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Fear and Courage

In my last post I spoke about one of my fears. As I was deciding what to write, I did a bit of a search to find out more about courage--arguably the opposite of fear. Can fear and courage co-exist? Yes! Consider these thoughts from others:

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.” Mark Twain

"Courage, also known as fortitude, is the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation… in the face of shame, scandal, and discouragement." Wikipedia

The real test of courage is in our daily lives. Or should be. The courage to speak the truth. All the time. Because lies are the biggest and most obvious sort of cowardice that all of us hide behind. The courage to speak our mind and not stay silent, simply because we are afraid that other people might not agree with us. Of course, there will be conflicting views. And of course, conflict is unpleasant. But not speaking your mind can lead to much worse unpleasantness. Anne Zaidi
Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. Dan Rather

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared. Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

Lord, give me courage. Despite my fear of rejection, shame, scandal, conflict, danger, uncertainty, intimidation and more, enable me to persevere and not give up. Show me your will and give me the courage to obey.

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In My Prayer Room

Oh God
You surround me with your love,
with memories
of who you are
of what you've done
of promises you've made
of who I want to be
of who I am because of you.

You give me hope and joy,
peace and gratitude.
You convict me
and teach me
encourage me
and remind me
of what it means to follow you.












You listen to my prayers
and grant my requests
in your time.
You give me insight
and knowledge
and words to write
to share your presence
your goodness
your love
your admonition
with others.























You expand my love
to pray for friend and foe
near and far
family and stranger
people as pins on maps
clustered and scattered
who know you and reject you
for those in need
and those too full to need.


















You draw me close
and then release me
to bring you close to others
to serve
and love
and give
all I have received.

You fill my heart with joy
that warms
and glows
and bursts
into laughter,
song
and even dance.

You wrap me in your arms
and tell me
"You are mine"
with intensity that burns
and smoul…