. It turned out that I used the wrong card for EVERY. SINGLE. PURCHASE. during my Super Woman dash to run errands, withdrawing hundreds of dollars from an account with a zero balance."


Just like that, Super Woman status vanished quickly as I outed myself:

I've always heard, "If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans." Today, I thought I'd tell him how smart I was in my journal...10 minutes later I got an email from the bank telling me I over drafted my account...Yes, I am brilliant and I'm sure God is having a grand chuckle!

I was humbled and a little embarrassed at the time, but as time wore on between humbling moments, I once again put on my Super Woman cape. In retrospect this humbling turn of events taught me extraordinarily little.