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.

XXOO

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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!

42 comments:

  1. Shannan- what a fabulous idea!!! I love it! Goin to see who my 'girl' is!

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  2. I love this, Shannan! You are a brilliant low-altitude genius! :)

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  3. Wow, this is so cool! Going to check it out right now--

    Wanted to tell you 2 things:

    1. I saw The Afters in concert the other night, and they showed the video to "Light Up the Sky"--made me think of you, because I first watched it via the link you gave, and it made me cry!

    2. I picked up Love Walked In tonight at the library because you recommended it so highly. Thanks.

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  4. Love the idea but since I'll be participating, it has to be elevated to the Flower Patch International Day of Bravery! ;)

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  5. What a great idea. I will be picking a random person since I didn't comment on the original bravery topic.

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  6. What a brilliant idea! I love it! 2 Timothy 1:7 popped to mind as I read this post.

    For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

    I didn't participate in the original post but I'm going to pick someone right now! Thanks for this!

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  7. Shannan this is totally and completely cool! What a fabulous idea! I'm really excited about this!

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  8. giosmama26@yahoo.comFebruary 7, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Although I didn't get time to leave my comment when you asked that question, I KNOW that this Thursday will be the best Thursday EVER!
    You're doing an amazing thing here sweets. Love it to the moon and back!

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  9. Don't they say there is power in numbers. Sounds like such a blanket of support.

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  10. wow that's great idea and i hopped over there and read their brave stories. i didn't enter, but i'm being brave about starting my photography business.

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  11. this is so cool flower patch farmgirl!!

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  12. Thursday is Ollie day. I will be praying for sure! I have picked a person to pray for that day from your list too.

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  13. Wow, that is brave. Love it. Looking forward to Thursday.
    Dana

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  14. gratulations wendy. that is one sweet thing to be brave about.

    Looking forward to national day of bravery:)

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  15. oh, i like this idea. very much.

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  16. I commented about Wendy in my comment - I was right below her! Now to find out more about her. A lovely idea.

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  17. Oops. I remember clicking on her name before. Wendy doesn't have a way to get in touch with her. Wendy, (if you're reading this) you are brave. I'll be praying for you!

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  18. oh how neat...I completely missed reading for several days so I need to catch up...sorry I missed this but I'll go back and read and pick someone

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  19. Why didn't think of this? You are the cat's meow girlfriend. Now, I'm off to find my girl to pray for.

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  20. Shannan, I just went through and read how all of these amazing women are being brave, and couldn't help but tear up. This community is so amazing, and I feel so encouraged by other women's bravery and by the Scripture that you put in this post today. Last night my husband and I decided to step out in complete faith that God will provide, instead of sending me back to the workplace. This is just what I needed to hear. Thanks girl!
    P.S. Char told me you were at Junk Evolution Fri. night. I was going to be there, but the hubs was sick. Darn, we could've met. Can't wait to see the photos you took!

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  21. I love this, I was just praying about this, and that day is my birthday. It feels like this message was meant for me, personally. Thanks :)

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  22. I LOVE this idea! Thursday is the day Ollie comes - it is my brave day! It will be an amazing & hard day all wrapped into one big bag of emotions. I will very much appreciate another prayer warrior on my team!!

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  23. You are just plain awesome! I hope you know that right? What a fabulous idea. I'm all in:)

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  24. Thank you Shannan.........see ya tonight :)

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  25. Hurray, I could always use more prayer support!!! What a great idea, thank you for caring so much about us. You are such a sweetie. I am off to find out who I get to pray for! : )

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  26. what a great idea, shannan! and i thought you were so brave to show up at blissdom w/o a ticket, by yourself. {did i already tell you that? hope so}. and i'm so glad you did b/c if you hadn't, i wouldn't have had the chance to meet you. so i will be praying for you, wishing you continued bravery in all that you do, and being thankful for someone out there is links others to others... and like a ripple in a pond, you never know where that will lead to. a truly beautiful idea. xo

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  27. Rock on with your brilliant ideas! What a blessing you are to so many. Thank you for being a brave inspiration and sharing of yourself so humbly and richly through blog world. I can't wait to go see who is ahead of me on the comment list. :)

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  28. FlowerPatchGirl-I got tears in my eyes when I read this. (that's just what we've been talking about at church lately---really reaching out to other in a personal way) What a great idea and neat way to make things more personal. This blogger-sphere-thingama-jig really is incredible and it's amazing to learn that there really are REAL people who write these blogs!!! Rock on, girlie!

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  29. Just discovered your blog! It's beautiful!

    I following you now :)
    Katerina from
    http://happymummysworld.blogspot.com/

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  30. What a wonderful idea...I'm going to go find someone who needs some prayer and lovin! "And the greatest of these is LOVE."

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  31. Wonderful idea! I came across a blog called The Brave Girls Club and they send a daily message of inspiration. You should check it out!

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  32. Wow, what a super great idea -- I love it! I can tell that you write straight from the heart...what an inspiration you are. Isn't it amazing, this blogging -- the stories, the friendships and connections? It's amazing how many women I pray for, friends I've met only online. But their stories settle deep in my heart.

    And thank you, thank you for visiting Graceful with your kinds words and congrats yesterday -- I so appreciate it!

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  33. Great idea, FPFG! Dropped in on one of the bloggers that left a comment, and right away knew that she was the one! Thanks for encouraging us all to love each other!!

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  34. I'm dropping by from Mountain Mama. I think this is a wonderful idea. You know, maybe this time last week I wouldn't have thought so much about it, but two tragedies have occurred to people (kind of) connected with us - not close family, but enough to really shake me. I posted about both on my blog in the last few days and told how I was feeling. You know what? I had people from near and far praying - not just for the two families, but also for me (though my heartache was *nothing* compared with what they had).
    Praying friends... whether we've met in the flesh or not... priceless x

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  35. This is such an incredible idea. Who knows what the outcomes my be.....very exciting!

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