This weekend I had the great privelige of being with the women from Church on the Hill in Salem. They were funny and fun and passionate and authentic and it was wonderful.
I also enjoyed the company of my fantastic sisters, Lila and Cheryl, who are some of the coolest women I know. We ate an obscenely large lunch at Claim Jumpers and then Lila and I went off to conquer IKEA where I spent $22. Shopping fail.
The theme of this ladies event was finding order and wholeness in the soul. I had a blast studying for it and discovering God’s plan to deliver us from soul chaos and restore us to peace, grace, health, joy and a million other great things you can’t buy at IKEA. One thing I talked about was how the gift of a sanctified memory will impact our lives. As humans made of dust, we have a tendency to remember what we should forget and forget what we should remember. At the end of the session, we met in small groups to discuss this very issue and here is the question that each of us answered:
If you were to make a memory list of the things that God has done that you never want to forget, what would be your top three?
This question made me cry when I thought about it and also when I heard the answers from the ladies in my group. It seems that some of the most wonderful things that God has done, are tied to some of the most difficult seasons in our lives. That’s true of my top three.
- One time when our kids were very little, we were out of groceries and out of money. A missionary from Africa left bags of groceries on our door step. In one event, we learned both trust and humility.
- The moment as I was lying on the pavement, watching my baby be flown to the hospital in Air Life after having been hit head on by a drunk driver. I never want to forget the moment because I’ve never felt so much peace.
- The moment – after nine days of relentless, consuming and unending doubt in the existence of God – His truth broke through. I can’t explain it but I never want to forget it.
Oh, a sanctified memory is a powerful weapon against doubt, discontent and discouragement. Maybe today is a good day to make your own list. If you want to share it, I’d sure love to see it!