Remembering for spiritual health
What do you remember and how does it affect you?
Is there a remembering that can help you grow and heal?
Please read Philippians 1: 3-6
Vs. 3 “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Remembering can bring health and healing or it can bring about your spiritual demise. Perhaps this is why the Bible talks about take thoughts in captivity. You are not your thoughts and you don’t have to have them control you but you can also have them work for you in your spiritual walk.
Write down the growth, the thankful moments and the wonder of God!
Two things that have helped me grow, and please understand I am not above anyone or trying to say I have some wisdom- I am just throwing out these ideas:
1) Meditate- learn how to stop, breath and listen to God- that’s all meditation is for me.
2) Remembering God as I see His goodness. I do this through many ways but one great one I have found is a journal.
With regard to the second one here is an idea for practical spiritual growth. See the goodness of God in the small things- even if it’s finally finding your car keys but being late because His timing is perfect- why not write it down.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to show this journal to your children or a close friend and thereby help them see His goodness?
I have a small one that I started during my third trip to Iraq. I think it would be great to come by your town for a visit and then share the goodness of God. Remember it’s not by works and not by power but by His Spirit- so keep a praise notebook based on His goodness and what that showed you- Not on your effort or doing or legalistic achievement as that is not what God is giving you. He came to bring Life and Life abundant so remember the Life as He grows it!!
Don’t Worry- Be Grace-Full!!
Example Jesus Journal on a crazy day- 9/08/2011- “Today there was a very long stretch where I didn’t step on any rocks so my feet feel really good. In addition we had No, not a single incoming rocket or mortar today. Plus God taught me something very cool today- someone taught me an Arabic phrase- “speak to the wall so that the window will hear.” When I heard this it was like God saying, “Sometimes the difficulty that you go through is for the benefit of those around you- so they can grow in Love.” Imagine isn’t it so wonderful that we could be used by God to bless others while we are in the middle of the porta-potty of life!!”