Saturday, January 05, 2013

Courage


It's time to announce this year's word/memorial stone. You can read more about my practice here, click and dig around a bit.

This has been a big year in my life. You can read more about it here.  As the fall approached I began to pray about 2013's word.  I thought I had a word....then the family stole my word... in the end there is simply no other word I could choose; and they all agree I can focus on this word. ::snort::

God has been whispering it (the gift of a dog whose name is Yuuki - courage), sharing it through other's observations, shouting it at me in the word....

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Courage. I've allowed others to convince me I'm shy, timid, fearful...and 3 1/2 years ago He led me smack into a situation which required more than I had to give...and began to teach me He doesn't see me as I see myself.  I managed to get 5 kids to Misawa, Japan - alone, having never stepped a foot in Japan before.

As I look back over my journals I see the concept popping up over and over throughout the spring of 2012 - as we faced Michael's health issues, unexpected travels, more health issues and my food issues.  

In October, in one of my morning trysts with Jesus - as I read Revelation -  He clearly told me HE HAS NEVER CALLED ME FEARFUL, TIMID, INSECURE.  It was loud in my spirit...."I CALL YOU COURAGEOUS."  It took my breath away. It was a sacred moment - and I could not doubt. I had learned about private intimacies in the secret place...and I kept this close and pondered. 

In November Michael shared some incredible words of affirmation when I was expressing some fear over thyroid/weight issues. "You have faced this monster down and you're winning. I'm proud of you. You've got COURAGE." Not only affirmation - but confirmation. 

2013 will bring challenges - doesn't each year? I know I'm facing some new transitions in my ministry role - courage. I know we will be leaving a land we dearly love - courage. I must continue to battle my personal eating monster - courage.  

Courage - it's a work HE has done in my life as I  follow Him on this journey to freedom - deep healing - breaking strongholds - hard work - but so worth it. Courage - it's what He sees in me. It's what is required to radically obey as He births new dreams in our hearts.

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Courage Initial Verses to ponder: 

 I walk by faith, not by sight  - I am of good courage - I prefer His presence more than life itself - my ambition is to be pleasing to Him. Based on 2 Cor 5:6-9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
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