A courageous spirit does it afraid. In the face of real or perceived threats, rejection, opposition, even discrimination we have the power to obey God. Second Timothy 1:7 tells us that "God has not given us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and fawning fear), but of power…." God will give us what we need to follow His path for our family. Though the world may try to intimidate us, we must obey what God has called us to do, regardless.

The spirit of courage will establish your heart. When your heart is established, that means it will not be moved. It is set on a course, responding to God's direction, determined to do all He has asked you to. Our hearts must be firm in our conviction, not moved by circumstances, fears, or the opinions of others. Psalms 118:6-7 is a tremendous promise to stand on: "The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side and takes my part, He is among those who help me; therefore I shall I see my desires established…" (TAB). With God on your side, you can see the results you are hoping for, and enjoy the journey!

A homeschooler for over 14 years, Sue Brage is known as "The Homeschool Encourager." She speaks and writes to hundreds of homeschoolers and currently writes a weekly email devotional called Weekly Word.  She is also a full-time writer for an international ministry in the Denver area. To receive your free e- devotional, or for more information about her ministry, please visit her website, www.homeschool-encourager.com.