“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 ESV)
Criticism challenges it -- adventure arouses it -- danger incites it -- threats quicken it. COURAGE -- another word for inner strength, presence of mind against odds, determination to hang in there, to venture, to persevere, to withstand hardship.
-- Charles Swindoll in Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life