The Confident Woman Devotional – Be Courageous (pt. 14)


Be Courageous

Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was the unknown seamstress who started the modern American Civil Rights Movement. On December 1, 1955, in the city of Montgomery, Alabama, she refused to move to the back of the bus after a white man got on board and wanted to sit in a front seat. Rosa’s mother believed “you should take advantage of the opportunities, no matter how few they were.” Rosa said that her lifelong acquaintance with fear made her determined and gave her the courage to appeal her conviction during the bus boycott that followed her arrest and conviction. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregation on buses was unconstitutional. Parks was the first woman to receive the Martin Luther King Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize.

Rosa refused to live in fear; she was determined to have what was rightfully hers, and her determination sparked government reform for all.

From Rosa’s life, we see that if one person is courageous enough to step out and attempt to do something about a problem, other people with the same desire will also come forward.


Lord, help me to always have the courage to not allow others to take what is rightfully mine. Help me to confront what is wrong with the truth of Your Word. Amen.

Scripture: Numbers 27:1-4

1 Zelophehad was from the Manasseh tribe, and he had five daughters, whose names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.

2 One day his daughters went to the sacred tent, where they met with Moses, Eleazar, and some other leaders of Israel, as well as a large crowd of Israelites. The young women said:

3 You know that our father died in the desert. But it was for something he did wrong, not for joining with Korah in rebelling against the Lord. Our father left no sons

4 to carry on his family name. But why should his name die out for that reason? Give us some land like the rest of his relatives in our clan, so our father’s name can live on.

Here’s what I have to say —

I believe that courage is something we all want. Deep down inside, we all want to live without any fear, any inhibitions. But too many times, we let the words of others distract us and then the fearless suddenly become the fearful. It’s a serious problem and a cycle that must be broken. We have to overcome fear in all aspects — we can no longer let it stop us. It’s not easy, but it’s also not impossible.

Courtesy of Joyce Meyer Ministries & YouVersion Bible app

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