February 23

9”Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

Yesterday, if you are keeping up with the reading plans (and I pray you are), we broke through the Torah and read the first four chapters of Joshua.  From the first paragraphs, this book drips with motivational quotes and moves away from the Mosaic laws and into the celebration of how great the God of Israel is.  If this is the furthest you have ever read in the Bible, it just gets better and better from here.  The Book of Joshua is a triumphant tale of this son of Nun leading God’s chosen people into the promised land, where the nation of Israel stands today.

Yesterday marked another sad milestone in the rampage of COVID-19 as America saw the total lives lost reach 500,000. n This puts this outbreak at the minimal range of lives lost in the Spanish Flu, which, of course, was a global pandemic that swept the globe exactly 100 years ago.  Despite this staggering number, I continue to urge you to keep your focus on Jesus and God, who as the verses remind us above, will be with us wherever we go.

I have some good stuff to share with you today, from our latest recap to an amazing word from our local church, to my favorite song released this past Friday.  I hope 2021 is blessing you beyond measure.  It is for our family.  As we stay focused on God and devoting all of our free time to studying the Word and serving everywhere we can, we continue to be blessed over and over again.  Please pray for those in need and for COVID to finally halt it’s deadly spread.  God Bless you all.  

Reading plan:  Mark 14:1-42

Deeper reading plan:  Joshua 5-7

Prayer and meditation:  continue to pray for all the families who have lost loved ones to COVID and pray for those currently sick from the deadly disease.

Fitness challenge:  Sprints!  Half-mile warm up jog, then four sprints at a distance around 100 meters at 75-85% max speed.  (Oh, just give it your all, it’s only 4 sprints).  ½ mile cool down.

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