I once received a postcard that spoke so powerfully to me that I kept it – for years.  It continues to speak to me today when I need to be reminded to remember the goodness of God.

The postcard was a photo of a little girl, looking out into the distance.  The caption read, “Sometimes I like to sit and remember.”

This past weekend, I was cleaning some things out of my garage, when I came across a familiar box.  Inside I found birthday cards from 2016.  How timely is that?  With my birthday next week, I was excited to read them once again.  I opened them up and began to read.  I smiled as I read each one.  They were from my partners, and they are precious to me.  Some had little notes about how the ministry had blessed them.  Some had family recipes tucked inside.  Some had family photos.  Remembering brought me joy, once again.

Oh, I have read them before, several times.  Each time I do, they bring me great joy.  It is the joy of remembering.

Everyone has things to remember – birthdays, appointments, things to buy at the store, etc.  Those are not the things I am talking about today.  I am talking about the things we purpose to remember… memories.

The other day I ran across an antique store – something I love.  As I walked through looking at all the wonderful items they had, I came across a picture.  It said, “These are the days I never want to forget.”

I began to think about the time we are living in, I had to ask myself, “Are these times I want to remember?”  Yes, they are!  God is still here with us.  He has not left us.  There are wonderful things happening every day, if we can only take our eyes off everything else, we will see His hand at work in our lives and the lives of those around us.

Pictures of remembrance began to run through my mind – things that have taken place in the midst of the time of chaos.  I saw Brailee laughing while chasing her brother.  I saw Brandon working diligently on restoring my flower beds and how pleased he was with the outcome. I saw Bryson and how amazed I am that he is now driving. I saw Breanne and the many times she and I have laughed until we cried over things the kids have done.  I saw me doing my three-mile walks with my nearly 80-year-old Mom, as she shared her memories with me. I saw joy!  I saw wonderful memories.

God tells us to remember things.

In Deuteronomy 8, God tells His people to remember how He led them for 40 years in the wilderness.

1 Corinthians 11 teaches us to remember Jesus as we partake of communion.

Isaiah 46 tells us to remember all God has done for us in the past.

Deuteronomy 4 says the children of God are to remember all the marvelous things they have seen God do.  There is power in remembering.

How so, you may ask?  Just like hearing a powerful testimony increases your faith, remembering the faithfulness of God does the same thing.  It causes your faith to soar.

Psalm 143:5 says, “I remember the days of old. I meditate on all you have done.  I ponder the work of your hands.”

Recently I was praying about a particular thing.  As I meditated on the word of God concerning this thing, I remembered something.  I remembered I had seen God move in a situation just like this many years ago.  As I thought back on that time, my faith was ignited.  I knew I had seen God do this once, He would do it again.

Faith arose!

Remembering is a powerful tool.  However, we are not the only ones who remember.

I love the verse in Malachi 3:16, which says, “Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; So, a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name.”

How awesome is that!  Each time we talk about God…He remembers and even writes it down.  We should do the same thing with our best memories, don’t you think?

The power of remembering the goodness and faithfulness of God is real.  Make it a part of your daily life.  As you remember, it will bring you great joy!  The joy of remembering.

 

Appoint My Days

My family and I walk in safety and supernatural protection today. Even though a thousand fall at our side and ten thousand at our right hand, it shall not come near us. No weapon that the enemy forms against us today shall prosper. Nothing shall by any means hurt us today.

Psalm 91:7, Isaiah 54:17; Luke 10:19