Take Heart: Cherishing the Gift of Courage

A reminder to me that of all the gifts I’ve received, the gift of courage is among the greatest of all

Seldom can I think of an occasion when people of every shape, size, color and creed didn’t appreciate a well selected gift. Now, what some may consider to be the perfect present may vary one to another. Nevertheless, gifts that are meaningful, thoughtful and timely, always seem to be the best of all. With this in mind, I began reflecting on the gifts that I’ve received. Initially, I considered gifts I’d received I’ve had in hand – tangible items, hand made cards from children, fragrances and frills; but, as I explored the idea more deeply, I thought about one of the greatest gifts of all – courage.

When I think of the phrase, “take heart,” I am reminded of the courage that is so essential to withstanding opposition, forging new pathways, answering questions that seem unanswerable, and standing up when it seems the world around you is perhaps sitting down. Having the courage to face the unthinkable is a gift that has no endpoint – because it fuels the tenacity to go against the grain, even if you feel you have nothing left to give.

In all honesty, I can’t say that I know the source of everyone’s courage; but, I can say that mine comes from a sole place. My faith. There are beliefs to which I adhere, though not everyone always agrees with me, because I have confidence in the One who is with me when I would otherwise feel alone. I need Him. Life here is filled with such confusion at times, I’d be foolish to think that I could handle all of my troubles on my own. Admittedly, I rely on Him.

One of my favorite passages of Scripture can be found in Proverbs 3:5. I memorized it in a version that says, “Lean on, trust, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding; but, in all thy ways, know, recognize and acknowledge Him, and He shall direct and make straight and plain your path.

I’m so grateful that I have Him to lean on. I’m so thankful, that when I can’t see out of so many proverbial dark tunnels, I know that His light will be their to guide me – give me direction – to give me confidence that He knows what is best and has the ability to hold (and protect) my heart in His hands.

There are more than a few occasions in life where we encounter situations that may inconceivable. I’ve experienced enough of them to write an entire book (and I did, entitled “The Power of Your Pain”). That being said, I can say with assurance that my greatest comfort comes from Him. He gives me courage when I would have none. My advice to others? If you haven’t tried having a personal relationship with Him, consider it. I can take heart and endure the most difficult of circumstances, because He promised, He’d be with me always – and that is a gift I will cherish forever.

#beencouraged #Hewillneverleaveyounorforsaskeyou #Heismyrockandmyfortress #thegiftofcourage #priceless #carlamichelle

16 thoughts on “Take Heart: Cherishing the Gift of Courage

  1. Amen, Carla, and bless you and yours. We all travel the same path though with different way stations. We must each walk it in its entirety whether it be short or long. When we are blessed we may meet fellow travelers who accompany us for a while sharing adventures, laughter, and tears. Memories of those others bring us comfort as we continue our journey without them. We thank God that our own pathway is not yet ended, and look forward to meeting new fellow travelers.

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    1. Good Evening, Mr. McCasland!

      What a pleasure to see your name. I’m so glad you’re still reading and that you are as spirited and as inspiring as I remember. What a beautiful analogy you’ve provided, likening our experiences to our lifelong journey. I couldn’t agree more.

      We don’t always know the subtle differences of our paths, but how blessed we are to meet the unique travelers that may join us along the way. Thank you for the gentle reminders – especially with regard to the memories, which in themselves can be so poignant. It is such an honor to have made your acquaintance in this life. May God richly and abundantly bless both you and your family.

      With Warmest Regards,

      ~Carla Michelle

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  2. Dear Carla: I am reminded, yet again in reading your powerful, heartfelt words, that faith itself is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). It is indeed the fountainhead of courage, as you put so succinctly: “In all honesty, I can’t say that I know the source of everyone’s courage; but, I can say that mine comes from a sole place. My faith.” Your image of Him “protecting my heart in His hands” reminds me of my husband’s bypass surgery in summer 2019 – following a massive heart attack, 45 minutes of CPR, emergency stents, induced hypothermia, and nearly month, all told, in the hospital. The surgeon who did the grafts told me immediately after that as soon as he made the first graft, my husband’s heart started beating noticeably stronger. He knew this because he was, in fact, holding my husband’s heart in his hands; he said: “It WANTED that flow; it was hungry for it.” So are our battered hearts hungry for God, to remain connected to Him, to keep that flow going in communion with Him, for strength in each day of earthly living. I am deeply moved by your post and your appeal to others who read it to consider that relationship with the Lord, who promised never to leave nor forsake us. It is that essence behind his words, “Take heart.” Because of Him, we, too, will overcome.

    Thank you for the gift of this post. ❤

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    1. Dear Fran,

      I am taken aback at the magnitude experience of that you endured with your husband. I felt like I lost my breath just trying to imagine what that must have been like. I’m so glad that in God’s faithfulness, his heart continued with even greater strength. What an amazing testimony.

      Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to read the post. It was a harder one to write, because sometimes, my trust is not what it should be. Nevertheless, I am grateful for His patience and gentleness with me. He certainly knows I need it.

      It is my hope that everyone who can will come to know Him better and better each day. I am confident that would make the world a better place of all.

      Writing for this occasion has been my honor and pleasure.

      With Warmest Regards,

      ~Carla Michelle

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  3. Carla, I’m so glad that you joined our small group for Spiritual Journey First Thursday. What a blessing to know that His light will guide us out of the darkest tunnels! I, too, love the verse you quoted from Proverbs. The gift of His presence is one to be cherished indeed.

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  4. Carla,
    I’m glad you joined Spiritual Journey blog round up. I’d like to connect by email so I can send you the schedule. Are you interested in hosting a month? (margaretsmn at gmail)
    Your post exudes courage and compassion. I am inspired by your words. Thanks!

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    1. Good Evening, margaretsmn!

      I’d be happy to. I’m not fully sure of how it works, but I’m open to learning! My e-mail is carla@carlambrown.com. Thank you so much for your thoughtful words. It is a pleasure to “meet” you, even more so know that we share our faith in common. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. With Warmest Regards,
      ~Carla Michelle

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  5. Carla, welcome to our spiritual journey community. We, like you, strive to find peace in this temporal world. Faith is our guide and hope in the Lord’s unfailing love. I found you on Twitter also.

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    1. @cvarsalona, thank you so much for having me! Such a beautiful truth to hold on to, for which I’m forever grateful. Thanks for finding me on Twitter. I’m looking forward to reading more books, reading more writing and writing more!

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