My Focus Word for 2016 - Courage
Each year I pray for the Lord to show me a special character quality I need to work on the most for the coming year. The word courage continues to come through my prayers and bible reading.
Some family members and friends believe I am already courageous – fighting lupus and other life threatening diseases for over 20 years; having gastric bypass and another surgery these past few years; coping with my husband having two spinal surgeries and consequently disabled unable to work with more surgeries in the future; and living day by day through faith that our Lord will supply all our needs. But in all honesty, I do not feel courageous at all!
I fight insecurities – sometimes on a regular basis. I fight the lies of Satan who whispers in my head that “I am worthless,” “I can’t____,” or “too ______……” well you know the lies we sometimes believe. So when the Lord calls/leads me to guide a bible study, support group, write a book, or speak to a group; I make my list of excuses. Even with the surgeries I have been through, I find myself dragging my feet (or knees) to have knee replacement surgery. Just the thought of it right now give me the chills!
Recently I read a quote by an unknown author, “Courage is about perseverance, not bravery. Be courageous regardless of the fear.”
So this year I will persevere regardless of my fears because my Lord and Savior continues to remind me that I am to be strong and courageous because He is with me wherever I go and whatever I do (Joshua 1:9). He also reminds me that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13). That He has special plans for my welfare to give me a future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
So this year I will diligently work on my focus word – Courage – What’s your focus word for 2016?