“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Joshua 1:9 (KJV)
Hi, there! I’m Alyssa. Homeschooler, planner addict, amateur theologian, devourer of cheese, and diaper-changer extraordinaire. I also have an awful lot to say about the beauty and madness going on in the world today.
A Good Courage started as a blog about my life which never launched because a) my life is hectic due to all the hats I wear, and b) my life isn’t all that interesting most of the time.
Instead, it wasn’t until a dear sister in Christ (and far better writer than I am) got me into writing that I started taking it seriously. Thanks to her, I pour out my thoughts here on the day’s news and issues from my perspective as a not-quite-Reformed Christian woman, mother, and wife.
A word on my Background and Biases:
Hey, guess what? I’m human! That means I had a beginning, I was born, I come from a certain background and culture, and some of the secondary and tertiary (read: non-gospel) things you’ll see me talk about are shaped by my experiences and biases.
Politically, I am a Christian libertarian, leaning toward anarchocaptialism, but before I became a Christian I was flirting with socialism. I describe myself as a “bleeding heart libertarian,” an identity I feel fits comfortably within the command to the Christian to “do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly” with God. This means that, while I believe the maximum amount of liberty and independence is ideal for the individuals in any society, my heart breaks (often with much empathy) for the poor and otherwise needy. I feel that the church and every able individual should—without compulsion by force—generously support those in need.
Theologically, I am a former anti-theist, which is basically an atheist who hates the religious as much as she hates God. My life as a Christian began in Oneness Pentecostalism, meandered into an ex-Calvary Chapel, fringey Ruckman/Andersonite house church scene, progressed into a more modern Charismatic persuasion (with heavy old school Pentecostal influences) until I became a Calvinist and then a Baptist around 2016. I am now a member in good standing at a Southern Baptist church—they tolerate me!
A Good Courage represents just my little space in the community of Christian women online. You will not find “you are enough” fluff here, you will not find that your identity is in your motherhood or your role as a wife, but I hope you also won’t find demands of conformity or any rabid manifestos where I kick people out of the Kingdom of God over secondary and tertiary doctrines. It’s my prayer that the Lord would use my ramblings to reach and minister to you.
Thank you for visiting!
Soli Deo Gloria
(Glory to God Alone)