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In the cool barn at the regional fair in Maine, I was standing near a group of little girls, who were watching the young boys mutton riding event, through the mesh fence. Two of the girls, cousins, were waiting for their turn in the girls 7-8 year old category. Julia was practically jumping up and down, ready to repeat her ride of last year. This time she wanted to win. “Because you get money,” she informed me, her 8 year old grin beaming.

Beside her was Carrie, her cousin, whose anticipation was mixed with anxiousness. Her previous experience was less pleasant.

Giggling and biting fingernails, these two cousins were clustered with two other girls that they were related to, but were not eligible to ride. The closer the time came for the girl contest, the more excited Julia became, and conversely, the more nervous Carrie grew.

“Carrie, you will do great!” Julia kept eagerly encouraging her cousin. Carrie would sparkle, then grip her chin with her fingers. Finally, Julia’s ten year old sister gathered the two contestants together with a little cousin and herself, and huddled them together in prayer. Heads all together, these small children prayed for God to give them courage and protection. I was totally awed by that scene.

So, how did it turn out? Both cousins did well. Neither won, but they looked happy and triumphant in their blue participant tees. The whole scene reminded me of the two Courage coffee mugs back at home. So, what did I do when I got home? I pulled out those two coffee mugs to read them, in the light of the little “sheep bustin” girls faith.

Mug One Mug Two
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice At the end of the day, saying, I will\try again tomorrow.
Mary Anne Radmacher
Be strong and courageous.Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He Will never leave you nor forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6

I tell you – these mugs have just been illustrated by the courage of these little girls who were just about to leap upon bucking running sheep, and prayed to the Lord for protection and courage. What inspiration!