Be Strong and Very Couragous

Be Strong and Very Couragous



“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9


“I’m afraid of this year!” I cried to my husband when he asked me how I’m doing. “My “baby boy” is leaving for the Coast Guard, my oldest son has been making bad decisions and I’m afraid of where this year will find him, my oldest daughter will be leaving to start her higher education, and my middle daughter is finishing up middle school and starting high school. And…”

“Read Joshua 1,” he says.


“Read Joshua 1.”

“But I’m afraid that—”

“Joshua 1.”

“Is that your answer to everything?” There’s probably more than a hint of annoyance in my voice.

“Yes. Joshua 1.”

I have the phone on speaker, so I can do something else while I’m talking to him and my oldest son is being a dear and scrubbing the kitchen floor without my asking.

Then I bump my full cup of iced coffee. It goes everywhere! What a mess. “Ugh, my coffee! It’s everywhere! I’m afraid of this year. It’s getting bad already!”


I yank my chair out of the giant coffee puddle, my son grabs towels, and my husband says, “If that’s the worst thing that happens to you this year, we’re in good shape.”

I said, “But what if it’s not! They say that how the New Year begins is how it goes.”

“Joshua 1.”


My son looks up from mopping my spill. “What’s Joshua 1?”

“A chapter in the Bible. He wants me to read it.”

My husband says, “I’ll let you go so I can get back to work, and you can read. Joshua 1.”

“Yes, dear.” So I load the washing machine and start it while my son finishes mopping the sticky mess left from the coffee spill. Then I sit to type. I have this blog post due, you see, and I don’t know what to say. What to write.

Joshua 1.

This time it’s that still small voice in my head.

Oh. I guess I need to read that first.

So, I do. And then there are those verses. These:

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.

Be strong and courageous.

Don’t be afraid.

Don’t be discouraged.

The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Whatever challenges this year brings.

Whatever blessings this year brings.

Whatever changes this year brings.

Wherever I go.

Are you facing challenges this year? Let’s claim Joshua 1 together.


Lord, help me to be strong and courageous. Help me not to be afraid or discouraged. Please help me to remember that you will be with me wherever I go.  Amen.


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Laura Hilton About Laura Hilton

Laura Hilton lives and writes in Arkansas, surrounded by her husband and five children. The author of inspirational novels about the Amish, she is also a book reviewer. Find Laura online at: her blog or Facebook page.


  1. Laura,
    Prayers for you and your family. Thank you for sharing. I know from experience how hard it is to let go of my children and trust God. Joshua 1 is a great chapter to claim. I still need it even though my youngest is 31 and we have a passel of grandchildren. Hugs!


  2. Every time I read this particular verse, whether in the Bible or in a quote like this, I can’t help but think of a song/hymn written years ago by Oscar Eliason in 1931, “Got Any Rivers” – do you know it?
    Some of the words go:
    “Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?
    Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through?
    God specializes in things thought impossible,
    And He can do what no other can do.
    Love it! Thanks, Laura, for the reminder.


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