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Holly Barrett is a Christ-follower, minister,
speaker, writer, mother and YaYa from NC. She is also an extreme
extrovert who loves to laugh and enjoys being called Princess Holly.
She is after all a daughter of the King! Varied life experiences as a
preacher’s kid, survivor of domestic violence, and single mother have
given Holly an insight and compassion into many
of life’s challenges. Her passion is connecting people with Jesus and
sharing her life’s message of God’s redemption. Holly
loves ministering to people and works with young adults as Program
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of NC. Next to Jesus, Holly’s greatest loves are
her precious grandbabies and her children who have proudly served our
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Take a few minutes to pray and ask God to direct you as you read Psalm 111.
At my last job, our ministerial staff had outgrown our main office space. Two trailers were set up, facing one another with a deck in between, that housed four offices each. These were located just outside a back entrance into the building and a few short steps from the main office where our admins were located. Oftentimes, when I needed to speak with my assistant about something, I would walk over to her office, just to stretch my legs a little.
I cannot tell you how many times I walked into her office and stared at her blankly, having totally forgotten the reason I came over in the 10 seconds it took me to arrive. She reminded me that even if she could read my mind, she would probably have forgotten it by the time I got there too! Invariably I’d head back towards my office and in the retracing of my steps, the memory would kick in and I’d know what it was I wanted.
Ah, the intricacies of the human mind. Especially as it gets older!
We often find in scripture that memories are short too. When the going got tough in the desert, the Israelites’ selective memories had them wanting to return to a life of slavery.
When Elijah forgot what God had accomplished against the prophets of Baal, he ended up running for his life in fear of the queen’s threats (you can read his story in I Kings 18 and 19).
When Peter forgot all that Jesus had done, he ended up denying Christ three times.
But God, who knows our nature and our tendency to forget, is gracious enough to remind us of His loving care and provision for us. Over and over again if He has to.
Psalm 111 reads this way in The Message:
I give thanks to God with everything I’ve got—
wherever good people gather, and in the congregation.
God’s works are so great, worth
a lifetime of study—endless enjoyment!
Splendor and beauty mark his craft;
His generosity never gives out.
His miracles are his memorial—
This God of Grace, this God of Love.
He gave food to those who fear him,
He remembered to keep his ancient promise.
He proved to his people that he could do what he said:
hand them the nations on a platter—a gift!
He manufactures truth and justice;
all his products are guaranteed to last—
never out-of-date, never obsolete, rust-proof.
All that he makes and does is honest and true:
He paid the ransom for his people,
He ordered his Covenant kept forever.
He’s so personal and holy, worthy of our respect.
The good life begins in the fear of God—
do that and you’ll know the blessing of God.
His Hallelujah lasts forever!
As He prods our memories, we remember who He is:
His works are great.
He keeps His promises.
He does what He says.
He is truth and justice.
He never grows old.
He paid our ransom.
He is worthy of our respect.
His Hallelujah lasts forever!
His miracles are His memorials so that we will not forget.
Today let’s look back at the miracles He has worked in our lives. The times of rescue. The days of provision. The moments of comfort. The never-ending patience and forgiveness. The works of redemption.
These are our very own…very personal…memorials to who He is. Memorials that should help us never to forget.
Remembering what He has done,
1. Reread Psalm 111 in the version of your choice.
2. Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of a time when God worked miraculously on your behalf. Record the specifics of this event, if you haven’t done so already.
3. Tell someone today of what God has done in your life. Remember what He has done and then go testify to His goodness. #sayso