Monday, April 4, 2011

C is for Courage

C is for courage

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Before my mastectomy, my oldest daughter had members from our church write words of love/support on individual quilt squares. Kalina than assembled the squares, making me a “love quilt.” On one of the squares, my dear friend J. (who is also a breast cancer survivor) wrote one word: Courage.

I have done many things in my life that took courage…but walking into the chemo room took every ounce of courage I had in me. Chemotherapy and I were not friends. It didn’t like me and boy, did it let me know. I would start to feel better from one treatment just in time for the next…I still cringe thinking about it.

Courage means different things to different people. Here are just a few things that courage means to me.

Courage is:
  • to say no
  • to say yes
  • to be authentic
  • to reach out to others
  • to face rejection
  • to admit you are wrong
  • to say I am sorry
  • to say I love you
  • to ask for forgiveness
  • to show that I care
  • to speak the truth
  • to follow my dreams
  • to listen to God plans
  • to live a life of no regrets

Q. What does courage mean to you?



Mary Aalgaard said...

That's one of my favorite verses. Courage is turning and facing your fears. Courage is standing up to a bully. Courage is taking that next step.

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Some days, courage is waking up in the morning, getting out of bed, and facing the day with a smile. :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post and I love the idea of that quilt - what a wonderful gift to receive.

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

Jennifer Shirk said...

What a great post. Courage means all those things to me as well.
My f-i-l went thru chemo too and he said the same thing about it.