One Thing I Never Want To Forget

Whenever I need to remember something important, I need to write it down or I’ll forget. With so many things competing for first place in my mind, I don’t want to take a chance that I’ll remember without first writing myself a reminder.
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In the business of my day, I can easily get distracted, and even sidetracked from remembering that one of many things I need to do that day. (Thank God for my phone's reminders!) Maybe you can relate.

Though we may go to great lengths to remember something important, like a special day, event, appointment, or To Do Item, Psalm 106 tells us the one thing we should never forget: the multitude of God’s mercies. When the Israelites found themselves cornered at the Red Sea by Pharaoh’s army, on their exodus fromf Egypt, Psalm 106:7 tragically notes they did not remember the multitude of God’s mercies. (Psalm 106:7)

Consider when God's people were slaves in Egypt. After being slaves in Egypt for more than 400 years, the Lord puts pressure on Pharaoh, to let His people go, though a series of plagues. Despite the horrible plagues that afflicted every Egyptian (not just Pharaoh), Pharaoh stubbornly refuses to let God’s people go—until finally, finally, after the death of all the firstborn Egyptian children, Pharaoh bitterly sends the Israelites away to start a new life, free from slavery. (Exodus 12:31-32)

During the plagues in Egypt, the Israelites experienced the multitude of God’s mercies as He made a clear distinction between them and the Egyptians. (Exodus 9:4) While the Egyptians livestock were dying left and right, during the plague of livestock, not one animal belonging to the Israelites died. (Exodus 9:4-6) When the Lord sent the plague of hail on Egypt, “Throughout Egypt hail struck everything in the fields—both men and animals; it beat down everything growing in the fields and stripped every tree. The only place it did not hail was the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were.” (Exodus 9:25-26) Oh how God loves His children!

Despite these great mercies, and so many others, when the Israelites saw Pharaoh’s army charging towards them, at the Red Sea, with no where for them to escape, instead of remembering the multitude of God’s mercies, confidently trusting that God would somehow, someway deliver them from the Egyptians, the Israelites panicked. (Exodus 14:10-12) Spurgeon described their panic for what it was: "“doubting God’s power to deliver, and questioning his faithfulness to his promise.”1 Ouch! If I'm honest with myself, every time I say "Oh, no! Now what am I going to do?" I am guilty of doing the same thing.

To remember the multitude of God’s mercies, I must make the same effort to remember as I do to remember anything else important that I don't want to forget. For me that means writing examples of God's goodness to me an others in my faithfulness journal--and be diligent to capture the multitude of His mercies on paper while an example is still fresh in my memory. When trials come up we will be so distracted by our difficult circumstances and, like the Israelites, we will soon forget the good works of God in our life (Psalm 106:13)--failing to remember the multitude of God’s mercies, unless we make the effort to do whatever it takes to not forget.

Despite how our circumstances appear, we can rest in the promise of Jeremiah 29:11, in which God promises us, “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” With this in mind, our trials will feel like less of a trial when we remember the multitude of His mercies. Why? Because we will remember the good works the Lord has worked in our life and know that if God worked all those blessings in our life up to now, He certainly will continue to lavish His mercies on us and somehow, someway work our discouraging circumstances to good. (Romans 8:28)

So how can we best remember the multitude of His mercies so we do not soon forget His Works or worse yet, when trials come, doubt God’s power to deliver us and question His faithfulness in keeping His promises? For me, it is keeping a Faithfulness Journal because every day God blesses me in some way whether it is an answered prayer, a provision, or deliverance. If the Lord is leading you to start one, here is how you can do it.

Each night I simply write the date and note the good thing(s) the Lord did in my life that day. Before my four-year-old girl says her bedtime prayers with me, I encourage her to think back on the blessings of our day and thank God as she prays. By the time we are finished praying, we are both so encouraged and reminded of God's incredible goodness.

Why keep a Faithfulness Journal? When discouraging times come, you’ll have a storehouse of your own personal examples of God’s goodness and faithfulness in your life. By writing them down, you can read them over and over to encourage you as you go through various trials. Additionally, this is a great way to obey God’s Word to “forget not all His benefits.” (Psalm 103:2) As you daily record God’s goodness to you, you'll find that trials will not "pack the same punch" they did before because you will now be facing them with an arsenal of testimonies to God’s greatness in your life. Priceless! Not only will a journal like this infuse you with hope in your trials, but what a legacy for your children, and an encouragement to them in their own trials.

If you are crafty, you could create a Faithfulness Scrapbook. In addition to journal entries of God's faithfulness, you could include pictures, etc. I have a receipt from a gas station I went to years ago, to get directions when I was completely lost and felt totally helpless. the clerk at the gas station drew me a map to get back to where I was familiar. When I finally got there I was so relieved and thankful to be back into my familiar surroundings that I have kept that receipt ever since as a reminder of God's faithfulness to help and deliver me in a stressful time. This goes in my scrapbook. When my little girl gets a little older, I want to help her make her own Faithfulness Scrapbook--updating it throughout the years. Then when she goes off to college, she will have a book of reminders of God's goodness to her.

