You have a big decision to make today.

Each morning when we wake up, we are blessed with a new day. Every new day brings new perspectives, new choices, new attitudes and new challenges.

How do you start your day?

  • Do you start it with a left over bad attitude from the day before?
  • Do you allow circumstances in your life dictate your attitude?
  • Do you wake up and praise God for life, breath and His presence in your life?
  • Do you wake up each morning with the attitude that every day God gives you belongs to Him? And are you anxious to see how He wants to use you?
In Joshua chapters 23 & 24, we read the story of Joshua gathering his people to say his final goodbyes. He reminds them of how faithful God has been to them over the years that they all had together. He reminds them of the challenges they all faced and how God delivered them. In the beginning of chapter 24, he reminisces of some specific battles that they faced (which were scary and they weren’t even equipped to fight on their own!) Each time, God went before them and fought the battles ahead of them, because there was no way that they could not do it without Him. 

Knowing this, Joshua gives the people a challenge (Ch 24:14-15): To fear the Lord and faithfully serve Him, or go their own way and serve their false gods and idols. It was a choice they each had to make for themselves.

Who we serve isn’t automatic. It’s not a decision that we make once and then it just “sticks”.

Once we choose to serve God, we have to continue to make that choice day after day in every circumstance, good or bad. 

No matter what life throws at you, are you ready to make that commitment to God over and over again?  As humans, we tend to be fickle and easily tempted to trust in things that aren’t God.
  • Job security
  • Relationships
  • Education
  • Money
  • Control
  • Self image

 All of these things and many more tempt us daily to trust them instead of God. 

We need to focus on Him and turn away from the empty promises of these false idols.

When things get tough, why is it so easy to put our faith in things or people who will ultimately let us down? Remember God’s promise to always love you, protect you, rescue you and carry you. God doesn’t make promises He can’t keep.

When you wake up tomorrow morning, I challenge you to put the troubles of yesterday behind you and thank God for a new day. Before you get out of bed, tell Him that you are choosing to serve Him and ask Him to help guide your steps. Make it a habit to ask yourself the question Joshua asked the people: 

“Who are you going to choose to serve today?”


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In the comments below, share with us which choice you want to make each day, and how you will do that. How different will your days look when you make this decision?

Bible Journaling Prompts

Apply what you’ve learned

***If you are new to Gathered & Sown and Bible journaling, watch this short video first***
♡ This week as you journal, focus on God’s promises to always have our backs. Over and over again in His Word, he repeats to us that He will never leave us, and that He is always there to protect and rescue us. It’s the whole reason Jesus Christ came to earth the first time!
  1.  Jeremiah 1:5,8,19
  2.  Jeremiah 15:20
  3.  Exodus 14:14
  4. Isaiah 40:28-31
  5.  Isaiah 41:9-13
  6.  James 4:6-10
  7.  Deuteronomy 31:8
  8.  Philippians 4:19-20
  9.  Psalm 27:1
♡ In your journal this week, write out a prayer that you can say each day about choosing Christ. Re-read that prayer every morning until you memorize it. Soon that prayer will become the first thing you say to God each day!
♡ Want to find a simple way to make Bible study a part of your everyday routine? Check here, where I lay out 7 easy steps to personal Bible study.

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Do I know it all? Not even close! Do I have it all together? I wish! 

I am a broken person who lives each day under the beautiful grace of her Savior. I learn new things from His Word every time I open it. I discover new challenges, ideas and ways of thinking every time I open up my heart to Him in prayer.  

What drives me is the thought of women spending meaningful time with God. I have a deep passion for sharing with women the idea that Bible study shouldn’t be daunting or overwhelming. That God will meet you where you are. 

Whether you are a seasoned Christian who has spent 60 years learning about Jesus, or someone who has never even owned a Bible of your own, this place is for you. God has placed a longing in your heart to draw closer to Him, so don’t be afraid, just jump right in! At Gathered and Sown, it is my hearts desire to help women like you build on your own personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I want to provide you with tools, tips and resources that will inspire you to seek Him out on a daily basis.

Even though your relationship with God is personal, we are all in this together. So let’s lift each other up and encourage one another!


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4 Responses

  1. This Sunday’s sermon at church was on the Prodigal son and reminded me how I am the Prodigal son who has gotten off-balance lately. In the busy days I have forgotten to stay focused on things right in front of me and humbly ask for help when I needed it… I want to remember to focus on God’s grace as he continues to love me though my mistakes and comes to meet me where I am.

  2. Thanks again, Angie, for our encouragement to dig a little deeper in God’s Word ?

    1. Yes. I woke with a bad attitude from the day before. My mind went to Phil 4:8. but the desire to complain won out. It is a minute by minute struggle sometimes. Thanks for the encouragement.

  3. Thank you for that reminder.. especially with one thing after another I know I wasn’t choosing Him.. I was overtaken with fear and anxiety. He reminds me that He is gracious and faithful even I look at my circumstances.

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