Sunday, November 20, 2016

Meanwhile Courage Reprise

This is a reposting from two years ago. I have described it as one of my very favorite Sunday posts because I find myself returning to it time and again. It has been very helpful to me.


Sometimes an answer comes before the question is formed. I knew that my knickers were in a knot, but had not one clue why for days. It seemed as if my mind was too filled with concerns—my own,  the country (they didn't end with the election after all), the church, and, because I walk in Blogdom, many other concerns. Perhaps you can add the workplace to your list. So my prayer list has become exponentially longer through the years. Suddenly, it was if I could not handle it any longer. What pride! It was never mine to "handle" in the first place.
 



This quote has been powerfully meaningful to me. I can use it to process what is going on in my mind and heart. For example, I am tired and ready to quit... Meanwhile, courage! Your moments of nervousness are not your real self, only medical phenomena.  I don't feel well... Meanwhile, courage! Your moments of nervousness are not your real self, only medical phenomena. I am worried about this person... Meanwhile, courage! Your moments of nervousness are not your real self, only medical phenomena. You see? It works for any. possible. thing.


And who is this "real self"? The real self only applies to those who have given themselves to Christ. (The very best news ever is that all are invited to give themselves to Him.) When we have, He lives in us and through us. There is nothing that we can do without Him. 


...For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us...

Ephesians 2:14

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:16–19


A blessed Sunday and a blessed week to you!





15 comments:

  1. Thank you for reposting this, it is now one of my favorites, much needed for me this morning!
    Blessings.
    Sue

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  2. I love this post and has a deep meaning for me as well. Thank you, my friend, XOXO

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  3. A blessed Sunday to you too my friend.
    Great post!

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  4. Beautiful, meaningful post, Vee. I've been pondering this since I read it this morning. Thank you, dear one. ♥

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  5. Thank you so much for posting this! This was just what I needed!

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  6. Thank you for reposting this, Vee. We all can certainly use some courage in our lives, and we can get it easily by asking Christ. Love and hugs to you.

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  7. Thank you!! Christ is risen! A blessed Lord's Day and may your whole week be strengthened with His might.

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  8. Amen and amen. Good encouraging words. This week I challenged a long time friend of ours about leaning in to some New Age philosophy. I was stressed about what I saw but was then with the help of the Holy Spirit brave enough to open up the conversation and that relieved my side of the anxiety. Now it's in his court and I pray. Hope your Sunday continues well...

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  9. Thank you, Vee. There are days when I need to hear this- when the darkness creeps in early and I see others suffering with health issues and other problems.
    God is there- we need only seek Him which is sometimes hard to do when we believe we are the only one in control of our own destiny.
    I'd say C.S.Lewis was a smart man, yes? xo Diana

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  10. Such and uplifting and encouraging post. Take care.

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  11. This is great encouragement Vee. How we load ourselves up with the problems of life, family, health and the world and forget that God is the one who really carries this burden and he knows how it all unfolds. Thank you Vee, for enlightening us again. :)

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  12. How I love these verses from Ephesians! C.S. Lewis just had a way of "knowing" with his insights. We are only our "real selves" when our lives are hidden with Christ in God. I love it. What a beautiful, safe place to be... the only place to truly find peace and rest. Praying you find it inwardly and outwardly. Thanks for the reminder.

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  13. I love this quote! I've never heard it before. Sometimes when I feel depressed I try to say, this isn't me, it's just my illness. But CS Lewis says it better! Thank you Vee. Blessings to you this Thanksgiving. I just read your more recent post. How wonderful that you have those slips of paper that John wrote. I'm sure the one you pictured is especially meaningful to you now. xo Deborah

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  14. And what would we do without the many quotable gems that C.S. Lewis gave us. He truly was a gift to Christianity. Blessings on you and yours on this Thanksgiving Eve, Vee. Since we already celebrated mid October, we'll have chili and salad and one guest will be joining us. I'm still thinking about making a pie. Thanksgiving is a great excuse for pie.

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  15. Such a great quote Vee. I have never heard that one before but it is perfect for me and I should memorize it!

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