That is what God told Joshua in the first chapter of the book of Joshua. Be strong and courageous. I pray that to the Lord too. Lord help me to be strong and courageous. And then the reality of that statement just hit me. Joshua was living in the wilderness. He was leading the people of Israel right after Moses. Those were some pretty big shoes to fill. Joshua had been there the whole time, through all of the trials and miracles of living in the wilderness for 40 years. He knew what it was like to be a slave and to be free. Now, he was getting to see what it was like to be the leader. The general of the army. Be strong and courageous. Then I look down at my self, my hands and my feet, the tools that God has to work with and I wonder. What do I have to be strong and courageous about? I am not living in the wilderness trying to defeat an army, or walking around the wall of Jericho 7 times and telling everyone to shout and the wall will come down. Those are some pretty big moments when being strong and courageous would come in extremely handy.
So, I asked the Lord to help me lead my children and train them up in the way that they should go. That takes courage when the world around you is trying to tell you that other things are more important.
Oh Lord, you are my God. You will never leave me nor forsake me. Thank you Lord Jesus.