Remember When…

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Our children, now ages 10 and 11, were arguing today when my husband sarcastically asked, “Remember when they were little and held hands going in to school in the mornings?”

I remembered!

They are only fifteen months apart.  When they were younger, they did pretty much everything together, from potty training, bathing, and playing, to holding hands at school!  It was always so sweet watching them walk in together.  Those days are over, and I can’t believe how fast they’ve grown!

Now, Hunter stands tall enough to look me in the eyes, and Haley borrows my shoes!  Where did time go?

In my quiet time with Him, God has been emphasizing the importance of remembering.  Over the years, I’ve tried to consistently journal.  I write about my children, family, friends, circumstances, events, what God is teaching me, and so on.  It’s where I brainstorm a lot of what I write in this blog, and it’s where I record some of my intimate times with God.

Recently, over the past two weeks, several people have asked me how to journal effectively.  Since God has been telling me to “remember” and people have been asking, I decided to give you a few things that have helped me journal better.  Keep in mind there’s no formula set in stone for this. For years I’ve just been writing whatever’s on my heart and mind.

Find a place that works well for you, where you can concentrate.  Some people work better with noise, but for me, this has to be a quiet place. There are several spots in my house that I love for writing:  my recliner, our office, or my personal getaway upstairs.  Most often, I write in our office.

My little upstairs oasis for creativity!

Get yourself a journal, a Bible, a pen, and a cup of coffee or tea.  Write down the date and the scripture reference where you’ll be reading.

Pray.  Ask God to make His Word come alive to you.  Ask Him to speak clearly, and ask Him to help you hear Him when He does!

Read a portion of the Bible.  Usually, it’s good to read at least a chapter at a time, that way scripture is read in its context.

Look for a nougat, or that thing that jumps out at you. Write that scripture in your journal.  Don’t necessarily look for or listen to what others have said or are saying about the scripture.  Listen to what God is saying to you, then WRITE IT DOWN.

Think about how reading this particular scripture may change the course of your day, or even your life.  Write how it applies today and every day.

Write whatever’s on your mind.  Who/what do you want to pray about?  What are you thankful for?  What has God been doing in your life?

How have you seen Him specifically answer prayer?  Remember God and His goodness in your writing!  There are those inevitable times when we have trouble hearing from God and “feel” like He’s nowhere to be found.  Going back, reading and remembering what He has done and how faithful He is to His promises is priceless for growing faith.

For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.  Psalm 33:4

Then again, pray.  Thank God for what He’s been speaking, and ask Him to help you apply it!  Try writing your prayers.  Pour yourself out to HIm!

Maybe you are an old pro at this and have some suggestions!  We’d love to hear them!

Try different things, and when all is said and done, do what works best for you!  Happy writing and remembering.

16 thoughts on “Remember When…

  1. Courageous Jane says:

    I think if I spent as much time following these tips as I do reading through Facebook posts, I might begin to hear God more clearly when He has something to say to me! :/

  2. Veronica says:

    I LOVE to write my prayers. It is a way for me to journal and talk to God for me. I ALWAYS hear Him the BEST when writing my thoughts. Thank you for the reminder…”get back to basics” for me.

  3. Audrey Malloy says:

    Just the title of this post had me in tears, as I immediately heard the song Remember When by Alan Jackson in my head..,,then i opened to read:
    I flashed back several years remembering all the many good times and the not so good times…. I really do see the importance of journaling “all” of those moments in time, so when you look back you are reminded just how God was right there with you and how He brought you through. An incredible faith builder i may add!!!! I have been faithful to keep a prayer journal to write prayer requests for family and friends but I have not really done a good job with requests pertaining to myself or my immediate family.
    Thank you for this very helpful information Rivera!!!… I do pray that I can grow in this area!! Love you

  4. Tonda Huggins says:

    Thank you for writing on this. I always look foward to you posts. It seems God always speaks through you. As a new christian I need that.

  5. Jan Meek says:

    I have recently started “Prayer Journaling”, but I know that I need to do something more. I definately need to be in His Word more and listening more. You can’t fight satan if You don’t know His Word and the only way you can know His Word is to read it and study it.

  6. lauriewhin says:

    Thank you for these terrific hints, Rivera. These are all really good suggestions about what to write. So many times, I’m writing thoughts on scraps of paper, without dates, and then they get lost. Truly, I need to get better at writing my thoughts down in a journal. Doing Beth Moore’s Believing God Bible study, she was continually reminding us that the key to believing God is remembering all that He has done for us in the past. So your words have reached me at a good time, as we are finishing the study this week, I need to carry on what I started with Beth.

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Yay God for speaking just at the proper time! 🙂 You’ll be amazed as you go back and read of His faithfulness in your own life. And you never know, you might bless someone with your writing generations from now.

  7. Sydni says:

    Thank you for this post. It always seems that God tells you exactly what you need to hear exactly when you need to hear it. I’ve struggled with not spending enough quiet time with Him and His word. It’s not as difficult as I make it seem. It’s simple, and I just have to set aside the time. After all, I expect Him to make time for me. Thank you so much for the encouraging words each week. It’s like a breath of fresh air, and I feel energized to seek God in everything.

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