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Courage with a Capital “C”

The definition of courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery. Wow. Powerful. I recently had a friend email me that they were impressed by the amount of courage it’s taking us to make this large move.  I was honored she said it, and I actually thought on that statement for quite some time.  What or WHO gives us courage? Is it within us or do we draw it from some well of life? Join me as I examine what has given us courage, and what we have experienced with it.

First off, our courage comes from Christ.  We are believers, and we believe that nothing is impossible with him in our corner.  We have been blessed a million times over, and we know that we would never be able to muster the courage for such a large step in life without him.

Second, you have to have your entire family on board for the love and support needed for the move.  For the four of us to each have our own amount of courage, as it does mean something different to each of us, is a powerful thing.  Carl’s courage is dealing with his job in a new environment, Belle’s courage of attending a new High School, and Jessie’s courage is finding friends in a new school as well.  What is my courage?  I want to be courageous in everything that affects my family so that I can be a pillar of strength for them when they need me.

Third, the idea that is born is almost courage wrapped with a bow.  The very idea can be so scary, and yet so exciting, that moving forward with it can be too much for people.  We have had our moments… where fear sets in and you start to second guess everything.  We have found it is perfectly normal, and that we have done everything humanly possible to prepare for this.  We have prayed, saved, purged, prepared, researched, and shared- I hope to never say “We weren’t ready for this.”

Fourth, it takes courage to find and make friends. Why? Because you are putting yourself out there to people who are always strangers first. Trust, Peace of Mind, and Kindness play so much into it, and I have learned that if you have given me kindness, you will always get it in return.  You leave behind the security of friendships that you have kept for almost 10 years, for those you hope to be friends with for the next 10.  It takes courage to walk up to someone and say “Hello, my name is ________, and you are?”  (Which I have done at Disney Meets).  I also believe that God’s love shines through friends he has made for you, and when you meet them, you just KNOW by the connection you have made.  I’m happy to say this has happened with several of my FL friends, and I can’t wait to see them again.

I guess the reason why it’s been easy to have the courage to make the decision to move, because we already have dealt with the big stuff that takes FAR more courage.  The relocation is the EXCITING kind of courage, the kind that you knew lived in you all along, but never knew it until God pointed it out to you.

Wherever your courage may come from, embrace it, enjoy it, and love the heck out of it, because it IS a gift and you never want to waste it. God bless and have a great week!

3 Comments »

  1. What a fantastic and inspiring post! You hit the cornerstones right on! Thanks for continuing to share this journey!

  2. Super post, Amy!!! Without Christ we wouldn’t have the courage to step out. Praying for your move and the accompanying adjustments to go smoothly.

  3. Thanks so much for writing about courage and exactly where that comes from – our LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST!! As we are at the ‘thinking about’ stage of a major relocation, which has included de-cluttering and downsizing our ‘junk collection’, I am inspired by you and your family as you make this move ‘before us’. It will be cool when we get to the ‘it’s real, we’re moving’ stage and start looking at housing options, etc.

    I had about a two minute episode of doubt and fear last night as I viewed a very short tv blurb which showed an Interstate Highway sign and a car on that interstate. It was then that I realized all of the highway driving I will be doing should we move to Louisville. YIKES! In that large of a city, I don’t think there are many ‘back road’ ways to get to many destinations. With my pain level being where it is, I’ve been taking ‘OO’ when heading from Appleton to Kaukauna to see my chiro, instead of Hwy 41. But God can heal AND retrain my Lyme Brain and get me from point A to point B no matter where we live. I also had a fleeting thought of “What are we considering doing? Why are we even considering leaving everything and everyone we know and love and are ‘comfortable with’, to move to such a large city where we, like you, will have to ‘start all over’. Thankfully, those stinkin’ thinkin’ moments were short lived and peace returned to my heart rather quickly.

    Thanks for being an inspiration to me! Love you girlfriend!