As I stated yesterday “a crisis is a pivotal moment in our life that calls for some kind of response” and when dealing with a crisis you have to be honest with yourself and acknowledge that something crucial is happening. Being honest about the crisis enables a greater awareness and that allows for you to use the full capacities of your resources.
I also believe that in addressing a crisis one needs a sense of expectancy along with courage. You have to choose to be expectant about managing the crisis. A sense of expectancy is not rendering false optimism. A sense of expectancy like hope empowers action.  Expectancy provides a way to see the possibilities and keeps your direction out in front of you. Expectancy is a major contributor in dealing with pivotal moments even if you don’t know what the resolution may be. Even if you cannot see a resolution and it feels like you’re going around and around in circles, expect a way out.  Then there is courage. Being courageous in the midst of a crisis spurs one into helpful action.  Being courageous will strengthen you. The embodiment of courage opens your ears to hear better and your eyes to see better and your mind to think clearer.  No matter how complicated the crisis may be, we believe that God desires you to draw on your very best to faithfully manage your way through valley.

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 31:6
 “Be strong and courageous; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.”

Reflection Questions:
How is hope essential in your everyday life?
How do you embody courage?
What are other helpful actions in dealing with a crisis?

Prayer:
Holy God, keep me strong and spur me into faithful action.  In those pivotal moments that have the possibility of harm, let me not be afraid and fill me with enough courage to be a helpful and heathy presence. Amen.

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