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The Courage Keys

by Jackie Alvarez

be you, bravely

October 27, 2014

"You seem alive right now. It's like I'm seeing the real you." 

Those words sunk deep.

I'd had one of those moments that made my soul come alive, like the moment was created just for me. I was contributing to the world in that way that made me feel like I was doing exactly what I was built to do. The world was at peace; everything was right. I was giving of my self in a deep and exerting way, but I walked away with my heart full as though I was the one who had been the recipient. 

"It's like I'm seeing the real you." 

It's because she was seeing the real me. 

Bob Goff makes this profound statement, he says, "People need to be spoken into who they are." It's powerful to have someone affirm who they see in us.

As we journey this year on our quest to Be you, Bravely, let's be courageous enough to see the greatness in others, and tell them what we see.                


Be you, Bravely

Our hope for the next year is to journey together into bravery. We show our bravery every day we wake up and choose to start again, no matter the downfalls of the previous day. We show bravery with each mothering choice, forging a path for those adorable little rug rats. We show bravery when we dig deep and choose to respond to that little voice inside of us that speaks with an impassioned plea about what we can contribute to the world. 

The key here, is that we want to do it together.  

The Courage Key

That's part of the reason we chose to include a key in the 2014-15 MOPS Membership welcome kit. It's a symbol we can daily put on to remind us to live the bravest version of ourselves. It's a token we can reach up and touch in those moments we need a reminder to be brave. And, with solidarity, we'll be wearing our keys together. 

MOPS Membership is our way of saying we belong together because we know we mother better when we mother together. 

The Feather

We chose a feather because feathers represent flight. In order for a bird to live into its truest, it must step out from the nest, trusting its wings and take flight. That's what we want to do, step out from comfortable, trust that inner voice telling us who we are and go be that in the world. 

The key comes in the welcome kit alone so that you can doctor up however you desire, but we put together a chain and feather charm set that we love (and think you will too!). Those are available for a few dollars at

In the next year, what is that little voice inside calling you to do in bravery?

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The voice inside of me is calling me to be a more thankful person this year. I have always been thankful (at least I thought) but I don't always show it in the moments that it is truly needed. That is what I need to work on bravely this year.


A little voice is calling me to bravely make new friends. Although I am a confident person, deep down I have a fear of rejection. We have relocated nearly 500 miles away from our hometown of 11 years, and this new season is full of possibilities, but also lonely. Time to take courage and make new friends.


These videos are beautiful and made me cry! I love the theme this year! God is calling me to be a Christian speaker and I have started speaking to MOPS groups this year. I'm terrified yet excited for how God might use me.


Sara, this is so exciting! Prayers for courage as you step into the role God is calling you to.


Start up and lead a MOPS group in our small town! (i'm an introvert)


That is a brave undertaking for an introvert, Tansy! For every moment you have to take a deep breath and muster up your womanly courage, just know you are changing a moms life.


Let go! This is my last year as coordinator, and right now there is no one who can take over the group next year. This year I wil bravely wait upon The Lord to fill that seat so that our group can continue. I will let the group take on more of my responsibilities so that when the time comes they can take flight and soar onto next year.


Lanette you are doing a beautiful thing. I can say from experience that God knows what is in your heart and on your mind and he knows both the short and long term needs of your group with a depth we can't even fathom. Thank you for your heart for moms and for your fellow leaders.


My family has been in our new home several states away from our former home for just a few days, and this year I am going to embrace BRAVE, AUTHENTIC hospitality. So what if my house isn't perfectly clean? I'm going to invite people in for real, and I can't wait!