Becoming courageous

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.Joshua 1:9

Hey friends! I am excited about writing to you this week! This weekend at church was pretty incredible. My Pastor, Steven Furtick, was talking about Joshua this weekend. His entire sermon was talking about courage and how God has given us such a huge vocabulary of faith, yet we still find ourselves speaking discouragement over our lives. This really hit home for me as a mom, so I thought I would share my thoughts with you, because more than likely, you have probably felt the same way. So I’m just going to jump right in!

Pastor Steven based his message off of Joshua 1:6-9. Verse nine is actually my husband’s favorite verse, it’s such a great one to recall when you are feeling afraid or stuck.

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.””
‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I’ve heard and recited this verse so many times, but here I am, sitting in church, and realizing (through the help of Pastor Steven) that I am already courageous. God has placed a calling and a purpose on each one of our lives and the fact that I doubt myself and walk around feeling defeated because I compare myself to other moms and other wives is evidence that I’m not living up to my fullest potential.

I can’t underestimate the power of my own encouragement. As moms and wives, we play a huge role in our family’s happiness. Remember the saying, “When mom’s happy, everyone’s happy” ? It’s true! I have a lot of responsibilities in my family, especially because my husband sacrifices his time with us so that I have the opportunity to stay home with our kids during the day. But I have noticed, on days when my vibe isn’t as great as it could or should be, my whole family is a wreck. Sassy-ness, bad attitudes, complaining, and ungratefulness comes out of every direction and surrounds our home so fast it’s ridiculous! Now, honestly, there are times we just wake up on the wrong side of the bed, but on the days our home is pretty much turned upside-down, I can almost always trace it back to a moment of weakness I had that morning.

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Daddy may be head of the household, but mommy is head of the emotional household; and that’s a pretty big responsibility. From setting the tone for the day based on how we wake our kids up in the morning, to encouraging our kids after they’ve been mistreated by a friend; to pointing out their strengths during homework time, and finally making sure they feel loved during the bedtime routine. Moms pretty much take care of all the emotional needs in the home.

I say all of that, to say this… We have to start speaking positivity over our self, our home, and our family!

If we walk around feeling defeated because this is pudgy, that’s not big enough, this isn’t the right color, etc. then we will never be in the right mindset to encourage our family. Soon, our kids will pick up on our negativity and began to think they aren’t smart enough to finish that assignment, they aren’t pretty enough to talk to that boy, they aren’t fit enough to try out for that team, and before you know it, you’ve handed down a big slice of [negative] Nancy’s pie to your entire family and the cycle of feeling inadequate and weak will continue and continue.

God has placed a courage so amazing inside of us that we can’t even imagine how great it is! It’s already there, we just have to discipline ourselves to pull it out when we start to feel like we’re being brought down. Eventually, speaking positively about and to ourselves and our family will become second nature. The purpose God has for you isn’t being just a mom, just a wife, just a friend, you are meant for so much more than the just.

Pastor Steven ended with telling us what he likes to tell himself from time to time, “Christ is in me; I am enough”.

My word for the year is enough. So when he said this, I was immediately reminded that God has a plan for me. I am enough. So my challenge for you this week is to mutter these words every day, multiple times a day.

Feeling discouraged?
Christ is in you; You are enough.

Feeling helpless?
Christ is in you; You are enough.

Feeling inadequate?
Christ is in you; You are enough.

Feeling just?
Christ is in you; You are enough.

Build up your self-esteem and then pass it along to your kids this week. You are a strong woman. How do I know? Because I know that every mom is, every daughter is, every wife is. I’m sure you fit into one of those categories!

My husband used to tell me, when we first started dating, that I am worth more than I know… You know what? I’m starting to believe that, four and a half years later… So I wanted to tell you the same:

You are worth more than you know.

Don’t waste your life with negativity and discouragement. Be strong and courageous… God is with you, whenever, wherever. Period.

Have an awesome week!

Ps. Check out the sermon from Pastor Steven { h e r e } !

Comments 5

  1. great encouragement for all us hard working mom’s. My word is CALM – when everything around me is in disarray – I try to remember CALM – Christ Always Loves Me. It’s got me through some crazy times.

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  4. I love this! We are enough! It’s hard not to focus on negativity but you’re so right; focusing on the positive aspects of life brings us up and in turn does the same for those around us. I am going to try to remember this as I go about my week!

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