My sister and I had the opportunity to go the ‘Beautiful You Movement’ women’s conference here in D.C. at the beginning of this month and the topic for the weekend was ‘Brave.’ I have been studying about bravery for a few months now and wanted to share what I’ve learned and add my cliff notes from the conference.
Definition of ‘brave’: to show courage in the face of fear and uncertainty
Leadership: Leadership plays a major role in bravery. We must lead ourselves well for a better life; we must realize that we are THE leader for our own destiny. Being a leader is also a person who is a solution finder instead of a problem finder in life. They are constantly looking for ways to improve, manage, and redefine. A leader asks for forgiveness, listens, and engages. How will you lead?
Breaking: Sometimes you have to break to be brave. Breaking old habits, hardships, mishap, curses, and/or chains in our lives that tangle us up in a web of lies and insecurity. We need to break these things that prevent us from stepping out, having a voice, and changing our family legacy. Let’s become a new generation that rises up and changes our fate, our story, our world. Breaking free for our children and children’s children. A generation that will return to dignity, success, transformation, and courage. A generation that is THE UNEXPECTED generation! What do you need to break to be brave?
Movement: We must move to be brave and we must move NOW. Movement takes fire and commitment from simple and ordinary people, like us. Move with a passion that is unstoppable, move with that one act of bravery that you have been making excuses for. This brave act for me was starting this very blog, a place where I can share things close to my heart, as well as my faith. YOU have to be brave in your life so others can me brave with theirs. What brave movement do you need to take?
Conquering Fear: Nelson Mandela once said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” I have always struggled with fear, as well as having a fear of failure. I mostly struggle with wasting my energy on being concerned about what others think about me, especially in the midst of failure. I’ve been told by several people that there is no such thing as failure, only perspective. Don’t let fear rob you and control you but let God strengthen you. You can’t be in faith and in fear at the same time. God says in the Bible over and over again, ‘Do Not Fear!’ He is reminding us that fear NEVER get’s the final word. Again, being brave doesn’t mean an absence of fear, but facing and doing the impossible and through God, all things are possible. Is fear going to be stronger than your faith or is faith going to be stronger than your fear?
‘Behind your greatest fear might just be your greatest calling.’ –Donna Pisani, founder of Beautiful You Movement
Choose Courage: Think about this, you may be one brave decision away from turning your life around. Just have courage to get up, move, and live the life God called you to live and remember that it doesn’t have to be on your own ability. Now what if your strength and bravery can help turn someone else’s life around? It’s very exciting to think that one brave act can bring hope, healing, peace, or salvation. We now have a responsibility, not only for ourselves but for others.
“Be Strong. Take Courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He is right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t ever leave you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Faith: Faith = Bravery.
It is easy to be brave, to live by faith, when everything is going well. It’s through the storm when our faith is tested. If you don’t have faith, you won’t display bravery. God never promised that there wouldn’t be hardships and struggles, but in Him we have victory. He has already written BRAVE into your story. Are you brave even through the trials? Is your bravery translated in faith?
“Start out every day in faith and don’t let the day end in fear.” – Dee Dee Freeman, Speaker for Beautiful You Movement 2015
As promised, it is giveaway time!
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