Passage taken from Daily Wisdom for Women | Devotional Collection 

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Israel was on the verge of a new era in the life of their nation.  40 years before, God had delivered them from their 400 year slavery to the Egyptian pharaohs.  But when give  the opportunity to enter the Promised Land, they instead saw the giants in the land and wouldn't trust God to give them the land in spite of the obstacles.   Only Caleb and Joshua have the faith to believe God.

Now, after 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, Joshua is tasked with the job of leading the children of those naysayers to take the land God promised long ago to Abraham.   it's interesting to note that between Moses' charge and God's direct communication to the new leader, Joshua is told to "be strong and courageous" no less than seven times.  And no wonder.   Joshua faced a task that would be impossible to accomplish without God's help.   

The challenges of a new year may seem impossible.  Some may be old, familiar hurdles of battles, others may be hidden from view right now.   Whatever is ahead, take courage from these promises given  to Joshua and claim them for whatever lies ahead.    "Be strong and courageous...for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

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