Oct. 29 – (Josh. 23) As Joshua’s earthly life draws to a close, he imparts reminders of what will cause success in the lives of Israel.  It is a reminder to hold to God’s ways or be overtaken by “those around them”.  I love this picture of a great leader knowing when his time on earth is almost over and as a loving “father leader” chooses to sit his “family” down and impart Godly wisdom for their lives.  Have you ever sat your family down and done the same (not because your earthly time is near an end!)? How about just telling them how you came to accept Christ as Savior? Selah

                Here in the end of Joshua’s book we see a phrase that was spoken in the very first chapter (also my favorite verses of Joshua). Verse 6 says “Therefore be very strong to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, turning aside from it neither to the right hand nor to the left…” In Josh. 1:5b,6 it says: “I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous.” Then in 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  It is still true today! 

Oct. 30 – (Josh. 24) Chapter 24 is a history lesson of what God had done for His people Israel. I keep hearing God saying: “I gave them into your hand.”  God puts things/people into our personal lives.  He still asks today, “What will do with what I put into your hand?”  SELAH.  

Oct. 31 – (Ps. 146, Pro. 1) We are concluding our series on how to get From Here To There.  It has helped me in this ongoing process! I pray it has done the same for you. 😊 Now as we head into the holiday season, I would like to spend some time being thankful to God for all He is and for all He has done.  As you read each Psalm pray it back to God as a Thanksgiving!   I would also like to add just a little more wisdom for our journey, so I have added a chapter of Proverbs to our thanksgiving. May these holidays truly be a transforming time for you!

                “Praise the Lord!” Let all things praise the Lord!  Let all people praise the Lord! We have so much to be thankful for and to praise His Name forever!  Make a short list of what you are thankful for. Let’s add to it every day. 😊

                “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction (Pro.1:7). What does this word fear really mean?  To be afraid of? NO, it means to utterly respect and know that what the Lord speaks is Truth and to disobey any part of it will result in us showing less (a little or a lot) of God’s image.  

Nov. 1 – (Ps. 134, Pro. 2) “Come Bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord.” (Ps.134:1) Bless the Lord for who He is to you!

                “My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it like as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”(Pro. 2:1-5)  I think this will keep us busy enough today!   

Nov. 2 – (Ps. 135, Pro. 3) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.” (Pro. 3:5-6)

                “Praise the name of the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord, give praise, O servants of the Lord, who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God!” (Ps. 135:1-2). “Your Name, O Lord, endures forever, your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages.” (Ps. 135:13) Let’s list the names of the Lord and thank Him for He is that…and more.  When I do this, I tend to go through the alphabet and think of names for each letter (I was a kindergarten teacher you know! 😊).  

Nov. 3 – (Ps. 128, Pro. 4) “Blessed is everyone who fears the Lod, who walks in His ways! (Ps. 128:1)

Proverbs 4 is titled “A Father’s Wise Instruction”.  Several verses jumped out: 1. “Let your heart hold fast my words: keep My commandments, and live (v.4).  2. Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life (v. 13).  3. Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil.  Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on (v. 14-15). As I read these last verses, I thought it did not apply to me. Then I was reminded that gossip, vain imaginations, assigning motivation, and judging others is just as wicked as any of the “big sins”!  Selah                

Nov. 4 – (Ps. 130, Pro. 5) “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word, I hope… (Ps. 130:5)

                Discipline is the focus of Proverbs 5. Discipline to be pure in physical relationships.  With media as it is today, that includes what our eyes see and what our ears hear.  Need I say more? Selah