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We had another successful weekend. I was able to catch up with a dear friend, we took it easy, did some shopping. It was fun but most importantly, it was relaxing! My beautiful sister came over for an evening and we got to chat for a few hours, I love my time with her.

What has been happening on Sundays has been fantastic, Gray’s Gido comes over to watch him while Hubby and I head out to church. This has been such a blessing for us. Thank you Gido!

Yesterdays church service was full of inspiration and challenge. We are so thankful for a pastor who has the ability to explain it like it is. He adds humor and keeps us all engaged. What a fantastic speaker! Yesterday we discussed the good ol’ story of David and Goliath. Although I have heard the story often, I was reminded of the significance of it. Pastor G talked of courage and fear and how we can deal with it in our everyday life. One example he used was to have courage in parenting. He spoke of the fact that parents may be fearful of being liked so they do not have the courage to discipline their children the way they should.

This stuck out to me. We are not really affected by that particular example directly, but what I thought was so cool was that I never thought of courage in that manner. I always thought of it being important when dealing with something huge, like the courage to go skydiving or in a hot air balloon. I never pondered the idea of asking God for courage in everyday matters.

After poking around 1 Samuel a little more I found this verse.

1 Samuel 17: 38-39 ” Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.

David had the choice to wear armor to protect his body, but he decided that he could fight Goliath without it. I was thinking, are you crazy??? But with additional reading I found that a plausible reason would be that David was uncomfortable with the armor. He was not used to wearing it and in turn picked up the five smooth stones. He had courage in the Lord. He decided to use his simple slingshot to defeat Goliath because that was one of his strengths, a skill that the Lord had blessed him with.

So my conclusion? Not only is the Lord capable of providing courage for our everyday life. He has also given us gifts that we can use, gifts that are individual to each of us. Those gifts paired with the courage of the Lord means that we can defeat even the largest “giant” in our lives!

Happy Monday, hope you all have a beautiful week!