I’m a pretty nostalgic chick. I love that I have a few things from both of my grandmothers and also Kent’s grandmothers. I have my Grandma Collins’ mini muffin pans: I think of her often but especially when I make pumpkin muffins – her recipe is the BEST!. I have my Grandma Damiani’s tea cups: she served coffee in china tea cups and to this day I prefer my coffee in a china mug any day of the week – so does my dad. I have Kent’s Nannie Humphrey’s overnight case: as a young boy Kent traveled to gospel singings with his grandparents and I can picture Nannie carrying this bag with her on those trips. I have a few pieces of furniture that was Kent’s other grandmother (his maternal grandma). I absolutely love these pieces because they remind me of her home….it was always so warm and cozy. Thinking about these things that are special to me, makes my heart happy!
This time of the year, I become a little more nostalgic than usual. Maybe you are a little more nostalgic this time of the year also.
Last week during my prayer time an old song dropped in my heart: a song that has had an incredible impact on my life.
I pulled it up on my itunes, closed my eyes and had CHURCH in my living room.
We Will Remember
We will remember, we will remember
We will remember the works of Your hands
We will stop and give you praise
For GREAT is Thy faithfulness
You’re our creator, our life sustainer
Deliverer, our comfort, our joy
Throughout the ages You’ve been our shelter
Our peace in the midst of the storm
With signs and wonders You’ve shown Your power
With precious blood You showed us Your grace
You’ve been our helper, our liberator
The giver of life with no end
When we walk through life’s darkest valleys
We will look back at all You have done
And we will shout, our God is good
And He is the faithful One
To the one from whom all blessings flow
To the one whose glory has been shown
I still remember the day You saved me
The day I heard You call out my name
You said You loved me and would never leave me
And I’ve never been the same
The Bible encourages us to remember – remember and to share the faithfulness of our God.
Deut 6:4-9 “Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
This time of the year it’s equally as easy to get caught up in the not so good memories and focus on all the negative, hurtful memories.
Nehemiah gives us a warning about not remembering the good things of God:
Nehemiah 9:16 – (MSG) “They turned a deaf ear, they refused to remember the miracles You had done for them; They turned stubborn, got it into their heads to return to their Egyptian slavery. And You, a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, Incredibly patient, with tons of love…….
But they, our ancestors, were arrogant; bullheaded, they wouldn’t obey your commands. They turned a deaf ear, they refused to remember the miracles You had done for them; They turned stubborn, got it into their heads to return to their Egyptian slavery. And you, a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, Incredibly patient, with tons of love— you didn’t dump them. Yes, even when they cast a sculpted calf and said, “This is your god Who brought you out of Egypt,” and continued from bad to worse, You in your amazing compassion didn’t walk off and leave them in the desert. The Pillar of Cloud didn’t leave them; daily it continued to show them their route; The Pillar of Fire did the same by night, showed them the right way to go.
Through the holiday season let’s not be like the people Nehemiah was talking about.
Let’s pause, remember His faithfulness, love each other and shout:
“OUR GOD IS GOOD” AND HE IS THE FAITHFUL ONE!!!
Allow the memories of Jesus to transform your heart and mind today.
And have the greatest holiday season EVER!!!