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When I saw the topic for this month I was excited to share with you some wise words that were spoken into my life this past weekend by Deb Brown of Faithwalk Ministries. We were honored to have her as one of the keynote speakers at the Defining Your Joy 2017 Women’s Retreat in Helen, GA. (Other speakers included Kim Hyland, Jenn Hand, Rachel Britz, and Ria Story.)
Deb’s message seemed to come at a perfect time for me as I was hosting my first ever retreat for my ministry and was scared to death things would not go as planned, even after months and months of planning.
As Deb took the stage she shared with us her own inspiring, personal story of growing up, living in fear from a very young age, and her transformational journey from the Queen of Fear to a work-in-progress, recovering-from-fear girl.
During her talk, Deb shared with us this verse that truly spoke to my heart.
The LORD is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hind’s feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering or responsibility!
Habakkuk 3:19 (AMP)
She then reminded us that…
As Deb closed her talk, she gave us each two cards…the first, to write the thing in our life that is most holding us back in fear; the other, for our next brave step. Not the end result but simply that next, tiny, brave step.
As a beautiful song, we were each asked to come up front and drop our folded, fear card to the ground, surrendering it and each receiving a “Be Brave” necklace as a reminder to keep moving forward. Deb then did something so very powerful. She knelt down directly on top of that very pile of fears and prayed for us all.
My heart is full, and I still have chills thinking about this beautiful act of love.
We then moved outside to take a moment together to celebrate our next brave steps. Once outside we were greeted with pom-poms and flower confetti poppers (donated by one of our sweet attendees). One by one, we cheered in true, Defining Your Joy, fashion as we each shared our next brave step!
It was such a powerful moment of community and encouragement!
My Next Brave Step: In five days I will board a plane to spend ten days in the Holy Land doing humanitarian work with kids in the schools there, while the men in our group complete some construction service project for an organization called Seed of Hope.
I am so very excited as this has been a huge spiritual growth year for me. I am fearful of this trip but am also excited to finish the year serving in the same area where Jesus once did. I am going with an open heart and open hands, seeking for God to lead me where He wants me to serve.
I would like to invite each of you to this fear challenge!
Please share below…What is holding you back in fear? What is your next brave step?
I am praying for you ladies as you take your next brave step!
Business / Ministry Coach & Founder of Defining Your Joy
(Follow Deb Brown for #mondaymoments to receive weekly encouragement to be brave.)
Shared by: Natalie Joy