Remind Yourself

6 Jan

Recently, my mom and I both encouraged you to reflect on what you’re thankful for in your life. If you missed those posts or didn’t have time to do it due to the holidays, let this short excerpt from The Journal (workbook for novel 1) encourage you. It’s a great one to read as you begin the New Year this week!

Spending time with her mom in the hotel reminded Julia of the close relationship they had always shared. She realized that her mom was more to her than a great parent; she was a good friend as well. In the blur of the last semester, she had foolishly forgotten all of that.

When we are focused on the wrong things, it’s easy to foolishly forget what was once precious to us. In fact, human nature tends to zoom in on the negative, obsessing about what’s wrong and forgetting all about the positives that are happening as well.

Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5 (NKJV)

The psalmist David tells himself not to forget the good things that God does for him. Apparently, he recognizes how easy it is to get caught up in the struggles of life and forget the many benefits of belonging to God. In fact, he dedicates an entire chapter to remembering, to listing all the wonderful things that God has done, is doing, and will continue to do for those who fear Him. If you have given your life to Christ and made Him your Savior and Lord, that includes you!

Take a moment to list of all the good things in your life right now. Try to find fifteen things minimum. That may seem like a lot at first, but when you start to be thankful for things like having food to eat today or being able to hear your favorite music playing, the list will grow quickly!

Journal to the LORD about all you’re thankful for today. Refuse to foolishly forget the benefits of your relationship with God, and like David, remind yourself of them often.

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