A friend read my blog about Mumsy and gave me a link to this video. Wow! I had to post it. Wow! Thank you, Janet!
Now Joshua was old and advanced in years,
I couldn’t help but think of my dad today! He talked about never settling for where you were spiritually because there is much land to possess. I saw him learning of God and growing right up to his final days. That’s what I want to do!
What a great encouragement! I can’t rest where I am spiritually. I need to be sensitive to God’s spirit working in my heart. I need to say “no” to sin and “yes” to God. I need to take in the word, respond in obedience and draw near to God. Now is not the time to rest, but to press on in possessing what God has for me!
Besides this you know the time,
It’s been 17 months today since Mumsy died. I’m writing so that I remember and don’t forget all the way my Savior leads me.
To say I miss Mumsy is an understatement. Through most of my life I was closer to my dad, but caring for mom gave me an attachment to her greater than I have had with anyone. She was my best friend and then in some unexpected way became my baby. That’s the only way I can think to describe it.
I knew I would grieve, but these past months have been much harder than I expected. And I still have a way to go. I’m learning to wait on God’s timing and not hurry the process.
The grief has been overwhelming at times.
I have had so many tears.
But then there is the nearness of God.
There have been unexpected turns because my nerves were shattered. The first month after mom died, I was able get away for a little recover time and a friend took me out for dinner. When I got out of the car I had to concentrate on my feet, unable to walk and talk at the same time. What an insecure feeling! A few months ago, I was a riding with Craig in the car and thought of someone I needed to ask a question. I was actually able to ride in the car and make the call at the same time. Such a simple act that I had been unable to do until then. Both Craig and I rejoiced that God brought me another step forward.
I had to learn how to be with people again. I felt lost. I didn’t know how to act. I needed support and encouragement and understanding more than at any time in my life. My emotions were bonkers. God took away the very people I thought would be there for me and gave me support in unexpected ways. I realized just now that I used the word “unexpected” here a few times because this is all different than I thought it would be. God has brought me back to being able to teach again and enjoy people. In the word of Mumsy, “Wonderful!” I’m resting in the God who has planned my life and its gloriously unfolding even when I have no idea what's ahead.
Take a rest from the fight
If I could choose to do it all over again, I would! Caring for Mumsy was the best ministry I have enjoyed in my life. I am thankful that I could lay down my life for her.
Today grief and rejoicing are all mixed up together. I am so thankful for the woman God gave me as my mother.
I’m thinking about…
her artistry in life.
her hospitable spirit.
her love for my dad.
her love for me.
her love for the people of God.
the many, many things she taught me.
Mostly, I’m thinking about this sweet woman who on her death bed was praising the Lord. Whose life verse was "I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth." Psalm 34:1. I wish I could hold her hand again and tell her how much I love her. She would say, “Nancy, I don’t deserve a daughter like you,” (she said that all the time) and I would say “Mumsy, I don’t deserve a mother like you.” And we’d have a little love fest.
I'm so glad I recorded Mumsy praising the Lord. This makes me smile. What a woman!
Joshua 10 describes the longest day of battles ever in history. God made the sun stand still until Israel accomplished victories! Now that was a long day. It’s such a mixture of God accomplishing the victory and Israel fighting and fighting and fighting! I thought about how exhausted they had to be! I was exhausted just reading it. God said they would win. God worked miracles on their behalf so they would win. The victory was the Lord’s, but they had a part in it.
And the LORD confounded them before Israel, and He slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and pursued them by the way of the ascent of Beth-horon and struck them as far as Azekah and Makkedah. As they fled from before Israel, while they were at the descent of Beth-horon, the LORD threw large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died; there were more who died from the hailstones than those whom the sons of Israel killed with the sword. Joshua 10:9, 10
I like what Matthew Henry says:
But why needed Joshua to put himself and his men so much to the stretch? Had not God promised him that without fail He would deliver the enemies into his hand? It is true He had; but God's promises are intended, not to slacken and supersede, but to quicken and encourage our endeavors.
