E-votional  Real Strength
January 31, 2001
Verse:
So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told." 

-- Acts 27:25
http://bible.gospelcom.net/bible?Acts+27:21-26
Thought:
Being scared, that is normal.  Having fears, part of growing up.  Wanting to feel safe and secure, well, Casey is approaching that point in her own development.  Fear, is both natural and learned.  Courage on the other hand, is something that not all people have.  Courage is about standing up and facing the fear(s) that might be in from of us.
Hear the Good News, though we can and will face many fears throughout our life, we can find assurance that the presence of the Holy Spirit and  the experience of Christ in our life not only gives us needed courage, but strength to stand as well.

Prayer:
Lord, as long as I have tried to stand alone, and "create" bravery for myself, I have found it does not really work.  Yet as You have been with me, it has been You who has strengthened me.  Help me to remember to lean You and to have faith that You are not going to leave me alone.  Thank You for all You have done in my life, and all You will continue to do, through Christ our Lord I pray.  Amen.