Candles filled the concert hall and God’s Spirit hung heavy, but this was no ordinary night of worship. God was calling us out, writing our destinies into existence.
Only 20 years old, I stood alongside the other graduates in a special commissioning service. Our ministry mentors were instructed to challenge us, calling us by a new name.
When my turn came, Paula paused to think. Finally, she scribbled out a word, folded the paper, and passed it to me.
I wanted to accept this new name, embrace it, but another claimed my life. Everyone could read the name “Timid” etched across my life.
How could I live the word “bold,” the word she prayed over me so brazenly?
Sometimes it takes years for God to fan our prayers into flame. I lost that piece of paper, but over the years, I clung to the hope it gave me.
It took a brave woman to call out the brave woman in me. In fact, it’s taken an army of brave women.
Courage begets courage, doesn’t it? We learn bravery by seeing it in action.
For instance, I needed to see my friend Fran Geiger Joslin run a publishing company, after starting it on a leap of faith.
I needed to watch Heather Creekmore choose endurance and faithfully steward the message God has given her.
We all need this kind of inspiration. That’s why I’m excited to tell you and hopefully give you a copy of the American Woman’s Bible (Thomas Nelson 2016), a study Bible that includes stories of the brave women who helped make America.
I know I don’t need to tell you about the many bold woman who, fueled by faith, shaped our country. Their stories speak about gumption, hospitality, and sacrifice.
Their stories, past and present, remind me to be brave—how one act of bravery ripples out into the world, inciting more bravery.
On days when we don’t feel courageous, snapshots of godly woman like Ruth Bell Graham, Rosa Parks, and Eleanor Roosevelt, lend us tenacity and strength.
Henrietta Mears had it right when she said, “Faith is caught rather than taught.” This quote and many others from woman like Flannery O’Connor, Emily Dickinson, and Dorothy Day inspire readers and fill the pages of this Bible.
Bold woman speak the truth to each other. We borrow and lend courage. We help each other live new names and new stories.
I have two copies of the American Woman’s Bible that I would love to give you, one hardback and one leather bound.
Here’s how to enter: If you haven’t already, like my author page on Facebook and let me know in the comments below. In a week, I’ll put all the names in a hat for a drawing and contact you if you won.
Would you consider sharing this post on social media, maybe even tagging a brave friend, too? Thanks for being brave!