photo 1 (16)Have you started your fall cleaning yet? Yesterday, I started cleaning out and clearing out. I wouldn’t call it fall cleaning because many falls have come and gone and this project has been avoided. Now that both children are in college, I have time to dedicate to the tedious task of sorting, purging and organizing.

I came across a stack of old pictures that were shoved in a draw. I’m an avid scrapbooker so if there’s a pile of pictures somewhere its usually duplicate prints or school pictures… you know the ones that come in a gazillion copies of one pose that you usually purchase sight unseen.

I flipped through picture after picture of my children from infancy to elementary years. There were pictures from when we got our puppy, when they got braces, and that horrible long hair phase for boys. I’ll spare my children from posting the utterly embarrassing ones.

I sat in the floor, surrounded by trash bags and cleaning supplies and took a trip back in time, remembering so many sweet times that had long sense been filed away in my heart.

This morning I woke up at the crack of dawn and drug myself to the Publix at the moment it opened to buy the necessary ingredients to make chocolate chip cookies. Why? Well, I’m going to visit my daughter today and when I asked her if I needed to bring anything to her she said,

What I’d really like is some of your chocolate chip cookies, Mom. They’re the best!”

Laura getting ready to give Rosie a bath.

Laura getting ready to give Rosie a bath.

Now I happen to know one of her dining halsl provides a plethora of cookies options, so why did she want mine? Because they conjure up the memories of home and the reminders that she is not alone, she has a support network and we will be there when she needs us.

When you experience a change in seasons of life or difficult times, it’s important to pause a remember. It reminds us we’re gonna make it. It gives us the strength to move forward.

The same is true in our walk of faith. It is beneficial to remember…

  • Remember all Jesus has done for us [John 3:16].
  • Remember that we are never alone [Deuteronomy 31:6, 8, Joshua 1:9].
  • Remember that He will protect us [Psalm 32:7].
  • Remember that He has great plans for us [Jeremiah 29:11]. And His plans will not be thwarted [Job 42:2].

This list goes on and on. There are so many great promises of God. There are also memories we can reflect on of times when He has personally stepped in and carried you through, like the time my brother nearly died from a misdiagnosed appendicitis. Or when our family took a seventy=five percent pay cut due to a job change. God was faithful and we didn’t just survive, we thrived.

It is beneficial to share our testimonies with one another to offer hope and encouragement. You never know when someone listening (or reading)  is walking through a similar situation but only a few steps behind. Your testimony may be all the encouragement they need to carry them through.

Leave a comment and share of a time when God carried you through a situation. I would love to hear them and I’m sure other readers would also.

I hope you have a great day. Now I’m off to bake chocolate chip cookies.