Remember: be able to bring to one’s mind an awareness of someone or something that one has seen, known, or experienced in the past
How’s your memory? Would you say it’s good? Or would you say it’s bad? Are you forgetful? Or do you remember everything?
Well, on the chance that you lean more on the forgetful side, I’m going to help you remember some things.
When I looked up the definition of remember, I found that it means “be able to bring to one’s mind an awareness of someone or something that one has seen, known, or experienced in the past”. So that’s what I intend to do.
Because oh so often, when we go through hard times, we forget everything God has ever done for us. We forget all the good things and all the good times. We let our minds be polluted by the problem, and block out the remembrance of what our God can do.
We’re like the Israelites who wandered the desert. They complained that they’d be stuck there forever, and didn’t trust God even though He had just performed many, many miracles for them.
When things get tough, we fixate on the problem instead of our God like we should.
So allow me to remind you.
Do you remember a time when God blessed you financially?
Do you remember a time when God provided for you?
Do you remember a time when God delivered you?
Do you remember a time when God came through for you?
Do you remember a time when God brought you joy or peace?
Do you remember a time when God fixed a situation?
Do you remember a time when God put favor upon you?
Do you remember everything God has done for you?
I challenge you today to remember. Make a list of everything the Lord has done so that the next time something bad happens and discouragement begins to creep in, you can say, “No, I know my God will provide and come through. Here’s proof.”
Remember today, and watch how your outlook changes. And as your outlook changes and your eyes fix on Christ, you’ll experience joy and peace in tough times like never before. Let that be your new normal.
Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license.
An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life.
Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her.
You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige