Courage in the New Year

I want to start the year off in prayer for you.Oh, you want specifics? Ok – I’m praying for courage! Courage for you and for me. The kind of courage that grabs you by the hand and pulls you through the flames unscathed. Courage to lift your eyes off the ground and up to the cross. Courage to let your heart lead the way when you’re tempted to slink back into self doubt. I pray you’ll find the purest form of courage in the darkest places. COURAGE… to wake up each morning victorious to take the stairs 2 at a time to color outside the lines to let “yes” replace a lot of your “nos” to finally shine the light of the Lord on that dream of yours to go confidently forward to dance through every season to praise God uninhibited to pray for those who choose darkness to enjoy the sweetness of God’s peace to extend grace to the hard hearted to lift weak arms in the midst of battle to look beyond the storm and into the light of the Lord to surrender your will to His to laugh in the face of fear to love the unlovely to believe in yourself; a child of God to believe in eternity to simply...believe You fill in the blanks! Let God breathe courage into your soul this year. May you experience every blessing and success in 2011, and may you seek Him every step of the way. God Bless You!

Philippians 3:13-14 No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. (NLT)

Debbie Dillon is a wife (of 22 years), mom of two teenagers, a church secretary, women’s ministry leader, a writer, coffee lover, chocolate devourer and follower of Christ. Her articles have appeared on various web sites as well as in print. When she’s not blogging or networking, she’s cooking, working in her garden or quietly enjoying her home and God’s many blessings. You can find her on the web at http://writin4him.blogspot.com/