01/15/18

Walls.

“Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”

So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” And he ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord.”

When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the Lord went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the Lord’s covenant followed them. The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guardfollowed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding. 10 But Joshua had commanded the army, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!”11 So he had the ark of the Lord carried around the city, circling it once. Then the army returned to camp and spent the night there.

12 Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13 The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the Lord and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets kept sounding. 14 So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.

15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! 17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the Lord…” (Joshua 6: 1-17) 

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I am really good at identifying the walls in my life.

The walls that deter me. Discourage me.

Walls that sometimes prevent me from taking a step out and taking a risk. Cause me to remain guarded.

Walls that slow me down. Challenge me personally and grow me in my faith.

He uses those walls for all sorts of reasons- to remind you of all His promises. How he uses these walls, these challenges, these deterrents, as forces for good; and not to harm you.

They will be used in the up building of His kingdom and for the creation of something beautiful.

The Israelites were facing a very real, very present, very BIG walls of Jericho, and the likelihood of scaling these walls were bleak. Their perspective was very negative and it seemed impossible, but God’s perspective was all together different- He saw Jericho already delivered to His people. His promise was real and lasting. However, Joshua and all the Lord’s people had to walk in faith through a 7 day process in order to follow in His promise and experience a God-sized miracle in action.

They gave one last big shout, and God brought the walls down! All of them. Just like that. Just as He said.

His promise was fulfilled. Because they remained faithful and steadfast.

When we remove our eyes from His promises, all we can see are big, hairy, scary walls in front of us. and all the obstacles that will prevent us from scaling them. What we forget is that the walls will come down when HE IS READY.

Our job is simple. Remain in obedience.

Keep marching. Keep a heart and a spirit of worship. Keep following Him and reminding ourselves daily of His truths. Choose to trust.

Believe that He WILL cause your walls to fall down. In His time, and in His own way.

xoxo…

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01/08/18

2018 Resolutions

Resolute.

It’s to be admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering. It’s a quest; a journey.

And 2018, will be no different.

So, here are my 2018 Resolutions…

  1. To start each and every morning in His Word and in prayer.
  2. Cook at home more. Not so much eating out or take-out.
  3. Learn to use an Instant Pot.
  4. Re-read all 7 books of the Harry Potter series.
  5. Re-read all 7 books of the Chronicles of Narnia series.
  6. Read Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth. (this book is massive!)
  7. Visit 3 new states in the US.
  8. Plant a container garden on my back patio. Maybe even some fresh herbs!
  9. Finish my guest room. {Home ownership is such a process.}
  10. Save more money. Put a percentage of each check immediately into savings.
  11. Read 42 books this year. Cover to cover. No “did not finish.”
  12. Learn how to hand-letter.
  13. Blog (on average) at least 2 times per week, the whole year through.
  14. Get more regular therapeutic massages for overall spine and lymphatic health.
  15. Be more committed to my adrenal and thyroid health.
  16. Exercise more frequently, and establish a buddy system to stay accountable.
  17. Return to Walt Disney World.
  18. Take more pictures of every day life. Instagram is just the highlight reel.
  19. Become more comfortable in front of groups and improve in overall facilitation & presentation skills.
  20. Be a better housekeeper. Not my strongest suit.
  21. Journal more. At least once per week.
  22. Re-cover the chair/rocker in the living room.
  23. Join a Bible study or Precept study. Make time to study God’s Word with women who love the Lord. Be mentored, and be a mentor.
  24. Call or write to friends and family more frequently. Keep in close touch. They are what makes life worth living!
  25. Wear hats more often. I love hats, and think of them too infrequently.
  26. Be spontaneous and take advantage of mini-weekend adventures. Go & do!
  27. Hike Kennesaw Mountain.
  28. Take a tour of Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theater. So much to learn in my own home city!
  29. Host people in my home once per month= 12 times a year! Dinner, game night, to watch a movie or Netflix, to discuss a book, to bake, etc. Just invite them over and open the doors.
  30. Go to Canada with my family.

So, there you have it! Big dreams, big wishes, and a big heart ready to hold it all.

What are some of your 2018 Resolutions?!? Tell me… I’d love to hear them!

xoxo…

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