We Need To Remember!

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt.  The prompt today is “anniversary,” which was chosen as this is Kate’s fourth anniversary of running the Five Minute Friday link-up.  It is a wonderful community and I encourage you to check it out!

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Anniversaries are those dates engraved on our minds- times to celebrate or times to look back and remember.

Whether they are joyful occasions, such as wedding anniversaries, or painful ones, such as the anniversary of a loved one’s death, they are dates that will never be forgotten, that will always hold a special significance.

As I think of anniversaries, a series of dates comes to mind that will have no significance to anyone but me: 6th November, 7th March, 7th May, 10th January…

Even those who are close to me would be unable to explain their significance, but every time I write one of those dates I can’t help but remember.  They were all times when I encountered God in a way that was transformative: truly grasping his love for the first time, bringing the secrets I’d held for so many years into the light, being baptised, entering into the “spacious place” of freedom in Him.

I’m grateful for anniversaries, that these dates call me back to remember what God has done.  The celebrations are quiet- taking time to reflect and pray, worshipping or journaling- but remembering the joy and hope of these moments gives me strength to keep moving forwards.

Remembering is so important.

I’ve been reading in the book of Judges lately and it highlights all too clearly the danger of forgetting.  After a long and arduous journey, the Israelites have made it to the Promised Land.  At first it goes well- they begin to defeat the other tribes and conquer the land- but then…“another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel.”  (Judges 2:10 NLT)

It is a downward spiral from that point on, and it all stems from a failure to remember.

So let’s hold on to those special moments with God- the big and the small.  Let’s remember, let’s celebrate, and let’s never forget!

“Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen.  Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live!  And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.”  (Deuteronomy 4:9 NLT)

I’d love to know: Do you have any special anniversaries of encounters with God?  What do you do to celebrate and remember?

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13 thoughts on “We Need To Remember!

  1. Great post! I think it is so important to remember what God has done in our lives. You have inspired me to return to old journals I’d written and to seek out those important dates. I want to celebrate the anniversaries of God working through me too! I know the date of my salvation, but there are so many other “BIG DAYS” in our faith to celebrate as well. Thanks for this encouragement 🙂 Visiting from FMF!

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    1. Thanks! Hope looking back through the journals encourages you! The date of my salvation is one anniversary I’m not sure of but it’s good to remember what God has done in other ways too!

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  2. I have anniversary that I think of often that dates back at least forty five years. I remember it because I woke up to God in a brand new way. I like to remember the feelings I had and how I held Him close to my heart.

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  3. Beautifully said, Lesley.

    In my circumstances, I actually don’t try to remember; the only thing I have now is the present moment, and the ongoing battle with cancer. Memories, both sad and good, suck out the energy I need. I can’t afford the distraction.

    If I survive this, there may be a price to pay for becoming that which I have to be today, but on the other hand, I’ll be alive to pay the price.

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    1. Thanks, Andrew! There is definitely a time to focus on the present too. I can see God growing strength and wisdom in you through this difficult journey. Thank you for the way you share that with us!

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