Finding Inner Courage

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Life takes courage.  When we lose someone we love, or we make the courageous decision to change careers or relationships, or take on difficult tasks like raising children.  Those courageous moments define who we are.  So understand that trials must come for us to pull on that deep reserve of inner courage.

How else would you find the inner courage you didn’t know you had if you had not been tested?  For example: Say a woman with children gets divorced from the father of her children.  After the divorce he disappears from the children’s life and she’s left to raise them alone.  She’s devastated wondering how can I do this alone? How can I continue to provide for myself and my children and bring them up as healthy productive adults?  Things are now harder for her, perhaps she has to take on two jobs to make ends meet.

Sometimes we are faced with situations where we have to sink or swim.  And it’s when we are backed in a corner that we are either going to go down or come out fighting.  So you trust God, draw on your inner courage to move forward.  Cut to ten years later you’ve kept a roof over the children’s head and yours, you’re providing with ease.  You’ve brought the children up to be productive members of society and you look back and wonder how did I do it?  Romans 8:31, “if God be for us he’s more than the world against us.”  Ephesians 6:10, “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.”  There are so many times in my life I wondered how?  How am I going to do this or that?  But I found out that “all things work together for the good of those that love the lord and are called according to his purpose”, and God wants you to succeed, no devil in hell can stop it!!!!!!

5 Ways to find inner Courage you didn’t know you had

  1. Do something that scares you so that you may overcome it.  For instance I love the water, but before I challenged myself I would just stay in the shallow waters.  I was afraid of deep waters.  But I wanted to do it so bad.  Sometimes you have to feel the fear and do it anyway!  So one day I just jumped in and told myself you’re going to swim to the other end of the pool, don’t stop just do a lap across the pool.  And I did it It was scary, but I was so proud of myself.  I swim like a fish now!  Luke 5:4,  “come out into the deep and get ready for a haul.”
  2. Remain calm and patient.  A journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step.  So remember that problems may not be solved in a day, but remain patient and celebrate each moment.  When you take small steps toward solving problems, those small achievements are what builds your inner courage.
  3. Get out of your comfort zone.  Learn something new!  That’s how we grow not by reiterating what we already know but by learning what we don’t know.  Once the mind has been expanded it can never go back.  You have options!  If you will just allow yourself to explore them.
  4. Interact with and meet new people.  Sometimes we can feel as if we are all alone in what we are going through and our world seems small.  However, as you begin to meet new people you find out that you’re not alone and other people have gone through or are going through the same things.  You and you can encourage each other.  And when you encourage each other your inner courage is strengthened.
  5. Get rid of negative emotions by expressing yourself and repeat positive affirmations daily.  Express yourself through writing in a journal.  It’s a great way to detox those negative emotions For example: you could write: This is what has happened and it makes me feel angry, afraid, I’m not sure how to move forward.  Just be honest, if you can’t be honest with yourself then who?  And replace those negative emotions with positive daily affirmations when you wake in the morning.  Tell yourself I’m the head and not the tail, I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.  I will get through this, I will be better and not bitter.  The more you tell yourself these positive things the more you will believe them and act according to them.  Joel 3:10, “Let the weak say I am strong!!!”
  • When you cast your cares on God 1 Peter 5:7 he’ll give you the grace to do the hard things. He’ll give you the grace to raise your children, the grace to let go of things, the grace to move forward, the grace to make it through a difficult situation, the grace to deal with family, the grace to overcome addictions,the grace to ultimately change your life. Now what is grace?  If I really were to delve into the subject of grace it would be a whole post, but to give you an idea of how it’s used in this text, think of grace as an ease that God puts on your life to help you do the things that would otherwise  be much harder for you without God’s grace.

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