A Message to Remember

by Rhonda Rhea

I’ve discovered something rather disturbing about myself:  I’m a salad dressing whiny-baby. It’s not like I’m even all that into salad. I think we all know I’d rather have chocolate. Or coffee. Or chocolate mixed with coffee. But the other day I found myself with a salad that needed something that neither coffee nor chocolate could fix (though it took me several minutes to come to grips with that). So there I sat trying all the salad dressings. All of them. I even mixed a few—like some sort of mad scientist. The first dressing was too tart. The next one, too sweet. Then the next one was just too…orange.

That’s when I figured out that I was not so much a mad scientist. No. I was Goldilocks.

When did I become so dressing-spoiled? It doesn’t even comfort me all that much that I’m not the only one. God’s chosen people had wandered in the desert for 40 years because they had chosen not to trust the Lord. When they finally stood poised to enter the land of promise, instead of the “now you can all relax” message they might’ve expected, they got more of a “don’t get too spoiled” warning.

“Be careful that you don’t forget the Lord your God by failing to keep His command…When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God…” (Deuteronomy 8:11-14, HCSB).

In the verses just prior to these, the people are reminded to be diligent in their obedience to God because “the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land…a land of wheat, barley, vines, figs, and pomegranates; a land of olive oil and honey,” (Deuteronomy 8:7-8). Olive oil and honey? They were headed into the best salads with all the best dressings.

The entire chapter is full of “remembers” and “don’t forgets.” And it’s not just the Israelites. It’s so often in our times of greatest blessing even now that we forget our Lord God is the source of that blessing and that “every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights,” (James 1:17, HCSB). Anytime we forget, the blessing loses its sweetness. Pride replaces recognition of His provision and our satisfaction in life sours.

When we catch ourselves going all Goldilocks-y, it should trigger our reminder to…well…“remember.” “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord you God gives you the power to gain wealth,” (Deuteronomy 8:17-18, HCSB).

Remembering that every good blessing is from Him helps keep our obnoxious pride in check and reminds us to lean on Him for everything. It reminds us to love, follow, trust and obey. And that adds blessing upon blessing—whatever we do, wherever we go—whatever is on the menu.

Meanwhile, I hope you’ll excuse me. Salad is on the menu again here and I’ve decided to make my own dressing. So now it appears I have to travel to a thousand islands.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits.  Psalm 103:1-2, ESV.

rhonda rheaAbout the author: Rhonda Rhea is a TV personality for Christian Television Network and a humor columnist for great magazines such as HomeLife, Leading Hearts, The Pathway and many more. She is the author of 12 books, including Fix-Her-Upperco-authored with Beth Duewel, and a hilarious novel, Turtles in the Roadco-authored with her daughter, Kaley Rhea. Rhonda and Kaley are also excited to be teaming up with Bridges TV host, Monica Schmelter, for a new book and TV series titled, Messy to Meaningful—Lessons from the Junk Drawer. Rhonda enjoys speaking at conferences and events from coast to coast and serves as a consultant for Bold Vision Books. She lives near St. Louis with her pastor/hubs and has five grown children. You can read more from Rhonda on her website or Facebook page.

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Join the conversation: What are the blessings you want to remember as you start your new year with Him?

 

68 thoughts on “A Message to Remember

  1. God is so good and He is here for us not matter the time or day you need him. I would love to read your book.
    Blessings
    Diana
    Diana Montgomery
    334 N 575 E
    Valparaiso, IN 46383

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  2. This is so true and wonderful. I work in an office where many of them Aren’t saved nor do they go to church. I have often found myself caught up in the stuff with them of saying rude things or laughing at someone when I know it isn’t right. I get “caught up” in that moment. This for me is something that I am going to work on in this new year and hope not to do.

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  3. This is quite parallel to my recent morning routine. I found that I was waking up dreading the coming day-work, problems,to/do lists…so I decided that I needed an attitude change. In doing so, I reached back to my youthful days and those“old fashioned” hymns that reminded me of my somewhat lost idealism. Now my “wake up song” is “Count your blessings, name them one by one…” just my way of remembering to be thankful. Looking forward to this year of “Arise”!

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  4. The blessings I do not want to forget is the Lord bringing me out of darkness of addiction into the light of freedom I have in Christ. Glory be to Him who is faithful.

