COURAGE - OCTOBER 1st/2nd

DAY 1

Read Hebrews 13:5-6

This month is all about courage! Courage is being brave enough to do what you should do, even when you’re afraid. Now that’s super easy to say, but it’s really hard to do. Because if we’re honest, there are definitely some things we’re afraid of. Maybe you’re too big to be afraid of silly things like monsters under the bed or the dark. Okay, maybe you’re still afraid of the dark! In the space below, write down three examples of something you are afraid of (Don’t worry, you don’t have to show anyone else your answers!)

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Take a look at this verse. Who will NEVER leave you or desert you? God! And who is God? The most powerful, most loving, most awesome God EVER! He is on your side. Always. So the next time you start to lose your courage and you’re afraid, you can put your trust in God. He is on your side.

THANK God for always being with you to give you the courage you need whenever you’re afraid.

DAY 2

Read 1 Peter 3:13-14 DAY 2

Courage isn’t easy. What if you fail? Like when you step up to bat at your coach pitch game or head to the mat at your gymnastics meet. What if you can’t hit the ball? What if you fall off the balance beam?

It’s hard to have courage when you don’t know what will happen. But the important thing to remember is alone. And He is bigger and more powerful than anything you might face.

Grab a piece of paper. Draw a picture of a time when you had the courage to stand up and do the right thing. What happened?

THANK God to remind you that He is with you so you can have courage.

DAY 3

Read Psalm 31:24

Can you remember when you learned to tie your shoe? Did you get frustrated when you fi rst started learning? You probably tie your shoes without thinking about it now, but at one point, you had to learn how to make those bunny ears and run that lace through the hole. And it may have been pretty frustrating. Maybe you just wanted to quit and wear Velcro on your shoes forever.

When it comes to courage, it’s a lot like learning to tie your shoes. You can’t give up. You keep trying. You mess up. You try again. And eventually, it becomes easy. Having courage even if you’re afraid, takes practice. Think about this verse. Be strong. Put your hope in God and never, ever, ever give up.

Find a permanent marker. Write the words “Never give up” on the inside of one of your shoes. Every time you put your shoes on this week, read those words and ask God to give you the courage to stand strong even when you don’t know what will happen next!

LOOK for opportunities to “never give up” when it comes to showing courage this week.

DAY 4

Read Deuteronomy 31:8

Sometimes doing the right thing is scary. Maybe you’re afraid you’ll get in trouble by telling the truth or maybe you’re afraid you’ll miss out on something fun because you say “no” to something that isn’t a wise choice. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy but it’s still the RIGHT thing. And God has promised that when you choose to show courage, He is with you. God goes before you—which means He already knows what’s ahead. So you can do what you should even when you don’t know what will happen next, because God is on your side.

This is a GREAT verse to memorize! Grab some masking tape. Write the words of the verse on separate pieces of tape. Tape them in verse order to a smooth nonstick surface (like your kitchen or bathroom counter). Say the verse aloud by reading the pieces of tape. Then pull off two pieces (words) and repeat. Continue pulling off two words each time and repeating the verse until you can say it from memory.

KNOW that God goes before you and will give you all the courage you need!

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