Matthew 14:27 (NIV) But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

We live in a world that can be, at times, a very frightening place. We live in a world that is, at times, a very discouraging place. We live in a world where life-changing losses can be so painful and so profound that it seems we will never recover. But, with God’s help, and with the help of encouraging family members and friends, we can recover. Do you believe these words today?

During the darker days of life, we are wise to remember the words of Jesus, who reassured His disciples, saying, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Matthew 14:27 NIV) as today’s word shares. Are you willing to face your fears right now? Are you willing to cast off the chains of fear and procrastination by deciding to do what needs to be done now, not “later”? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you are on your way to build a better life for yourself and your loved ones.

Today, ask God for the courage to step beyond the boundaries of your self-doubts. Ask the Lord to guide you to a place where you can realize your full potential, a place where you are freed from the fear of failure. Ask the Lord to do His part, and promise Him that you will do your part. Don’t ask the Lord to lead you to a “safe” place; ask Him to lead you to the “right” place, and remember: those two places are seldom the same!

Are you feeling anxious or fearful? If so, trust God to handle those problems that are simply too big for you to solve. Entrust the future, your future: To God. Then, spend a few minutes thinking about specific steps you can take to confront, and conquer your fears and procrastinations: Take Courage family of God, and have a marvelous day!

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