Memories are images burned in our hearts. Some are bad and some are really really good. I know that as my kids get older I am starting to really enjoy looking back at their old pictures and talk about stories of when they were younger. This morning as I was reading in Psalm chapter 9 the very first verse stopped me in my tracks...
I will give thanks to The Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all your wonderful deeds
When I was a kid at the beach I would collect tons of beautiful seashells. I would go back to our hotel and put them all out on the balcony to count and I would recount them all throughout the week. I knew which ones were mine because I had held them and studied their shapes and I found them. I thought about the second part of that verse " I will recount all your wonderful deeds" and it hit me every single time I have been in that place of drought or uncertainty God has sent reminders of all the times He has pulled me or pushed me and most definitely carried me through them. Today as you start a new work week, relationship, job or whatever journey you are on remember to choose JOY no matter the outcome of your circumstance. I love this verse in Colossians
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. (Colossians 3:15-17 MSG)
Sing your heart out today!! God is FOR you and I promise when you let go of your ways and your plans something happens within you and surrender sets in and you suddenly leave the results up to Him. So what are you thanking Him for today?