Sep 13, 2010

The Land of...

So for the past week or so I have been reading through the book of Joshua.  It started out great, an
exciting adventure of trusting in God, following His leading and the conquering of land after land.  This was all great as I have had to wake up real early to get this time in with my God.  Like I said, this was all great until the past three days...for three days now they have been dividing the land.  Chapter after chapter of people and places, most of which I can hardly pronounce and I wonder at why Beth was such a popular name then?  All in all reading this before the sun has even risen has been quite the task.  But I purposed to do it and I want to say that I have read through the entire book of Joshua, not just the 'good' parts.  Though I may not retain any of these names or places, I most certainly will not be able to tell you exactly how many cities the tribe of Reuben received, I will be able to say, "God I said I would read through it all and I have!"  (All by His grace of course...and coffee...)

Though after these past 'difficult' days, wherein I may not have gleaned oodles of spiritual knowledge I have gained discipline.  Discipline seems to be something God is working on in me and by reading through these more 'unadventurous' parts of scripture I can say that I am being disciplined to read through and follow through on all that God has for me.

I am not finished yet, I should be wrapping it up tomorrow, but I was rewarded with my diligence as the last few versus of today's reading left me feeling...disciplined...rewarded by discipline...

So the Lord gave to Israel all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they took possession of it and dwelt in it.
The Lord gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers.  And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand.
Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord has spoken to the house of Israel.  All came to pass.

Joshua 21:43-45

Thanks be to my God for early morning grace, alarm clocks, fresh brewed coffee, gorgeous sunrises and for not a word of His ever failing!



  1. yes you can make our picture into Art. Lara and I would be thrilled.

  2. Our wedding text was from Joshua 1:8. I love that book, especially where Joshua tells the people to 'cling' to the Lord, their God. Love that word. Kind of like what your kids do when they feel really close to you. Like that we need to cling to God. (23:8)


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