Remember Zena, the Warrior Princess, and how we all aspired to be as strong and as she was? Oh, if only!
As some of my followers know my word for 2018 is courage. But what is courage? It may look as different to you as it does to me. Dictionary.com describes courage as “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear, bravery.”
Sometimes life comes at you like a raging river. Unexpected events catch us unaware. And sometimes being strong in a crisis is damn hard.
Where do you find your strength when the pressure is on?
I find my strength in my faith. The Bible is filled with encouraging scripture. I hold tight to His promises in the storms of life because I have already tested His promises and found them to be true.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. *Romans 15:4*
For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope. *Jeremiah 29:11*
The above was my mantra during my scare with cancer and chemotherapy and then again through a divorce.
Recently I found myself in a difficult situation with a co-worker. There were days that she tried my patience and I bite my tongue. Some days she would keep enticing me. But I made the choice to be kind and not retaliate in hatred like the world would have me do because I am not of this world. That’s what love is. Love is patient, love is kind. And if I am a Christian, as I proclaim to be, I must follow the lead of Jesus and live my life as He lived His.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. *Epeshians 4:2*
How do you build your faith so that when trouble comes you can stand firm? Know God. Seek Him. Read your Bible, highlight and study Bible verses ansd memorize them so that when you need that comfort or strength it can quickly be found. There is a spiritual battle raging all around believers and we must put on the full armor of God.
So many times I have looked back on my life and wondered how I got through. Jesus is my answer. He is my source of strength. Without Him I could NOT have found my courage.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. *2 Corinthians 4:8*
I hope this post somehow touched your life and gave you hope to be strong and courageous.
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Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or troubed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. *Joshua 1:9*