I love that last line. “God's promises are intended, not to slacken and supersede, but to quicken and encourage our endeavors.” That encourages me today to not slacken, but quicken my endeavors for Him. He will win. I need to fight today. And that reminded me of a song.
Am I a soldier of the cross,
So the men of Israel took some of their provisions,
I can think of a few times in my life I had a really good idea. It seemed so obvious and good that I didn’t have to ask for wisdom from the Lord. It was obvious and good. What a mistake!
Today the warning is, ask counsel of the Lord!
Don’t rely on your own understanding!
What seems obvious and good may be the easy way and bad.
Thanks, Lord. I needed that. That’s why I read my Bible every day!
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
Israel took only the cattle and the spoil of that city as plunder for themselves,
Sometimes a verse jumps out at me in reading. This did today. Remember Achan of the previous chapter? He took spoil in a battle that God said not to take the spoil. He died. This very next battle God tells Israel to take the spoil. If only Achan had waited. He could have had the spoil and had his life too.
Patience is the word for the day. We live in an instant gratification world. I want it and I want it NOW. Wouldn’t it be better to wait for God to give it to you and give it in His timing?
If you are waiting on God today, don’t give up! Keep waiting!
I would have despaired
Today I thought about the seriousness of sin. And a hard heart.
Joshua 7 opens with the word “BUT”. The Israelites just had a huge victory. Huge!
BUT one man sinned.
What’s the big deal? When they went to conquer the next city, there was only defeat. Why?
One man’s sin affected the whole camp of Israel.
Sin affects way more than you. Yes, it does affect you! It also affects your family, your neighbors, your country.
Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth upon their loss and blamed God for their defeat.
So the LORD said to Joshua,
God told Israel the process to discover the sinner. Through the long process Achan never says anything. He had to know he’d be discovered. Why didn’t he confess and plead for mercy? Maybe God would have had some kind of mercy. But no. Silence until he was discovered.
Sin hardens people. What a hard heart!
Of course he confessed, he was caught. But there was no remorse, or repentance.
He saw, he coveted, he took, he hid, he died.
Sin has to be dealt with. It’s no joke to God.
This is a very sobering account. Today I need to take sin seriously. If God says “no” to my attitude or my behavior I need to agree with God and repent. That is, turn away from my sin. I need a soft heart. A heart that responds quickly. A heart that mourns over sin. My sin.
I need to encourage others to do the same.
But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Jesus died because of my sin and for my sin. God has mercy on me. Hallelujah.
I can live another day for his glory. I can repent.
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
Now Joshua rose early in the morning,
I like to think about the conquest of Jericho. Everyday the Israelites obeyed God and marched around the city subjecting themselves to whatever mockery came from the city. I imagine the mockery increased daily. (That’s just my imagination.) “There they are again. Ha ha ha ha! Do they think they’ll scare us by walking around our city! LOL.”
The Israelites probably received their instructions each day, so their obedience was daily, not once for all. Everyday they would have to decide to trust God again. Everyday they had to decide to obey. Everyday it may have gotten harder. But then came the victory.
Isn’t that the way God deals with His children? We are required to do our “daily march” with little or no knowledge of tomorrow. Except we know the end of the story. Why don’t we live for the final chapter rather than for today? That really encouraged me! I hope it does you too!
Living for Jesus, a life that is true,
I love Joshua!
He said to the sons of Israel,
How were the children to know the ways of God?
How were the peoples of the earth to know?
They were to be taught by the parents.
God gave the parents visuals aids. Here there were stones in the river and stories of God going before. The adults were to be thinking and talking and teaching about God’s ways.
This so excited me today. God has given us in America many peoples of the earth to teach about Jesus. We have lots of visual aids all around us.
I have a group of kids I’m teaching a song called “We believe.” My favorite part yesterday was teaching them what “For the power of God, has torn the veil” meant. God gives so many visual aids in life. Do you think about and talk about what He's done in history? What He's doing today? Teach the children. Teach the peoples of the earth. We have a short time. Jesus is coming.
The power of God has torn the veil!
We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
And He's given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back again!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!