“Have I not commandamp;ed you? Be strong andamp; courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)C
It just happened again.
You see, I am learning to pay attention to “details.” You know, the little things that some folks might call “coincidences.” Somewhere along the way I learned that the first time I see something, it might not “mean” anything to me. If I see it twice – I better start thinking seriously about it. The third time? I know God is trying to get my attention andamp; I’d best listen closely.
Today, I received an email devotional based on the above verse. Now, you need to realize that this is one of my “life” verses. It has accompanied me through many a difficult situation.
Next I went to Biblegateway.com to do my morning Bible reading. The browser I use recognizes the words I am typing in andamp; I simply start to type “bible” andamp; the site comes up. I click on it andamp; off we go.
Today, for some odd reason, it came up with a different page than the one I usually landamp; on. The verse that was right in front of me on the search page was … yep. Joshua 1:9.
I know I have felt discouraged lately; feeling as if I am not doing what God would have me do in this life. I am not even sure what those goals are anymore, as my life path gets narrower. Yet … once again, God is telling me. Commandamp;ing me. Be strong, deni. Hang on to courage. Hang on to me, for I am with you wherever you go.
I realize this is no coincidence. God knows just how discouraged I am right now andamp; sent me the right words at exactly the right time.
Father God, You are so amazing. When we stop andamp; pay attention, when we begin to see all you have for us. Our load lightens just as you said it would. Thank you for the many ways You choose to speak to us. Help us to recognize Your voice, no matter what form it takes.
About the Author:
Deni believes that the only true way to deal with chronic pain andamp; chronic illness is to bring them to the feet of her Lord andamp; Savior. Her multiple illnesses (Celiac Sprue, Atrial Fibrillation, Ankylosing Spondylitis, to name a few) have taught her many things about herself andamp; her Christian walk. It is her fondest prayer that some of her lessons might be helpful to others as they walk the path of chronic illness. deni can be reached at EncouragingWords@me.com. Her website is http://www.pathwaysforchange.com/Encouragement.