Joshua 24:15
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

We all face many important questions every day but the first question that we must answer is who are we really going to serve? Who is it that comes to mind first when you have to make a decision; do you ask what will make you happy or your wife or children happy or do you seek God? We live in a world where it seems as though the first thought of the day is; “what will make me feel better?”

Anything that comes before God in your life is a god in your life! Your priorities when you are faced with decisions speak volumes about your relationship with God.

Who do you serve in your marriage? Who do you serve at work? Do you serve at all in your church or your community? How do you view and treat the poor? Who do you love the very most? Is the answer to any of those questions for your life God or are you or your spouse, your children or someone else at the top of your list? How much of a role does God really play in your life, heart and mind?

It is your choice today and everyday whom you will serve? Will God be your priority or will you leave Him on the shelf for a day you need Him to rescue you?

In this day that we live in we need God to be our reason for everything we do! We need God to be our focus so our attitudes, behaviors and reason for living is all wrapped up in Him. He wants to guide us on to bigger and better things but He can’t do that if your ways are cluttered with your own “stuff”. Clear your paths of all of your agendas today and allow Him to be your focus and your guide, ‘as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’

“Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.” Norman Vincent Peale

Joshua 21:44-45
And the Lord gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the Lord had given all their enemies into their hands. Not one word of all the good promises that the lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.

Did you just need some encouragement this morning that God hasn’t forgotten you and all that you believe He has promised? I did! There are times that we all get to the point when we feel as though “life” has surrounded us on every side and we aren’t sure which way is up any more, that is when we need to dig in and just continue to do what we know to be right.

God hasn’t forgotten all that He has promised to do for us and He is still working on our behalf. Don’t lose hope, hang onto your faith with all you have. Faith is dead if you are not believing anymore that God is going to do what He has said.

Psalm 43:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.” Keep your hope in God and take the time to praise Him today knowing that He will deliver you and He will keep His promises! Reach out and hold onto Him today, don’t let go and expect His promises to come to pass!

These verses in Joshua came after most of the battles for the Promised land, they still had a few more enemies to face but they knew that God had already won those battles for them too before they even faced them and that is the attitude we need to have. God has won all of your battles that you are willing to give to Him. He wants to give you rest on every side but you need to continue to do right until He takes you home. We still need to keep our focus on Him and doing all that we are supposed to be doing, not on what hasn’t happened yet! Even though God told the Israelites that He would go before them and He would win their battles they still had to dress for war and do their part!

Maybe this morning you are like me and you are trying to find the energy to pull yourself up and begin again. It is time; Dig deep and pull yourself up, do not focus on yourself but on the task that God is setting before you! Draw strength from Him and His promises. Look for promises in His word today that you feel you need for your situation and begin praying those promises to God and claiming them as if the reality of them are already in your life! Believe Him and go boldly before His throne to make your petitions and then you will have all the confidence you need to move ahead one day at a time. Bind Satan over your thoughts and do not allow Him to discourage you by telling you lies! Today is the first day of the rest of your life so make it a good one! God has your back and He has a plan, He isn’t going to let you down now! The best is truly yet to come – keep your focus on Him!

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” Mac Anderson

Joshua 13:1
Now Joshua was old and advanced in years, and the Lord said to him, “You are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to possess.”

You know you are old when God tells you that you are old! Wow! I’m not sure as a woman how I would have quite handled that.

I have a wonderful sister that we have always given a hard time because she always hated getting older even when she was young. She ended up teaching Kindergarten for years and of course if there’s a child on earth that will make age comments about or to their teacher it would be a 5 or 6 year old. One day she showed her class a picture of her shaking hands with President Reagan before he was President and one little boy went home and told his mom, “today Mrs Aenis showed us a picture of her shaking hands with George Washington!” Of course his mom thought it was hysterical so she called her to say, “just how old are you?”

My point with this verse is this; your age has nothing to do with what you are called to do! You aren’t too young and you are never too old either, to do what God is calling you to do! Notice that after he commented on Joshua being old He told him that there was still a lot to do. God recognized that Joshua may not be able to fight the way He did when he was younger so God was going to drive people out of the land and He was giving Joshua his orders for what he still needed to do.

Take a look around and stop making excuses for not serving God in some way. If you are here on earth God has a purpose for your life and no matter what you do in life you can serve Him with your attitudes and behaviors. Do you work in a way that shows you are a child of God or do you just go in and do what is expected. Sometimes we expect our service to be something that just involves the church but our service for Him is in all we do whether it is at work, home or in the church. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to serve God today for any reason, start today and ask Him to show you what can do to better serve Him with your life.

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life….. we can never help another without helping ourselves.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Joshua 6:17
And the city and all that is within it shall be devoted to the Lord for destruction. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent.

Let’s face it ladies, we often have a tendency to prejudge “at times”. I am guessing more often than not and you men aren’t much better but you tend to do it less with other men than women do with women. A sad and rather harsh fact is that we as women do it because other women make us feel insecure just by their presence. How is it that we can look at someone else or hear about someone else and think to ourselves, “I don’t like her!” We don’t even know why, but we don’t! How sad and wrong is that?

When we prejudge others we are shutting down the opportunity for God to use them in our lives! Rahab was a prostitute and was probably looked down on by every person in Jericho. She was probably behind the whispers on the street, perhaps justly so, but she was still used by God. I have found that if I am prejudging another person I usually need to stop and ask myself why I feel so threatened by them and is it a legitimate threat or something I perceive to be a threat either by her success or maybe her looks, house, position ~ what is it? Having learned how wonderful God’s sense of humor is, I am learning that I could end up working very close with that person if I continue to hold on to my pre-judgmental attitude! God made her and He made her the way He did for His purpose! Stop it! Stop being threatened by His creations and realize that He did the same with you! What’s really awkward is when you find yourself in a situation where you were both judging the other without ever having spoken a word to each other! Wait, what?

You never know who God may bring into your life that He wants to use in your life to further His purpose for both of you. He may be bringing that person into your life for you to be a witness or help to them to help them reach the next level, but don’t be so proud that you miss out if she is there to help you! Everyone of you just cringed didn’t you ~ I know I did. None of us has “arrived” yet! We need the help of others to get us to where God wants us to be! Stop judging! Start looking for how that person may be someone that God may bless you with! Yes, bless you, often while we are cringing at the thought of anyone having any good to offer because we have already made up our minds about them, we are missing out on the blessing they could be in our lives! You never know what that person may have lived through and learned from that will be a huge help and blessing to you! God loves you and He brings people into your life for a reason ~ don’t miss out on it because you feel threatened or too full of pride to see it! Remember what Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent!”

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.” Charles Dickens

As I am sure you have noticed we did not hit our goal for our fundraiser for the book.  We all know though that God has a plan and I am sure there is a way and it is a huge burden on my heart!  Will you please pray with me that God will raise up either the money or a publisher to take this project on!  You all are awesome!  Thank you in advance for the prayers!

God Bless,