A Brave Yes to the Church-Lady Hat

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I found myself hesitating just a bit. I'd made an offhand comment about going out of town for the weekend. A friend's ears perked up, "Wait. Where are you going this weekend?"

"Well," I explained, "It's a women's retreat, with my church. But it's really fun!" I enthused. "It's not boring at all."

I'm sure I was completely convincing. 

Despite that stumbling explanation of my whereabouts, I had a wonderful time four weeks ago. So did 140 other women. It was my second women's retreat, and as promised, it was not boring at all. 

In fact, it was a challenge. As I look back over my notes, what I thought about writing here, what I prepared for the church newsletter, and the echoes of that photo, I'm left with these simple questions:
Who needs me to be a woman of courage? 
Who needs me to be the heroic woman God created me to be?

The heroic part is what gets me. Who needs me to be brave? Who needs me to stand up, to notice, to respond? Who needs me to simply speak? 

There are a million directions to turn. A million steps to take. My brave step for today? 

Yes, I went to a women's retreat. 
Yes, it was fantastic. 
Yes, I recommend it. 
Yes, I am that church-y. 
Yes, I am that Christian.
Yes, I am still me.
Yes, I am still fun.
No, I'm not all Judgey McJudgerson.
No, it's not like that at all.
In fact, I thought you were about to get all Judgey McJudgerson on me.
Yes, I was actually worried.
Yes, I feel ridiculous.
Yes, I'd love to talk about it.

Ever had an awkward moment of embracing the church-lady hat? Tell me.

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4 Responses to “A Brave Yes to the Church-Lady Hat”

  1. awkward moment of embracing the church-lady hat... that's an interesting question! can I say yes and no? I don't think so with church, but ALL THE TIME with the Christian ministry that I volunteer with. They're small and not well-known so I usually just say "oh, you've never heard of them" rather than try to explain what I do. Why is it that we're wired that way...

    1. Exactly - why is it? I don't know, but something to think about and challenge myself with, for sure.

  2. The "Judgey McJudgerson" name made this visit totally worthwhile.

    1. Your comment just made the post worthwhile - and it made me smile. Thanks!