Courage

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
~ David Brinkley ~

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
~ 1 Samuel 17:45 ~

Hello friends. (smile) I extend a heartfelt thank you to friends, my brothers and sisters, in Christ, who encourage me when I need it most. {{hugs}}

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We all need encouragement at times to keep moving forward. Sometimes, courage is born, out of challenging situations, by words of encouragement. Faith. Have courage by faith.

As courage grows, you’ll feel like David with a slingshot and the full presence of The Lord to defeat every Goliath. (wink)

Yesterday, my buttons were pushed early. My flesh man had enough! (shock face) I had to go outside to work on my frustration and my attitude. It’s rough when the encourager can’t encourage herself out of a box. (gritted teeth smile)

I learned yesterday that if I entertain just one negative thought, others follow, and then I get so fired up about everything else negative that it’s not pretty. (shock face)

Patience and long-suffering. I am being pruned for more spiritual fruit!

It’s a beautiful thing when God shows up. My spirit was quicken and I thought of David and Goliath. I walked back in the building armed with the whole armor of God and my imaginary slingshot! Confident in God having my back. The rest of the day was a breeze. (smile)

Thank you Lord for your mercy and your grace. (smile)

I share this to encourage someone to have courage and watch God walk you through the situation! Keep the faith. (smile)

Blessings, my friends and enjoy your day with confidence in God! (smile)

Confidence

Confidence is something you create within yourself by believing in who you are.
~ Unknown Author ~

For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
~ Proverbs 3:26 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Confidence grows each time we build upon our belief in ourself. Just like faith and courage grows, the more we step out and do it, by faith. (smile)

To be honest, my confidence grows each time God nudges me outside of my comfort zone. (shock face) Praise The Lord! He has a plan for each of us.

I stand on Romans 8:28 daily because God really does work everything out. (smile) It may take time to see it but in time, we do. (a wink and a smile)

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It’s a beautiful thing to have confidence, faith and courage, along with the fruit of the spirit! (big smile) Anything is possible!

I’ve changed my (cheesy smile) to (big smile) because I can (smile) Would not want someone thinking I’m talking about cheese! (wink) Confidence to attempt humor. (smile)

As confidence grows, we should careless what X, Y or Z says, because bottom line, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. (shock face) Sometimes, it’s just information.

1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Careless.

Confidence is the ability to be different. Confidence is the ability to believe in what you bring to the table. Confidence is trusting God every single time. (smile)

Friends, todays blessings is to walk, by faith, with confidence because we are loved and we can say “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.” Praise The Lord!

As always, you’re welcome to share your thoughts. (smile)

IWSG Prove Them Wrong

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Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

Them can be anyone who tell us we can’t, we will never or fill in the blank________. Society is filled with them.

Them speak things that we believed because we trust them or fill in the blank___________. Sometimes, I wonder the motives that make them discourage us.

Words spoken, by them, start the root of doubting abilities and losing confidence. Prove them wrong.

Refuse to replay the insecurity of can’t. Refuse to think the insecurity of can’t. Refuse to speak the insecurity of can’t. Prove them wrong.

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Write. Create like only you can. Only God knows our thoughts besides us and His Word says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me”. Remember this the next time can’t creeps into the mind. (smile)

Sure there will be critics and opinions. Sometimes, it’s just information. Prove them wrong.

There are probably distinguished authors, who had to walk through seasons of proving them wrong. This should give us hope that every rewrite, every blocked thought or filled in the blank__________will eventually get us closer to our goal. The masterpiece! (gritted teeth smile)

A rejection today maybe become a possibility tomorrow. Faith! Believe in your abilities. Keeping your sense of humor and making time for fun promotes balance. (smile)

Let today be the day, we continue to have faith and refine our masterpiece because all things are possible when we believe.

Be blessed and enjoy your day! Comments are welcome. (smile)

Self

Self – the essential person distinct from all other persons in identity. ~Merriam Webster’s Dictionary~

Self is the NaBloPoMo theme for March. This is where I share more about myself and have fun in the process. (shock face) It’s pretty much what I’ve been doing the past few months without the fun part. (smile)

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I come here to encourage others to keep the faith and keep moving forward. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing when you are comfortable with yourself! When you have the courage to be you! (smile)

My courage and strength comes from above. Glory to God! When you know who you are, you don’t have to tell anyone, anything, because actions speak louder than words. (gritted teeth smile)

As displayed in the acrostic, life is knowing and being secure in yourself because Romans 8:31 says What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Be blessed and stand on Romans 8:31! Stay tuned for more self encouragement! (smile) Thoughts are always welcomed.

Remind Yourself

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

The things we think and fret over can become overwhelming. Positive thoughts encourage hope. Positive thoughts can replay memories of happier times. Positive thoughts help to promote a healthy state of mind. (smile)

It comes down to habits and choices. We are either pessimistic or optimistic in our perceptions of ourself, others, life and things and stuff. (shock face)

Depending on what we speak, draws that element to us throughout our day, week, month, year.

It takes courage to change and not allow peer pressure or other opinions to keep us stuck. It takes courage to out grow bad habits. (smile)

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A changed mind changes thoughts. Changed thoughts change perception. Sometimes, we have to talk positive, by faith, until it becomes a habit. Why entertain anything else. It’s draining! Sometimes, just listening without the need to speak is wisdom! Thank you Lord!

