"My Father remains faithful, supplying His children with courage..."
My husband and I chose to encourage our kids through, not away from, the challenges they faced. It wasn’t easy, but then again, neither was the journey of the Israelites. All three kids remained in school. Teachers, counselors, coaches, and administrators—strong women and men of God—came alongside them. Those beautiful teenagers gathered courage and worked their way through the challenges.
As for our quiet, keep-to-yourself neighborhood – I quit wondering why others weren’t reaching out to us, and began intentionally seeking them instead. Now, whenever a new neighbor moves into the subdivision, my husband and I deliver a plate of cookies with our “family” business card attached. Sometimes we wave or chat with folks while walking. During the Christmas season we gift a bag of fruit, and this fall we plan to host a neighborhood cookout.
As tornado sirens blare and clouds swirl, life in Oklahoma stands right. My Father remains faithful, supplying His children with courage to crush complaining amid the unwanted and unexpected—always.
Kristi Woods, writer and speaker, is passionate about women walking deeper with God. She writes regularly and offers faith-building tools at www.KristiWoods.net. She contributes monthly at iBelieve.com and Crosswalk.com and is published in three Chicken Soup for the Soulpublications. Kristi, her husband, and their three children survived a nomadic, military lifestyle, and have set roots in Oklahoma. Connect with Kristi here: Facebook and Pinterest.
This article is part of our courage theme for the month of August on iBelieve. What is courage? Usually, we associate courage with heroic and brave deeds. But this definition fails to recognize the inner strength and level of commitment required for us to actually speak honestly and openly about who we are and about our experiences -- good and bad. We believe this kind of “ordinary courage” is what God calls us to live into every day of our lives.
Check back here throughout August for a new story of courage as our writers tackle what it means to be faithful, courageous women in a culture that values comfort and conformity.
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