Courage. Sometimes it tiptoes. Sometimes it sprints full speed ahead. Either way – it’s there. You just have to grab a hold of it and not let go.
Faith and courage go hand in hand. Faith makes us fearless when in all actuality we are scared to death. Faith says, “Go ahead. God has this.” Courage whispers, “Ok.”
Courage is having complete faith that God is in control of your situation. Jesus made it evident in Matthew 8 that we may not be able to control our circumstances, but God can always control the waves. We just have to believe. We have to have faith.
If there is something happening in your life that has you apprehensive, confused, or absolutely terrified – I urge you to open up God’s word and just start reading. Let God speak to you. Let Him strengthen your faith and give you the courage you need to face this storm head on.
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17
To the single mom doing it all-
The college student stressed to the max-
The grandmother raising grandbabies-
To the teenager trying to navigate high school-
The daughter taking care of her elderly parents-
The mom with a newborn-
To the wife that feels all alone-
The mother of a child with a disability-
God sees your struggles. He knows you’re overwhelmed. He knows that you’re tired – on the verge of a meltdown. He sees you. He wants to grab your hand, walk you through the situation, and then celebrate with you when you come out victorious on the other side. Let Him help you.
God has you. Don’t forget it.
“For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
When Is your attitude the worst? What makes you shut down? We all have that one trigger that can cause us to slip off into Slumpville quicker than we can count to three. Mine is when I feel like I’m failing at something. Failure is my nemesis. Whether it be at work or home – if I feel like I can’t fix whatever issue is staring me in the face then I start to shut down, which is the exact opposite of what I need to do.
It’s important to remember that we are human, and we are prone to buckling under the pressures of life. That doesn’t make us less; it just proves that God is so much more. It’s also important to remember that God will provide us with the support and encouragement we need to conquer whatever problem that’s trying to defeat us.
Whatever your trigger is, just try to remember that is doesn’t phase God. You just simply have to ask for help.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Don’t doubt God. Don’t ever think a situation is too bad, too hard, or too complicated for Him to fix.
That mountain looks like a hill to Him.
That ocean – a pond.
That giant – just another broken human being.
That tarnished relationship that’s been ripped to shreds is merely a small tear to Him. A minute tear that God can seamlessly sew up so that the garment is stronger than it ever was before.
It’s important to remember that God takes mishaps and turns them into miracles. So, don’t doubt God. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He’s got the whole world in His hands. The whole – wide – world.
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” – James 1:6-7
Devoted. That’s how I would describe Ruth. After losing her father in law and her husband, Ruth found herself in a pretty destitute situation. Naomi knew they were facing hard times, so she released Ruth to go back to her own home and family – a land, that in a time of famine, had been given food and drink. Ruth would have been so much more comfortable there; however, she clung to Naomi’s side.
The thing about Ruth is that when times got scary she didn’t turn back. She chose to stay in a foreign land with Naomi. They were not sure if they would eat. They were not sure of their safety. Some would call this reckless abandonment. I call it a total faith in God, and that’s not reckless. At all.
If you keep reading you will eventually see that Ruth’s 100 percent commitment to following God’s plan played a huge role in Biblical history. Staying led her to Boaz who became her husband. She then became the mother of Obed. Obed became the father of Jesse, and Jesse became the father of King David. Keep on going down that line of genealogy and you will end up at a man named Jesus. Yeah, how awesome is that!
You may not understand why you are going through what you’re going through. You probably don’t know how God is going to use this mess for His glory; however, the Bible shows us time and time again where God uses sticky situations to further His Kingdom. You just have to trust the bigger plan, and you may have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
“But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” – Ruth 1:16
It’s Monday. A new day. A new week. A new opportunity to step out for God and serve Him in love. I’m excited about this week, and I hope you are, too.
I’m praying for all my sweet friends that this week will find you hopeful and in good spirits. I’m praying that you will feel God’s love wrapping you up in a hug. I’m praying that you will see God’s hand in the little things this week. I pray that no matter what Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday throws at you, that you will find your happy each day.
This week let’s choose to rejoice. Let’s choose joy.
“This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.” -Psalm 118:24
People are not always going to think the same way that we do. We know this. We were raised differently. We have grown up in different communities, in different churches, even in different generations.
Jesus has called us to be humble. He has called us to be merciful. He has called us to love. Sometimes, for lack of a more eloquent word, that means we just need to hush.
Love should trump our political and religious beliefs. Love should trump color and gender and economic status. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t stand for something – I’m saying to stand for love and humanity first. After all, that’s exactly what Jesus did in His short time spent on earth. Don’t be so dead set in the way you think “things” should be that you become unapproachable. Essentially, this will blind you to the needs of others, and it will blind them to your heart. It will build a barrier so strong between y’all that you will never be able to show them God’s love. You are basically putting a muzzle on yourself, and no matter what words you speak they will never be heard.
It’s not our job to change people’s hearts. That would be God. It’s our job to live in such a way that people will wonder what we have that they don’t. Then a door will be opened to share the love and hope that has transformed every fiber within us. Be humble. Be kind. Put earthly differences to the side and just love others. Just love.
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8