University of Houston research professor Brene Brown has over the past few years soared in popularity because of her groundbreaking work in the areas of vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brene is the author of several New York Times No. 1 bestselling books.

Here is one of my favorite quotes:

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

“Lord, help us to listen to our lives today, to embrace all that is happening as the training ground for your image to be formed in us and through us. For your glory.  Amen.”