Deuteronomy 31:6-8 New International Version
6 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.”
7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. 8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
IT HAPPEN TO ME ~
I was to hard on myself and needed to find the courage to change things. Actually, to change me. Deep inside I knew I made mistakes and I knew that only I could change my view on things. I could trust God and lean to him for help, but it took me to forgive myself. I found the courage to trust again and to remind myself that God didn't leave me. It was my own free will that took my brain away from positive thinking. We must be careful what we think upon and dwell on in life.
The Bible says that the Lord himself goes before you and will be with you! Verse 8 above continues to say that he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do NOT be afraid; do not be discouraged.
I was thinking about my younger years. Here are a few things that I witness:
About age 10 ~ house was broken into and 3 young men was inside while my mom and I walked in.
About age 16 ~ our family car was stolen in front of our house while we slept
Age 18 ~ my dad died of a sudden heart attack and my mom wanted to die for years after that
Age 30 ~ my husband would fall about 45 feet from construction site.
(Ended up with broken ribs, broke leg, needing surgery and changing our income. We had a 5
year old girl and a two year old boy to take care of as well)
Age 32 ~ my brother would die on Christmas Day from cancer
Age 33 ~ another car would be stolen from in front of our house. A different city, years later, but it still
Just a few of the hard things that happen in my life, but I can look back to see God giving me courage through each situation. Courage to face the things I couldn't change. After our house was robbed, I looked under my bed and in my closet every night that we lived there. Even after we moved, I continued to look through closet, under beds and felt that scared feeling. It wasn't until I got older, that I knew to call upon God and cast away fear. I still have moments of remembering and that's why I double check everything.
There are more stories, but I only felt like sharing this for now. Life does hold hard things that brings us to our knees. Reaching through the pain to find Jesus waiting and helping in the silence of our hearts. Yet, I learned to cry out to God for more help. I can't do this life thing alone and I love how he connects lives. Even through the words on this page, we are now connected.
1 John 4:4 King James Version
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
I'm certainly not saying life is easy or that we will understand it all. I know that God is real and his power is real today. Calling upon the name of Jesus and reaching beyond to find the courage to face a new day. The courage to say yes to God and allow the unchangeable things, be taken care of by God. I could also list all the great things of life. So many blessings beyond words, total forgiveness by God and a new day begins.
Later in life, I prayed for real friends in life and he gave me real friends. I know the difference between an acquaintance and a real friend. Jesus is also a real friend who sticks with you through it all. He is constant and wants us to live our lives with courage and to be brave. He will connect us to others who help spur us on. Then we can spur others on as well.
Prayer works and whatever you are facing today, take a minute to pray. Asking God and then giving thanks for his guidance. Go to God like a little child and trust him. Purpose this a good day. My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.