I need courage!

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Being Honest

I imagine that not many people start their shiny, new blog with these words, “I need courage!” I may be the only one out there. But I dare not start any other manner, as a follower of the Way, the Truth, and the Life, than to honestly and truthfully confess:

I need courage!

A great definition

I recently heard an excellent definition by Michael Hyatt for courage that is fuelling my ability to even write this first post, “Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the willingness to act in spite of our fear and do what we’re afraid of” (<- tweet this if you’d like).

I have fear, and it is only because of the Lord God that I can have the courage to move beyond my fears and begin this new chapter in my life.

If you are anything like me, ie. human, then you have fears too.

Jeremiah 10:23 has recently climbed towards the top of my list of favourite verses in the Bible.

I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

Whew! What a relief to admit that I am not capable of guiding my own life competently.

Trusting in the Lord with all my heart

Leaning not on my own understanding

Acknowledging Him and

Submitting to my King to direct my paths (Proverbs 3:5-6)

These are pretty much all I have to focus on in order for everything else to fall into place.

Who is leading?

It has been my desire for so long to write to encourage others. To express myself to the glory of God. And for Him to use me to bless my fellow saints and sisters.

I have taken basic steps to plan my way, but it is the Lord of Heaven and Earth, the Creator of all that exists, the sustainer of everything from my feeble body to the planets that perfectly orbit in space. It is He who establishes my steps (Proverbs 16:9).

And that, my dear friends, is how I have courage at this moment, to write these words.

I invite you to join me, as a woman, and as a friend, on this exciting, yet terrifying journey. The journey of living to the glory of the only Worthy One. GOD.

It would be wonderful to learn from you the thoughts that give you courage when you are afraid. Is there anything that you need courage to start or stop doing with God’s help this week? Pop your notes in the Comments section below.

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8 Responses to I need courage!

  1. Liz Gregory says:

    Oooooh how exciting! Pleased to be the first commenter. God Bless YOU!!!

  2. Thank you for this post and I’m so glad you had the courage to do it! I too find myself scrambling for courage and this was enCOURAGing to me. I’m looking forward to reading more!

    Abiding in Him as well, Lisa Jacobson

  3. Belinda says:

    In my reading this morning this verse popped out at me because of reading your post last night.
    Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
    And delivered me from all my fears.”
    May we all learn to really seek the Lord so that He may deliver us from our fears. What an amazing blessing it is for us to have God’s Word and the privilege of building a personal relationship with our saviour.

  4. I find that God gives me the courage to do what I need to do today. It’s when I start to think about the potential tomorrows that I get anxious. So for me, the biggest help is to focus on today and trust God to give me what I need tomorrow and the day after that.

  5. Judith says:

    This was such an enCOURAGing post. I love your writing style and the format you use to set your post out. Thank you for sharing.

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