blog--2014-02--courageCourage. So many definitions. So many ways to play it out. Immediately coming to mind is this post about warrior women. Or the two friends today whose loved ones have passed on this week–the courage to put one foot in front of the other as plans are made and things need to be done; the courage to accept a hug, help, and condolences. The courage to allow oneself to hurt.

We honor those who sacrifice for their country, their community, their family, or others–we call them courageous.

And as the quote says, “Sometimes courage is the small voice at the end of the day that says, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”

Life, all of it, requires courage. Standing up for what is right, though it may mean being on the “wrong” side of the popular thing or the thing that will get you a promotion or the thing that will earn you man’s praise. Pushing forward with that dream, though it requires so many extra hours beyond the normal job you have to keep in order to pay the bills. Trusting God in every.single.thing. that you might have peace despite circumstances providing anything but peace.

The bottom line is this: life requires courage. The fact that you are still breathing is a miracle. We each struggle. We each strive. And we each need the loving, gracious, merciful hand of the Almighty God, His Saving Son Jesus, and the constant Comforter Holy Spirit. In the life of faith, courage means admitting we can’t do it and need His holy hand.

Whatever your challenge, whatever you face, rely on His Word. Drain His strength, for He always has more. Draw from His deep well that the courage comes from Him and flows through us.

14 comments on “On That Which is Courageous…

  1. Tonya Conner McCoy ~ P31 OBS Group Leader

    Wow how right you are, Jennifer, that life requires courage. I have a stepson that is a daily challenge for me & it early takes courage everyday to endure another day with him. Courage that I know God has a plan & things are going to work out for our good. I must draw from His strength daily….thank you so much for reminding me of this today because it has been a rough few days this week!

    1. Jenn Post author

      Hang in there, Tonya! God does work all things together for our good. And kids can so often be His tool for refining us!

  2. sherisesmith

    I love the thought of drawing from his deep well the courage that I need to sustain me day to day! Thanks.

  3. Missy

    Jenn, that quote about having the courage to try again tomorrow – that has been strengthened through this study. It never ceases to amaze me how great the love of our Father for us. I pray He continues to make you courageous for Him beyond this journey!

    Missy (OBS Blog Hop Team)

    1. Jenn Post author

      Isn’t it amazing how He is so far beyond anything we can think?!? Thanks for stopping by, Missy!

  4. Loresa

    I loved how you talked about the precious Holy Spirit. He goes before us and prepares our way, he follows our steps to smooth out the damage or ripples we cause in our walk, He binds us to the power of our God and Savior Jesus. And we receive gifts of the Holy Spirit to empower us for ministry. With all this help available for simply asking of the Spirit we can stand “courageous, and bold” Just writing this is Jen has again strengthen my faith. Thank you Jen God Bless.

  5. nancymiksad

    Loved your words of truth. courage each day will change lives but mostly yours. Great job!!!!

  6. Cindy

    So encouraging…and important to remember we are all struggling in different ways, so to give each other grace and encouragement as we go throughout our day. Always love reading your posts, Jenn!


    1. Jenn Post author

      Oooh, I was going for the everyone’s-courageous angle, and you tied in the give-each-other-grace. Love it! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. debsanders58

    Jenn, I really liked how you brought out how all of life requires courage. So true! We all have something we go through . . . some big, some small . . . all take courage & our Lord gives it to us. Good word!
    God Bless & Crave God, Deb.

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