Posts tagged Remembering
Remembrance {Team Journal}

Today’s team journal was written by our Finance Director, Christina Von Moll. 

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I heard it said somewhere by someone that there are no coincidences when it comes to the things of God. When images and themes keep popping up in different circumstances it’s probably a good idea to pay attention. Lately for me, it’s been stones of remembrance. I’ve been studying Joshua with my local BSF class and our DWITW podcast live recording centered around women sharing testimonies of stones of remembrance in their lives. This coincidence led me to think about what stones I had to lay down in remembrance of all He has done in my life.

Here and now we can raise our thanksgiving to the Lord because there is so much to remember.

God saved me when I was a crushed and abused soul seeking worth in the attention and approval of the world. He used my brokenness to open my eyes to my need for a Savior. He used my less than ideal circumstances to stir my heart to desire the fullness of a life given over to that Savior. He opened my eyes to the reality of my spiritual depravity and for every lie that was struck down by the truth of His Word, a piece of my carefully curated mask was torn away. I started to run out of hiding places within myself and I was on the edge of complete surrender, complete trust, and completely finding my worth and identity in Him. This meant dying to the shame and broken mindset that was my default.

While teetering on the brink, I endured a confusing and toxic break up which fueled my fall back into shame. I was desperate to find rest in my old habits but quickly realized that it only lead to restlessness. I knew I was in rebellion and disobedient to the truth that had been so endearing to me. It was a dark season but God pursued me. He drew me in once again and I felt the call to repent of my disobedience and walk a new path. By the complete grace of God I met my husband during that bleak season. Four years and two amazingly beautiful kids later I can see His sovereign hand that brought me to this place. As I look back at what He’s done in my life, the disappointments and hardships I face now are put into perspective. God is completely and totally trustworthy and He will bring me through any trial.

Here I’ll raise my Ebenezer
Hither
by thy help I’m come”

These words from the famous hymn ”Come Thou Fount” resonate in my heart as I think on the testimonies He has written for me.

In the midst of disappointment, reversal, or any challenge we face. We can remember the grace of the Lord and His love over us. Whatever side of deliverance we may be on, whether He has called us to, through, or out of something we can raise our Ebenezer. With every stone, in every circumstance, we can thank the Lord for his lavish grace and faithfulness that has brought us right here. Here and now we can raise our thanksgiving to the Lord because there is so much to remember. Where we are matters and we should always remember the strength and the steadfast love of the Lord that brought us here. If you are going through difficulty, know that His faithfulness endures beyond any earthly circumstance and that this season is a light momentary affliction. One day as you look back it will be but another stone and testimony of His goodness. You’ll see how He used every circumstance to bring you here.


Christina Von Moll wants to live in a world where coffee breaks are mandatory and kids actually sleep through the night. When she's not wrangling her two tiny children, you can find her binge-watching seasons of "The Office" or curled up with a good book and a cup of coffee.

Her favorite Scripture is 1 John 3:1-2, ESV.

Actively Remember {DWITW 365}
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In Ezekiel 16:1-14, we see a picture of a cast out infant left for dead, but God in His divine mercy and love not only rescued that baby, but also cleansed, swaddled, and nourished her into a healthy vibrant and lovely daughter fit for her marriage vows. This imagery depicts each one of us individually but also corporately as the bride of Christ, before and after God made a covenant with us and our journey of redemption through Christ began.

But He didn’t stop there! He helped us thrive and grow into a beautiful mature daughter and He robed us in His righteousness and covered our shame with His glory and adorned us with a crown and declared His marriage vows over us. He made a covenant with us cleaning us from all of our unrighteousness and anointing us with the fragrance of Christ.

Interestingly enough we see this child of God, while she has been taken care of well and clothed in all her glory, she has still forgotten the former days of her childhood and all that God had done for her. And in this forgetting she soon committed lewd and abominable acts - in spite of God’s great love and mercy.

When we are prospering and life is going “well” we also can be quick to forget all that the Lord has done for us.

Sound familiar? We, too, are that daughter. When we are prospering and life is going “well” we also can be quick to forget all that the Lord has done for us. God is ready and willing to forgive our wandering idolatrous hearts, but He also gives us insight throughout His word as to the significance of actively remembering all the works He has done for us. For instance, Deuteronomy 4:9 says:“But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.”

We are called, just like the Israelites were in Joshua 4, to not only never forget but also to actively remember all that the Lord has done for us. When all the people had crossed the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, “Now choose twelve men, one from each tribe. Tell them, ‘Take twelve stones from the very place where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan. ...We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant went across.’

Are we being like the Israelites and presenting the miraculous works God has done in our lives to the future generations? Or, are we forgetting to actively recall and recite the work that the Lord has done in our lives? When we actively remember God’s redemptive work in our lives we are laying out a living memorial for all to see and worship the one true God!

It is vitally important in the maintenance and implementation of a vibrant walk with our Savior to recall His faithful love toward us because we are so prone to forget. Life has a way of creating meaningless as well as meaningful distractions and disruptions. These make it challenging for us to stay focused on the goodness of the Lord in our lives.  We must encourage each other to actively remember what the Lord has done otherwise we can forget His goodness toward us and walk with idolatrous hearts before Him. 

Similarly, Isaiah 46 is a call to come out of our idolatry and bondage by remembering the things that the LORD has done: “Do not forget this! Keep it in mind! Remember this, you guilty ones. Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.”

Christ came down and rescued each one of us out of deep darkness

Christ came down and rescued each one of us out of deep darkness, as recounted in Psalm 18. He prophesied, “Live!” over us in Ezekiel 16:4-14 when we were born into sin and corruption. When we were unwanted and rejected, He came and had mercy on our helpless, filthy state and declared LIFE there!

Isaiah 61:3 also gives us a beautiful picture of God’s loving care for us as His bride - He has promised to “… give [us] a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.”

Look what the Lord has done!!! Yet, we turn and worship lesser gods in our lives like status, wealth and comfort and exchange our beauty for deception just as Adam and Eve did in the garden.

So, instead of forgetting, let us recall today how God swooped down to rescue us out of the darkness and restored our innocence as depicted by the psalmist in Psalm 18:

... Mounted on a mighty angelic being, he flew, soaring on the wings of the wind. He shrouded himself in darkness, veiling his approach with dark rain clouds. Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him and rained down hail and burning coals. The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded amid the hail and burning coals. … He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me. They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress, but the LORD supported me. He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because he delights in me. The LORD rewarded me for doing right;”

What a glorious picture of God’s saving tenacious love over our lives!  Therefore, in all our doing today may we see the dire need for actively remembering all that the LORD has done in our lives so that we never forget and we may honor Him. We must passionately and resolutely set up stones of remembrance in our lives by sharing our redemptive journey with others, so that we are not building pagan shrines on the altars of our hearts. This only leads us away from the knowledge of God into idolatry, with our hearts then against our faithful Father.

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Karen Savage wants to live in a world where Christ is Glorified. When she's not serving her family, you can find her serving others. Her favorite Scripture is John 15:7-8 ESV.