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Posted: June 20, 2016

Merriam Webster dictionary defines courage as, “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty.” Courage is not about physical strength or ability, but it is a decision in your mind to move forward regardless of the obstacles or uncertainties you may face.

Discouragement, however, is the opposite of having courage. Merriam Webster defines discouragement as, “a feeling of having lost hope or confidence.”

So you see, courage and discouragement cannot coexist. You must choose one or the other. Will you choose discouragement, dwelling on the fear or difficulties you’re facing? Or will you choose to have courage, knowing that the Lord is with you in all circumstances?

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

- Joshua 1:9 NLT

Thank you Lord that you promise to be with me wherever I go. Help me to be strong and courageous, trusting in your goodness and faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, amen.