To give Light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. Luke 1:79 NKJV
I felt myself slipping into depression. Sadness moved into my heart and positioned itself to stay. Grieving for my Country, her people and our future is overwhelming for a someone who likes to fix things.
In quiet time, I heard my Friend say to me,
“Peering too long into the darkness causes you to lose your Light.”
This truth pulled me back from the edge of the pit saving my spirit, and bringing hope back into my soul.
I pray these verses brighten your day as we walk in the His Light together.
“To give Light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. To guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:79 NKJV
“Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed…upon them a Light has shined.” Isaiah 9:1-2 NKJV
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I AM the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the Light of life.” John 8:12 NKJV
Strong and Courageous – 31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles
Day Twenty-eight – Jokneam in Carmel – Possessed by the people
“…the king of Jokneam in Carmel, one.” Joshua 12:22 NKJV
Jokneam – possessed by the people and the people lament.
“Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD … and they put dust on their heads.
And Joshua said, “Alas, Lord God, why…?”
Jokneam the enemy of the heart. The enemy of doubt when situations do not go as I planned causing me to lament before God asking the question of “Why?”
Knowing he and his people were facing defeat, Joshuaboldly asked the LORD, “Then what will You do for Your great name?”
I believe the Lord knew Joshua would struggle daily with his emotions, and the concerns he had for his people. Here in the place of Jokneam, Joshua feeling defeated, lamented asking the questioning of “Why?
In God’s tender mercy, Scripture is very generous to share with us an encouraging word to consider a new view at the place of Jokneam and lament not only for Joshua but for us.
Jokneam name means lament, but by adding “Carmel” the name of the location of where Jokneam is position is significant. Jokneam in Carmel – Carmel means fruitful, a plentiful place, a field.
Encouraging me to see, when I am in the places and seasons of lament and don’t understand “why”, God’s promises are still true, and He is faithful. He doesn’t leave me in the place or possession of the place of lament. In His Grace I am in Carmel.
In the plentiful land, the field of rest prepared for me … He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters…He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3 NKJV
Answering Joshua’s question of “Why?”. “For His name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3 NKJV
“He restores my soul…for His name’s sake.” Psalm 23 NKJV
“Now the LORD said to Joshua, ‘Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed…arise, go up…see, I have given into your hand the king…his people, his city, and his land.” Joshua 8:1
“So Joshua arose…” Joshua 8:3 NKJV
Thank you for sharing your time with me as we journey the last few days of the Joshua Journals. May your soul be refreshed in God’s promises and faithfulness today and forevermore.
Strong and Courageous – 31 Days of Victory Through Joshua’s Battles
Day Seventeen – Tappuah – Apple
“…the king of Tappuah, one.” Joshua 12:17 NKJV
What possible enemy can be at a place called Tappuah or Apple?
The Hebrew word “apple” refers to a sweet fragrance, as from a tree, or the center of an eye – the pupil.
Tappuah is from the Hebrew wordnaphach. One of the meanings of Tappuah is to “give up” and to “lose hope in life”.
Simply put, Tappuahis theenemy of hope.
I wonder if Joshua every felt the daily battle was too much, and some days he felt hopeless wanting to give up? All energy gone fighting the enemy of Tappauh.
“He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness;
He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.” Deuteronomy 32:10 NKJV
I can’t help thinking, as Joshua and the people traveled, they must have been encouraged seeing fruit trees, and “…the pomegranates and figs” in the land. The sweet fragrancein the air been must have refreshing andgave them hope to continue their journey.
I can now see the way to victory! When I find myself in the place of giving up with no hope, breathe deeply, refocus, and see as God sees me, as the apple of His eye! His sweet fragrance refreshes and renews my hope!
Thank You Father for seeing me.
Keeping me safe in Your hand.
For when I lose my focus, I’m an easy target of man.
Extend Your sweet fragrance upon me in the middle of my fight.
For I know Your eye is evertowards Hope,
And You make all things right.
May you always remember how God sees you, as theapple of His eye!
“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings.”Psalm 17:8 NKJV
(Isn’t He the sweetest! David’s Psalm Seventeen is right in step with Joshua’s Day Seventeen. Lord, thank You for keeping us in the center of Your Love today!)
Photo capturing almond trees in their first bloom of the season. I can remember seeing the petals floating through the air, and hearing our guide explain, those who see the first blossom of the year receive an extra blessing. We were like maidens in bridal procession enjoying the favor of the center of His eye. A hillside in Sephoris, a town located an eye’s distance from Nazareth, Israel 2011
“Don’t lose sight of the vision.
For with God there is no revision.
Only mercy and grace
In life’s empty place.
For His plan is a walk
And not a hopeless race.”
“Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary…
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might
He increases strength..
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:28-31 NKJV
Poem by denisebalog 2018
Photo capture by denisebalog 2017
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” Isaiah 61:3 NKJV
Eighteen years after fire
Consuming the Tac Barn, temporarily storing our lifetime of family memories, my family and I began to reclaim the overgrown horse pen.
Working side by side, we bonded with the land and appreciation for the opportunity to do so.
Never realizing we were moving in a new path of restoration.
Through no will or action on our own, a friend asked if we would be interested in a little building she used as a small office. Yes, we were interested, but with a son heading to college, purchasing was not in the plans.
Grace, pure Grace. No purchase required.
Completely gifted, and in God’s beauty of Restoration, it fit PERFECTLY on the fire marred cement slap where the original Tac barn once stood.
Did God have a plan for this new building?
While we were cleaning up and marvelingin what was happening before our eyes, a “Vision” was beginning to be birth in my heart.
Tomorrow’s post – Work and Purpose – Vision Direction – 3 of 3