Sunday, August 9, 2009

(In)Courage -- What Encourages Me?

Courage –noun
1. the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.
2. Obsolete. the heart as the source of emotion.—Idiom
3. have the courage of one's convictions, to act in accordance with one's beliefs, esp. in spite of criticism
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This new website (In)Courage is launching tomorrow! (their button is on the left sidebar) Taking hope to heart is the site's motto and I can't wait to read about what courage and encouragement looks like in others' lives. "Imagine all of us sitting around the kitchen table at a beach house, coffee in our hands, listening to stories as different as each one telling them." I'm excited! Imagine, the beach, coffee and girlfriends from all over sharing stories. AMAZING!

What does courage look in my life? Courage is being a military wife for over 24 years and being brave during unsettling times in the world. Courage is my fight against MS and the unknowns. Courage is going back to college at age 40 and getting my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Courage is stepping out in faith to try to become the best in what God has for me and learning to "Be Still!" It isn't easy. I fall, often and hard! But I'm thankful for my friends who encourage me in my journeys. I couldn't make it without encouragement!

Encouragement to me is taking time to share a cup of coffee to talk about the struggles and successes of life, my friends and family , an email or handwritten note that uplifts me, laughter with tears for the good times and bad, elementary kids who remind me daily how important my job is. Encouragement gives me extra strength to have the courage to face today and tomorrow without fear! What encourages you?

From another blog friend, I found this quote:

Spread love everywhere you go.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
~Mother Teresa

I can't wait to become friends with the (In)Courage girls! Check out the (in)courage website for yourself and be blessed~

I'm (IN!)

5 comments:

Kim... and Her Coffee said...

I'm looking forward to this site too.... looks like it will be amazing. LOVE your post! You are an encourager through your courage! Happy Sunday!

Rachel Anne said...

Beautiful! Love what you shared...and Kim is right, you are an encourager!

Will keep praying for the right job to come along - I know it will.

Holley - (in)courage said...

I love this sentence...
"Courage is stepping out in faith to try to become the best in what God has for me and learning to 'Be Still!' " You wrote about stepping out and staying put all in one place. Isn't it strange how God asks us to both--and sometimes at the same time?!? (: Thanks for sharing this! I'm so glad to be (in) with you!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Encouragement to me is taking time to share a cup of coffee to talk about the struggles and successes of life, my friends and family , an email or handwritten note that uplifts me, laughter with tears for the good times and bad....I had to copy a portion of your post as that what encouragement is to me and what I want to be to others...everyday

samantha said...

That site sounds nice. I will have to check it out.