Moses recorded their starting places according
to their journeys by the command of the Lord,
and these are their journeys according to their starting places.
(Numbers 33: 2 NASB)
Apparently God cares about keeping records. I found the above Scripture fascinating. In a quick concordance search, I found this repeating phrase: “These are the records of the generations of…” After each entry would be a person’s name, like Noah, etc. Several times in Israel’s history, these records were important reminders of God’s faithfulness and direction for the nation.
Today’s idea for waking up our quiet time is to create a “Miracle Scrapbook.” If you are visual person, you may love this idea. But other ways to record God’s miracles in your life are readily available. Like using a digital journal on your phone to take photos, type notes and record God’s daily faithfulness or the old-fashioned journal, where you can list your blessings or keep track of answered prayers. You could also use a voice recorder on your phone to have a verbal record of God’s praiseworthy deeds in your life.
I am a visual person, so scrapbooking, doodling and journaling the journey appeal to me. I have shelves of scrapbooks, so I am not sure I will go to the effort of making a special one for miracles. Come to think of it, if I just go back and look at my current scrapbooks and journals, I could find plenty of everyday and once in a lifetime miracles that give evidence of God’s grace in our lives.
If you don’t want to or don’t feel like making a visual reminder, why not just look at some old photos and thank God in person for the miracle of your life with your voice or in your heart.
Here’s a couple reasons that Pam Farrel keeps a miracle scrapbook:
Someday we’d have children, and I didn’t want them to think because we were in ministry we were paid to be good. (I wanted them to know there was a time when were “good for nothing!”) I began to keep evidence of answered prayer. For example, the grocery bags that held two weeks of free groceries we received when we were broke…Whenever my faith becomes weary and I’m not sure if God can see me…through a crisis or challenge, I pull out that miracle scrapbook. I am reminded that while the obstacles might have changed or grown, God hasn’t changed, and he is able to handle the challenge.
By recording anchor points in your marriage or family, you strengthen the faith of everyone in that family. By spending your quiet times cataloging God’s provision for you, your heartstring to him is also strengthened.
©Pam Farrel from 30 Ways to Wake Up Your Quiet Time (IVP). For more devotional books by Pam http://www.Love-wise.com
How do you record God’s faithfulness to you?
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