12 Inspirational Quotes of Strength and Courage by Reverend Billy Graham.

It was a normal Sunday afternoon and I was sitting in our little homeschool room planning my son’s first week of first grade.

Inpirational Quotes of Strength by Billy Graham

Within a matter of minutes, the sky turned from cloudy to black.  A North Carolina summer storm was upon us.

Being a New Yorker, I am not quite used to these quickly coming and going storms. They are beautiful to look at from the warmth of my home, but you don’t want to get caught in one. In a minute, you'd be soaked to the skin. Some last a while, others come and go fairly quickly.

As I watched the rain start to pour and the trees began to do their storm dance - swaying violently back and forth. In that moment, I thought that storms in life are sometimes like these North Carolina storms.

These “life storms” often hit you quickly. A doctor’s report, a teacher’s meeting bringing up concerns for your child, a diagnosis, a personal or spiritual battle . . . they come quick and appear out of nowhere.

I watched this storm from our school room window. The leaves turned inside out. The branches were practically bent over from the power of the wind and rain. But, as you looked down the trunk of the tree, the movement became less and less violent.

As women, we often face unbelievable situations and we often hear, “You are just so strong.” When those words hit you, if you are anything like me, you say to yourself, “If they only knew.”

We face the world every day with a smile and a heart to please, when in reality, our insides and our hearts are doing their storm dance, swaying violently back and forth. Our branches are bent over by the power of the wind and rain. We don’t feel strong. We feel week. We feel like we are about to break.

To survive these storms, we need a strong root system.

Colossians 2:6-7 says, “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

During these storms, our roots must grow into Him. They must be watered daily with the water of the word. (John 4:10-14) If we are to survive life’s storms, we must be planted in Him and watered through the Scriptures.

I’ve been studying the life and work of Reverend Billy Graham. His words bring clarity and the simplicity of the Gospel.

* I hope that these quotes by Reverend Billy Graham will inspire you to stay strong and courageous in and out of life’s storms.

* I hope that these words inspire you to dig deeper into the well of living water - the word of God.

* I hope that these quotes give you the strength to face each day with a calm assurance that this storm will pass and you will find rest.


Guilt. Condemnation. Shame. STOP! Stop beating yourself up. We are under God's grace. We are forgiven. Live Strong knowing that you are under His wings of mercy and just do the best you can.

Guilt. Condemnation. Shame. STOP! Stop beating yourself up. We are under God's grace. We are forgiven. Live Strong knowing that you are under His wings of mercy and just do the best you can.

When you feel down and out. When the storm is turning your heart inside out and upside down . . . open The Word. It is God's Love Letter to you and He will write HIs words on your heart to turn it back to where it should be.

When you feel down and out. When the storm is turning your heart inside out and upside down . . . open The Word. It is God's Love Letter to you and He will write HIs words on your heart to turn it back to where it should be.

It is in life's valleys that you are being cultivated. It is in life's valleys that you are becoming fruit-bearing. It is in life's valleys that you are becoming strong and courageous so that when you get to the mountain top again, you can rest.

It is in life's valleys that you are being cultivated. It is in life's valleys that you are becoming fruit-bearing. It is in life's valleys that you are becoming strong and courageous so that when you get to the mountain top again, you can rest.

If you want your roots to grow down deep in Christ, you must be watered daily in His Word. Make time. Even if it is just fifteen minutes a day. Make the time to be watered and strengthened.

If you want your roots to grow down deep in Christ, you must be watered daily in His Word. Make time. Even if it is just fifteen minutes a day. Make the time to be watered and strengthened.

"No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up," Psalm 91:10-12

"No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up," Psalm 91:10-12

Sometimes, during our darkest storms. we think our closest and dearest will stand with us. In some cases, they don't. I think of Jesus in those moments, alone on the cross, and all of His friends, except John, abandoned Him. In our grief, we may not have a friend to hold our hand. We may not have "our person" to turn to. It isn't because they are bad or wrong or don't care, it is because they cannot go where you are going. Jesus' friends could not go with Him to the cross. They couldn't handle it. He had to go alone. But our good news is that we do not have to go through our storms alone. Jesus is there in our grief, in our sadness, and in our storms to hold our hand. He is our strength. He is our comfort and He is the friend that sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)

Sometimes, during our darkest storms. we think our closest and dearest will stand with us. In some cases, they don't. I think of Jesus in those moments, alone on the cross, and all of His friends, except John, abandoned Him.

