“Be Strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought. God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; He won’t leave you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 MSG

God telling us to “Take Courage” implies that courage is, indeed, something to be taken hold of.

So, TAKE courage.

Stand up and be bold. Come out of hiding. Let His light shine brightly through you. Be unashamed of He who is in you. For you have been made NEW. Let that testify to the greatness of His Love. If we hide our light, our “newness”, we hide the testimony and rob the world of what it so desperately needs. Hope.

I know it’s not easy.

Sometimes it feels like we’re…

Desperate to fly. Still learning to walk. The world cries out but laughs when we bear our souls, share our hearts, seeing the deep. Others curious but confused. They say, “Lighten up and you’ll float,” like a balloon filled with smoke. Inflated with hopes but nowhere to go. I close my eyes with the sting of lonely. But I remember, I am not alone. My chest rises as I breath Him in. His breath giving me life, now standing on the Stone; my rock & foundation. I feel Him pull me close. My spirit rises as my trust increases. The promise of His Salvation surrounds me, filling me with an eternal flame. I lift off the ground at that sweet trumpet sound. We fly.

The world may not understand and that is okay. We’re not asking them to understand for we barely understand because HE is wonderful and inspires AWE & WONDER. His thoughts are higher than ours and His ways are higher than ours. No matter how hard we try, our minds cannot contain Him. The closest our minds can come to understanding is TRUST. We are asking the world to have faith and trust.

May they see the light. May they taste the salt. May they be inspired into awe and wonder and WANT Him.

So, my friend, take courage. Shine bright. Be bold.

Love you.