Whatever way helps you (and your kids!) to remember God's goodness, in your busy life, will be the best way for you to remember the multitude of His mercies, so when trials come you will not soon forget His works in your life. (Psalm 106:7, 13)

As you begin recording the various ways the Lord is blessing you and answering your prayers, when trials come, and you re-read the multitude of His mercies in your life, you will notice that you will feel much less worried, much more at peace, and much more confident in the Lord to see you through. Try it and see!

Question for you: What do you do to remember the multitude of His mercies in your life?



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21 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas! I came over from the Merry Monday Meetup and I'm a new GFC follower. :o) Esther Norine Designs

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    1. Merry Christmas, Esther! Thanks for visiting! God bless you much!

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  2. I have a terrible sense of direction! I'm so glad you found your way from that gas station and it's sweet of you to have held onto that receipt and memory.

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    1. Lisa, it's nice to know I'm in good company. :) I'm so glad I found my way home, too. God bless you lots!

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  3. I have a Joy Journal... Granted, it has been a while since I have jotted anything down... Thank you for this reminder. I love that verse in Psalm 106. Thank you for linking up with Into the Word Wednesday. My mind is now being flooded with notes to write in my journal... gonna go grab it. Thank you!!

    Falen
    www.UpwardNotInward.com

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    1. Falen, that's so neat that you have a Joy Journal! So happy this sparked some new journal entries. I love how God does that! God bless you richly!

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  4. This was a great post!! I love this idea and will have to start one. It's good to look back and see where God has been faithful to us. Nice to meet you Brooke. :)

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    1. Thanks, Heather! Nice to meet you, too! So glad to hear you are going to start a Faithfulness Journal. It is so refreshing to read back on God's faithfulness. And because "His mercies are new every morning," (Lam. 3:22-23) we'll never have a shortage of things to record in our Faithfulness Journal. God bless you lots!

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  5. Yesterday I started a Faithfulness page on my laptop, because I am ill and have now the time to think about things in my lif ( only flu ) Now as I read your blog, I'll write above my page: Never forget one of His mercies. Thank you for this precious blog.

    Greetings from a Dutch blog-mama

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    1. Jedidja, that is so neat to hear that you started a Faithfulness page on your laptop yesterday! Praying the Lord restores your health soon (Psalm 103:1-3) While it is no fun being sick, when the Lord makes me lay down in green pastures (Ps. 23:2) I do like the benefit that you mentioned, "I now have the time to think about things in my life" and meditate on the goodness of God. This always encourages me. Often times, when the Lord makes me lay down and my plans for the day are put on hold, I experience some of the sweetest times with Him that I would have missed out on if I was healthy to busily go about my day. I love what you wrote at the top of your journal page, "Never forget one of His mercies." Beautiful! God bless you richly, Jedidja!

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  6. Hello Brooke, I am visiting over from the Missional Women Blog Link-up and this post blessed me. I have never thought of a "Faithfulness Journal" and indeed it is easy to forget the mercies of God when rough times hit. Like you pointed out Romans 8:28 and Jeremiah 29:11 are great verses to keep us on the track of "God has great plans for me!" What a blessing you've been to me today.

    I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and I pray that your New Year is filled with blessing and favor as you continue to walk with Him.

    I am your newest follower. God bless you richly.

    Gertrude @ A Chosen Remnant.

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    1. Thanks, Gertrude! So glad this blessed you! You summed up, so perfectly, the reason why keeping a Faithfulness Journal is so important, "It is easy to forget the mercies of God when rough times hit." Exactly. God bless you richly in the New Year! You are a blessing!

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  7. Hi there,
    I am linking in from Finding Joy. After reading Ann's book, One Thousand Gifts, I started a Gratitude Journal. It has been great. I also post my list once a week. What a great way to follow the Lord's gifts to us.
    Thanking Him in all things,
    Blessings,
    janis

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    1. Janis, that's great you keep a Gratitude Journal! It seems like most people only pay special attention to the blessings in their life in November--the days leading up to Thanksgiving. What a great habit to daily record the blessings from God in your life. What a treasure to read back on, I'm sure. God bless you lots and Happy New Year!

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  8. New Follower!! Found you though the link up! Love your Year in Review!!Hope to get to know you better! Love your blog... and if you have time check me out at http://www.kjaggers.com Happy New Year! K Jaggers

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    1. Thanks, Kisha! I look forward to visiting your site. God bless you much and Happy New Year!

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  9. Hi I found you through the blog hop. Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance. Have a great week.

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    1. Hi Lenetta! Thanks for visiting! I look forward to visiting your site soon. God bless your 2013 and Happy New Year!

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  10. Now you've got me thinking about the things I never want to forget... I'm sensing a blog post coming!

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    1. Awesome, Jessica! God bless your 2013 richly!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!