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Inner Beauty Value:  Courage

Red Agate "Courage" Bracelet

Ok, whenever I hear the word courage, I think of the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz trembling and shaking.  But, being an inner-beautiful woman does not mean that you must walk in fear.  It takes courage to confront a boss who is treating you unfairly.   It takes courage to recover from an abusive relationship.  It takes courage to go into the dark world of a loved one to bring them out of trouble. The good news is that you don’t have to go all the way to Oz to receive courage.  God created you in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:27), that is we share in His nature;  and, our God is strong (Psalm 24:8).

In order to face your difficulties without fear, you must walk in your beliefs without fear.

Obey God’s standards, keep His order and values

When God tells us to do what He said, it generally comes with a promise.  If you are walking in His way, you can trust in the promises that God has made.

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  Joshua 1:7

Maintain peace with God

When you are saved, you are no longer at enmity with God.  Hence, you have peace with Him (Romans 5:1) because the blood of Christ covers the gap that was created by original sin.  However, let’s face it, we still sin and fall short of God’s standards everyday.  That sin again, separates us from the Lord.  When this happens, quickly ask God for forgiveness.  Forgiveness is key, because it restores the open fellowship between you and the Lord.  Living in this way will increase your faith that the Lord will strengthen your heart when you are facing trials (Psalm 27:14).

When you are going through difficult times, you can walk in the strength of the Lord.  You can walk in the strength of the Lord everyday.   It is a lifestyle. Do things His way and keep open communication with Him; the Lord will have your back.

Do you believe that God will fight all of your battles?  Why or why not?

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In His Word | Marriage Counseling

Time with God Photo by Julie A. Medley

Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honor the Master. Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don’t take advantage of them.

Colossians 3:18-19 (The Message)

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Bucket List: What are you going to do with the rest of your life?

What will you do with the rest of your life?

You probably have a list of the things you want to do today.  If you’re like me you have a calendar to track things you’ll do this month and this year.  But, what are you going to do with the rest of your life? Do you have a bucket list?  When you’ve finished your bucket list, then what?

I’ve just finished reading the book Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan, director and founder of Gospel for Asia.   Yohannan has spent his entire adult life focused on one goal, to share Christ with the lost, specifically the millions who are trapped in cast systems and nearly unreachable in the hidden corners of India and the vast continent of Asia.  If you are a Westerner, this book will change the way you view the life you have been given. As a Christian, it will force you to come to terms with the fact that non-Christians we interact with everyday are on a road that will lead them to hell.   I know you’ve been taught this, but do you believe it?  Does your life reflect that you actually believe it to be true?  You will ask, why have I been blessed with this or that. You will question, why was I born with the benefits and freedom of living in the Western world.

Many questions remained in my heart after reading this book.  But, when I put it down, there was only one question that rose to the surface.  Now, this question was raised way back in chapter three of a book with over twenty chapters.    Most of the time it’s hard for me to go back that far.  But here, Yohannan recounts a story from when he attended a John Haggai institute for the training of Asian church leaders. Haggai asked him one question that forced him to re-evaluate the direction and course of his life.  It  stayed with Yohannan and it stayed with me.

What is the single most important thing you are going to do with the rest of your life?  Will you do one thing, not self-centered or worldly, but, one thing that will bring glory to God?

from John Haggai to K.P. Yohannan, in Revolution in Missions by K.P. Yohannan, 1986.

Have you thought about this? I have.  And, yet, I’m still thinking about it.  Do you need to revise your bucket list?

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