This morning I went on to read the rest I the book of Joshua and was encouraged with a picture for the future. Then ye shall let your children know, sayinig, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. Joshua 2:22. We too have made it over, we did not sink, though at times it seemed as I would, and still at moments I feel like I have to take a deep breath, but we are on dry ground now. Now as Joshua stood at the edge on "holy ground" and the future was before him, I feel like I am sort of in his shoes, looking to the future and the ground that I stand on is "holy" because it was his path that we go through and the ground that he will lead us on in the future will be "holy"ground too, because he is holy, his ways are holy and wise. The children no longer ate the manna but they hada new diet, the fruit of the land was before them, so I look to partake of the "new" diet that the Lord will feed my heart since coming over this Jordan. Before Joshua was scores of battles, but also a host of victories, so I am going to not be decieved to think that what lies ahead will be easy, but with the Lord fighting before us we too can gain victories. Now I want to be on guard for the trouble that they had at Ai with sin in the camp and make restitution with the Lord when he so convicts. This book to me is a picture of deliverance, battles, victories, generations to come, recieving blessings, families, and inheritances. I read a verse in 14:19,Who answered give me a blessing; for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs and the nether springs. I am going to make that a prayer to the Lord!! As I thought of the Lord's plan for the future and I have shared this verse before, 21:45, There failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel: all came to pass. In the end, the Lord will have brought all good to pass for my life and our family. When it gets to the end of the book and Joshua is giving out his last counsels to future generations, I too want to exhort our own children to cleave unto the Lord you God as ye have done unto this day. (23:8) One other verse that stood out was 24:13, I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat. Now if the our children carry out truth and principles to their own familie that they have learned from Terry and I, it is only by God's grace and I will be so grateful to see them go forth in them. I guess I was thinking of this verse in light of how important it would be to teach our children the truth of scripture and it may be that they can eat of the fruit that they did not neccessarily labour for, Terry and I by God's grace did that in a sort of way by giving them a foundation. For example, as they seek to apply children are a blessing into their homes, they will not have to go to battle, or build, they have already embraced that will enjoy the fruits of others labours. Other examples would be the truths we have sought to teach them about debt, modesty, doctrines of scripture, they will enjoy the "taste" and reap the benefits from those labours. I am not giving Terry and I credit, its all the Lord's doings in their hearts, but just desiring the future generations to come to be able to eat of the labours of those that were before them. Now of course the opposite can happen if we as parents do not plant, build and labour for those that will come after us!! And then the closing thought of Joshua was in verse 24:28, So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance. Well, there will be a day they leave our nest, but they will be staring their own inheritances with children, and Terry and I will be blessed as they raise future generations for his glory and they will partake of labours that God gave us the privelege and honor to instill in their parents. So you see, the future is about inheritances, Terry and I will inherit, our children will and so on. I too thought about Joel on this verse, he has already recieved his inheritance and we will always reap benefits from his little life, he was number 11, a blessing!! The future....O, Lord as I stand and gaze to the future, do your will, it will be best, and what a joy to think of future generations from our own children.
Rodeo time tonight!!!! This time we will not only be on-lookers, but some want to participate. Hosanna "thinks" she wants to ride a sheep, we'll see when we get there!! The Guys are in Stillwater at a class with Stay Tuff fencing. When they complete it, our business name will be listed on their web page. So just another avenue for provision!
Good news on the computer end, the Lord has provided through my folks and with David, (the make-it-happen man/with God's help) and his connection with Dell through his business, we are getting a Desk top to replace our lap top, which David is going to pull apart and search the inside and scan the parts, which possibly can be fixed but Terry will just use that for business if it is fixable! So again, the Lord steps in, speedily and meets a need. Its exciting when he answers our prayers, but its exciting too that he hears our prayers even if they are delayed from our perspective.
Thanks for all the white jean ideas, I'll check them out. And Leslie in Wisconsin, could you e-mail again with you question because we lost all our addresses!!
Have a great weekend!!!!