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by | Feb 9, 2022 | Freedom in Christ, Submission

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 ESV)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8 ESV)

There are all kinds of memories, both good and bad. I prefer the good ones but the bad ones have helped me change things about myself. I spent some years on our ambulance service as an EMT. I saw things no one should ever have to see. But I really think that it’s by the grace of God that I don’t remember a lot of it.

Our brain is a wonderful thing. It can store everything we see and hear. Somewhere buried deep inside that gray matter are all our memories. There are times when the devil will bring up a painful or bad memory. You may think, “Why did God allow that to happen?” But he didn’t allow it. The devil did. He wants us in pain, he wants us hurting so our focus is off God.

I have been thinking a lot about my parents lately. My mom was great but dad was a spoiled brat. He was Grandma’s last baby and she spoiled him rotten. I got a lot of his anger directed at me. Not physical but mental abuse. A lot of harsh and hurtful words were directed at me. Those are the memories that have been trying to come up lately. I say trying because every time one does I just smile and think of how much I love my dad. I can’t wait to get to heaven and tell him how much I love him. That’s not what the devil wants. But I don’t care.

God’s grace will see me through the rough times. His grace is sufficient for me. Because for every bad memory the devil brings up, God brings up two good ones. So no matter what the devil is trying to bring up, smile. Tell him not today. Kick him to the curb and think about the good times.

Have a blessed day.

Kathy Keller
Writer and Prayer warrior with Answers2Prayer Ministries
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