“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.” Psalms 77: 11-14
The memory is a fickle thing. And I’ve got those Alzhiemer genes in my make-up, so maybe more than most, I have a hard time remembering all the wonders God has done in my life. I find the memories escape me particularly when I need them most, in times of discouragement. So I decided I should document my many blessings and the ways God has shown His constant care in my life, and then when I feel discouraged, I can just go to my record and review God’s care of my life and be encouraged.
That’s a nice plan, anyway. I started a calligraphy journal (so I could improve my skills while journaling), but it really just took too long. Then I did nothing for a while… Then I decided I should start a blog so my life’s miracles can encourage other people too.
I wish I had started this about 8 years ago when God began to bring me back to Him. So many things have happened, and if I had them all for others to read, even the most brilliant atheistic mind would have a hard time refuting the hand of God at work. After a few dozen times, it’s just silly to say “and coincidentally…”
There are people who doubt that God works in and among us like he did in the times of the Bible and I have only one thing to say to them: Doubt or skepticism never has produced a miracle. God rewards our faith, not our doubt. I hope that if you read one of my posts and are skeptical, that you will continue to read, and keep on reading until you understand that what’s going on here is not isolated incidents, but a pattern of God’s constant care, that He has promised in Ps. 112 will make a deep impression on those who see it. If you believe in miracles, you will see the pattern.
And how does a person believe in miracles? It’s just a simple decision to maintain an open mind about the possibility that a higher power could be caring for us. My prayer for you is that you will open your heart to that care.
Additionally, I really seem to like paraphrasing the Bible, so I have decided to do that on this blog too. Don’t get your linen undergarments in a wad about it. I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything here, just trying to repeat God’s word in words that make sense to me – the way I speak. I know, I know, a fella by the name of Eugene Peterson has done a wonderful job of that already. I really love The Message, but there are places I feel like E.P. just didn’t quite hit today’s venacular. I mean, outside of reciting his work, I’ve never had occasion to say, “God of the angel armies,” which admitedly beats “heavenly hosts,” but still is a bit… out of bounds in today’s frames of reference.