Monday Motivation: Memory

Friends

Reflecting on some memories today and rejoicing in God’s great faithfulness throughout my life. May the assurance of His faithful Presence give you comfort and peace this day.

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The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 18:2 – ESV

How’s your memory? Are you one of those people that can keep track of a dozen things, juggling all of them in your head, never letting one fall to the floor and crash? If so, I am impressed.

My juggling skills are not so proficient. I need a to do list to keep me on track. In my working days, I toted a piece of paper around in my pocket. When I remembered something I needed to do, I wrote it down. Otherwise, it would fly out the window and head south for the winter.

I have decided that I am a random thinker. Things strike me and I ponder them a moment, before my mind races off in another direction. That’s why I need a list. I don’t enjoy the list. There is no thrill in striking things off. I just know that without a list, my mind would be merrily wandering along a hilltop when it’s supposed to be working in the valley. Even in retirement, I need a list in order to accomplish anything. Thankfully, my lists are much shorter and less stressful these days…ha!

Yet, when I ponder the past, when I consider my journey through blindness, I remember everything. I can see the struggles, recall the pivotal moments. I remember it all. I don’t recall those events because they were tragic or painful. I remember them because the handprint of God is visible all over them.

I remember the hardships. I remember the blessings. I remember God’s faithfulness all along the journey.

He has been my ever-present help in times of trouble. He has supplied all my needs, every one in His perfect timing. God has been so faithful.

Perhaps memory is not just about to do lists. Perhaps memory is not just a tool to accomplish our required tasks of daily life. Rather, maybe God gifted us with memories so we would remember Him.

Philippians 4:4 tells us to “Rejoice in The Lord always. Again, I say rejoice.” In his book “Anxious For Nothing”, Max Lucado examines this verse in great detail. He asserts that to rejoice in The Lord always is to remember The Lord always. Reflecting on that thought, I would definitely agree. For when we remember God’s faithfulness, we find reason to rejoice. When we remember His provision, His protection, His powerful love, we are given countless reasons to rejoice.

Today, may you and I remember what God has done for us. May that memory lift your spirit and fill you with joy. Remember His promises and let that memory bring you hope. Remember The Lord always and find His perfect peace.

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You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3 – NIV

PRAYER

O Dear Father, O Gracious Lord, we give You thanks this day for Your great faithfulness. Your love is steadfast, never changing, always available, now and forever. Your Grace is sufficient for us. You grant us strength in our adversity, comfort in our affliction. You bring life and hope and love. You are with us always. O Lord, help us to remember Your faithfulness and let that memory cause us to rejoice, now and always.

In the Faithful Name of Jesus, we pray,

Amen

Blessings,

Anita

-APS 3/18/2019

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