I got to share this with Dana and I hope it bless you even more than it blessed me!
Going Around JERICHO
When I have a problem in my life, it can look as big as Jericho. The wall may look formidable, defying the prayers and petitions of many. In my waking moments I find myself going around and around my dilemma. It's easy to be so dominated by the challenge you face that you just keep going--around and around--obsessed with it. GOD told Joshua to go around Jericho once every day(6:3). Then he was to return to camp and attend to other things. This helped me. I learned to discipline myself to go around my particular Jericho only once! True there was an appropriate time for Joshua and his men to circumnavigate the city seven times(6:4-15), and there is an appropriate time for me/you to spend special effort in focused prayer about our difficulty. But I learned to wait for GOD to direct me into such a time. Joshua had company going around Jericho--the whole army! It's good to march with others. There's strength in the fellowship of believers who have the same focus and goals and who lend comfort and encouragement to each other. The priest carried the Ark of the Lord containing the two tablets of stone with the Ten Commandments inscribed by the finger of God(6:6). The Ark of the Lord represented the presence of Yahweh with his people and his word that must be obeyed. Each day as I GO around my own Jericho, sometimes in the morning; sometimes in the evening, I TAKE "the Ark" with me, reminding myself of God's presence and his word--a presence and word that had the power to pull down strongholds. The walls WILL crumble one day, and it will all be over. God will get the glory, and the hard marches in the heat of the day will be forgotten in the sweet taste of victory. Until that great day when our particular Jericho falls. God grants us the perseverance and the endurance to go "once around Jericho" with our God and fellow travelers in the faith--believing that however high the walls, fortified the gates, or strong the enemy. Ha! it's only a matter of time!!! THANK YOU LORD, GOD ALMIGHTY
You are always a blessing to me. I felt a need to share it with our readers so that this may be an encouraging moment for them. Their are wonderful people as yourself that is close and dear to me. It is a blessing to let the world know that we press through life together as a believing force in our Heavenly Father. I love you and I will walk the walk with you for we all have a Jericho experience in our lives. Love you my Sister In Christ