Community, Faith

Courage, Dear Heart

April 27, 2016

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“Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it. By doing just acts, we come to be just. By doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled, and by doing brave acts, we come to be brave.” — Aristotle

I never would have thought of myself as someone who is brave. More accurately, someone who possesses great courage. Sure I’ve done cliff diving or ridden that questionable roller coaster- but that was always accompanied with a heavy dose of fear and the prevailing thought of “What the he– am I doing?” So yeah, big fat wuss over here.

Did you know that the word courage is actually a heart word? Quick school lesson: (just stick with me here people) but the word courage comes from the Latin word which means heart. In its whole, courage actually means: to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.

And isn’t that what we’re trying to do here? Tell our stories: the hopes, fears and everything in between? To gather our courage and become women who aren’t afraid to be real? Women who know that life is better together out in the open and not in the hidden spaces? So I guess you could say we all  have a lot more courage than we think we do.

When I left the blog last year I had no intention of coming back. My time was done and I had made peace with handing your precious hearts over to a new group of women who I knew would treasure you as much as I did. Something I learned last year was that love and care  sometimes can look a lot like letting go.

Over the past several weeks, Allison and I have been having a lot of hard conversations. Better yet, a lot of courageous conversations. We talked about heart and vision and unity and passion and calling. I asked hard questions and Allison gave hard answers. And together, we made a really hard, yet really courageous decision. Allison is leaving AGLM and I am stepping back in.

After serving as leader of this blog it became clear to Allison just how much she loves ministering to young women like yourselves. However, she also realized that the kind of girl and way she wants to reach that girl doesn’t quite fit the vision of AGLM. So, she is taking the bold move to step away from AGLM to better focus on the place in ministry where her heart’s passion truly lies. She’s writing a book, blogging on her own site and counseling/mentoring  women in her community. She’s bravely stepping into serving in the place her heart feels led, and you know what? We couldn’t be more thrilled.

Taking the reins of this blog back over wasn’t exciting for me, let’s be honest. I worked dang hard last year to let it go. To surrender it. What was going to happen if I came back? Would the passion still be there? Would I even have the energy to do it again? Would you guys still want to hear from me or had this thirty-something year old become irrelevant?

I can’t say I have the answers to these questions, but I can say that I’m anxious to find them out and the only way I can do that is by fearlessly jumping back in. So I jumped.

If courage is the telling of who we are with our whole hearts, I wonder what stories you and I have yet to share? Fears that live only in the silent tears we use to cry ourselves to sleep. Hopes and dreams that are only spoken in the hidden pages of journals and desperate prayers.

I wonder what would happen, if together, we all grabbed onto that courage and hand in hand faced the untouched parts of our stories with unguarded grace and guts. I don’t know the answer to that question either, but I’m ready to find out.

** If you’d like to continue to follow Allison on her journey, you can find her on her Instagram or her Blog.**

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  • Trina April 27, 2016 at 9:51 am

    You, dear thirty – who cares brave woman, are totally relevant. I’m SO excited to have you back <3

    • agirlikeme
      agirlikeme April 27, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Trina, thanks for the encouraging word girl! -Heather

  • Rachel C. April 27, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Yay!! Welcome back, Heather! I wish Allison the absolute best!

    • agirlikeme
      agirlikeme April 27, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks Rachel! Happy to be back! -Heather

  • Emilee April 27, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Heather, I’m SO excited you’re back!
    I’ll continue to follow Allison on her Instagram and blog!

    • agirlikeme
      agirlikeme April 27, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks Emilee! -Heather

  • Leah April 27, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I don’t even know what to say. But I know I’m what I’m feeling and that is pure joy!!

    Allison, I totally understand. I love you and I’ll miss you! Thank you for loving us and serving us for a time, but I am grateful that you are going where you feel led to be. That’s the way to do it. :) xo

    Heather, I am euphoric! I want you to know I relate to you like crazy and you have been one of the most relevant people in my life. I love you and though I don’t know the answer either, I’m rarin’ to find out. xo

    • agirlikeme
      agirlikeme April 27, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Leah, thanks so much girl. Euphoric is a pretty bold word. Hope I live up to hype. 😉 Looking forward to doing life again with you! -Heather

  • Desiree April 27, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Happy to have Heather back! I will miss Allison though! I pray the best for Allison!

    • agirlikeme
      agirlikeme April 27, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks Desiree! -Heather

  • Michelle April 27, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I love both of you leaders so so much. And I love that you care enough to do what you feel you’re being led to do. I will always support you guys whether you’re here writing on AGLM or doing any of the other things you may be called to do. And I’ve realized myself, I let fear get in the way of so many opportunities because I think “what if this isn’t something I’m called to do?” – but the only way to find out sometimes is going for it, and sometimes that means falling too. Love all of you ladies a ton!!!

    • agirlikeme
      agirlikeme April 27, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Michelle, thanks so much girl! You know, I read once that courage is contagious. Be brave and jump! I promise you won’t regret it. -Heather

  • Aleta April 27, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Heather I am so happy to hear you’re coming back!! I pray that God will reveal Himself in whatever Allison is doing next. I know He has great plans in store for both of you <3

    • agirlikeme
      agirlikeme April 27, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks Aleta! Glad to be back! Woop woop!!

  • Carolyn April 27, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Heather, I’m so excited to have you back! This made my day! Allison, I can’t wait to see how God is going to use you in this next season of your life!

  • Meg April 30, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Aghh yes! So excited to have you back Heather!

  • A Worn Girl May 1, 2016 at 11:26 am

    No matter how old you get you will never become irrelevant to us or anyone else Heather! It’s great to have you back; thanks for taking that courageous step for us AGLMers ! God uses you to speak words of wisdom.<3
    And Allison, I hope you grow deeper in love with Christ and that any love for this world would be replaced with great joy in Him!