So when x, y, or z comes along, bringing drama or negative stuff, think differently before speaking it into agreement, by faith. (smile)

It been a tough six months for me. I started paying attention to what was spoken and what I kept agreeing too, all because my focus was on the challenges, the things and stuff. (shock face) I kept casting it to The Lord and praying. Then someone would ask about it, instead of speaking positive, I spoke against what I was praying. How about you, ever spoken against what you were praying?

Ugh, the lessons in life, will keep coming until we work through the thing. (gritted teeth smile)

We’re all working through something. Sometimes, we engage in conversations that add to our challenges, instead of making them better. The safest person to tell our troubles is God.

Thank God, when He brings someone along with a good word or an answer to our prayer when we need it! This is where He strengthens our faith in Him. (smile)

The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Any other fear is not of God.

Be blessed and enjoy your day! As always, your thoughts are welcome. (smile)

Courage

2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

It takes courage to step out of your comfort level and try something different. It takes courage to speak your hopes and dreams out loud. It takes courage to believe in the faithfulness of God and the desires He puts within us. It takes courage to believe in ourself.

It takes courage to stop running from life. It takes courage to make decisions and stand behind them. It takes courage to stand alone and not follow the crowd. It takes courage to recognize our weaknesses and do something about it. It takes courage to let go of controlling everything.

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Courage grows as we mature spiritually. Courage grows as we become comfortable in who we are in Christ. Courage grows when we take responsibility for our choices. Courage grows when we stop making excuses. Courage grows when we become honest with ourself. Courage grows when we realize the past no longer holds us captive.

As we get older, it’s takes strength and courage to live life without others approval. As we get older, it takes courage to continue regardless of critics. (smile)

Be encouraged to do it, by faith, until your courage is stronger that doubt, fear, or fill in the blank _____________.

Be blessed and enjoy your Sunday! (smile)

Risk

Wahoo, TGIF, my friends (smile) This quote spoke to me! It represents taking chances or another way, to look at this, would be faith. Life happens, regardless of our status in life. (shock face)

I will mention it again, we all bring something to the table. Welcome to my table (smile)

Today, I’m serving up faith and encouragement. It takes courage to be different. It takes courage not to follow the crowd. It takes courage to come here everyday and share parts of life, sometimes with no feedback. It takes courage to ignore less than kind remarks. My friends, that’s faith, doing it anyway, day after day. (smile)

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Many search the internet for various things and stuff. Keep writing, keep posting. Our words will always be there. God gives free will to choose. When ready, eyes are open to the very message needed to be seen! (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing when we get our “aha” moments. To truly understand living life, is when we’re comfortable and free to be ourself. We learn to adapt and adjust to surroundings and others. Sometimes, it is what, it is. Roll with it! (smile)

Life is too short to stay on the sidelines afraid to live life or worst, having a life of woulda, coulda, shoulda! (shock face) Have faith and choose to believe it is possible. It is different for each of us. Speak positive things to it. Have the courage to prepare for it because it will come, when we’re ready! (smile)

Here’s the thing, the past does not determine who we are today. If we must look back, look for reference only–not validation for today. There will always be something or someone trying to push a button to make us react.

Practice the pause, breathe, smile and say nothing. This is a tough one to do, it does require spiritual fruit–love (giving), joy (gladness), peace (free from worry and fear), long suffering (patience), gentleness (kindness), goodness (generosity), faith (dependability), meekness (gentleness) and temperance (self-control) and practice.

Remember, this is one where my retest is in the double digits! There is a mountain that has my foots print all over it! (shock face) Thank God for mercy and grace! Friends, we must keep our sense of humor to stay balanced. (grin)

I have faith that someday, I will pass the retest! (smile)

Let us always remember God can use all things, as stated in Romans 8:28, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Be blessed, by faith, and have a marvelous day! (a wink and smile)

I welcome your thoughts.

Courage

It takes courage to be who we are and do what we do. Keep the faith and be encouraged to continue being you! ūüėú The more comfortable we are with ourselves, our courage grows and gets stronger! ūüėÄ

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Let’s face it, there will always be different spirits around us. Have the courage to be the light in the darkness! Dark spirits run from the light!

We get to choose how to respond to spirits around us. Every opportunity is a chance, by faith, to show our kindness and loving nature. Faith it, until we make it!

Thank God for his mercy and grace!

Scriptures about courage:
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

Isaiah 41:6 They helped every one his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

Examples of courage in the Bible:
Manifested:
Among enemies – Ezra 5:11
In battle – 1 Samuel 17:46
Against great foes – Judges 7:7-23
Against great odds – 1 Samuel 17:32, 50
When threatened Daniel – 3:16-18
When intimidated Daniel – 6:10
When facing death – Judges 16:28
In youth – 1 Samuel 14:6-45
In old age – Joshua 14:10-12
Before a king – Esther – 4:8, 16
In moral crises – Nehemiah 13:1-31
In preaching Christ – Acts 3:12-26
In rebuking – Galatians 2:11-15

God bless us, by faith, as our courage grows stronger. Let thy will be done.

Courage

Today, someone needs Jesus, let us have courage to speak up, by faith, and keep moving forward because God remains in charge.

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Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

Isaiah 41:6 They helped every one his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 7:12-14
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Mark 16:14-16
14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Mark 1:1-3
1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Mark 13:9-11
9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. 10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations. 11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

Acts 20:23-25
23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. 24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

Romans 1:8-10
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers; 10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

Romans 1:15-17
15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

2 Corinthians 4:2-4
2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.