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Instead

My husband’s great grandparents.

Years ago, (like more than twenty) the Lord taught me a very valuable lesson.

I was struggling with anger on a fairly regular basis.

One day, as I prayed and washed dishes He gave me a beautiful gift.

Instead of being angry, choose to do something else.

And I remember being so surprised.

I had a choice.

I could focus on my emotions or I could choose something else.

As soon as possible I got some notebook paper and began a list.

At the top it said: Instead of being angry:

Then I had bullet points.

* pray

* make a craft

* bake cookies

It went on, but I can’t remember them all.

This same lesson applies to today.

Instead of being angry or afraid we have a choice.

These times we find ourselves in are an opportunity.

Especially when we look at the children.

What kind of example are we going to be for them?

How can each of us capitalize upon the opportunity before us?

Because it is times like now when our character shows, our examples set a statement about the condition of our hearts.

Courage, love, compassion, and selflessness should be our clothing.

Words of truth and gentleness should be our conversations.

How we handle ourselves will either sow seeds of trust in the Lord, or seeds of doubt, fear, distrust in both God and in our fellow man.

I’m certain our ancestors were not expecting all the trials and tribulations they walked through.

But we still retell the stories of those who sacrificed, loved, and stood for what was right.

What kinds of stories will our children have to tell about us?

What kind of a legacy are we leaving?

Instead of being lead by emotion, I’m choosing to be purposeful.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 NKJV — Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls, Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your faithfulness. Lord as we find ourselves in this chapter of unknown and many are afraid, we ask that You will show Yourself to the nation’s. Lord, please walk us forward into Your will each day. Help us to pattern ourselves after Your Word as we face this time of crisis. Lord, we know the names of those You used in the past to make a forever impact for Your kingdom. Lord, let us be people “for such a time as this”. Please work through our lives to bless others. Please work through the nations to draw people back to You. Father, You alone hold all that is worthwhile. Help every heart to turn to You, for the glory of Your name. Thank You, Lord.

What is courage?

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This giant leaf fort was compiled completely by the 3 sitting in it.

Their instructions had been to clean up the leaves and deposit them in the compost.

Yet as I watched the pile turn into a creation I allowed the kids to adjust the instructions and enjoy their project.

Yes they will still have to obey and place the leaves in the compost but it was a stretch to think outside the to do list and let them be kids.

However courage is something more.

Courage in the Bible is being focused on following through with the instructions God gave all the way till the end.

God tells Joshua,

“Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you;  do not turn from it to the right or to the left,  so that you may have success wherever you go. ” Joshua 1:6-7

The first section of be strong and courageous was to follow through with the instructions God had given for leading the people into the Promised Land.

The second strong and courageous had to do with the law, they were to read and follow God’s Word.

We are equally challenged.

Each of us were created with a specific and special place to fill, people to love,  and tasks to complete.

None are the same,  because God doesn’t make copies,  each person is an individual masterpiece.

I know the tasks God has given me,  and they frequently change and move because God is always at work showing me times and seasons.

I know God has given me the Bible to read,  study, and apply for it takes the Word to hone my character, to supply wisdom for each day, and to sharpen my perspective.

How about you?

Do you know the people God has called you to love?

Do you know the tasks He has created you for?

Do you see the need for courage and strength in your everyday?

Grab your sword (the Word of God: Eph. 6:17) and
be strong and very courageous!

God wants to be with you through all He has called and created you to do.

So for you
what is courage?