Words are a powerful thing. I know this. And I submit this to my Father in Heaven this year of 2014. To use my words wisely. To bring life and encouragement with my words. That my words will be as the cool breeze fluttering in the open windows on a hot and humid afternoon. Refreshing. Healing. Quenching.
And the Lord gives me this ONE word for the year. To ponder and make real: REMEMBER!
Because sometimes I genuinely forget. Other times I am too busy to take the time. The stressors of this day overwhelm, smothering the remembering’s of yesterday.
This remembering. It’s a difficult thing. I am a live-in–the-moment kind of girl and this tendency hinders my ability to remember. But when I am intentional in my remembering….oh what amazing things I remember.
Like the time my husband and I were “in-Seminary” poor and our newborn needed medicine that cost $98 out-of-pocket. And as we counted the change from the bottom of my purse and the few bills from my husband’s wallet, we find a crisp new one hundred dollar bill in our mailbox. No note, just a love gesture from who??? We recognize it then as God. And we thank. And we praise. And then we forget.
Or the time we could not afford to give our toddler Christmas presents and our Church, without knowing this, heaps blessing upon us with not only gifts for each of us, but gift cards and groceries and love in abundance. We thank. We stand amazed. And then we forget.
Or this. This amazing child wanting desperately for her forever family half a world away. And the Lord orchestrates events in our lives to match us with this one child that so perfectly fits in to the piece of our hearts wanting and loving her. We praise God. We are overcome with amazement. And even then….the days I can’t get her to move more than a snails pace. The day she gets in “a mood” and wants to hang on to it tight. I forget to remember.
So I place this vase on the kitchen counter. And I begin to intentionally remember these things and write them down on scraps of paper. And soon my children ask what this curious thing is and of course because it is beautiful and it is glass they want to touch it. This is my intention. Because what is the point of remembering if you don’t share what you remember with those you love? What is the point of remembering but to pass on the very clear workings of God in your life and that of our families?
“that you may tell them to the next generation. For this God is our God for ever and ever, he will be our guide even to the end.” Psalm 48: 13b-14
“so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.” Psalm 78_6-7
“impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:7-9
“Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder…to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, “what do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:5b-7
So today and this year to come, I choose to remember! I hope you do too!!
How do you remember and pass on to your children the Lord’s intricate workings in your life and that of your family?