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Becky is an author, speaker, Bible teacher, mom of three loud boys, and the Community and Editorial Manager for (in)courage. She loves writing about anxiety, motherhood, and the kindness of God. Long naps, shady trails, and a good book make her really happy.

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  1. Becky,
    I used to think that “courage” was something I mustered up from somewhere within me (my toes perhaps?). The longer I go about life on this earth, the more I realize that the battle belongs to the Lord. “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14). True courage, for me, comes from utter reliance and dependence upon the Lord. It is Christ in me that makes me courageous. All I need to “do” is be still and be a willing and available vessel through which He can work and enable me to be brave. Courage is truly a faith issue….now on to the survey. LOVE the pic 🙂
    Bev xx

    ps. Speaking of women with “blood” issues. I suffer with anemia (deficiency of red blood cells). After more blood work, they discovered I have a blood disorder called BTM or beta thalassemia minor, which basically means that my red blood cells are much smaller than they are supposed to be. Together, the two aspects of anemia leave me exhausted and severely fatigued because my blood is not getting energy producing oxygen to my body. Praying that, I too, can “touch the garment of Jesus” and be healed. Prayers welcomed….

    • Yes, courage is truly a faith issue. I love that, and have learned it to be true myself. As for your health challenges, Bev, I am praying for you this morning, that God would heal and provide extraordinary energy in and through you!

    • Bev,
      I am deeply sorry that you this added on to your current health issues. I sincerely hope and pray that this will pass, and that your energy will be restored.
      Sending love and blessings to you,

    • Bev,

      So sorry to hear of another health issue you must deal with. Praying you can get healing soon. May God help you have a healthier 2019 than past years & no more surgeries. Lifting you & your family up to God.

      Blessings 🙂

    • “True courage, for me, comes from utter reliance and dependence upon the Lord.” Yes! This exactly. And we see you live this out, Bev! I’m joining my sisters before me in praying for your healing this morning. Asking God to give you courage in the waiting. I’m so sorry for your suffering. Much love to you.

    • Bev, I have been wondering if you are ok because you have not posted recently. Glad they found your problem & hopefully they get it solved..maybe B12 would be a big help. Claiming this as your only health issue for this year! Blessings dear one.

      • Frances,
        Thank you so much for your concern and prayers. Oh, yes, I take a Super B Complex supplement along with a whole host of others….most of all I think my body needs some true REST. That is my goal – to practice the discipline of Rest. Don’t be alarmed if I don’t post for several days next week….hoping to go away for a few days with my sweet hubby who has been a saint through all my “stuff”.
        Love and ((hugs)),
        Bev xo

    • Oh, dear Bev. Thank you for sharing. I’m so sorry to hear you’re facing the blood disorder and anemia. I join the others lifting you in prayer to our blessed Lord the Healer. You’re such a reliable, consistent, encouraging member of the (in)courage family. May the Lord keep and heal you as only He can. Blessings as you “be still” while He does the heavy lifting! With peace and love, Patricia

    • Beautifully said, Bev. Courage is taking steps in faith after asking God to use me today however He leads. I too have severe energy and strength issues- I was diagnosed years ago with Epstein-Barr, which is from the herpes virus. It never goes away and saps my energy most days. I am so very sorry for your condition- sounds way worse than mine, but don’t these “crosses” force us to rely on our Lord daily for His strength in a physical way to do what He enables us to do. If I can’t do something on that day, I must wait/rest in the Lord.
      ( I take lots of vitamin D, E and Magnesium daily.)
      Praying for you.

      • Blessed by your encouraging words and testimony of the kind of courage and strength that only comes from the Lord. Much love to you today, Elizabeth.

  2. I love Shiprah and Puah, and their courage, which was, I imagine, very matter-of-fact. They did what needed to be done for the time in which they lived, and God honored and protected them. My own calling seems very small and safe by comparison, so I want to live them well.

    • I imagine Shiprah and Puah felt their roles were small as well. They couldn’t have imagined that a group of online women would be chatting about them behind their backs thousands of years later. And yet, here we are! All that to say, Michele, your unique story and offerings matter more than you know. God is using you, exactly where you are. Be strong and courageous, sister. We’re with you!

    • Michele, I’m echoing the words of Michele. 🙂 (Love that you two Michele’s even have the same spelling of your name!) You are both women of courage in my book! God is the One with the big story — what a gift that He invites us to be a part. I’m here with you both trusting Him to make eternally much of the little we bring. xx

  3. Becky,

    I had heard of some midwives letting babies live-just didn’t know their names. Webster’s defines courage as: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Synonyms are tenacity, mean/moral strength to resist opposition. That is exactly what those women did. They mustered their courage in face of adversity & did what they thought was right. God always honors us when we follow & obey Him. Most people think they have a minute or average calling on their lives. They don’t think they need the courage for something as big as Shiphrah, Puah and Esther. God is the one who ordains our calling. It may seem trite to us, but all we must do is obey God & follow His leading. We can plant the seeds & watch them grow. Everyone just keep on keeping on-follow Jesus & obey His commands. Who knows what He has in store for us inn 2019? I am already on an adventure. I lost a job & God has seen fit to give me a different & better paying job. Let’s rock our worlds-muster our courage & go head strong into 2019!

