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It’s Spring Break!  I have been so excited for this day for the past two weeks; not because we are going anywhere, but because I really do like having the kids at home! Oh, and not having a 6:3oam alarm for the next week is pretty nice too!  My kids are finally past that stage where they wake up before the break of dawn everyday (Thank you Jesus), so I am looking forward to a nice week at home….with a little extra sleep!

It’s Friday, so that means I get to write for She Shares Truth!  I have really loved digging into the scripture this way and reading what everyone else is learning too!  I have been so encouraged through this She Reads Truth challenge. I am little bummed there is only one more week!

  The passage of scripture this week was Joshua 1:8-9; you can read it by clicking here.

Moses has just died and Joshua has just been given the task of leading the Isrealites into the promised land.  The place they had been trying to get to for the past 40 years!  Joshua has to fill the shoes of Moses; the man who God called friend!  Talk about overwhelming!  However, even before Joshua has a chance to express his fear, before he even has the chance to get overwhelmed, the Lord is already speaking encouragement into his life!  God knew Joshua!  The Lord knew exactly what Joshua needed.

God’s goodness cannot be measured.  It’s his stability in unsure times that keeps us.  Meditating on His word brings calm. He instructs Joshua to meditate on his word day and night.  He tells Joshua that when he does this he will have peace and success no matter the opposition he may face; even from among his own people.  He promises to be with him wherever he goes, whatever he does, and however long it takes to get there.  3

This promise applies to us too!  How encouraging is that?!  The Lord knows us in the same way He knew Joshua.  We only need to meditate on His word.  His Word is always enough.

Jesus is enough!

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This seems to have been such a LONG week…..I am kinda glad it’s over and the weekend will be here shortly!  Not that the weekend makes anything that happened this week less important but it just feels like hopefully the air will be a little lighter that’s all!

It is also She Shares Truth Friday!  I am not sure how many of you are participating in the Jonah study from She Reads Truth but it has been really amazing; the thought that the Lord wanted Jonah so badly that he pursued him across an ocean is incredible.  When you add in that he was being a stubborn and flat-out running in the opposite direction of his call it makes the story drip with God’s grace and mercy!  And not just for the Ninevites, but for Jonah, and ultimately for you and me.

I read the first two chapters of Jonah (you can read them here if you would like) and was honestly shocked at how fast and far Jonah ran away.  He heard his call from the Lord and immediately boarded a ship that would take him basically across His known world in the opposite direction of where God had called him.  Then, as if that wasn’t enough, he decides to go take a nap in the bottom of the ship while a storm rages above him.  It’s almost like he was trying to get as far away from God as possible; like he was saying “Go ahead, and try to find me here!”

And God found him, and took him even deeper; to the bottom of the ocean in the belly of a huge fish!  Can you imagine? Not only was Jonah’s faith completely outdone by the heathen crew (when they heard he was a Hebrew, they showed so much more fear and respect for the living God than Jonah did), but it took being in the belly of a fish to prove to Jonah that God will NEVER fail!

I wonder how differently we would live our lives if we truly believed that He never fails?  If we could step back and look at the mountains in our lives and keep climbing knowing that with God we will not fall!  We may not be able to see what the plan is exactly (Jonah thought he was gonna bring the judgement of God down a sinful city) but trusting His heart can make it easier to walk His way.

And Jonah’s salvation came through the Lord alone.  In the belly of that giant fish at the bottom of the ocean Jonah called out to God and He heard.  In that moment Jonah realized His God would never fail!  It didn’t matter how far he tried to run, or where he tried to hide;  GOD NEVER FAILS! And His grace will chase us to the depths of the earth if that’s where we run!

Another great song from Hillsong United;  God is Able

Have a great weekend!