Love Notes from Abby- Joshua 1:9 and the Combo Platter


One thing that you can count on when you are following Jesus with your whole heart is that you are going to run into struggles.

You can count on that He is going to use different things that you're studying and different things that you're praying for, and you're going to learn lessons in in a really new way.

So this week we've been talking all about Joshua 1:9 and having courage and not being discouraged, and about how worry can just rob us of our joy.

And it's unnecessary because God wants to be the source of our strength. He wants to be the source of our confidence.

Oh goodness gracious. The test has come this week for me.

Last week it was all about forgiveness and this week it's about worry and being discouraged, and if I did not get the Combo platter this week.

I still own the home that I lived with in my family (Rick, Macy, and Caleb), and I've been renting it out for the past several years.

I just found out yesterday that the renter has moved out and left the house in disarray. (That's a nice way of putting it… From what I understand.)

The home is in Texas, and I now live in Nashville.

But my first response when I heard about the state of affairs in the home, I was angry. I was so mad. I thought, how could this happen to the home that we lived in .and and all the things, right?

And it was in that moment that I realized this is exactly what God was trying to teach me last week.

As I was reading the verses and sharing different examples and stories with you, in all honesty, I think God was preparing me for what I was going to need… to forgive again.

And I'm going to tell you, my first response was I was mad.

I immediately had to take it to the Lord and ask Him to help me forgive. Because in addition to it being hurtful on just an emotional and a personal level, then there is the actual cost of the repairs.

It's a modest ranch home. It's certainly not fancy, but there's just a lot of repairs that have to go into it.

Immediately my stomach just sank, and I thought, oh my goodness, I don't have a renter, and now I've got to come up with a large sum of money. How in the world is this gonna work?

So when I say I got the Combo Platter, I was not kidding.

It was immediately there was someone I needed to forgive. And on top of all that, it was the worry of how am I going to make this work? (God was very clearly showing me I couldn’t, but He could.)

And was whenever I took it to the Lord and really prayed, God in his faithfulness sent my brother to be His hands and feet.

My brothers stepped in and has come up with a plan where we will make the repairs, it will all work out, everything is going to be fine.

And I was reminded once again that worry serves no purpose other than to make your stomach hurt.

And so if you, as you have begun listening to love notes and you've really been pondering God's word and you've really been working to be obedient and to take things to Him, rest assured your Combo Platter is probably coming too.

But I hope that you will find just like I did, that God is faithful. He provides, He is trustworthy.

I will also add that even if my situation hadn't worked out as quickly as it did, and it did work out very, very quickly, that even if I couldn't see the way, He is still trustworthy, He is still faithful, and He still provides even when we can't see it.

And that in our own strength we are pretty worthless.

Tomorrow I hope you will join me again. We are going to dive pretty deep into Joshua 1:9.

I hope that you've been meditating on Joshua 1:9 this week. I'll let you think about it one more day.

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

Feel free to email me your thoughts on Joshua 1:9 what the Lord is revealing to you, or you can put it in the comments below this note so that I can know what's going on in your walk and and in your growth and just how faithful and good God is.

So that's a wrap. Now go take on your day.


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