"20 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was a valiant man of Kabzeel, a doer of great deeds. He struck down two ariels of Moab. He also went down and struck down a lion in a pit on a day when snow had fallen. 21 And he struck down an Egyptian, a handsome man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand, but Benaiah went down to him with a staff and snatched the spear out of the Egyptian's hand and killed him with his own spear. 22 These things did Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and won a name beside the three mighty men. 23 He was renowned among the thirty, but he did not attain to the three. And David set him over his bodyguard." 2 Samuel 23:20-23
"A king's wrath is like the growling of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass."
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a Mighty One who will save, He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will exult over you with loud singing.
Hebrews 12:1-3 & 29 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 29-For our God is a consuming fire.
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." Helen Keller
"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however." Richard Bach
1 Tim. 1:7 ~ For God have not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
Isaiah 41:10 ~ So do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
2 Timothy 4:17 ~ But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 ~We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time." - Abraham Lincoln