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Friday, October 10, 2008

I Remember

My kids will attest that I am borderline OCD when it comes to taking pictures. Whenever you see me, you can almost bet I have my camera with me, which has allowed me to capture some really great moments that would otherwise only be a memory. And I don’t know about you, but my camera works much better than my memory.

I was looking at all the pictures I have stored on my computer last night and remembering some really great times I have been blessed to have: pictures with my family on vacations, my kids sporting events, Christmas, birthdays and so much more.

Have you ever thought about the fact our pictures for us are like the altars in the Old Testament? Me neither. It is true though. Pictures are memorials of important times in our lives.

If you look through the Old Testament you will see where God’s people built altars to mark their own moments in time. Times when God delivered, or provided, or spoke peace to troubled lives. They serve as touch stones of remembrance.

Sometimes I wish we still built altars. I am very sentimental and objects like pictures or altars help us remember. All too often we have the tendency to get caught up in the routine of everyday life and forget all the times God has been faithful to His people not just thousands of years ago, but today as well.

I wonder… Did Peter ever row out to the spot where he walked on the water and relive that day?

Did Zacchaeus ever take his grandkids and climb the tree and say, “This is the exact spot I saw the Master for the first time!”?

Did Abraham and Isaac ever go back to Mount Moriah and rejoice once more for the ram caught in the thicket?

Did Moses ever go back to the desert where he saw the burning bush, take off his sandals and say, “Thank you God for still using messed up me?”

Oh, it is so good to remember. We need to remember. It is like breathing in the moment all over again.

We do not have altars we walk by every day serving as reminders. So just for today… for this very moment… let’s build an altar in our hearts and minds and remember God’s faithfulness and simply say one more time… “Thank you, God. I remember.”

Today I stop and remember and say thank you again for my salvation. Thank you for setting me free from the bondage of fear. Thank you for protecting my marriage, for always guiding my steps. Thank you for healing my son of a paralyzing disease. Thank you for giving me courage to do the things I thought I never could. Where would I be today without you, only you know. Father, I just simply and purely want to stop, remember and say thanks.
Your daughter, Tina


Anonymous said...

Wow Tina what a great word! So often we tend to think of the negative things in our past. My favorite scripture is Phil. 4:8"Finally brethren (sisters), whatsoevr things are true,..honest..just...pure..lovely...GOOD REPORT.....think (remember) these things." Thanks again for your faithfulness!

Kimberly said...

This is absolutely wonderful! I love your questions...like picturing Zaccheus taking his grandchildren to that tree! :) Beautiful!

Congratulations on being chosen for one of Lysa's radio spots! I can't wait to hear this one on the radio!

Going to think on His faithfulness,
K :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Tina! This is so insightful, so duplicatible, & so simple. We need not forget the foundational, simple things in life. Thank you for the sweet reminder. And congratulations on P31! Can't wait to hear it! Love you!

Joyful said...

Hi Tina,
I'm visiting from Lysa's blog!

This is a great post! I have an "Answered Prayer" jar. It actually said that on it when I purchased it in a card shop. It is sort of like our little "memorial" of the ways God has led and answered prayers in our family.

It is wonderful to remember God's goodness and His faithfulness in the past. I often pray that the Lord won't let me forget all the things He has done for me.

I have the word "REMEMBER" in my sitting room upstairs for that exact purpose - that I would remember and say thanks.


Laurie Ann said...

What an awesome call to remember the things of the past...I loved how they set up the memorial stones in the past in the OT, too! Came here by way of Lysa's blog...so glad I did. Great post!

Amy Jo said...

Wow, thanks for the new perspective on pictures! My husband and I are both addicted to getting good pics! (And the one of you is so beautiful!)

Wanted to drop by from Lysa's and say "Congratulations!" Thanks for sharing your heart and thoughts with us.

Sweet blessings,
Amy in OR

Judah said...

found you through lysa's blog. wow. what great points!! I too wish we still set up memorial stones. It is a great testimony to our kids, this is what God did and now lets look at what He is continuing to do.

Anonymous said...

So glad to meet you, Tina. I'm a Florida girl. Well, I've lived in Louisiana most of my life, but Florida is my home state and I will always be a Florida girl.

This is a beautiful message. I came via your link at Lysa's blog. Congratulations on being one of the picks.

Many blessings,
Rena Gunther