Tuesday, May 24, 2022

We Always Need Reminding

 “We Always Need Reminding”

Isaiah 46:9 NLT

Remember the things I have done in the past.  For I alone am God!  I am God, and there is none like me.

It seems the older I get, the more things I need to remember.  Usually they are things that I need to get done or want to accomplish.  Whether this be at home, work or church, there are so many different tasks and other things that I need to be reminded to do. 

At home, I have a routine list of chores to take care of each day and through the week.  Then there are the projects I am trying to take care of.  At work, I have responsibilities to take care of and remember all day long.  That can get very exhausting if it’s a busy day!  Then at church there are things to remember to do as well whatever the situation may be.  Wherever I am, there are things I need to be reminded of.  As you all will probably relate to and agree with, all the things we need to remember to do can be very mentally draining.

With all the things we try to remember to take care of, the most important thing we must always be mindful of is all that God has done in the past for us and all that He continues to do for us.  How much effort do we put into remembering all that God has done?  How often do we need reminded how amazing and wonderful He is and what He has done?  Out of all we have to keep track of and remember each day, the most important is taking time to be mindful of our Awesome God and all that He has done. 

As important as it is to keep in mind and remember our responsibilities each day at home, work, church and other places we go, we should never forget and always be reminded all that we have because of what God has done for us. 

Maybe we need to set reminders around the house, in our vehicles or at work to remind us to praise God and to take time to remember His great sacrifice.  There are so many options and ideas of ways to remind ourselves these days.  Take advantage of these ways and get creative to set reminders.  God loves when we take time to remember how great He is and spend time praising Him for all He has done and continues to do.

We always need reminding, don’t we?  No matter what we do or where we go, we always need some kind of reminders.  We need the same in our walk with God.  We need daily reminders to keep us in step with Him and to never forget or take for granted how awesome He is!

Let us always be reminded!

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Are We Connected

“Are We Connected?”

Exodus 33:18-20 NIV

Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”  And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence.  I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

One of many amazing encounters we see in the Old Testament between Moses and God.  Moses was connected and was about to have a major connection session with Him!

As I think about how we connect these days, I feel like we are focused on connecting every way we can in our world and with our world these days.  We want to be connected on social media.  We want to be connected with events happening in our church.  We want to be connected to events happening in our community.  We want to be connected with what is happening in our children’s schools.  We try so hard to stay connected so that we don’t miss anything!

With all of the technology we have available today, we are so concerned to miss anything that we peruse our social media accounts and check to see what texts and e-mails are coming in.  We seriously do not want to miss ANYTHING!  I admit I have become one of these people.  I don’t want to miss any important info that I need to know from whatever sources I feel are important for me to stay up with.

As much as we have become addicted to staying connected in whatever ways possible to not miss anything, it breaks my heart when I think how unconnected we have become in our relationship with God.  I’m not saying we don’t care about growing in our faith, but we have to admit we focus a lot more on staying connected in our world events rather than with what God wants to teach us. 

How often do we find ourselves with the deep desire to connect with God as Moses did?  He wanted to be so close to God and he made it a priority.  That’s what we need to take time to consider in our lives these days.  How important is it for us to be connected to God and what are we willing to do in order to make that happen?  Do we really want to connect with Him?  Will we let all the other connections we try so hard to maintain go by the wayside in order to make sure God remains our top priority? 

This doesn’t mean we ditch other things in our lives, but it does mean that God needs to be our main connectivity above all!  What are we willing to do about this and how badly do we want to connect with Him? 

Are we connected more with Him or with the world?