“What God says is best, indeed is best, though all men in the world are against it. Seeing, then, that God prefers his religion; seeing God prefers a tender conscience; seeing they that make themselves fools for the kingdom of heaven are wisest; and that the poor man that loveth Christ is richer than the greatest man in the world that hates him: Shame, depart, thou art an enemy to my salvation.”
― John Bunyan
My trust in a higher power that wants me to survive and have love in my life,
is what keeps me moving forward.
(swan at Ross Castle /County Kerry, Killarney, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)
On the cusp of a brand new year—be not afraid.
Go forward, being bold in your faith.
Pray for the faithful around the word who are persecuted.
Be the voice that stands up for those who have been silenced.
Gird yourself with the armor of God.
Be prepared to take, as well as make, a stand for righteousness and goodness.
Do not be swayed by the lies of this world.
You are God’s representative, as well as His ambassador, to an ailing world.
And be not afraid….
“I plead with you–never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire,
and never become discouraged.
Be not afraid.”
― John Paul II