Over the holidays, brave women were on my mind. I had the chance to spend time with my three sisters; all are beautiful moms, and I’m so proud of the way they have grown up. (I’m the oldest, so I’d like to think I had some influence 😉
Mom made her famous banket, and we spent Saturday at my Aunt’s house. We reminisced about old times. We missed Grandma, who lived through the Depression and was faithful until the end, bravely suffering through cancer until a couple of years ago when it took her from us. I also thought about DH’s Grandma, who passed away last week. For the past year or so she suffered with Alzheimer’s and other ailments, and towards the end she didn’t look like herself at all, but she too aged bravely until the end. Watching DH’s Grandfather, I couldn’t help but marvel at how well he seemed to be taking it. Will I be that brave if DH goes first? It really puts things into perspective.
Today, I read a heartwrenching post from a friend who recently lost her home to foreclosure. I am praying so hard for her. It brings back memories of when I lost my own home to foreclosure, at the same time my first husband had disappeared. I never thought I could have survived it. But I did. And so many women survive so much. I’m sure you can think of some yourself.
When Collective Bias asked me to share about the organization Brave Woman, I immediately thought of all the brave women I’ve known.
Brave Woman is a grassroots movement to shift personal and public perception of women facing domestic violence situations from a victim mentality to one of courage and strength. The ultimate goal is action to create a world community that
- Supports difficult decisions involved in creating a new life of safety, healing and independence.
- Is aware of the presence of domestic violence and its impact on families.
I am blessed to not have been physically abused; chances are, however, that someone I know has. One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. I have three younger sisters; statistically speaking, one of us four sisters will experience domestic violence. Wow. I hadn’t really thought about the issue very much. But after reading some of the content at www.BraveWoman.org, I’ve been inspired to learn more about it and speak against it.
How You Can Learn More
The Brave Woman website: www.BraveWoman.org
Brave Woman on Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/Brave_
Brave Woman on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aBraveWoman.
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