I've just finished reading the book of Joshua. There is a lot of good stuff in there! If you have never read it or if its been awhile, I enourage you to read it again and while you are reading look for special messages God has in it just for you!
I've gotten a lot of it in the last few days. One message God has sent to me through Joshua's story is that one person, not only, can make a difference--but DOES make a difference.
I went to church alone again this Sunday. My daughter woke up with a migraine, my son was purely exhausted from playing football all day on Saturday. (He is on the All-Star Team--Yeah!). So, I left my husband in bed to be with them.. I have to admit, I seriously thought about just "skipping" church and watching one of the services on TV but I just knew God wanted me to get to my church! Praise the Lord that I made it! It was a wonderful service and I was richly blessed by it.
When I got home, I had a lot on my mind. My house/home is under "attack" right now. Satan is at work in multiple ways. I am trying so hard to be who God wants me to be. EAch day I am attempting to surrender and I pray that any parts of me that I have not totally given over to God that I will be able to identify those and surrender them. Boy, have I shed a lot of tears lately! Tears are welling up in my eyes now. Tears stream down my face through every church service I've attended in the last couple of months--and I am not really sure why! Just cleansing, I guess.
When I got home I was feeling a little "pity party" and a little burdened. AFter I had lunch, I walked down to the pond behind our house. The leaves were beautiful--across the pond is the most gorgeous burgundy-leaved tree. It stands taller than the others and just looks strong and healthy--confident in its splendor. The wind was blowing gently--a cool breeze but not too cold. The sky was that blue that is so blue it is hard to believe it is real. It was quiet. I could only hear the frogs and crickets and an ocassional bird. In the distance you could hear kids playing in their yards. It was very peaceful.
As I stood and looked out across the pond, a watched a fish jump up and grab a bug for lunch! He created a ripple that spread gently and slowly all the way across the pond. The ripple started out strong and gradually it expanded and got a little weaker until it just faded away---but not until it reached WAY out there--almost to the very end of the pond.
God spoke to me then and He said-- "Brandi, it is the ripple effect". I immediately remember several scriptures from Joshua and how the "ripple effect" was a part of it.
God used Rahab, a prostitute, to hide His men so that they could spy on Jericho. Her belief and obedience had a ripple effect. She helped Joshua and his men and ultimately they were able to take over Jericho because of the great risk she took in hiding them. Also, as a result of her helping them and being obedient to God, the Bible says that she and her family were saved. The bible says her mother, father, brothers and all of her family were brought into her "house" and there lives were spared!
Isn't it amazing that God chose to use a prostitute to carry out His plan? Yet her obedience and the fight she put up for her family had far reaching effects! A ripple effect!
It is so very easy to get discouraged and tired and weary. It really is easier just to give up, but that behaviour has a ripple effect too!
And are you now turning away from the Lord? If you rebel against the Lord today, tomorrow he will be angry with the whole community of Israel. Joshua 22:18
For me that verse jumped out! It said that if we give up on God or "shrink back" to our old ways, our old reactions or our old worries our "Israel" is impacted! People are always watching us. God has a very intricate plan in place. That one person you were supposed to encourage may have the opportunity to encourage 10 others, but if you failed to do your piece, then maybe they cannot do theirs and now 11 people are left feeling like all hope is lost. One person DOES make a difference. Because that one person is like the fish in my pond, he or she causes a ripple effect each and every time he/she moves or reacts or doesn't move or react!
Be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you...to love the Lord your God, to walk in all of His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and soul. Joshua 22:5
God is counting on us. Our family and friends are counting on us. Our homes depend on us. Let
our "ripple effect" be one that God will be pleased with!
Keep the prayers coming for me!
About: I am a married, working mother with 2 children a daughter age 17 and a son age 14. I have a passion for writing and feel led to work with pre-teen girls. I blog mostly about my spiritual journey as I seek God's perfect will for my life.Back to Blog | Add to Buddy List
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