Are you Making Memories?- In His Word 7-3-17

Memories in His Word 7-3-2017

I think that some parts in the Word are such great memories!  I think as the writers wrote, as Paul did of their journeys, that they basked in His presence reminiscing of His goodness.

Meditate on These Things ] Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8

 I am not writing these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children. 15 For even if you had ten thousand others to teach you about Christ, you have only one spiritual father. For I became your father in Christ Jesus when I preached the Good News to you. 16 So I urge you to imitate me.17 That’s why I have sent Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of how I follow Christ Jesus, just as I teach in all the churches wherever I go. 1 Corinthians 4:14-17
When we share the good times we have had on media devices it can be as interesting as the words were to those the scribes wrote in the beginning of the Word of God; causing the reader to want to know more; or it can be as boring as a daily newspaper in a city where nothing happens. I want what I share to cause others to desire the event, the joy or the experience themselves but also to feel the joy I felt in doing it and live through that if need be.
I believe when we read the Word each day it can be so inspiring for how to live our lives for the moment or for the days to come; we can plan for future dealings with things that happen in our lives or we can realize how to live through were we are now, in His Word!
I am so grateful for God’s Word being written and for all the times it has given me guidance from God for today; I am also grateful for the memories it stirs up of times that I have been to camps and Bible College and even at churches I have attended. There are also times with friends that come to mind when I read certain ones.
One memory that comes to mind while reading in Philippians is going on a short hike/walk with Zina Docto in the Redwood campus on a retreat I remember to think on these things. We were looking for the fun ropes workout path but never found it that day. We instead found dreams and hopes were shared. So I learned that sometimes its not what you are looking for that you find, but its another friendship!

When I read in Proverbs 17 I remember my friends, Lynda Gonzales from Bethel Chapel days who was a true friend who came to my rescue and nursed me back to health when my hubby was off in the Persian Gulf War. Even when I was a brat to her she was still a true friend. I also remember my friend Suzie and I sitting up late discussing different scriptures and drinking far too much coffee years ago!
There are many friend memories in the Word! I think of my friend Becky, in Ontario Canada who has come to visit us here in California and brought some excitement to our home just by coming all this way!
When I read of the stories that Paul wrote of being in chains, I can recall the times when I felt my hands were tied and I could do nothing about a situation, but then can remember this too shall pass!  It is all temporary, even the things that ‘lock us up’ so to speak.
This weekend while many are celebrating their Independence days in Canada and the United States of America, I hope that they are also celebrating the freedom to worship God and to read His Word; it may not always be so free to do so and we may not always have time with friends to create new memories!

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a  good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. Hebrews 11:1-3
Faith like memories can sustain us and remind us of good times.
In the book of Hebrews we are reminded of many Bible Memories as we are reminded of so many men and women of faith that we have read about in His Word. Today take some time to read and think on these things as you celebrate the memories of your country and family and friends; remember to bring in the Word!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us memories to think on In Your Word. Today let us create memories together with loved ones and friends and share your Word together, in your precious name of Jesus, amen.

Suggested reading: Hebrews 11:1-40, Philippians 4:1-23 and Romans 7:-25