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.