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Monday, January 12, 2015

Allotment: Word Ambassadors: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Joshua 12

“The following are the kings of the land whom Joshua and the Israelites defeated on the west side of the Jordan, … (and Joshua gave their land to the tribes of Israel as a possession according to their allotments.”  Joshua 12:7

Already allotments had been made on the east side of the Jordan. Now came the final designations. All received land except the Levites who received their own particular allotment. Everyone received. Not all were equal.

Did some grumble or were they filled with gratitude to be alive and recipients of God’s grace?

What might our common possessions be? Time—choices—life, perhaps. God’s promises as well as His warnings. And if Christians, the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit.  Everyone receives. Not all are equal.

Maybe it is a stretch to compare our fields of service to their land divisions but the Lord does confirm our lives in whatever place we are set. There is ministry within and without church structure.

Do we grumble or avoid commitment to our surroundings?

I know once, after a move to a new city, I wanted to stay anonymous—not get involved anywhere—keep all my time to myself. And for awhile that was okay. But at some point it turned from retreat and restore time to isolation and apathy time.

We are each given the gift of a new day every morning. How will we spend it?

Lord, help us to step into Your promises with faith and confidence and fill our allotted space in Your service, as You choose for us. And if that means first defeating enemy territory in our hearts, please mold us and shape us to have the courage to overcome.

Psalm of Worship: Psalm 132: 13 & 16

“For the Lord has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his habitation: …
..Its priests I will clothe with salvation, and its faithful will shout for joy.”


  1. When I avoid commitment to protect my writing, my creativity dries up. When I make a commitment and follow through, words flow. Thank you for putting words to the struggle I have with my allotment.

  2. Thanks for sharing that insight. We do need to protect the work we are called to do but not at the expense of others. It's a juggling act that I can never manage without prayer. Lots of prayer sometimes! :)


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