Monday, April 28, 2008

*i'm in the lord's army, yes sir!*

(did anyone else sing that song?)

Man, oh man.
I can feel the lessons flooding in...

Today I read in Deuteronomy how the priests should give a "battle cry" before the people charge into fighting. And during this cry they should tell the people who have things left "undone" they can go back home and satisfy those "promises" (like houses being built, engagements, etc.) but my favorite one is the "way out" for people who lack courage.

Deuteronomy 20:8 says "Is there any man who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go back to his house, lest he make the heart of his fellows melt like his own."

This struck me as interesting. Not only does God give a way out for those who lack courage BUT He does it so that their faint hearts won't discourage the others.

Oh man! I don't want to be "sent home". :D I want to find with God's strength the courage to face all the unknown "battles" before me. I don't want to be such a fainthearted girl in life, that I am excused from fighting. I am not worthy to stand next to the many men and women who fight alongside me and have fought before me... but I sure do want to try.

With all that said, I think I'm going to have an "attitude"/"courage" check.

The fourth grader girl with all guts, spunk, gumption and courage to take on life still lies within. :)

1 comment:

Katie said...

Joanna, I want to share something with you that I hope will encourage you. I remember how excited I was to have my old friend back when you moved to C.L. You made my moving away much easier when you came! I believe that you have a beautiful spirit and enough 'gumption' for at least a few people! And wherever God leads you in the next stage of your life, I am sure he will surround you with love and open arms, and you will bless others with your open arms, overflowing of God's love, and don't forget that spunk!
I'm praying for you!
How blessed you are to have a whole world full of people who love you and are praying for you!