“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV
Sometimes I forget who I am. I become discouraged. I get anxious. I start to worry. But God always reminds me that He is the Lord God Almighty! He encourages me. I have learned to know His voice by His encouraging tone. It becomes a guide. When things become confusing and I have that rushing sensation to do this or that, I pause. I stop doing the tasks that are working me into a frenzy. I simply pause and rest for a moment. In that moment, I check in with my heart. Is my heart in the right place? Why am I in such a frenzy? If I pull up a level, why is it so important? As I begin to sort through the busyness I can sometimes hear a still small voice that provides additional insight. It removes the fear. It removes the discouragement. It strengthens me and gives me courage to go forward in a different way.
Isaiah 30:18, Lamentations 3:25-26, Matthew 14:27, Hebrews 3:6