Words of Hope: Let Your Heart Take Courage

With war stories and upsetting news, I believe the most powerful decision is to praise and pray. When we as followers of Christ become afraid, when we take our eyes off Jesus, we give fear power. We give evil attention.  

Anxiety, fear, worry, negative prophesying, and “what if” scenarios rob us of time, point us toward evil, focus us on what might be, and turn our attention and energy away from the God of all power, love, and grace. 

Yes, preparation, wisdom, quality decision-making, and discernment are necessary. It’s important to set aside intentional space to act on immediate problems or plan for the future. In the meantime, research proves decisions made in fear or scarcity leads to poor outcomes.  

As we turn off the news, radio, or conversation and instead redirect attention to God, true wisdom and peace descend.  

Helping and watching my dad die was one of the most amazing moments of my life. God was present, there was peace, I felt hope as Dad transitioned into glory even though the unimaginable loss of my father was happening.  

As I have walked through unforeseen crisis, heartache, and challenge, I know as I lean into God and begin to praise Him, I will have strength for the next step that I would never have it if I was focused on the fear. 

Is it any wonder that scripture says, “Let your heart take courage.” Let means to allow. Give permission to your heart to be courageous. We must release fear to take the courage God is offering. 

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD – Psalm 31:24