Be Strong and Courageous!

Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9 (HCSB)

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As many of us in Alabama begin a new school year today, I pray that my son has that verse on his heart. We’ve memorized the verse in two seasons of Upward basketball, and we studied it in Sunday school this past year.  I know that he knows the verse.  I pray that he lives it in school. I pray that your children do as well. I pray that through their behavior, their words, their actions, and their decisions that they are living testimonies for Christ. I pray that they are salt and light, and that their influence changes lives.

Whether you’re sending your child to second grade or to their second year of college, that “wherever you go” applies to your child. And it applies to you.

For many of us it is hard to see our children grow and go. There’s nothing I love more than spending time with my family. I’ll have to remember to be strong and courageous also as Jack climbs on the school bus again, but I’m so grateful that he has the opportunity and that he loves school so much.

One last verse and then I’ve got to go make chocolate chip pancakes:

Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude. Colossians 2:6-7 (HCSB)

Have a great day! I’ll return to normal programming by Thursday.