Give Me This Mountain!

I'm climbing a mini-mountain the next 14 days (if you're interested, see my health blog).  The phrase, "Give me this mountain" kept cropping up in my mind from past Bible reading.  They are the words of Caleb, an Old Testament hero of faith.  (Maybe a better translation would be "hill country" - but mountain is how I first heard it.)

So I've put a picture of a mountain as my desktop background to remind me of my commitment to follow the example of this man who at age 85 came to Joshua asking for the personal allotment of land promised by Moses. He had a right to sit down and take it easy - take off his army boots and put on his slippers. He'd survived 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, and then the invasion of Canaan. Of the thousands who left Egypt, he and Joshua were the only ones the Lord allowed to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land.  But sitting down and taking it easy wasn't Caleb's mindset!  He was ready for a new challenge!

What kind of characteristics did he possess?  What qualities can I emulate from this faith-climber?  He was (1) Smart. (2) He did his research. (3) He refused to be discouraged. (4) He exhibited faith and hope. (5) He demonstrated energy and self-discipline. (6) He maintained good relationships with others. (7) He was wholehearted in his obedience to God.

That's MY kind of guy!  Give ME this mountain!
What are YOUR mini-mountains?

7 comments:

  1. Hi Rebecca, Beautiful post, My mother who is 82, always tells of Caleb's request, especially if I am whining about getting old his story was such an inspiration to her. Thank you for sharing this great post..And my best as you climb your mountain.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  2. Climb on sweet sis, love you.

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  3. Sounds like you have all the right equipment for the climb. :) I need to start a climb myself with exercise.

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  4. That's may kind of guy too! Good post. Thank you for sharing and thank you for visiting the Bridge and picking up the pencil to let me know that you were here.

    Nice place you have here. I see that you also love the old hymns that I grew up with. Ther's nothing like them in my opinion.

    I joined your place today - so I'll browsing you many blogs from time to time - how do you keep up with all those blogs?? I can't even manage one sometimes :)

    Blessings
    Patrina <")>><
    His watchman on the wall

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  5. Oh, Rebecca, your determination and discipline amaze me.
    Today I have fallen on every promise I've made to myself (health-wise, family-wise, relationship-wise). I don't even want to think about it anymore. It's one of those days that I just wish was over so I can quick start anew.
    Say a prayer for me and I'll say one for you.
    Love to you,
    Eileen

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  6. Perfect, perfect fit with my current season! I'm going to head over to Caleb's story this evening for a read. Now headed to your fit blog to see what that's all about.

    peace~elaine

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  7. Eileen AND all of you who are "climbing" with me...You are NOT alone. I AM praying for you as I write. God is a God of second chances, full of mercy and grace.

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Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)