Insecurity. Why do so many of us struggle with it so often? I can think of three reasons, and the first one goes way back to the Garden of Eden.
When the serpent set out in the garden to bring Eve down and to separate her from God, he used a specific strategy. He caused her to doubt what God had said. He said to her, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
Eve shared her apple and her doubt in God’s word with Adam, and the world was forever changed.
Have you ever noticed that it’s easy to miss key truths when you’re reading the Bible?
Have you ever spaced out while your eyes are going from left to right across the pages of the Bible, and you find yourself at the end of the chapter and you have no clue what you just read?
Maybe you simply need encouragement or permission to slow down while you read. Really. It’s okay to go slow. If keeping up with a reading plan is forcing you to quickly skim words in order to keep up, scrap the plan and take your time.
“I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU!!!!” is what I told him starting the day he left.
Recently, my husband spent 24 days overseas, visiting his family. Here is the short version of the thoughts and feelings I journaled during that time:
Day 1 – I should be able to write 2 books, produce my worship piano training course, clean the whole garage and basement, have daily ice cream dates with my girlfriends, and lose 10 pounds before he comes back.
Day 4 – I’m so thankful for whoever invented WhatsApp, so I can see and talk to my true love on my phone anytime I want.
Day 10 – Military wives are the real heroes!! How in the world do they cope with not seeing their husbands for months at a time? We really should do more to honor them.
Day 17 – Skype and WhatsApp are okay, but I sure wish I could see my true love in person.
Day 23 – I now have just one day to start writing my 2 books, producing my worship piano training course, cleaning the whole garage and basement, having ice cream dates with my girlfriends, and losing the 10 pounds plus the 4 pounds I gained in the last 3 weeks.
Day 24 – He’s coming home today! I’m about to burst with excitement. Yet, I want to be just as excited about the return of Jesus. About seeing God in person. About being in His presence. How can I hunger and thirst for Him even more than I’ve looked forward to being with my husband?
“Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” Psalm 103:2 (NLT)
Me: Hey, can you call me on Friday?
Friend: Can you remind me to call you on Friday?
Me: Can you remind me to remind you to call me?
Friend: Can you remind me to remind you to remind me?
Me: Can you remind me to remind you to remind me to remind you?
You may remember that last week, I wrote about the gift of remembering. There’s so much to say about that topic that one post was not nearly enough.
Last week, in light of Memorial Day, I wanted to remember those who’ve died in battle for my freedom. I especially wanted to remember the One who died on the cross to give me the gift of eternal life.
This week, my heart’s desire is to challenge us to remember the good things God has done and the good things He continues to do for us.
This whole “remember the good” theme has been quite perplexing to me over the years, in the same sense a diet is perplexing. The benefits of healthy eating over junk food binge eating is a simple and obvious concept, yet how easy is it to “forget” the obvious and eat that half gallon of my favorite ice cream within a 24-hour period?
Likewise, no one would argue that fixing our minds on the good things God does isn’t healthy and life-giving. We all know it is. And yet, it’s something we often forget to remember.
It seems that many humans are naturally much more forgetful than “rememberful” about good things.
It seems that many Christians are naturally much more forgetful than “rememberful” about the good things …