In August of 2015, God told me to get ready. I didn’t audibly hear those words, of course, but sometimes God places thoughts in our minds that simply can’t be ignored. And the warning to get ready was just exactly one of those thoughts.
Wanting to confirm what I was hearing with God’s Word, I turned to the first time those two words appeared in the Bible. We find them in the book of Joshua, where God tells Joshua to get ready, because he is about to lead the Israelites across a flooding Jordan River into their Promised Land.
I spent the next several weeks studying the first five chapters of Joshua, following their preparations for their journey into Canaan. I studied the promises that God made to them before they stepped their toes into the river and made note of the commands that God gave them that would ensure their success.
Two months later, I suffered a miscarriage, two aneurysms, a partial kidney infarction, and a ruptured carotid artery. I was soon diagnosed with an incurable connective tissue disorder that makes my blood vessels, arteries, and organs prone to spontaneous rupture. Get ready.
It was the truths in those first five chapters of Joshua that helped me stay steady through those scary unknowns. And after we processed the ramifications of all that had happened, I began to wonder…
- How much ground are we losing because we simply are not ready for what life on this broken earth throws at us?
- Are we willing to be as prepared in our spiritual life as we are for everything else?
- What if we could find the courage to readily face whatever falls upon our path?
The unknown beckons for all of us. But it doesn’t have to be paralyzing. The answer to finding the courage to face it victoriously is found in the book of Joshua, and that’s why I’ve written Ready: Finding the Courage to Face the Unknown, a six-week Bible study on Joshua 1-5.
It’s God’s plan for the woman who knows the battle is coming, but refuses to leave the front line. The good news is that the wisdom found in Joshua will prepare you for the battle, but it will also prepare you for the blessing. And you’ll find the courage to face the unknown.
I’ve taught this study in my home and at my church and I am so excited to finally invite you to be a part of it with me online. From October 2 – November 13, I am teaching the study via email and Facebook and I would love for you to join me.
If you want to join the online study, all you have to do sign up below. I’ll send you an email where you will receive information about how the study will work and an opportunity to join a private Facebook group where you can connect with other women walking through the study together.
If you’d prefer to walk through the study alone, that’s cool too; the video teaching sessions are optional. You can walk through it at your own pace by purchasing the member workbook here.
You can find more information about the study here.
Take a step towards courageous living! I hope you’ll join me in October!
All photos taken by the lovely and talented Hayley Warren Photography.