Nichole Nordeman was on top of the Christian music world when she had her first child, a son named Charlie, in 2003. Like many new parents, she often doubted herself, wondering if she was getting it right as she raised him. Once she got over this feeling of terror mixed with vulnerability, she felt empowered, which led her to write "Brave."
"I wrote that song for my son Charlie when he was first born," she told Songfacts
. "I felt like up until that moment I lived a safe, ordered and predictable life. He 'cut the strings.'
My whole life had been a series of safe moves, and plenty of compromises. But once you love something infinitely more than you love yourself, everything else seems small and silly, by comparison. My son made me feel brave for the first time in my life."