Good Morning Friends!!
Mariah here – I had taken a sabbatical just in time for Bryanna to have a few week break as she enjoys her new baby. Yes, she had her third child at the end of July, whom will be referred to as M on the blog. Both are doing well – M is sleeping, eating and pooping around the clock while Bryanna is tired and trying to keep up with 3 kiddos that are 3 and under. Go Bry!!
Bryanna will be back in a few weeks, but for now lets send her love & sleep!! 😉
I wanted to share what’s been on my heart lately so here it goes…….
We all aspire to be courageous in the face of obstacles. Despite this desire, I feel many of us, myself included, do not have a complete view of what courage looks like in everyday life. In fact, our view of bravery is often far too limited.
For instance, prototypical images of courage we conjure in our mind’s eye would include grandiose acts of heroism; such as the heroic firefighter charging into a burning building to save a trapped senior citizen or the brave marine who makes the split-second decision to jump on a grenade to save the lives of his fellow platoon members. Movies depict courageous characters as action heroes like Spiderman, Batman, and Superman. Because our images of courage are such bold acts by larger than life figures, our idea of courage is often severely skewed and limited.
Nonetheless, action figures and those who place their lives on the line are not the only depictions of courage. Besides these folks, everyday men and women can illustrate courage when confronted with great suffering. Do you ever wonder how people who face unthinkable situations continue to endure? For example, how does a cancer patient fighting for their life remain joyful? How does a man working three jobs a day trying to make ends meat remain optimistic about the future? How does a parent dealing with the loss of a child continue to maintain a positive outlook?
This type of enduring courage comes in its most potent form through a relationship with God. Bravery in the face of overwhelming obstacles is one manifestation of faith. Faith enables us to face difficulty and pain without fear. Faith gives us the courage to press on in the midst of hardships. It reminds us that God is in control of our lives and can never be defeated.
If you find yourself overcome by fear, cling to God. Remind yourself of what God has done for you in the past. Read over passages in the Bible illustrating courageous faith like the story of David and Goliath. We have all had to face a Goliath in our life. Maybe some of you are facing a looming giant like Goliath right now, making you feel inadequate or weak. By turning to God, the supposed giant in your life will seem like a little pebble. God will remind you that he is bigger and stronger than any giant or obstacle you face.
If you’ve never considered yourself close with the Lord, reach out to Him for the first time–He won’t ever let you down.
Until Next Time……