After a certain amount of living, we know some of our most vulnerable spots: places that are still hurting and old scars that can unexpectedly zing with pain.
Several years ago, I had an extended bout of “walking pneumonia.” I coughed so hard that I broke a rib! Long after my lungs had cleared, the rib was still “speaking”to me. It took over two years before it was fully healed and stopped aching.
When I am about to encounter people and situations that I know may be difficult emotionally, or may probe a tender spot in my psyche, I cross my arms over my chest and pray first to be open-hearted. Secondly, I pray, “Lord, protect my heart.”
The word courage comes from the Latin cor, which means “heart.” When we ask God to be our shield, we will be given the courage we need for whatever is ours to do.
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