Monday, February 7, 2011

First Official Flower Patch National Day of Bravery (and A Winner)

Heavens to Betsy, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I asked that one, wee question a few days ago, "What are you being brave about right now?"

I read every single comment (I always do!), but this time it was different, because this time, hearts were being poured out. I felt like I was invited into something sacred, and if that sounds dramatic, then go read for yourself.

I fell asleep that night praying for brave girls I had never meant, some I hadn't even heard from before.

The next morning, I prayed again.

May He give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. - II Thessalonians 1:11

Off and on throughout the day - same story.

I could not shake all-a'youn's.

From the major to the mundane, I found myself reacting in a really personal way. The truth of the matter is - Brave is universal.

My initial hope was that by voicing the thing that has you teetering up near the edge, you might find yourself more steady than the moment before.

So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. - Matthew 10:11

But then I fell asleep, once again, with YOU swirling around in my noggin, and I knew there was more to the story. See, there's no good reason for any one of us to walk alone, especially when it's this cold outside.

As such, I do hereby declare this Thursday, February 10th, the official Flower Patch National Day of Bravery.

We were made to connect and so many of you took that first step by sharing from your heart about things deeply personal - maybe maddening, and possibly even downright terrifying. You've reached out, now reach back.

Go here and scroll down to the comments. Find the person directly above you on the list. Reach back.

Memorize her name and her story, because on Thursday, she's your girl.

Think about her, pray for her, if possible, unzip your computer screen and climb in with her. Say hello. Tell her she's the Bravest Girl You Know.

For those of you who didn't leave a comment but would like to join in, just pick someone. Heck, generate a random number if you can't decide!

There's no such thing as too much support.

Let's remind ourselves what love is really about.

Let's remember that we aren't alone.

On Friday, you'll have the opportunity to share, and I hope you will.

If this seems weird to you, chuck that thought. Throw it down the disposal, feed it to the dogs. Just get rid of it. Trust me, this is sort of new to me, too, but I know I'm in good company. I'm in brave company, and that feels like a fantastic place to be.


And hello, how about a winner?
Wendy said...
What am I being brave about? 6 months ago I left my career as an elementary school teacher, put our house up for sale, moved to another state with my husband and 1 year old, left all our friends, church and some family, went back to school, moved in with my brother-in-law...Why you may be asking?? Well, all to pursue my dream of becoming a dentist. It has always been a passion of mine. Through prayer and an ultra supportive husband, we are doing what we feel God desires. It has not been easy and going back to college with kids 10 years younger than me is requiring me to be BRAVE everyday!
Send me your email address, Wendy! Congratulations!