I love the song, “Courageous” by Casting Crowns. Even though its message is geared toward men, encouraging them to be leaders and stand up for God and His principles, its lyrics speak to my soul. I find that recently, praying for courage is something that is daily on my heart. I long to be the woman God created me to be. I have the desire to stand up and face the challenges in my life with strength and dignity, but so often I think I fail miserably. It seems I would rather run and hide than be the warrior I know I should be.
I do take heart knowing that I have a Friend along the road that I walk, but sometimes I still give into my fear. I am afraid of not being strong enough to handle the work that is set before me. But, David reminds us in 1 Chronicles 28:20 to: "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.”
I know that means that God will never leave me. He will not only stay with me during this trial, but will be by my side no matter what else comes my way. I can have confidence in Him – the choice is mine. Do I choose to cower, alone and afraid as I look to the difficulties in my life? Or, do I choose to stand up, holding onto the promises of God’s Word and be a woman of courage today?
Casting Crowns’ song reminds us that, “the only way we’ll ever stand, is on our knees with lifted hands.” So, each day I choose to fall on my knees and bow down before my Lord. I am placing my faith in Him and not in myself. I know that God will enable me to face any battle that comes my way. He will allow His strength and His courage to flow through me. The choice is mine…and I choose to be courageous! It starts today - right now, this very moment. With God by my side, I am woman of courage!
Living for Him,
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