Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thankful Thursday-Courage

Today's topic at Thankful Thursday is courage.

I looked up the word "courage" at Bible Gateway (one of my favorite resources). I noticed that 12 times the bible tells us to "be strong and courageous." 12 times! I've always heard that we should take note if the bible tells us something more than once.

The phrase "be strong and courageous" implies that this is something we must do. Merriam-Webster defines courage as "mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.

So, to take courage means to withstand fear, or as Joyce Meyer says, "Do it afraid."

What does courage have to do with thankfulness? In nearly all the references to courage that I found in the Word, it also promises that if we will be courageous, the Lord will go with us, He will give us victory. I'm thankful that even when I'm afraid, if I press on, He will be there to enable me. What more can we ask than that?

Would you like to share your thankful heart? Today's Thankful Thursday is hosted by Laurie at Women Taking A Stand.

9 comments:

LAURIE said...

I love your post on courage!! Especially the part that God goes with us and makes us overcomers! Praise God for His strength and courage. Happy TT, Laurie

Genejosh said...

Amen ! I agree with you that He will give us victory!

Denise said...

Great thankful post.

Laurie Ann said...

What great promises from the Word! Awesome post! Happy Thankful Thursday!

Beth in NC said...

I had forgotten how Joyce Meyer says, "Do it afraid!" What a great reminder!

Happy TT!
Beth

Toknowhim said...

Thanks for stopping by today... I have heard a lot of about Joshua (book of the Bible) the last couple of weeks too :)

Blessings

It Feels Like Chaos said...

Yes! I am so thankful that the Lord goes with us when He asks us to be courageous!

I loved your comment on my blog "there is just something about that 3rd child!" I couldn't agree more and am closely watching my friends with 3 kiddos to see if the principle holds true for them, too!

Rocks said...

Thank you so much for leaving me a word. I want you to know that your comment is an encouragement..and your post as well.Blessings to you my dear sister in Christ!

Pia said...

just yesterday, i kept repeating a promise God gave me when fear kept trying to creep in me. thank God for His courage that i was able to withstand fear. blessings...