Author

Caitlin Walker

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“Build for me an altar made of earth, and offer your sacrifices to me—your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep and goats, and your cattle. Build my altar wherever I cause my name to be remembered, and I will come to you and bless you.”

Exodus 20:24

When I was in bible college, I heard a message preached titled “Your God File” I remember thinking, in all my wisdom as an eighteen year old, “this message isn’t for me,  I don’t even really understand it.”

Little did I know that my life would change that service.

It was one of those moments that completely redirects the trajectory of your life. I put that service into my “God File.” A file that is filled with destiny-altering moments and miracles.

I can look back through this file in my mind and remember what God has done is my past. I can recall how I was doubting my future, and God spoke to me through my pastor and told me that He has something special for my life. I can go back to when God healed my breathing problems after a Sunday service.

My God file is a book filled with altars, and moments in my life where God made His name to be remembered. Times of refreshing, healing and direction.

As you read this, I’m sure you are thinking about specific moments in your own life that are placed in your God file. They are there for a reason, and they have led you to where you are in your life right now.

They can be called back to memory in moments of doubt and frustration.  If God did it before, He most certainly can do it again!

The files can be used as a testimony to others. You can boldly say “this is what God has done in my life!”

There will be times when you question what is happening in your life, but just bring out your God file and remember all He has done! Remember the altars that have been built, and trust in the power of His name.

God, I’m thankful for everything you have done in my life. Help me to never forget all that you have done for me in the past.

“No, for all the nations of the world

    are but a drop in the bucket.

They are nothing more

    than dust on the scales.

He picks up the whole earth

    as though it were a grain of sand.”

Isaiah 40:15

My family loves going to the beach, it’s one of our favourite summer activities. We don’t swim or even really go in the water, we just enjoy sitting in the sand. My oldest daughter loves to build sandcastles and build trenches, while my one year old enjoys eating the sand.

Even now, in the dead of winter with snow all around me, I can almost feel the warmth of the sand. I can feel it between my fingers as I let it fall back to the earth. I can see how tiny one grain is, and imagine God holding the earth in a similar way.

How big and great our God is, that He can hold the world as though it were a grain of sand. This shouldn’t make us feel small and insignificant, but rather cherished and protected by a mighty and strong God.

We should never feel as though our problems are too small for God to care about. Yes, he’s a big God – but he loves us and cares about what troubles us. We are always free to bring our needs to Him, and we can trust that He has heard us and has started working on our requests.

You can rest easy today knowing that the God you serve is all powerful, all knowing and absolutely loves you. He has the whole world in His hands!

God, help me to understand Your power and strength today. Remind me of your love for me, and may I always be aware of how much You care for me.

“But when Pharaoh saw that relief had come, he became stubborn. He refused to listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the Lord had predicted.”

Exodus 8:15

Isn’t it so easy for us to look at Pharaoh and shake our heads in disbelief. After numerous plagues that destroyed his crops, land and people, he still refused to surrender and allow the Israelites to go free.

I’ll admit it, I’m stubborn. I have been my whole life. My daughter was on antibiotics around this time last year, and hated the taste of it. I’m talking hated in the way that we sat in her room for three hours trying to get her to take it. It was late, we were exhausted but she was being so, so stubborn.

I sat there for 3 hours while she cried and even screamed a little about how much she hated it, but in the end I prevailed! She took it and quickly fell asleep. Victory!

The more I thought about this story from the bible though, I realized that we can have an attitude like Pharaoh sometimes.

Yes, another plague had come. Yes, it was awful. Yes, it weakened him and his people. But once it was over and relief had come, he turned back to his old ways and became stubborn and adamant that the Israelites would not go free.

How often do we do that? We struggle and face mountains, cry out to God for relief and provision, only to have it come and us turn away from God. Ungrateful, unmoved and unchanged.

We must take the time to recognize and appreciate each and every blessing that God gives us. Just because it doesn’t come in the way we thought it would, doesn’t make it any less of a miracle.

God always hears our cries and sees our tears, we just have to allow the blessing to change us. Become more grateful, share your testimony with others, and rejoice that God has provided.

Let’s have grateful hearts today for all that He has done! Allow his blessings to change you and draw you closer to Him.

God, I’m sorry if I haven’t always appreciated everything You have done for me. I’m grateful for every blessing that has come into my life. I pray today that I could share my testimony with someone who doesn’t know You yet, and that they could see Your goodness.