|Laura V. Hilton|
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9“I’m afraid of this year!” I cried to my husband when he asked me how I’m doing. “My “baby boy” is leaving for the Coast Guard, my oldest son has been making bad decisions and I’m afraid of where this year will find him, my oldest daughter will be leaving to start her higher education, and my middle daughter is finishing up middle school and starting high school. And…”
“Read Joshua 1,” he says.
“Read Joshua 1.”
“But I’m afraid that—”
“Is that your answer to everything?” There’s probably more than a hint of annoyance in my voice.
“Yes. Joshua 1.”
I have the phone on speaker, so I can do something else while I’m talking to him and my oldest son is being a dear and scrubbing the kitchen floor without my asking.
Then I bump my full cup of iced coffee. It goes everywhere! What a mess. “Ugh, my coffee! It’s everywhere! I’m afraid of this year. It’s getting bad already!”
I yank my chair out of the giant coffee puddle, my son grabs towels, and my husband says, “If that’s the worst thing that happens to you this year, we’re in good shape.”
I said, “But what if it’s not! They say that how the New Year begins is how it goes.”
My son looks up from mopping my spill. “What’s Joshua 1?”
“A chapter in the Bible. He wants me to read it.”
My husband says, “I’ll let you go so I can get back to work, and you can read. Joshua 1.”
“Yes, dear.” So I load the washing machine and start it while my son finishes mopping the sticky mess left from the coffee spill. Then I sit to type. I have this blog post due, you see, and I don’t know what to say. What to write.
This time it’s that still small voice in my head.
Oh. I guess I need to read that first.
So, I do. And then there are those verses. These:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.
Be strong and courageous.
Don’t be afraid.
Don’t be discouraged.
The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Whatever challenges this year brings.
Whatever blessings this year brings.
Whatever changes this year brings.
Wherever I go.
Are you facing challenges this year? Let’s claim Joshua 1 together.
Lord, help me to be strong and courageous. Help me not to be afraid or discouraged. Please help me to remember that you will be with me wherever I go. Amen.
|About the Author|
Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as a three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard, and The Bird House in September 2015. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer.
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visit her blogs: http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/ & http://lauravhilton.blogspot.com/
The Bird House
|The Bird House|
by Laura V. Hilton