“Fortitude is mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, affliction, danger, or temptation courageously.”

Dearest Reader, 

This week our Pastor delivered a convicting message on “Life God’s Way Or Life My Way.” 

I’ve lived and learned, learned, and lived this message too many times to count. As Believers, it’s an ongoing tension. However, as much as his message convicted me, one word grabbed my attention.

“Fortitude” 

Fortitude is a mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, affliction, danger, or temptation courageously.

To begin with, life, regular ole life, requires courage. Likewise, when we’re facing difficulties, we need more. Coupled with fortitude is courage. My Sweet Mama calls this grit. Incidentally, my Granny would’ve just said, “Hitch up your britches, girl.” 

I call this gritty faith. Gritty faith musters determination when it feels too hard to go on. Like Habakkuk, it’s embracing God in the unholy hard.

What sustains this kind of faith? 

Faith rests in the character of God. And, we find the nature of God in the Word of God. Steadfast, enduring faith relies on who God is. Nothing else.

In other words, without God, our courage will waver. The winds and waves of life will toss us around.

In her book, Suffering Is Never for Nothing, Elizabeth Elliot describes faith this way:

“Now faith, like love, is not a feeling. We need to get that absolutely clear. Faith is not a feeling. Faith is a willed, obedient action.” 

So then Granny was right when she told us to hitch up our britches!

Faith builds resilience, endurance, in your unholy hard. Gritty faith sustains us when suffering lingers.

Hoping in God’s Word, relying on His steadfast love, builds endurance in our desolate places.

Courage grows when we lean on God rather than our strength.

“Who is that coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved?” Song of Solomon 8:5

Precious One, are you relying on God in your unholy hard? Are you leaning heavily on His Word?

What sustains you in your wilderness?

In the past three months, I’ve needed more grit than ever before. I’m desperately leaning on God in my desolate places. I’m praying you are as well.

Lastly, I am here to encourage you, equip you, and guide you as you redefine your wilderness.

Your Wilderness Guide,

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“There is no space to live well or love well, much less pursue the God who created us to be in fellowship with Him. We close the gap between what we need and what we want with more. Our spinning lives and broken hearts are empty while appearing full. We paste a smile on our face and tell anyone who asks we are okay while inside we are shattering a million different ways.” -Mornings In The Word