Begin, No. 214


Deuteronomy 2:24, “Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle.”  

Begin! What an important word. 

Are you dreaming about doing something? Perhaps getting that bedroom cleaned up. Or catching up with the laundry so that your laundry room looks spic and span. Maybe you have some great ideas about homeschooling you are planning to put into operation. Then there’s that habit you want to break.  

It’s easy to dream about it, isn’t it? It’s a lot harder to do something. But there is a secret to accomplish the thing you dream about doing. It’s simple too. All you have to do is begin. That’s right. Start. Don’t look at the whole job. It will put you off. Just start. It is amazing what happens when you begin. You’ll be amazed how that room will soon be cleaned. You will be amazed at what you accomplish. 

What about that habit you want to get rid of in your life? Begin tackling it. They say it takes three weeks to establish a new habit. Start today with a positive response to your bad habit. Keep it up for three weeks and you will win the victory. 

What about that mountain that looms before you? That problem you feel you cannot face. Take a step to go after it. Everything happens with that first step! In fact, nothing will happen without the first step! God told the children of Israel to begin to possess the land. They faced giants, fenced cities, high walls and gates and bars, but they began… and they possessed. They didn’t possess the land all at once. But they began. They took a step of faith. You will have to too. You have to go beyond your normal routine. You have to get out of your comfort zone.  

In Exodus 23:29-30 God told His people, “I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee. By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased and inherit the land.”  

The big thing is to begin, then tackle the job, the vision or the problem little by little. Little by little you will finish the task. Little by little you will overcome! 

I love the poem, It Can be Done by Edgar Guest. This poem was required learning for our children. Some of the lines say… 

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;

At least no one ever has done it!”

But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,

And the first thing we knew he’d begun it. 

Once you begin, don’t stop until you conquer and win the victory. Oh yes, it may be hard work. You will face battles. God said, “Begin to possess it, and contend in battle.” The children of Israel did not win any victories without first having to fight a battle. It’s part of possessing and overcoming.  

The secret? The final victory starts with the verb begin!  



“Lord, please save me from procrastinating. Give me courage to take the first step to obey and do what you want me to do. Thank you, Lord. Amen.” 


No more dreaming, I’m doing it today! 

By the way, the poem, IT CAN BE DONE by Edgar Guest is in the book, “Quiet Reflections for Mothers (Selected Poems for Mothers) which you can purchase from Above Rubies for $12.00. It is filled with beautiful poems to encourage you as a wife and mother and also for your children. Go to to order or you can call 1 877 729 9861 and order by credit card.  

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