Have I mentioned how much I'm loving my study on Joshua? Well, I do. I just love the stories of the old testament. They read like an amazing movie script and the main character is GOD! He is so facinating. In the first five chapters of Joshua He selects a new leader of the Israelites(Joshua), promises Joshua His guarenteed success, reminds Joshua of His history, uses a prostitute who shows great faith, leads His people THROUGH the parted Jordan river on the dry land, calls His people to make a memorial to Him on the land and on the bottom of a river....why? 4:21-24 "When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, 'What are these stones?' then you shall inform your children, saying, 'Israel crossed this Jordan on dry ground.' "For the Lord you God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the Lord your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed; that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, and so that you may fear the Lord your God forever." In chapter 5 all the men are circumcised and go through recovery in enemy territory, but the enemies have heard of God and so they are too afraid to attack them. Oh, and lastly, the captain of the host of the Lord pays Joshua a visit and says,'take off your shoes, this is holy ground'. Ya think???? Seriously, isn't that exciting stuff? And that's only the first 5 chapters!
I love the idea of telling our kids what God has done. Remembering and reciting the wondrous works He has done on our behalf. RIGHT NOW, TODAY! The God of Israel is my God today. He has not changed and has not stopped performing miracles! How many of you have a story of how God "parted the waters" for you? How He "held back the waves" for you? So many of my God stories have to do with our adoptions, but there are certainly others. One time about 2 years ago Matthew and I were coming around one of the bad curves that are out near our home at 10pm and we literally stopped in the road to watch the Disney fireworks. We had NEVER stopped in the road to do this before. Just moments after we stopped, when we should have been going around the bad curve, a huge truck came around the curve on our side of the road. We would have been hit head on. It was God that protected us. I can't explain it, but I know that is the case. It humbles me again to think about it. God is at work. Tell your kids the stories. Write them down. Blog for goodness sake :) Just tell the stories of His faithfulness over and over again, "that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty AND so that you may fear(reverence) the Lord your God forever". I love God stories. Why don't you share one with me in the comments? Much love and hoping you have LOTS of stories to tell, Jackie Sue