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Thursday, March 14, 2013

This year, my one-word focus is “courage . . .”

 . . . because my one-word default too often in life has been “fear.” Not fear of the boogyman. Not fear of peril. Rather fear of failing to accomplish what I intend or failing to live up to my own, others’ or God’s expectations.

Do you also need courage? Here are several scriptures for inspiration and meditation:
  • There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)
  • They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. (Psalm 112:7)
  • Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
  • Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
  • David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. (1 Chronicles 28:20)
  • Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)
  • For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7)

And of course, every time an angel met up with a person, the first words out of his mouth were, “Fear not.”

Because fear is not of God; but of man. 

Over the past few months, a realization has come to me from various sources: God is more concerned with my obedience and the process rather than the results.

It’s like taking a walk. If I set out on my own, placing one foot in front of the other, I may not get to the exact place I’m headed, but all that exercise will make me strong and healthy.

Better yet, if I'm walking hand in hand with Jesus, not only will the process make me strong and healthy, we’ll get where he wants us to be, and the journey will be lovely.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for leading us.  Help us to focus on the walk you want us to take with you, and leave the destination decisions to you. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Is there an area of life where you need to step out and exercise in obedience?


Pam B. said...

Carol, the comment above is about chess game playing and has nothing to do with your blog.

Eileen said...

I tend to fear way too often. That unknown future gets me every time! ;) Thank you for the reminder to trust Him.

From Carols Quill said...

@ Eileen - I just read your 5-minute Friday post about trying to see the foggy future. I believe you and I are in sync here.

Pam B. said...

I know I get fearful at times. From your list I've written down Ps. 112.7 and posted it by my desk.

From Carols Quill said...

@ Pam - good idea! I like to leave myself notes, too.