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Everyday Courage

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When we think about having courage, we usually imagine extraordinary circumstances and heroic acts of bravery. But for most of us, living courageously is a matter of choosing it with quiet resolution day after day.


God who sustains me,
life is difficult
and my trials afflict me.
No one understands
how hard it can be
to just press on.
Restore my heart
and my hope,
O God,
fill me
with the courage it takes
to get out of bed
in the morning
and do my best
all over again.
Help me feel
your pride in me,
and may your delight
give me strength.


Take this moment to reflect on your life circumstances—especially the area that is currently requiring courage of you. Sit in silence for a moment and let the Holy Spirit fill you with the knowledge that your courage is seen and honored.

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3 thoughts on “Everyday Courage”

  1. I needed this prayer today thank you. I’m so fearful waiting for test results but even more angry at myself that I have such fear. I was reminded by this pray to trust in God again and again. I know He is there for me. Praise God and all who bring His message.

    1. Rev. Constance McIntosh

      I just read your post this morning. Did you get results yesterday, Carmela? It is so very human to be anxious about health tests. God made us to be perfectly imperfect so we would lean on the beautiful Everlasting Arm…I think human challenges are our messages of reminder to do that. You are a faithful one and I do hold you in my prayers, knowing God is blessing you with strength of His strength.

  2. Lord Jesus Christ, may the fire of your love fill our hearts with an eagerness to please you in all things. May there be no rivals to our love and devotion to you who are our all. Amen.

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