WHAT IS EMBRACE BRAVERY?
The Lord God is my strength, my bravery, He will walk me through places of trouble and suffering. – Habakkuk 3:19
In Embrace Bravery, we will bravely embrace the difficult journey of infertility in a safe place by learning how to trust God while growing deeper in our relationship with Him.
Infertility is a tough journey, but I believe that God can give us the tools to walk bravely through it. I believe that in this journey, it appears we have fallen or are broken, but God isn’t leaving us there. He’s picking us up, pushing us forward with bravery. All of these broken pieces form who we are and give us the strength to move forward and continue the journey. (To learn more about these broken pieces, click here.) Embrace bravery.
Embrace Bravery was created to encourage, strengthen and equip you on your infertility journey through a local support group in the Tallahassee, FL area, an online Facebook support group, inspiration through my blog, ongoing events, gift exchanges and more.
WHY EMBRACE BRAVERY?
Embrace Bravery because as women struggling through infertility, we feel weak, that our bodies are failing us in one of the essential areas we were created for. So we don’t feel like we have strength, let alone bravery. I believe that this journey gives us the strength we need to embrace the bravery God’s already instilled in us. The scripture says that our strength and bravery is God or comes from God. It’s through embracing Him, our bravery and strength, that we begin to see our lives changed and empowered.
In Embrace Bravery, we will learn how to embrace that bravery and ultimately learn to look to Him in our moments of weakness and struggle. We’ll be equipped to trust Him so that we can have a better relationship with Him than we ever imagined. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… – Ephesians 3:20
Yes, He tells us way more than we could even begin to fathom will be ours through Him. Doesn’t that get you excited?!?!
GET TO KNOW THE EMBRACE BRAVERY TEAM
SHANNON KETCHUM – FOUNDER & SUPPORT GROUP LEADER (SUGAR HILL, GA)
HER FERTILITY JOURNEY
Shannon Ketchum is a wife of 15 years, fur mom, sister, introvert, and most importantly in love with Jesus! She has been dealing with infertility for 15 years due to endometriosis, hypothyroidism, PCOS and a pelvic spasm condition. She’s believing God for her promised miracle children! Shannon is the founder of Embrace Bravery, a blogger and speaker. She is passionate for women to break free from the brokenness of infertility and experience Jesus in a whole new way.
HER FUR BABIES
Shannon three fur-babies: Jackson (6 years old) – canine pitbull mix (her baby), Reno (8 years old) – canine pomeranian and her one and only feline is Oliver, aka Ollie Wollie (5 years old) – tuxedo tabby. Her fur babies are her children. She loves each and everyone of them and they keep her heart full and life entertained.
WORK + MINISTRY
Shannon has had the extreme pleasure of working for her church, Victory World Church in Norcross, GA for the last 10 years. She works as a project traffic manager in the Experience department, aka marketing. She loves her job – it fits her so well, as she loves details. She loves being able to see all the creative things that her team does and how that impacts the Kingdom!
For four years she was a small group leader in the Young Adult Ministry. She then felt the call to mentor adult women, so she became an adult women’s small group leader. She led her group for about 7 years. She loves small groups, they’re such an amazing way to connect with others and grow in relationship with the Lord. That ministry helped prepare her for infertility support. Ministering to women is such an important role, and she doesn’t take it likely. Let’s embrace this journey together.
LEAH HOVERMAN – ACTIVITIES COORDINATOR + FUTURE GROUP LEADER
Leah, our activities coordinator, has a hand in everything we do for Embrace Bravery – social outings in the support group, baby showers, events & retreats! Ideas and planning is what she does best! She is a loving wife of 10 years to the most wonderful husband, Todd, a stepmom to her beautiful and smart 17-year-old daughter, Haleigh, a sister, an aunt to 3 nieces and 1 nephew, a fur mom to a beautiful dog named Zoe and cat named Lady, but most important a child of GOD.
Right now, she attends the local Embrace Bravery group as a participant, learning God’s way of healing and managing infertility through openness and prayer with the women in the group. She also became the activities coordinator, so she can put her good talents to use to help other women by scheduling events and activities that will help them get closer to God in this time of struggle.
HER FERTILITY JOURNEY
For the 10 years she has been married she has dealt with the ups and downs of trying to get pregnant. She lost one child at birth (still born) and her second at 6 weeks due to no heartbeat. Through her infertility journey she determined that she wanted to be able to help women that have struggled with infertility due to the loss of a child. Most women don’t know how to talk about it or on the other hand have no one to talk to. She has also started a company called Rebekah’s Rose to be able to give a portion of the proceeds to Northside Hospital’s Perinatal Loss division.