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            My Life Verse is Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.  This verse is special to me because it deals with three areas of my life that I do not consider to be greatly equipped with.  Patience, Courage, and Strength.             

            In our world today, we are designed to be impatient people.  We want the fastest Internet speed, we speed through the Yellow Lights instead of slowing down, fast food is not fast enough, and in our prayer lives we expect God to deliver as soon as possible.  We have a “Amazon Prime” expectation for almost everything we do.  Waiting on the Lord allows us to experience so much.  It allows us to let God work and open doors that we may never had expected God to open.  It also strengthens our faith.  When we finally let go of the idea that we ourselves can make something happen, we allow our God to show just how powerful he is.            

            Be of Good Courage.  I have never considered myself to be courageous by any means.  That is not to say I think I am a coward, but I’ve always admired men and women who have great courage or bravery.  I think of our men and women in uniform, whether it be our military, police force, firefighters, first responders, doctors, etc.  All of these people I would say have courage.  Psalm 27 tells us while we are waiting on the Lord to also be of good courage.  There are times when we are going through trials and tribulations and all we want is for the Lord to intervene.  Our patience as well as our courage is tested when we are waiting on the Lord.  Joshua 1:9 reminds us of this trait as well, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest”.  To not be afraid is to have courage.  It is natural for our flesh to fear what we do not know.  But allowing God to work and knowing that HE holds tomorrow should be enough to keep that fear at ease.            

            I love how Psalm 27:14 ends.  “And HE shall strengthen thine heart”.  What a better promise than to know that the Lord God himself will strengthen our hearts.  To know that we alone cannot obtain this strength, but that it comes from him.  There are a lot of things in this world that we can strengthen.  When we are waiting on the Lord and seeking him, his strength will always overcome.  Right now, in the world there are a lot of scared people.  A lot of confusion, worry, doubt, and pain.  You may feel like you don’t know what to do or where to turn, I would encourage you to ask God for Patience, Courage, and to give you the strength to get through.