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May 20

Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the very specific motivations this morning, and thank you for your never-ending patience and lovingkindness! Truly you are worthy to serve, above and beyond any and every level!! Lord, I ask you to please be with my husband today, let the trouble at work get resolved so he can get the equipment he needs to do his jobs. Please help him get his truck fixed so he can keep working. Give him wisdom and show him what to fix, what the priorities are, and the timing to get it done. Father, please be with my oldest son and help him through this very difficult time. Guide him, and open the right doors for him to walk through. I ask you to work a miracle in his life! Thank you, loving Shepherd! 😀

 
Joshua 1:5-9 ERV

Just as I was with Moses, I will be with you. No one will be able to stop you all your life. I will not abandon you. I will never leave you.
“Joshua, you must be strong and brave! You must lead these people so that they can take their land. I promised their fathers that I would give them this land.
But you must be strong and brave about obeying the commands my servant Moses gave you. If you follow his teachings exactly, you will be successful in everything you do.
Always remember what is written in that book of law. Speak about that book and study it day and night. Then you can be sure to obey what is written there. If you do this, you will be wise and successful in everything you do.
Remember, I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 
I love this rather humorous beginning to the book of Joshua! In just one encouraging pep talk, God tells Joshua THREE TIMES to “be strong and courageous”! He tells him not to be afraid, and twice he reassures him that God will NOT leave him. He tells him twice that all he need do to be successful is to obey — to do things God’s way, to follow Him closely. He doesn’t need big muscles, he doesn’t need more wisdom, he doesn’t even need a good woman or wise men to help him. ALL he needs is to be humble enough to keep his eyes on God and obey. And he is guaranteed success. What an awesome, timeless example to us all! Thank you, Lord, for your patient repetition to your servant Joshua, showing us what a gentle and loving master you are! Please help me to keep my eyes on you and obey you. Help me to be humble enough to choose to do things your way instead of the ways I think they should be done. And please help me to be humble enough to give ALL the glory to you, as you bring about success in my life. Amen!

 

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