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  5. I want, no I need, to remember that God’s opinion of me is what matters. I need to please him not others. Doing what’s right is not always liked by others. And what they think, what they say, especially about me should not control what I do. I can not please everyone – just the One.

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  6. What I don’t want to forget this year of 2018 is how God has provided for me all year long. My children have succeed in their job opportunities, with promotions to higher positions. God has also seen me through many difficult situations, with the lost of one of my best friends of 32 years. He was with me during this trying time and I was able to speak a word into her daughters life. I have seen many young people return to Christ and join Church and seen many people change their lifestyle. My family members have reconnected with Christ and now enjoy just being in His presence. It feels good to know Him for yourself and for the things that He will do for you when you serve Him. All we have to do is to be faithful

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    1. Cheryl, what an amazing year you’ve had! I’m so sorry about the loss of your friend, but so inspired by what you’ve allowed the Lord to do through you. Way to go, faithful one!

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  7. Oh my goodness, you’re stepping on my toes today girlfriend! (In a good way!) We can get so comfortable in God’s blessings that we can let ourselves get caught up in this or that, can’t we? Thank you for the needed reminder to start the year. Let’s all rejoice and remember His abundant blessings today:)

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  8. WOW! God’s timing is perfect! This is just what I needed to hear today! Thank you for the “reminder” that I need to “remember” that…. every good and perfect gift is from HIM!!!

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  9. Sometimes in years that are full of blessings, I don’t remember to prepare for leaner times. That’s when trusting God becomes more real. It’s a cycle. Now I’m learning to depend on God to help me make better decisions during good times that will carry into the times that aren’t so good. I’m at that age now where friends and family are dying and entering eternity. This gives me greater perspective on how I live out my remaining years. It’s so much better to trust God in the beginning than to set myself up to worry.

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  10. Words I so needed to hear today. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in life, I forget to acknowledge the little blessings also.

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  11. A blessing I remember quite often is how my aunt blessed me for taking care of her..I can enjoy the few things I do in life because of her kind gift..I thank her and my uncle and also the Lird for them sharing with me..forever grateful…very unexpected

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  12. All things are from God and are used for our good. A good reminder to look to Him in all circumstances of life and be thankful.

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  13. I am one of those people who “forgets” a lot. I forget to pray. I forget to read the Bible. I forget to study His word and do devotions. I am pledging that 2018 will be different and that I will get back on track. This devotional has solidified that. Bless you.

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  14. Not only as I start the new year, but every day, I thank HIM for my best blessing; my salvation. Not because I deserve it, but because of HIS forgiveness.

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  15. It is such a sweet revelation when we become aware of our smallest action and reaction. God is good. He is always helping us grow.

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  16. I want to remember the little blessings like a roof over my head, healthy children, a loving spouse and a job I enjoy.

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  17. The main blessing that I want to remember is that God was with me 365 days of 2017. He was there through the good and the bad. He said He would be. But, sometimes I failed to remember that. I failed to have that trust; that faith. No matter though…He was still there. God just didn’t pick certain days to be by my side. He just didn’t carry me once in a while. He did it every day.
    And, He is already here with me in my 2018.
    The song I Surrender All comes to mind.
    The part that’s says…I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live. I’m blessed.

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  18. Okay, (hear heavy sigh), yes I can be such a whiny baby – over the dumbest stuff sometimes. AND, it’s usually over things that I can’t control. I think that I have to do it ALL myself – and right now, darn it!!! I forgot that “it” all belongs to God and only He knows all of the ins-and-outs of every person and every plan. I have to remind myself take a breath, do what I can do, and let Him work out the rest. Like goes much more smoothly (and peacefully) that way. 😉😄

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  19. Thanks for this much-needed reminder.

    The blessings I would like to remember in 2018, is how God made sure that my husband and I were able to keep our bills paid, when there were times when we weren’t sure if we would have enough.

    He has been good to me and my husband.

    I would also like to remember how, although I seemed to go astray from the path He meant for me, I was always brought back.

    I started my own business, and it has been extremely slow. However, I thank God for blessing me with this business and what success I have had.

    I want to thank God for inspiring my husband to join me in daily couples devotions. That was a pleasant surprise.

    This year, I want to work more on completely trusting Him, even when everything looks like it’s going wrong, or when I feel like I just want to give up. I know He will provide, I just need to keep the faith that everything will be just fine in the end.

    God Bless You and Your Family.

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