March 12 | Be Strong and Courageous

Today’s Reading:

Read Deuteronomy 20:1-4

Are you ever afraid?  Share with your family a time when you feel afraid. 

Moses was finishing up his time with the Israelites, and he knew this was his last message to them.  He reminded them that as they moved forward to the Promised Land, they needed to be strong and courageous.  Moses knew that oftentimes the Israelites forgot that they were not alone, so he reminded them, “For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you…”  Moses wanted the people to remember that if God had called them to it, which He had, that He would lead them through it, which He did! 

Moses also used this time to continually remind the Israelites that they were supposed to live differently than the other nations surrounding them.  God’s design was for them to be set apart as a unique people.  God wanted others to look at the Israelites and notice that something was different about them. 

God had been with the Israelites through so much up to this point in their story.  Do you think they will believe that He is going to keep being with them? 


Think of ways you can be reminded to be strong and courageousA great way might be to memorize Joshua 1:9 and any time you’re afraid you can repeat it to yourself as a reminder that God is with you!  Write this verse out on an index card and draw a picture of a time when you feel the most afraidPost the index card in a place where you can see it to remind yourself to be strong and courageous! 

March Memory Verse:

He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Matthew 4:4

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

March Memory Verse

MArch memory verse song

March memory verse coloring sheet

March Fill-in the blank activity

MArch Prayer calendar