jerichofall“Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in. Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.  March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”    Joshua 6: 1- 5

Incredible story isn’t it? As you read this account, what comes to your mind – beside the absurdity of it? If this story represented your life circumstances today, what would you identify as walls? What stands in your way? What is between you and what God has led you to do, to be?

As I march around my “Jericho” I often feel vulnerable physically, emotionally, and mentally. Voices screaming and shouting, mocking me at what appears to be a ridiculous march. But I trust my Leader and will keep marching. Day after day I will march. Each night I return to my “tent,” recounting my steps, the voices, the fears, and wondering if the walls will ever come down. Can you relate?

Obstacles in my path at times seem obvious: lack of manpower, inadequate tools, lack of finances, etc. Around my fifth march circling the “city” it occurred to me, the walls standing in my way are not the visible external ones but rather internal walls: self-doubt, fear, feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness. Those walls I cannot tear down alone. I must rely on the strength and help of God who invites me to trust in HIS strength, in HIS power, in HIS might, and in HIS miraculous provision. Who’s with me?

I would love to hear stories of how God has fought for you lately.  Write me: dana.russo@cru.org

AnthemIt has been my joy to assist our ANTHEM City (Christmas music) band with program development, spoken messages, and training the team in compassionate listening skills as they go to those in prison, the homeless, the marginalized, the unnoticed in our society.

B & BTen weeks of rehearsals and it’s show time for 10 performances of Beauty and the Beast! What a joy it is to see such artistic gifting come together to create such a production. . . over 150 people involved! Jessica and I are in the chorus. I’m also a broom.  Praying that many will see and be drawn to the hope of a life transformed. Some tickets still available.  gracechurch.us/theatre  (Oct 28-Nov 6)

Answered Prayer: What a busy fall as I help edit sensitive material for students with sexual addictions, write training scripts for volunteers with our high school ministry, meet with people in the midst of their grief journeys, ETC!

Your prayers and financial support encourage my heart more than I can express!