How Strong and Courageous Are You?

Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

“Who will go with me, God?” I asked. “I can’t do all that driving alone, speak each day, and handle the book table.”

Yet no one could go with me. How could I be strong and courageous? How could I not to be discouraged?

  As I packed, I repeated, “For the LORD your God will be with you [Yvonne] wherever you go.”

  I made it to the first and second cities, and a volunteer handled the book table for me each time. In the first city, an attendee invited me to join her and her friends at a local tearoom. We laughed and talked for two hours.

  Through a friend, I met a physician in the second city, visited his Toastmasters group, spoke twice there, and toured the local Christian radio station. 

  On the way to the third city, the windshield on the inside fogged up. God was with me as I used paper towels to wipe that windshield. I arrived safely.

  I gripped the steering wheel with God’s strength as I drove against the wind to the fourth city. Again God provided a volunteer for the book table and a printed map for my trip home. I arrived with a stronger faith in God’s commands and promises.

  Dear God, help me remember you are with me. Amen.

  Application: In what situation will you be strong and courageous this week?

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Copyright 2010-2013, Yvonne Ortega, LPC, LSATP, CCDVC
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Yvonne is a Speaker, Author, Counselor, Cancer Survivor and
serves on the Board of Directors of Christians in Recovery.
She is the author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer.
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