I ran and finished an 8k this weekend after I convinced myself that running wasn't for me.I beat my goal time by 3 minutes.
I wrote a heartfelt blog post, sharing very personal and private information, which is hard enough for me to do "in real life". Not sure if it was smart, but it definitely took courage to open up like that.
It's taking a lot of courage to go on this adoption journey.
Leaving home to spend a summer overseas being a nanny for a family I didn't know while in college. Best experience of my life. But at 20... I look back and it took some courage.
For 18 years, we took high school students to Europe on short term missions trips (Royal Servants.) Each summer, I lived in a tent with my husband and 2 daughters. The first summer they were 1 and 4 years old. That was courageous (and sometimes just stupid.) But we have lots of great memories.
Kristen,Courage today meant NOT hiding behind my housework or cowering as the cook. I played with kids, laughed with hubby, savored the Savior, and let responsibilities fall to where they really belong - as responsibilities, joyful acts, not "the better." Choosing the better tonight!:)
This Easter my family gathered our courage and made our first Easter celebration since our mother passed away. We decorated, set a beautiful table (if I do say so myself), and made simple but delicious food. As we sat down to eat my father remarked that our mom would be proud of our efforts.
Telling my dad that if he shacked up with a woman four months after my mom's death then my kids would no longer be allowed in his home. He was welcome - alone - at my house anytime. I would consider changing my mind if there was a marriage.It nearly killed me to stand up to my dad like that, but doing the right thing is seldom easy.He never moved in with her.
I'm gradually building the courage to promote my blog instead of feeling that it's not as good as the amazing craft blogs I read each day...
I had kids.
I worked at Mystic Seaport Museum one year. http://www.mysticseaport.org/I was SO shy but one of my jobs was to stand up on a stage in an old church and give a lecture (daily!) on Whales, Whaling and Whalemen along with a slide show. OH MY!But I managed it and did well. By the end of the summer when my family came to hear me, I was doing really great. I will forever see that year as a turning point for me.
After losing 3 babies, having a baby 3 months premature, and then having a fairly non-complicated pregnancy with my son...all in just under 5 years, I realize that having our children was the most courageous thing I've done.
Started my weight-loss fundraiser...and stood up in front of my whole church to present the project and my plan.
Marry a Marine and leave everything else I know behind every 2-3 years. Life is a constant transition.
I agreed to share my testimony with my MOPS group in May. Finally got the courage to listen to God asking me, "What are you waiting for?" :)
Courage to finally say YES to God to go on a missions trip. I'm going to Kenya in September - to the Mathare Valley with FAME. To do fundraising with family and friends as well as leaving my husband and son for 10 days take courage as well. AND I adopted my first Compassion International Child while you were on your missions trip!
I finally had the courage to write my great grandmother a letter sharing my pain at losing my grandma four years ago. It's the first time I've ever poured out my heart to a family member about her death.
It took courage for me to tell my mother I was pregnant, not married and the father not even in the picture. I was so scared that the first time I came home to tell her, I chickened out. It was the hardest, scariest thing I have ever done - I hate disappointing my mom but she was so very happy - her first grandchild.
I wrote this ~ http://www.leesarawood.blogspot.com/2009/09/this-is-me.html
I stayed in my marriage when eveyone else said it was ok to walk away.
I have written a few children's books and have submitted them.That took COURAGE.And now I must have . . . PATIENCE!
Reading that made me realize...most of my brave feats were at a younger age. I will have to work on that...after all...I am not finished yet at 57 (o:
I told my boss at work (a TEACHER) that I would not sign my name to a report that she falsified. She even cornered me the next day and told me she wasn't asking me to "exaggerate, *just* embellish." Yeah...that sounds better.Turned her in to the head of the department and the principal. She was "talked to." Worked 2 more weeks, in a CLOSED classroom setting with her, where she wouldn't speak directly to me...then I quit.
Possibly the most courageous thing I ever did was trust that I had found the right man in my husband, even though he was in the Army and moving to Germany, and even though my parents thought I was throwing away my life. Turns out, they like him probably better than me now! I'm glad I had the courage to trust my heart (and now think it was 100% a "God thing").
Having a baby after loosing a baby (which included freak complications and almost death for me as well).....SO WORTH IT!
The most courageous? Lots of little things like climbing a mayan ruin in mexico in the rain, holding an alligator, singing karaoke in a bar on my 40th BD. But I think the most courageous was and is being open to life, every life God has graced us with. 13 pregnancies, 1 death, 4 miscarriages. But the most courageous part is attempting to raise them to be good, holy men and women who love their God, their families and their country.
After 25 years of being afraid of being baptized I did it. At 35, and with 2 kids, I decided it was time to do it on Easter Sunday. It was life changing!
Like the other military wives that have already commented, I too left behind my hometown (that no one ever leaves) and everything I ever knew to be with the man God clearly created for me. It took awhile for some people to understand, but I always had the full support of my loving family. Moving away for the first time to face the unknown was the hardest thing God has ever called me to do so far, but it has also been the most rewarding. I'm looking forward to seeing just how far He can push my courage in the future :)
I wrote a series of posts called "The Real Me Challenge" -- things unspoken that I felt impressed to share -- being transparent isn't easy. I finished the series last month when I posted about my current struggle with and anxiety disorder.Megrethttp://www.musesofmegret.com
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