Today's encouragement comes from James 1 verse 12 "Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." We can persevere because God give us courage and strength. It starts with surrender, commitment and love for him.
During her separation, Stacy lived literally, in a state of fear. Fear of how to manage her life. Fear of bringing up her four children as a single parent. Fear of what people were saying and fear of her ex-husbands actions. On one occasion her ex-husband had to be apprehended by the police for saying things like, "You can run, but you can't hide and when I find you, you're going to burn." Fortunately for Stacy the officers heard and responded to these threatening calls." On several occasions she had to help, She honours those that protect our communities. She was not alone there was help in her fear and courage to get through the tough moments of life.
When Derrick was in high school; teachers through their interactions with him deemed him unsuccessful,a lost cause and my classmates labelled and treated him as the dumb kid. Derrick barely graduated from high school. he feared everyone and everything. His fear entrapped him into a life of loneliness leaving him scared and struggling.
When Derrick was a teen, fear caused him to stutter, through his face and reliance on God Derrick was able to overcome that disability.
There are those things in our life that paralyze us, and rob us of the joy, hope and love of God. Know today, that He protects us and that you can overcome with God's strength.
We close with our theme passage for Life Happens from Joshua 1:9 and encourage you to
Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid;
Do not be discouraged…Why?...
For the Lord your God--
Will be with you wherever you go."
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