Last year I bought a Giving Key and put "Be Brave" on it. I was entering into a season of the unknown, not entirely sure where or what the next step in my life was. I felt that I was being led to move to Texas, a state I have never been before, where I am far from all my family, friends, and (at the time) boyfriend, now fiancé. It didn't make sense to anyone, not even to me, but I knew it was where I was supposed to be.
So out of faith and bravery, I moved 1,300 miles away from the place I called home, and started my journey of being Brave. There were several times I felt alone and that I was battling this season by myself. Whenever I felt like the waves of life were trying to overcome me, I held onto my key, thinking to myself, BE BRAVE. I wore it all the time, especially when I needed encouragement.
A few weeks ago a dear friend of mine found out her husband had a tumor on his kidney. It was the size of a softball. They were able to successfully remove his entire kidney, leaving him with only one. Later on in a follow up appointment they found out that the cancer had spread and was more aggressive.
They've come to a place where they don't know what to do, and it all seems very frightening at the moment. I recently was home visiting and saw her, instantly I knew that I was supposed to give her my key (AND I was wearing it at the time).
I cried as I told her what journey I have been on and how these words have pulled me through the hardest times being alone and away and trusting in God. As I gave this to her, she was blown away because she has seen me wear this key and she knew the significance and importance that this key held in my life.
Now she is holding onto being brave as her and her husband battle this cancer together, with the reminder around her neck to "BE BRAVE".