Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
You know initially when reading this scripture years ago, I thought, “yea right, surely he is not talking to those like me who have suffered at the hands of others”. Surely he understands why I’m fearful, shamed, guilt ridden and anxious all the time. Never filling like I can measure up!
Yes, he was and is talking to me! I realized that with the Jeremiah verse.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
So now I’m told, “Be strong and courageous, He will not leave you” and “I know the plans I have for you, to give you a future and a hope”. Do I believe him yet? I started to grasp what he is telling me. He has a plan! A real plan! Not my plan! And while he is working on my plan through me, he wants me to be brave!
The last couple of years, he has been showing me glimpses of His plan but I really didn’t know why, so I wouldn’t move. Then he pushed harder. Putting things in front of me that lead in the direction to fulfill the plan that he has laid out, time after time, I wondered. But why would he put the same things in front of me if he didn’t mean for me to jump on board with him. About this time, I was beginning to come around in the belief that he would give me what I needed, strength, courage, knowledge, wisdom, patience, stamina and the list goes on.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
But there were still some pretty tall hurdles to jump if I was going to follow the path of his choosing. And what do you know, as soon as I accepted the offer to move forward with him, he provided the way regardless of the hurdle.
So I’m being brave. I’m going back to school! Didn’t really like it the 1st go around but here I go again. This time it’s a little different, I’m an adult and it’s actually something that I’m interested in! But Satan……….that stinkin’ ole Satan, loves to strike when the strikings good. He loves to poke fun at me in my vulnerable spots. He wants to stop me because he knows I’m heading in God’s direction and he doesn’t like that. I have to admit, I let him get to me sometimes but I quickly tell God what’s going on and Satan leaves. I’m learning to do that quicker and quicker. Maybe, just maybe, oneday I won’t let him get to me at all.
If you’re interested in what my Brave is, feel free to go to my home page and check it out. If you are interested in allowing me to walk with you as a coach, please feel free to contact me.
I hope to hear from you and I do ask that you pray for me as I journey down this path that God has me on. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter God has written looks like.
Lord thank you for being patient with me. Amen