Thursday, June 29, 2017

Greater Courage To Speak Truth

"Joy sometimes needs pain to give birth. Fanny Crosby could never have written her beautiful hymn, 'I Shall See Him Face-to-Face,' were it not for the fact that she had never looked upon the green fields nor the evening sunset nor the kindly twinkle in her mother's eye. It was the loss of her own vision that helped her to gain her remarkable spiritual discernment." - Mrs. Charles E. Cowman, Streams In The Desert

My book, Not Really A Princess deals with going through adversity and finding joy then in turn helping others through their own trials and struggles. When we realize that many things we go through can be beneficial to help others, it opens up a world of possibilities.

Last night I was reading Philippians 1:12 and I totally understand Paul's feelings as he pens this letter. "Now I want you to know brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the LORD and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear." NIV

When we have perseverance and a willing heart we can reach out to those around us and not wallow in a puddle of despair. I have spent so much time in my life questioning why things happened. This just breeds negativity.

Have the courage to push forward and share God's grace with others. Paul shared his joy while in prison. He is one of the most influential men in history.

Leave a legacy of mercy and grace. Courage and perseverance. Break the chains. Live life fearlessly.

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