June 12

I can remember leaving for college, and my mom looking at me and saying, “Don’t forget.” She was not reminding me to remember to change the sheets on my bed (which I had no idea was a “thing” … I left the same sheets on my bed from August to when I went home in December – I know, some of you ladies don’t think much of me at this point). She was not reminding me to brush my teeth (which I did more than changing my sheets). She wanted me to remember that she loved me. When we would part ways, she would say that to me. Terry and I did that for a good while as well. Now one of us says, “I love you,” and the other says, “I love you more.” These little things make life special.

Today I was reading Psalm 106, and two verses really touched my heart about my walk with my Heavenly Father. “Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea. Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known” (Psalm 106:7-8). The Israelites had been in bondage for hundreds of years when Moses went to Pharaoh and demanded that the people be set free. After witnessing the awe-inspiring strength of God on display through the ten plagues, Pharaoh finally agreed and freed the Israelites.

They quickly faced more opposition when they arrived on the edge of the Red Sea with the Egyptian army in hot pursuit. It did not take long for them to forget the ten plagues, and God’s awesome display of power over the idols of Egypt. They complained very quickly. Even after God miraculously opened the Red Sea for them to walk across on dry ground, and God powerfully destroyed the best of the best of the Egyptian army, they soon forgot and began to complain about the lack of water and food.

I would love to point an accusing finger at these whining, complaining “babies,” but the problem with that is that I too have often forgotten the past blessings of my Heavenly Father. I love the mercy that we see in verse 8, and the first word of that verse … Nevertheless … In spite of all their failures, God remained God. In spite of our past failures, God and His grace and mercy are new every morning! It is important for us not to forget what God has done in our past. My mother has been in Heaven now for eleven years, but I can still hear her telling me that she loved me, and reminding me not to forget. I hold those memories as dear to me. I also want to remember all my Heavenly Father has done for me, and I don’t want to forget it for a minute! Thank God today for all He has done for you!

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