Sunday, April 7, 2013

Forget Not All His Benefits

Good morning!

It is a quiet and rainy Sunday morning in Seattle
I am sitting at my usual place, a place I have come to cherish
A place at our table, His table
These morning devotions have become a time I long for
A time for me to praise, thank and worship our Creator 
I think about where I was not even a year ago and I see how lost I really was
But God doesn't leave us wondering
He promises to find us when we seek Him
He found me in my deepest longings and prayers 
He is there to stay

Anyway, onto my thoughts this morning
I can be very forgetful sometimes
My mind just draws a blank and the next thing you know my keys are locked in my car
Or I forgot why I literally just walked into my kitchen 
Yet, for some reason I can still recite almost every line to 3 Ninjas and Christmas Vacation
(I blame it on my amazing childhood) 

How about the instant panic, almost embarassing panic, when you realize you forget your phone
We have ALL been there
People are forgetful
We are forgetful
But you know what is worse then forgetting your phone?
...When we forget God

Something so easy for us to do in a world that is rigged to tempt us
Convince us to believe that we can forget God and still live in peace
A world that is constantly pulling us from one distraction to another 

When we forget God, we forget where we have been and where we are going

When I look back at my life I see that God has been faithful through it all
All the trials, valleys, peaks, twists, turns, doubts and fears
Through that awkward middle school stage where sitting at the "popular" lunch table is the only thing that matters
Those years in high school when I doubted friendships and felt peer pressure all around me
When I doubted my ability to play basketball at a DII university 
The time I felt completely lost because the career I thought I wanted was not my passion
Those times I gave my heart away to easily to look for fulfillment in a man
The health scare with my dad this winter and I thought for sure I wouldn't be able to handle the diagnosis
The times I felt abandon by God and the thoughts of "why me" or "I would be that girl"
Was God good?
Was God faithful?
Yes! Yes! and absolutely Yes!

O my soul, bless God.
    From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!
O my soul, bless God don’t forget a single blessing!

Every single past moment He delivered me through
Every single past moment made me stronger
Those past slides of my life I see God's hand on me through it all
You know how I know?
Because I am still here
Stronger than ever with a love for Him so deep it scares me
With dreams I never thought possible
Because of my past, I can see where I have been 
Because of my past, I can see where I am going
I know where God has delivered me

My past gives me faith for the future
My faith builds and increases because He was good!
Every single past moment God was Good
Every single past moment God was faithful

He will continue to be Good and Faithful
 He will continue to prepare me for His future plan
I have a purpose in this life
His purpose
For His Glory

Yet, it is still so easy to get distracted in this world
When things are going great in life it is easy to get content
When we go through trials and tribulations it is easy to abandon Him
We easily forget we need Him 
When that happens, lets rewind my friends
Rewind the tapes of your life and be reminded where God has delivered you
He delivered you from your past and He will deliver you still
Let your past build your faith for the future

Let us rewind so we never forget all His benefits

He forgives your sins—every one.
He heals your diseases—every one.
He redeems you from hell—saves your life!                                                          
He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.                                                       
He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence

Psalm 103:1-5

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