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Be of good courage!

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Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!

Psalm 27:14 ESV

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Couch to 5k 2.0: Even the best laid plans…

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Last week I outlined my strategy for getting up off my comfy chair and back into the game.  I am happy to report no progress was made.  You may be inclined to think happy and no progress are conflicting ideas but that’s not the case.  Let me explain.

First, and foremost, I am happy to be on the other side of a bad case of the flu.  It was a week long affair.  Second, I lost 5 pounds in the process.  Aside from a nagging cough and some post-nasal drip I am almost fully recovered.

As the weather continues to warm into the 40s I look forward to spring with enthusiasm.

Joshua 1: Be strong and courageous

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The opening chapter of Joshua is filled with encouragement.  It comes on the heels of the Israelites’ most grievous and devastating loss – the death of Moses.  They were on a roll, under Moses’ command they had already defeated the kings on the east side of the river.  They were ready to cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Land.  All their momentum evaporated like dust in the wind.  For thirty days their grief was evident.

After a period of mourning, it was time to pick up the pieces and finish the journey.  Joshua, tasked with leading millions of Israelites across the Jordan River, receives much needed encouragement from God.

Be strong and courageous… Joshua 1:6

Have you ever been tasked with doing something that looked impossible to accomplish?  Have you ever suffered a devastating loss?  Maybe you find yourself in desperate situation?  God says, be strong and courageous!  But why should you? How is it even possible?

God wants Joshua and his people to courageously follow his teachings.  Joshua can be strong and courageous because the Lord:

  • Will not leave him or forsake him (v5)
  • Will be with him wherever he goes (v9)
  • Will give him rest from his arduous journey (v13)

Be strong and courageous! Follow in Joshua’s footsteps and see what God will do for you.