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“The signs of an apostle were performed with unfailing endurance among you, including signs and wonders and miracles” (II Corinthians 12:12, Christian Standard Bible).

At one time I attended a small Bible study group with ladies from various faith backgrounds. Our viewpoints may have been different, but we all enjoyed our times of fellowship, studying the Word, and praying together. I don’t remember exactly how the subject came up, but they expressed curiosity about miracles. They had read accounts in the Bible, but what about today? Do they still happen? They said their churches didn’t really talk about this. I assured them miracles do still happen, and they happen around us more than we may realize.

Miracles Still Happen

It’s one thing to declare miracles still happen and another thing to provide actual testimonies. I decided to start collecting miracle stories to share with my friends. Whenever I heard of God’s healing or intervention, I would put the story in a file on my computer. I still have that file, and it’s still exciting to read. The stories include an empty wheelchair, an eye exam, “the bus story,” healing of a heart condition, and a healing when children prayed in Sunday school class.

All of this came to mind again this morning as I read yet another miracle story on social media. It reminded me that even in our 21st Century world, God still keeps His promises, still heals, still provides. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

I grew up with the knowledge of God’s miracle-working power because my father frequently related two special events that happened to him as a new believer. One was a story of his miraculous healing of tuberculosis. The other story was of money God placed in my dad’s hand as he lay praying in bed one night. I have since experienced my own miracles and have seen the miraculous in the lives of friends and other believers.

It is important that we don’t let the stories die. Although my father has been dead over thirty years, his stories still live in my memory. He took time to recount them to me again and again. I learned as a child that miracles are for us today. They did not stop with the early church. I still believe it!

Preserving Our Testimonies

Are you building memories of the miraculous into the lives of your children? It is important that we preserve our testimonies and pass them on to the next generation. They must learn the amazing power of God still works in our lives today.

“Only be on your guard and diligently watch yourselves, so that you don’t forget the things your eyes have seen and so that they don’t slip from your mind as long as you live. Teach them to your children and your grandchildren” Deuteronomy 4:9, CSB).

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the miraculous I have personally seen and heard in my life.  I never want to forget what You have done, and I want to pass it on so the next generation will know Your might power.

 

Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you. Deuteronomy 32:7

My mom worked in a Retirement Home when I was growing up. I have many memories of bringing my classical piano books to play songs for anyone who desired to listen. Walking through those hallways with my mother, I learned the valuable lesson to honor my elders and to take time to listen to their stories—they hold much wisdom.

Several of my mom’s patients had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and I didn’t understand the complications of their life, but I remember looking into their eyes and seeing confusion.

Maybe you have experienced this terrible disease inflict someone close to you and you are learning how to navigate life with a person who has made you a stranger. You may be heartbroken—so are they, but they do not know why.

Alzheimer’s robs an individual of their memories and as a result, they may react in fear and frustration to a family member or close friend who walks into their room.

This is understandable…

The Power of Memories

  • How can you navigate life if you cannot remember your past.
  • How can you have peace in your future, if you cannot remember where you have been?

I’m sure those with this degenerative disease would love to have all of their memories—even the bad ones, because without the positive and negative together, it is difficult to understand a persons blessings, victories, healing, and successes.

If you have the power to remember, then stop trying so hard to forget.

Everything that you have been through has brought you to this place. There may be parts of your story you would like to forget, but those dark moments have brought you to where you are right now. Your former sins have brought you to grace. Your past, whatever it may be, has revealed that God has better plans for your future.

Do not despise your history, your past, your failures, or your memories. Instead, be grateful that you can use those for the glory of God.

I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. Psalm 77:11

Allow your past to shape a better future for you and your family. Take some time today to share what God has done for you, because your memories and your testimony holds power.

woman_holding_bible“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28, KJV

Recently, I was reminiscing with some friends about our experiences at Harvey, NB, Camp Meeting when we were younger. There are so many memories: Bro. Dudley ringing the cowbell in the mornings to get us up for Prayer; gathering straw to make our beds in the dormitory over the dining hall; cleaning our teeth and washing our faces in the lake; meeting with friends that we only saw once a year; laughter and fun with other young people.

But the best memories are of the services, and the great men and women of God, who shared God’s Word with us. The missionary services were greatly appreciated, as those who had dedicated their lives to take the Gospel to other lands. They inspired us and helped us to make a decision to follow God’s call in our lives.

I especially remember Bro. Bill Drost, leading the singing and always singing “He Abides.” He would tell us that we belonged to the “We Know Club.” We know that we belong to Jesus, and that He abides in our hearts. We know that we have a hope of one day spending eternity in Heaven. I remember the year he was so sick, and it didn’t look like he and his family would be able to return to the Mission field. But God healed him and once again proved that all things work together for good, for those who put their trust in God.

I am so thankful that I know Jesus and I know that He is with me every step of the way, guiding my footsteps and meeting my needs.

Prayer: Jesus thank you that “we know” You and that You are always working all things together for our good.

Devotion by: Anne Johnston