Help, I Can’t Hold My Arms Up

Help, I Can’t Hold My Arms Up

Mrs. Moses Diary

“Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” Exodus 17:9b (NIV)

by Bonnie Beardsley

Dear Diary,

We set up camp at Rephidim. Everything was going great until the Amalekites attacked us. It was scary. I was afraid that our two sons would get hurt or killed.

Moses told Joshua to gather some men from the tribes to fight the next morning. I’m glad he chose Joshua to lead them into battle. He’s a good, strong leader.

Lately I’ve noticed Moses talking a lot about his staff. It was his staff that God turned into a snake. Moses used that staff to make the Nile undrinkable. He parted the Red Sea with it. The other day when he struck the rock and water came out of it, the staff was still his. Today when he was talking to Joshua he called it the staff of God. It seems like he is surrendering more of his life over to God.

The men left for battle early this morning and it was after sunset when they came home. Moses said as long as his arms were up and holding the staff they’d win. When his arms got tired and he couldn’t hold them up any longer, Aaron and Hur found a rock for him to lean against while they held up his arms. That’s how they won the battle. I learned the importance of supporting each other.

About Bonnie Beardsley

Bonnie Beardsley is a wife and mother of two boys. Her boys are grown and live on their own, but their dogs are still with her. Before the boys were born she wrote puppet skits for her church’s kids’ church. She is in the middle of writing her first book. Visit her at

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