Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Sometimes when we can’t be courageous out of faith, we can still be courageous out of obedience.  The next time you face fear and the urge to back away from what is right, speak to it as you would a tempter and say, “My Lord has commanded me to be strong and of good courage.  Buzz off in the name of Jesus Christ.  I have things I need to get done.”  God will be with you.


Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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