Sunday, February 12, 2012

Snapshots of the Heart ~ Courage

Courage can be described in any number of ways.  In the Bible, God partners the words, "be strong and courageous," in Joshua 1:9, giving us the sense that courage is something physical that we muster up.  But courage is also strength of our hearts, our spirits and our minds.

We all have to summon courage in our lives.  Whether it is the courage to walk across the threshold into toddler church without your mom or standing up for a friend who is being teased about her height.  Or lack thereof.

As a mom, I find myself daily tapping into God's promise to be with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:10) and mustering up courage to face the tasks at hand ... parenting with consistency, saying "no" to E10+ video games, holding my tantruming three-year old, training my kids up to be nice.  This challenging adventure called parenting demands more courage than I have within me ... but God's Spirit fills in the gaps.

Here are a few encouraging words regarding courage to build you up in your courageousness!

Courage is being scared to death ... and saddling up anyway.
John Wayne

Failure is unimportant.  It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
Charlie Chaplin

Courage is the bravery to do new things.
Norah Kellum

All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage.
Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.
Erma Bombeck

When going into battle, you don't run away.
You persevere.
Aaron Kellum

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
Robert Louis Stevenson

If there's something that you don't know [what to do],
but you know Jesus is with you.
Ashley Kellum

Courage is found in unlikely places.
J.R.R. Tolkien

Taking action when you don't think you can, but it needs to be done.
Brett Kellum

Courage is not simply one of the virtues,
but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
C.S. Lewis

"May my children always be strong and courageous 
in their character and in their actions."  
Deuteronomy 31:6

Today's quotes by famous people are from BrainyQuotes.  
The quotes by those amazing Kellums are from our kitchen table. 

1 comment:

  1. Love all the wisdom and definitions... from your family and others!
    Love you!


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