February 21, 2018
Bravery takes on many forms. It’s found in the little girl, on her first day at a brand new school, who steps into a classroom of strangers and unknowns. It’s seen in a boy, whose father takes off his training wheels and he rides on two wheels for the very first time. You can see it in the woman whose marriage is in complete ruins, as she courageously chooses to rebuild her life. It is also found when we find the courage to step away from the masks we wear and demonstrate our vulnerability—flaws and all—that’s when we are truly brave.Friday night, a room full of women took that first brave step. They showed up, they risked their time, their money, and chose to be a part of something bigger.
Brave was the first of a three-part women’s event series at Cornerstone. These women’s events have been highly-anticipated for not only Cornerstone women, but for women throughout the valley. When the night began, women were instantly captivated by special music by Cornerstone’s worship team. Then, Pastor Karissa Harrison interviewed a Cornerstone women who shared a powerful story of how God redeemed her marriage, and taught her bravery and vulnerability in the midst of loss.Not only did she display great courage by sharing, but was an inspiration to women in the room that have powerful stories to share.
Next, Karissa shared her message based on this year’s theme: Finding the Courage to Belong. What does it mean to be brave as a woman? She shared that at the core of human existence is a desire to belong and to be known. We desire human connection but somewhere along that journey we become faced with pain, hurt, and even betrayal. That pain can affect our ability to be vulnerable with other humans. She gave practical tips for how we can find friendships to belong to, and how to be the type of friend that people want to belong to. But, of first importance, she said, we must find our foundation and identity in Jesus.
The night continued with an after-party downstairs with decadent desserts and appetizers and much-needed female fun. Some women also took that first step of bravery and sang karaoke in front of the crowd as popular tunes played in the background. It was an encouraging and inspiring evening and we look forward to the next Brave events this year on June 22 and October 12.
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