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth, I love the heart and resolve in your words here! I agree, it’s not up to us to label our calling or our obedience big or small, significant or not. Our role is to simply love God and live in obedience to Him! The fruit of our faithfulness and His is up to Him! Praising God with you today for His provision of a new job and all the ways He’s going to call you into courage this year.

  4. My bible reading today was James 1:2-4. “…let endurance have it’s perfect result.” Endurance through trials leads to deeper faith in God, the perfect result. So when I think of women of courage, I think of women who lean into God through their trials and challenges, growing deeper in faith and living out their identity in Christ.

  5. Becky,
    Thank-you so much for sharing this touching post……….
    When I received the news that I was expecting despite having an illness I was told prevented me from it, it came as a shock, and a surprise. Then the dreaded question,”Due to your age, what would you like to do? Your chances of this and this happening are……” My mind heard what the Dr. said, but my heart told me otherwise. Thank God I listened to it, and was not only blessed with a wonderful little boy, but also rid of that constant pain. The choice I made thirteen years ago was the easy part; and although what has followed hasn’t always been, I am ever so grateful to the Lord.
    Have a blessed day all,

  6. Courage! Such a strong word! It’s walking through hard things with faith. It’s a word that defines me today because last year was very hard for me. As a survivor of domestic violence, it took courage for me to say: NO MORE! to the violence in my life and it’s courage that propels me forward to begin again with a fresh and new start in 2019.

    This is one of the reasons why I love my (in)courage Devotional Bible. The stories of the women inside carry me on wings of their courage. My sisters of yesterday and my sisters of today, inspire me on my hard days.

    How thankful I am for God’s Word and the (in) courage community. It’s an honor to be among women of courage. May God our Father continue to bless this ministry! ❤

    • Oh, Beloved. Wish I could reach through this screen and give you a hug. I’m so sorry for the ways you’ve suffered and yet so proud of you for walking with courage into a year of hope, healing, and intimacy with Jesus. Thank you for being here and being you. You are a woman of courage!

  7. The woman with the issue of blood. Oh to have her faith! To push through the crowd. To dare to touch just the hem of Jesus. To see him turn and wonder, in that split second, if she would be rebuked. But not Jesus. He was there to offer hope. “Have courage daughter,” He said. Have courage when you are scared. Have courage to keep pressing through the problem. Have courage to come to me with your pain. Have courage and KNOW that your faith does not go unnoticed by me. Her story gives us what we need to remember. That all can come into the presence of Jesus. That all are welcome. That He is honored by our faith. How BLESSED are we with a Savior like that!!!

  8. Blessings, dear Becky. Thank you so much for this urgently wonderful post. It calls us deeply and powerfully onto the courageous path taken by of Shiprah and Puah. I’m excited that the Bible names them — and that you pointed us to them today. May we each pick up their mantle and walk boldly into our calling in Christ. Thank you for leading the way! With love and thanks to you! Patricia

  9. Perseverance is courage as I age. My head cannot comprehend that I am 68 but my body confirms the chronology on a daily basis. I can’t do some of what I used to do. Arthritis and creaky bones walk with me. So I seek courage to redefine what following Jesus looks like today.

    • My dear sister Cathi… I too struggle to accept and redefine what my role is, now that my body or my strength aren’t what they used to be, and that people don’t seem to need me as much as they once did. We need courage resist the lie we hear in our head that we aren’t of use to anyone, and seek with expectation for the Father’s new role that He’s prepared for us. Yes, it takes courage and daily perseverance but it’s kind of exciting too, discovering new people and places that need us. Thanking God that with Him it’s not over till it’s over! You are a valuable resource to our Lord and He loves to accept whatever you can offer and be assured He will use it for kingdom glory! Praying for you in your seeking

        • Cathi and Holly, so grateful for your voices of courage in this community. Thank you for being here and sharing your hearts. xx

          • I love reading through all the posts listed in this group! Our Abba Father smiles to see us gather and gain strength as we wait for Jesus. Regardless of our current circumstances, we are never alone and always better together. ⚓

  10. Courage is going in everyday and teaching high school students that come from all backgrounds and whom all have their own stories. My classes are large and the job is difficult but courage is taking time to know each student and recognizing that each one has their own story and way to navigate the world.

    • Sarah, picture me giving you a standing ovation right now! What important work you’re doing. One of my dearest friends also teaches high school and I hear a similar battle cry from her and need for courage. Keep on keepin’ on, sister. I can only imagine how your love is making a lasting imprint on the hearts of your students.