Be Strong and Courageous

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

Sometimes, a verse just speaks to me. It’s as if God is saying, “This is the one for you. For Right Now.” And He keeps reminding me, until I get it. Actually, until I laugh because it happens so often.

Last year, I found a calendar I loved. It had beautiful, fun art and wonderful verses. This is the one that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go.

art-tree_2__27375.1314988824.1280.1280It is made by/copyright of Show Offs Art.

I love it. It jumped right off the page and into my heart. Then, a pastor at church used it in a sermon. He told of how when he was little and afraid of storms, his mom would hug him and say Joshua 1:9 to him. He said depending on that verse had shaped his whole life, and I immediately decided to help write it on my daughter’s heart as well.

Then, my mom wrote it in my Christmas card. She chooses a verse to pray over me every year and this is the one she decided to pray for 2013.

And when I picked up the materials for a single moms’ Bible study I am co-leading at church, guess what verse was on the cover of the leader’s case?? You got it. This is the point at which I laughed.

So I have been clinging to this verse. I don’t need to be afraid. I don’t need to be discouraged. The Lord MY God is with me wherever I go. He has already been here. He knows what happened in the past and He knows the future. I can rest in His wisdom and strength. He is with me. Always and everywhere.

If you need some encouragement today, if you feel alone, just remember. The Lord Your God is with you, too.



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