In our grief, we may not have a friend to hold our hand. We may not have "our person" to turn to. It isn't because they are bad or wrong or don't care, it is because they cannot go where you are going. Jesus' friends could not go with Him to the cross. They couldn't handle it. He had to go alone.

But our good news is that we do not have to go through our storms alone. Jesus is there in our grief, in our sadness, and in our storms to hold our hand. He is our strength. He is our comfort and He is the friend that sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)

The storm you are going through is wiping away all of the old in order to make room for the new . Something better is on the way. "I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born.” (Isaiah 66:9)

The storm you are going through is wiping away all of the old in order to make room for the new . Something better is on the way. "I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born.” (Isaiah 66:9)

Don't you wish you can wave a magic wand and POOF be like Christ? It would be so easy. But being a Christian means that you are becoming more and more like Christ every day. Each day He is cutting away everything that isn't Him so that we can grow into His image. It isn't an over-night process. It is a life-process and He gives us the strength to go through it.

Don't you wish you can wave a magic wand and POOF be like Christ? It would be so easy. But being a Christian means that you are becoming more and more like Christ every day. Each day He is cutting away everything that isn't Him so that we can grow into His image.

It isn't an over-night process. It is a life-process and He gives us the strength to go through it.

Do you think that God is far off? Do you think that He doesn't care? We seem to think that God doesn't see or care about what we are going through. "He has bigger things to worry about." Take a minute and think about that situation/relationship/storm that weighs heavy on your mind - the one that you can't stop thinking about - the one that keeps you up late at night . . . God cares about it more than you do and He is ever interceding before the Father on your behalf. . .  about the very thing that you can't stop thinking about. Let it go and give it to God. (Hebrews 7:25)

Do you think that God is far off? Do you think that He doesn't care? We seem to think that God doesn't see or care about what we are going through. "He has bigger things to worry about."

Take a minute and think about that situation/relationship/storm that weighs heavy on your mind - the one that you can't stop thinking about - the one that keeps you up late at night . . . God cares about it more than you do and He is ever interceding before the Father on your behalf. . .  about the very thing that you can't stop thinking about. Let it go and give it to God. (Hebrews 7:25)

True Joy comes from having the Spirit of Christ dwelling richly inside of you. "The Fruit of the Spirit is . . .  JOY". (Galatians 5:22) So when various tribulations come, it is that Joy that is unmovable and unshakable and it is that joy that gives you your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

True Joy comes from having the Spirit of Christ dwelling richly inside of you. "The Fruit of the Spirit is . . .  JOY". (Galatians 5:22) So when various tribulations come, it is that Joy that is unmovable and unshakable and it is that joy that gives you your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

"Therefore do not worry . . . For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:25-34

"Therefore do not worry . . . For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:25-34

Wherever you may be reading this - whatever stage of life - you may not feel ALRIGHT. You may feel that you are breaking under the pressure of the circumstance you are in. But know this . . . even if you aren't ALRIGHT . . . in the end it will be ALL RIGHT. God knows. God sees. God hears. And God is making things ALL RIGHT. Romans 8:28

Wherever you may be reading this - whatever stage of life - you may not feel ALRIGHT. You may feel that you are breaking under the pressure of the circumstance you are in.

But know this . . . even if you aren't ALRIGHT . . . in the end it will be ALL RIGHT. God knows. God sees. God hears. And God is making things ALL RIGHT. Romans 8:28


I pray that these quotes by the wonderful Billy Graham inspire you to be strong and courageous as you walk through life holding HIS hand.

This month in our OPEN MY EYES Scripture Writing we are studying STRENGTH and COURAGE. Join myself and an amazing group of women, children, families, and friends as we study God's word in a fresh new way and continue on a path to becoming Strong and Courageous this month!

 

Keep Flying Erika Michelle