“. . . Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Johsua 1:9

The early morning light cast a golden glow over the countryside.  The frost covered fields and barren trees were still enveloped in the stillness that comes with a cold winter’s night.  Adi and I hiked past a farm before following the trail through the woods and around a pond.

 To my young Lab’s delight, we had to cross a stream.  She jumped into the cold water, splashing wildly before careening back onto the trail and up to the pond’s edge.  Her unexpected arrival upset a small flock of mallard ducks resting quietly on the bank.  A commotion of splashing, quacking, and flapping wings ensued.  Equally frightened Adi jumped back and froze. 

A few seconds later, she turned to see my reaction.  My response would prompt her course of action- run in fear or move forward.  When she found that I was still walking down the trail undisturbed by what had just occurred, she relaxed and approached the water’s edge. Calmly she gazed out at the resettled flock.   

In that moment, I found myself filled with gratitude.  Grateful that when the unexpected elements of life surprise and frighten me, I have a mighty God nearby in whom I can look for direction and courage.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.

-Deuteronomy 31:6

To see some stunning pictures of the type of duck that startled Adi that day, I invite you to visit the blog Into the Light Adventures. Sandra’s heart for the Lord and His creation is clearly reflected in her photography and words. Click here to visit her post featuring the mallard duck.

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16 thoughts on “Courage

  1. Anonymous

    My dear sister, Yet another great post from you. In this season we are in I am enjoying the blessings our Father gives us. Made me think of when I take Elsa for her walk early in the mornings. She will gently nudge my hand to make sure I am ok.


    1. How odd! According to wordpress on my end you’ve been following since November. Oh how technology likes to keep us on our toes. Have a wonderful week and I hope your garden is growing well!


  2. David C Brown

    Psalm 18:2:
    “Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I will trust; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.”
    We have a wonderful resource!

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  3. Really enjoyed reading this encouraging post, Beth. I like the design and layout of your blog, too. It’s easy to navigate and appealing to the eye of the reader. Yes, I am grateful too that when I am scared or spooked I can turn to Jesus. Happy blogging!

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. I greatly appreciate feedback on my site from a fellow blogger! I’m a teacher by trade and my experience designing classroom websites came in handy when piecing together my blogsite. May the Lord continue to bless your own writing Rainer.

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  4. Anonymous

    Great blog. I love God’s promise to us. Also like your pictures and the detail in Sandra’s pictures of the mallard ducks. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you Dad! I am so very grateful for His promises. I am so glad that you enjoyed Sandra’s post on the mallard ducks. You would also enjoy the pictures she has taken of swans and pelicans.


  5. Thank you Beth, what an encouraging post and beautiful words. What we see and share through words and photographs is all about the hands of life. He will never leave us. Thank you again Beth, have a wonderful day.

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    1. You’re welcome Sandra. I was quite excited to share your blog with my readers. Your photography and words are such a blessing and the Lord has used them to encourage me in so many ways.

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      1. Thank you Beth, He gives us each talents to share His words. That is what it is all about, it warms my heart to share His creation through photography. I hope you have a wonderful week Beth, thank you again .

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