FEAR OFFERS each of us the opportunity to demonstrate courage. After all, we don’t need courage unless we’re afraid. Courage does not mean that we deny or avoid the fear. Author Erica Jong says, “I have accepted fear as a part of life, specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown, and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back.” This is courage.
Courage means different things to each of us at different times. Sometimes it is courageous to take action, and sometimes it is courageous to withdraw.
– Kim Barker, Linda de Meillon, and Leigh Harrison
Birthed in Prayer
From page 114 of Birthed in Prayer: Pregnancy as a Spiritual Journey by Kim Barker, Linda de Meillon, and Leigh Harrison. Copyright © 2008 by Kim Barker, Linda de Meillon, and Leigh Harrison. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
How are you being given the opportunity to be courageous? Share your thoughts.
But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; Where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”
Ruth 1:16, NRSV
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This week we remember: Donald M. Baillie (October 31).
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