Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bread for the Journey

". . . then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
Joshua 24:15

I recently finished reading through the Old Testament books of Kings, giving a chronological order of the kings of Judah and Israel and a bit of their life. One thing that stood out when I read these chapters is how time after time it says something like, " Jehoahaz, son of Ahaziah king of Israel, became king (and) he did evil in the sight of the Lord." Sometimes it refers to "evil just like his father had done".  Once in a while, a king such as Joash is listed of whom it says, " He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord."
These thoughts have reminded me how each generation chooses the way they will go for themselves. God has given us all a free choice in this. King Josiah was eight years old when he became king and had no upbringing in the Law, However, he made a bold move to get rid of idol worship and renew God's covenant with the people.

My prayer is that, as grandparents and parents, we will choose to serve the Lord and never give up praying for the generations to follow.  Unlike the people in Old Testament times, we have the Bible to show us the result of disobedience and rebellion. We stand on this side of the cross, God's story of forgiveness and we have the Holy Spirit to guide us. Let us take our stand with Joshua to serve the Lord.


  1. So vital to be salt and light, especially within our own walls first! Thank you for your ministry from the heart of the home!

  2. I love that verse from Joshua. We studied that part of the Bible too in December and I was (amongst other things) reminded of God's patience and forgiveness.
    Thank you for commenting on my church blog,
    Have a good week,

  3. I also love this verse from Joshua. I'm happy you put it on here this day, my birthday. Thank you for your Bread of the Journeys!

  4. This quote of Joshua hangs in my dining room. That is what life is all about, serving the Lord, doing what is right in HIS eyes. I found your blog today. I just moved home to WI, and I used to live in VA. What made me less homesick while I lived there, were the Mennonite owned dairy stores and bakeries. YES, Mennonite Girls Can Cook!!!