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Reflection: Forget God

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Reflection: Forget God

Being sick. Being broke. Being heartbroken. Those are a few times when I remember I was holding on to God so tightly. In my hurting, I never fail to remember Him. But here's a confession: when things are going well, I sometimes forget God. I forget how faithful He was not leaving my side when it seems the world has abandoned me. I forget how generous He's always been not letting my cup run dry. I forget about how He's healed me many times. I was a sickly kid.

Yeah, I'm one of those nine lepers who were healed and never returned. As a result, when things go bad again, I worry. As if I haven't been saved by His grace a million times before.


How not to forget God

I strive every day to change for the better. I've realized I have so little faith  because I'm not remembering the good things God has done for me in the past, but I do dwell on the times I felt let down. Having known this problem, I have figured out the solution.

Reminder

Reminder
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I know God is busy solving the planet's problems. Who knows how many universes are there in the vast multiverse. And He's in charge of all of them. But I boldly ask Him of this trivial, teeny tiny request: to remind me of how good He is. Seriously. When something good happens, and I know it's Him at work, I ask Him to remind me of that moment. Especially when tough times come up. Guess what, He does help me remember.

Gratitude Journal

Gratitude Journal
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What I do so as not to forget God when things are going well is that I keep a gratitude journal. I'ts a simple list of what God has done for me in the past that seemed impossible for my limited human and imperfect faith and understanding.

Things like:
  1. When I was traveling and was worried sick that my valuables will be stolen from my luggage, God kept them safe and secured.
  2. When I needed a new phone but buying a new one is out of the budget, God helped me win a contest where a sleek smartphone is the prize.
  3. When I was sick, God healed me.

Sometimes I would add declarations on this journal, proclaiming what I believe God will do for me. No it's not magic, it's allowing God to work miracles in my life.

I always forget about that beautiful fact. That's why writing them down helps me remember. So is reading reflections from other people's blogs.

Reading blogs

Reading blogs
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As most of my time is spent online, I have to be wise about spending it. Aside from working for clients, managing this blog, and of course chatting with friends, I read blogs that are soul-nourishing. There are a lot of good stuff around the world wide web. You just have to find them. I'm glad I have.

Here are a some of my favorite blogs that remind me how God works amazingly in our lives:

There are a LOT of great bloggers out there that I try to visit on a weekly basis (if I'm not busy) to get my soul nourishment, but I won't be writing them all down here. They know who they are. Hint: they're always leaving a sweet comment here on my blog. Go find them there.

Video Reminders 

Video Reminders
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I always jump into work the moment I wake up, sometimes most of the time skipping breakfast because I want to finish early and complete the tasks ahead of schedule. That means skipping on reading the daily scripture too. I know, I used to be a good girl. What happened to me? LOL.

I make up my listening to a 5-minute or so talk of my fave preachers on their Facebook pages. Yeah, social media can be your friend if you use it wisely.

My calendar also has a daily reminder of how good God is and how beautiful this life could be if we decide to make it so.

Check out these short but faith-filled videos on Facebook for daily inspiration and reminder of how amazing God is:


What about you? When things are going well (or not), who do you turn to? Who do you remember the most to thank, to ask a favor from, or just to talk with?

Any other blog sites or Facebook page that you can recommend? 

I'd appreciate it so much if you can leave the link in the comment. If you write about your personal experience or create short videos which you think can help me remember God, please let me know where to find you in the comment too. Looking forward to your reminder!


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  1. Hi, Lux!

    This is a great post, dear friend! It is human nature to forget God when times are good, and only turn to Him when we are in trouble and in need of help. You listed some excellent ways to remind yourself of His constant presence in your life through the good and the bad times. I like what you wrote about your online searches. If you go looking for filth and hate, you will surely find those things. If you go looking for beauty and love you will find them in abundance. Fill your mind with positive affirmations and you will come from them every day of your life.

    Have a wonderful week, dear friend Lux!

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  2. Hello, thanks for the information.

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  3. Isn't it true Lux when things are going well we forget how Heavenly Father got through those tough times we wondered if we would survive... I need to remember Him more than I do, I need to start that gratitude journal again, it is such a good way to remember how blessed we really are xox

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  4. Nice post indeed, I believe we must never forget the people who did good for us and show gratitude to them.

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  5. Interesting post!
    Have a nice day!
    Gil Zetbase
    http://www.gilzetbase.com/

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  6. I heard someone else say this recently, that when things were going well that God seemed to fade into the background. I love your gratitude journal idea, Lux. We need to keep our thankfulness front and center. Without God's blessings we'd have little of value.

    What a thoughtful post, friend ...

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  7. I am also guilty of this. I tend to forget God when things are going well. I only go to Him (in desperation) during crisis.

    Since you are asking, I suggest that you watch Bishop Fulton Sheen in Youtube. One sample is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSZ3NKA_YPs&list=PLJ4uTmeIb7_-3E1CRuuk6zq5vkmo_5cZw&index=50

    I also suggest Chesterton or if you want light reading, read the stories of C.S. Lewis.

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  8. These are fabulous tips to remember God in all kinds of situations. We must believe in his power and pray for the peace.

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  9. I am trying to find a balance in me, God is forever with me too.

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  10. Fabulous ideas, my friend. "Remembering" is something I see threaded through scripture often. The Holy Spirit has ensured I noted it, and girl, I was excited to see it here. I love how you ask God to help you, Lux. I simply note it in my journal and often write down a "remembrance" of God's power/love from the Bible or my own life. But now I'm considering that perhaps asking Him to help me remember might be another powerful opportunity to worship and trust. Blessings.

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  11. absolutely inspirational post. i love keeping a gratitude journal and reflection is a huge part of my life, even part of my blog name. I adore Everyday Gyann, she is truly a beautiful soul. #thesatsesh

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  12. Listening to worship music helps me not to forget about God. And I have so many encouraging blogs in my reader that I am always filled to overflowing even when reading His Word is hard.

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  13. So glad to "meet" you from Lyli's link up! Your post was an encouraging reminder.

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  14. Great thoughts, Lux. And thanks for sharing all your faves. Embracing stillness is one for me. Sitting on my porch, and being open to His voice. :)

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  15. Right, it is easy to forget God when things are going well, when everything is all right, and we have that illusion that everything is in our control.

    Blessings, indeed, are a test of our faith in the same way hardships do. In the words of RheaAngeline: "Because if the devil cannot break me through trials, he may destroy me through prosperity. I should not let my guard down."

    Listening to worship songs in my playlist keeps me reminded of the goodness of the Lord. "Help from Heaven" by Matt Redman and "Psalm 23" by Don Moen are two of my sources of quietness.

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