I am blessed. I was raised by a woman of valor. I have a sister of valor. I have many friends who are women of valor. They encourage me to hope for better days.
If I started listing all of their names, I know I would forget someone. As I began to think about all of the battles the women in my life have faced, I began to understand that it isn't the battle that makes you valorous - it is the way you walk through the land mines.
The definition of valor is: great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle.
My mom (whom I've written about before) is in her late 80's. She has lived through wars, the Great Depression, the death of a husband and son, the death of her parents, all but one of her siblings and in-laws, chronic illness and YET. On most days, she is wondering how she can continue to be a woman used by God, how she can continue to become a better and more loving person, and how she can leave something of value to her children and grandchildren. She will be the first to admit she hasn't walked her life perfectly, but she is still trying to be the best she can.
My sister is one of the most incredible women I know. I can't tell her story - because it isn't mine to tell - but she has battled great danger emotionally, physically and spiritually to become a woman who lives to serve the heart of God. Today she battles a physical condition that seeks to debilitate her - but she stands on the promise of God that she will be healed and continue to live life full out.
A business partner and friend raising an autistic daughter. She is a single mom who has run several successful businesses and shares the beauty of her daughter with the world.
A young woman I met in the chemotherapy lab while our husbands had treatment. She yearns for a child of her own. She believes someday it will happen. She is my great friend even though she's 20+ years younger.
A friend who has watched her son face death over and over again. She has driven him thousands of miles to doctors, faced down the demons of fear, and continues today to fight for him with every ounce of her strength. And she does it all with an infectious zest for life.
An association leader who shares her story transparently and from her heart. She does it so others can be brave and know that the only thing that stops you from living your dream is - you.
These incredible women are the tip of the iceberg. I could write all day and share woman after woman after woman. They inspire me. They remind me on the days I'm struggling to continue to hope. They cause me to rejoice at the strength God gives us in the face of our battles. They cause me to know that whatever I face, I am not alone.
2 Corinthians 11:4 says:
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. NLT
Someone in your life is a Woman of Valor. Will you share her story with us? Just tell us in the comments below, who helps you #ReClaimYourHope?