Keepsakes

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Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,”  Psalm‬ ‭107:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

When I started this blogging adventure it was said to me, “Why do you want to tell everybody everything?”  So, this I have been pondering 😉 …

I don’t want to tell everybody everything.  Believe me, you don’t want to know everything about me.  But, I do want to share the great things the Lord has done in my life.  I kind of feel like the apostle John. “I am writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.” 1 John‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭NLT  This is exciting yet frightening at the same time.  I don’t take speaking of the things of God lightly.  There has even been tears shed as I prayed about opening up about my faith.

I struggled with doubt.  Who am I to write of the greatness of God?  Don’t you remember, you barely survived college english?  Who will care?  What if I make a mistake?  What if I get it wrong?   I am not sure I have ever felt as insecure about starting anything in my life.   Well, except for student teaching in first grade. 😉  As I began to go to the Lord with these questions, He was faithful to show me I am His and He will show me the things to write in this place as they reflect His story.   “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭ESV  God was not just talking to the Jewish Christians way back then but to us even now.‬‬  I prayed, cried and messaged my mentor.  She said,  remember regardless of if anyone reads theses words, they are keepsakes of God’s goodness in your life. 🙂

Who could not want to write about reminders of goodness and faithfulness?!  So, I am writing today to encourage you to begin to tell of the good things God has done in your life.  Maybe begin with writing them down or telling the people you live with.  “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭6:7‬ ‭ESV‬

If you are in a time in your life when things are hard and God’s goodness is clouded, we can always go to the guts of Gospel.  If we believe in Jesus, God’s Son, we are saved from sin and death.  Do you know what that means?  Even though we don’t deserve it, we are a child of God, forgiven, and we are promised life now and for eternity! 🙂 🙂 🙂  Read the book of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. Through these men, God has written the story of our Saviour perfectly.

Look for the greatness of God in your life.  SPEAK of His greatness, WRITE about it and REMEMBER how he has been faithful and good to you! I love the way Big Daddy Weave sings about this in their new song My Story:

Lord, I pray that this blog and my life speak of the grace that is greater than all my sin.  May this be a place for me to store my most precious keepsakes.  Help us see your goodness and tell about it. ❤

In Between Evil and Exile

Never before had there been a king like Josiah, who turned to the Lord with all his heart and soul and strength, obeying all the laws of Moses.  And there has never been a king like him since.  2 Kings 23:25

I was kind of wondering what my next writing would be, you see, I have things jotted down and stuffed in my underwear drawer but not all need to go out into the world. 😉  When I discovered Josiah, I knew I had to write about him.❤️  I am beginning to discover these fascinating stories in my history.  By the way, I believe my history began in the book of Genesis.

All summer I have been studying the books of 1 & 2 Kings with two sister’s in Christ.  This  happens to be where I am at studying the bible chronologically.   Most was not happliy ever after in 2 Kings but between evil and exile I discovered Josiah!  Josiah was one of the kings of Judah.  He followed a long line of evil kings who led the people of Judah into all kinds of yucky pagan worship. And soon after Josiah’s reign the people of Judah are captured and taken away by the Babylonian’s. 😦 But during his reign, Josiah set out to honor God. 🙂

I don’t want to lead you to think that I know all about 2 Kings or Josiah.  I have discovered that I will spend the rest of my life trying to know God more through the Bible.  Really the longing of my heart is that you will go read these stories for yourself if you have not already.

After studying Josiah for the first time, these are the wonderful truths I discovered:

~He found and read the Book of the Law.  Under Josiah’s reign Hilkiah (high priest) discovers the Book of the Law and Josiah read it.  These are the writings of Moses telling the Israelites the importance of remembering what God had done for them, that their allegiance should only be to him and the importance of repentance.   The Book of the Law had been lost for many years because of a long line of evil kings.  2 Kings 22:8-10

~After Josiah read the Book of the Law, he was sorry and humbled himself before the Lord.  For many years his people had not obeyed and had forgotten God.  He tore his clothes before God and wept before him in repentance. 2 Kings 22:11

~ He obeyed what he read from the Book of the Law.  2 Kings ch 23

I somewhat relate.   I went many years without searching out Truth in God’s Word.  The difference between me and Josiah is, God’s Truth has been right at my fingertips my entire life.  The Book of the Law had been lost to the Israelites.  The Bible ,God’s words to me, has set on my nightstand from my earliest memories.  It baffles my brain that I went so long without reading the Words of power and life and it’s not because I didn’t have special people telling me the answers to life are in the Bible.  Needless to say, I sure am glad I found them now. 🙂

Lord, I am thankful we have your Words written down for us.  Help us to read them, repent when needed and obey completely.  God, may we never let your Word become lost to us again.

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