Healthy environment, cheerful heart

Who doesn’t want to live in a healthy environment? More important is to have a clean and healthy heart. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God,” Jesus said (Matthew 5:8). That is a cheerful heart!

Back in July I received a greeting from one of God’s tiny messengers, who posed himself on my Bible. I love sitting outside reading my Bible, something I can only do in the summer. I was thinking about my daughter who has been with God for 16 years; I miss the conversations and the times of prayer we had. Then came the little messenger—a frog! Of all the creatures God would send me for comfort I would never have imagined a frog.

I posted a photo on Facebook and a friend sent me a greeting saying that frogs and bees reveal that the environment is healthy. Thank God, that I have a healthy environment.

I’m glad it was just a single frog and not a plague, as the Egyptians had when Pharaoh didn’t let the people of God go to worship the Lord in the desert. That plague was probably not of tiny frogs. Just imagine having frogs all over, even while cooking in the kitchen (see Exodus 8:1-11).

Today’s story is about the people of Israel crossing the Jordan River. Read Joshua 2 through 4.

Joshua admonished the people to consecrate themselves, because God was going to do wonders. They bathed and washed their clothes, to show on the outside what they wanted God to do on the inside.

God calls us to be a holy people. Just like it is wonderful for the body to live in a healthy environment, there is nothing so beautiful for the soul as living in holiness.

1 Peter 1:15

But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct. (ESV)

Instead, be holy in all that you do, just as God who called you is holy. (GNT)

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. (NIV)

Dear Friend, I wish you a healthy environment and a happy heart. Whatever your circumstances, the Lord Jesus can fill you with joy.

A happy grandfather sharing the miracles of the long journey.

Welcome to read the story of the miraculous crossing of the Jordan.

THE PROMISED LAND #3: Crossing to the Promised Land

TELL ME YOUR STORY

I would love to hear from you. It would be so interesting to know who is reading the stories. Please send me a short note. That would make my heart very happy.

Blessings!

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