"Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
"so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God's power."
1 Corinthians 2:5
Looking forward and excited for what is to come.
Learned to find satisfaction and true peace in God’s love.
Deep desire and passion to overcome and believe the unbelievable.
Growing beyond what I thought I could and reaching new heights.
Transformed from a victim mentality to a victorious mindset.
God wants me to have peace in my life.
-The biggest thing I learned was that although the pressures and troubles may be many, God is always there. I will be different in my perspective of life.
-Do not have a victim mentality.
-To go to God first! To consider Him first!
-How to be open with my life with other disciples.
-I’m learning to forgive faster.
-To stop being a victim as the scriptures tell us to do.
-How to connect my emotions with God for Godly conduct.
-Learned to really be at peace and put my full trust in God.
My name is Qing Chang, I’m 29 years old. Before I usually had a weak spirit which always gave in to my feelings. I expected to get my security from others. I wanted more attention and care and love. I am a people pleaser. Sentiments come to me like ghosts. I am vulnerable to any pain, hurt and even my own assumptions, because I am a sensitive person who can assume a lot according to people's actions. In addition, I can easily presume a lot of barriers and difficulties when I decide to do something in my life. Unfaithfulness is the biggest monster for me to achieve my goal. During three sessions of brave hearts, I have learned a lot from everyone in the class. I need to be more considerate of others and make friends feel comfortable about our relationship. I start realizing God wants himself to be the center of my life. That's why he changed my life so deeply and brought me to the US to learn more about Him. He also wants me to pray more to help me to see how real my relationships are, which motivates and reminds me to keep focused on Him. Under his light, I should not take anything personally and pessimistically. He provides positivity and hope in my mind. In a word, God gave me very best friends. They are so incredible and important to me. They work in my life in incredible ways. I know God is really blessing me with this part of my life. Thus, I feel so grateful and blessed.
My name is Lesley Sierra, I’m 23 years old and Initially I signed up for brave hearts to find healing but I found much more than I expected. Brave hearts challenged me to run into the fire that was the process of my healing rather than running from it, as I was in the habit of doing all my life. Before joining brave hearts, I had the most negative perception of myself. I felt unworthy of love, I felt inadequate, I felt worthless and to be quite honest I didn’t believe God could love me for what at the time I thought I was, broken beyond repair. Throughout my life I had been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused at different stages of my life and the last thing I wanted to do was relive any of it. However, brave hearts took me on this journey back to my past with such love and support from both the sisters and God’s word. This process was undeniably vital for my growth in my relationship with God. Through the scriptures I was able to see how much God truly loves me. I was able to take the parts of myself that I despised and use them for a greater purpose, to help women see that with God you can find peace, you can be healed and you can overcome! I was completely transformed to say the least! I now walk with this unshakable confidence, knowing everything God has saved me from and what He has saved me for. God not only brought me healing, He also gave me an even greater purpose, to share what He has done in my life. I am beyond grateful for an opportunity to now serve as a D group leader in this amazing recovery program and help women through their process as well as continue to go through mine.
My name is Elsa Cicora, I’m 46 years old, married and recently a fur mommy. I took Brave Hearts with the hoping of find healing from past hurts and to my surprise I found more than what I was looking for. Brave Hearts taught me to be vulnerable and fearlessly open with my feelings and emotions; instead, of stuffing them inside. Before starting Brave Hearts, I was grieving the loss of my father who died unexpectedly. In addition, I was overwhelmed with sadness and sorrow of not being able to get pregnant after trying for 7 years. I also had a lot of accumulated past brokenness that I was afraid to revisit because I felt so much shame and fear of reopening wounds that desperately needed the proper healing. I felt trapped and in complete despair. To be honest, I was contemplating reverting back to my old habit and sin of drinking alcohol to numb my feelings. I felt so powerless and full of shame. As a result of trusting the process of Brave Hearts, fearlessly journaling, sharing my journal and diving into the quiet times I have experienced the most powerful & miraculous healing. My relationship with God has deeply improved. I now feel free of the bondage of my past hurt. I have hope, serenity and peace of mind. I enjoy my life, my marriage and my precious fur baby Belle. God not only gave me healing of my past hurt but also clarity of my purpose. I now get to capitalize on my healing by continuing to share my painful experiences with other women and help them find the miracle of healing and help them build a stronger relationship with God. I’m forever grateful to God and Brave Hearts for my healing. I invite you to join me in taking on this challenge and find the blessing of true healing!
God's timing in having me start Brave Hearts last year was impeccable! So much of my actions now, are connected to so much pain from the past. Yet, what Brave Hearts helped me to accept was my sin in all of it! To truly mature beyond past hurts, I learned I had to see the plank in my own eye in order to truly be set free from those hurts. Stop, drop and roll was a favorite practical I picked up as well from Sal's teachings! One word I would use to share about the power of Brave Hearts is "freedom." An eagle flies with much freedom in the skies. I have had my strength renewed."but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." - Isaiah 40:31
The Brave Hearts class has literally changed the way I think about how I feel. I now literally choose my feelings and respond appropriately with the power of the emotions God gave us. I have noticed that people respond to me favorably in emotionally charged situations. It’s a result of how the scriptures I've studied, the lessons preached and the brothers I've interacted with, have helped me deal with deep heartfelt emotions. If I was to choose one word to describe how Braveheart has changed me. Compassionate.