There is this beautiful song floating around called "You Make Me Brave" by Amanda Cook & Bethel Music. If you have not had the chance to hear, here's a few words to let sink in,
Phew--that is so good right? Sometimes we need to just let God wash over the cares of life. Exhausted momma immersed in piles of laundry, single lass waiting for prince charming, college gal treading water just to stay afloat, He sees you. In those very moments, it's often easy to say, "ok God, I know you are up there, but do you really know what is best for me?" Easy answer--"yes." Hard answer-- "yes." The hard part of that is we l-o-v-e love the easy route, but He is asking us to learn to be brave as we trust and lean on Him. So how do we do that exactly? We walk out into those very same waves that look like they could take us under knowing there is someone with us that has the foresight beyond the storms of life to see us on the other side full of strength, resilience and testimony.
You know what else God has given us because He is just cool like that? Sisters. Not just those we are blood related to, but those who you have an unshakeable, I got your back kind of bond with. You look them in the eye without saying a word and they see it--the beautiful and the broken pieces. I am so thankful that at citylife church in Tampa, Florida, we have that. Lead by the gorgeous and talented(and so many more attributes easy to speak of her) Pastor Kaci Stewart, Sweetlife was developed to challenge and support us wherever we are. The last part is so important to me as we all know life can try to do you in, but it's so important to keep going and be loved right in the middle of the mess.
Once a year, Sweetlife blows the roof off the place and holds their BRAVE conference. It is one of those absolutely-cannot-miss-life-changing kind of events. I could go on and on about it, but I'm going to let you watch this captivating, heartfelt video and then let Pastor Kaci tell you more about it...
"Hello BRAVE Women!
Are you ready? I am so excited I can hardly wait! I'm talking about BRAVE 2016 of course. Let me take this moment to invite you to attend BRAVE 2016 September 23-24. God has been working in crazy ways and has something very specific and powerful for us this year. I absolutely do not want you to miss it! This year's conference will include a little get-up-and-move dance, dynamic worship, life-altering Word, lots of girlfriends and a few surprises:) I am expecting a sell out this year, so please do not put off registering for the conference. If you register by September 14th you will receive a discounted rate.
God has shown His favor once again and sent us two AMAZING women to be our guests at this year's BRAVE:
Both of these women have a strong passion for God and for women, and each has a unique ability to communicate and inspire others. God moved in a way only He can to allow them to be with us, and I can't tell you how extremely honored and blessed I am to welcome these strong women of God to BRAVE 2016!
Call or text a girlfriend and invite her to come with you. We're going to be BRAVE together!!
Will you join us for this event? I know you felt those goosebumps watching that video, I do every time as I know what is to come. If you are not in the Tampa area, good news, you can watch live streaming during the event here or obtain a DVD copy after the event. However, if you are anywhere in proximity to us or want to make the drive down for a girls getaway, your heart will thank you. You can receive a discount ticket of $30 through September 14, 2016, hey hey!
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