B is for Brave

brave 

[breyv] adjective, brav·er, brav·est.

1.  possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance.

noun

2.  a brave person.

From the very beginning of our relationship, Joe has always encouraged me to be my best self and do things that are completely out of my comfort zone. He is my biggest support and is always ready to face whatever challenges come our way with a brave face. There are a lot of things that I don't think I would even attempt if it weren't for him and I don't know how I'd stay sane through some of the things life has put in my path without him by my side.

The first memory I have of Joe helping me face something scary happened early in our relationship. One of my biggest fears is speaking in public. A week or two after meeting Joe, I was supposed to give a talk in church and it made me sick to my stomach just to think about it. During one of our many late night walks, I was talking to Joe about it and told him that I had no idea what I wanted to say or how I should organize my talk. He encouraged me to do something completely out of my comfort zone and speak from my heart, using the things I'd studied as a reference rather than writing it all down and reading it word for word. It was terrifying, but I did it, and even though speaking in front of large groups like that is still one of my least favorite things to do, it's been a little bit easier ever since.

Being married to a man who calls me out when I'm letting my fears take control has been good for me. Having Joe around to help me through the tough times and reassure me when I don't feel like I can do it has been even better. I'm blessed to have a man in my life who encourages me to be brave!

What 'B' word would you use to describe your marriage?