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When it comes to photo storage, there are two kinds of women.  Group Crafty, blessed with creativity, display family memories in albums that entertain while inspiring joyful remembrance. Group Practical are organized, storing family memories in labelled, acid free, sleeved albums and online in digital format for future viewing pleasure.  But, wait, there actually is a third category…Group Pathetic, the women who “file” memories in shoe boxes shoved under the bed to accumulate for, say, 20 years until there is no longer room under the King size mattress to fit one more box.

I, dear friend, belong in Group Pathetic.  I tried to join Group Crafty, and ended up re-gifting the unopened paper and stickers after a year of sitting undisturbed on my shelf.   I just don’t have what it takes to join the creative crowd.  My hope is to join Group Practical, the organized group.  This seems a more reachable goal for me.

It is important for you to know that this “challenge” comes from sheer laziness, not a lack of respect for the memories those photo’s hold.  That may not sound like much of a defense, but it really is.  I love my family and the memories from years past.  But I procrastinated from the very beginning, and as the pictures stacked up under my bed, I gave up, not even sure what I wanted to remember out of that huge mess.  (Do I keep the picture that is blurry with a finger across the top of it?  What about the shot where my nephew is sticking his tongue out at the camera while the rest of us smile pretty?)  I have made progress…I have made it more than half way through my shoe boxes with 10 albums proudly lined up on my book shelf.  They aren’t creative, but they are organized!

Some things are important for us to remember.  This is true in our spiritual life as well.  Last week, the Daily Devotional looked at what God chooses to remember.  This week investigates what the Bible says we should remember.

Daily Devotionals for this topic can be found under the category of What We Should Remember at www.gttdaily.wordpress.com.  Just click on that address or click on the Daily Devotional tab above to get there.  

Have a great week!

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I read recently about a University of Michigan experiment testing the memories of dogs and cats.  They came to an interesting conclusion, and if you are a dog-lover (or cat-hater), you may want to stop reading now.  Their testing found that while a dogs memory extends to around 5 minutes, a cat’s memory will potentially last as long as 16 hours. Wow…that explains a lot about my pets!

So my dog is more “memory challenged” than my cat, I can handle that.  What really concerns me is that my cat might have a better memory than I do. I swore it wouldn’t happen to me, and certainly not this young, but I am having the hardest time lately remembering little details on the spur of the moment, like names of people I am friends with and things I went in the other room for.

I shared this struggle with a friend and she was very comforting…she nodded knowingly and said the exact same thing happened to her in her early 40’s, with the same busy season of life, and she said it does get better. Then she said, “Now who are you again?” Real funny!

What about God? What does the Perfect One remember? The answer to that question will be the focus for this week’s Daily Devotional, as we look to Scripture and see specific things God tells us He chooses to remember and how He takes action on that memory. It will be an encouragement to us all!

These Daily Devotionals can be found under the category of What our God Remembers at www.gttdaily.wordpress.com.  Either click on that address or click on the Daily Devotional tab above.  And if you find something you like on this site, take a minute to pass our link along to a friend or a neighbor.  It might be just the encouragement they need for their day.

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St. Patrick

Have you ever stopped to think about the real person behind St. Patrick’s Day? I didn’t, until just this year. Growing up I was always careful to wear a bit of green to avoid the painful pinches of classmates. As a grownup, I have noticed the signs advertising green beer (and can’t help but wonder if it turns their teeth green like a green popsicle does). But I know I never before considered anything beyond the surface stuff surrounding this holiday.

Take for instance three leaf clovers. Legend has it that St. Patrick really did use shamrocks. And did you know that he was captured and kept as a slave for a life-changing period of his life? This week in our daily devotionals we are going to take a closer look at this man who really did exist, who wasn’t a leprechaun with a pot of gold and lots of luck. He was a man with a deep trust in God and a great desire to turn other people’s hearts towards a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Daily Devotionals on this topic can be found under the category of St. Patrick at  www.gttdaily.wordpress.com .  And if you find something you like on this site, take a minute to pass our link along to a friend or a neighbor.  It might be just the encouragement they need for their day.

By the way, if you haven’t had the chance to read Lydia’s story in the tab above, we would love for you to do so now. Her story is really all of our stories…a woman who searched and who found and was never the same again.

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Real Forgiveness

You are sitting at the coffee shop sipping a mocha in a comfy deep chair. The place is crowded, perfect for “people watching.” Your eyes wander from table to table, observing the intensity of emotions within the various conversations, the facial expressions that come and go as the speaker leans in, and you wonder…what are they all talking about. If you were sitting closer to their table, you imagine you might hear things like this:

She is moving back in with him…at least for now. But after the unfaithfulness, the embarrassment, the heart shattering pain? Really? Is she really going to forgive him? Sounds a lot like a tabloid headline, but it just as easily can be a conversation about a mutual friend. Whatever the case, the pain is real!

On to the next table: I only talk to her about work related topics, and that by email if at all possible. She broke my trust! Hmmm. Is it possible to have real boundaries and really forgive?

Over on the sofa by the window: It shouldn’t be a shock. Regardless of what I say or do, Mom will never change. She has always been this way. My mood when I am around her swings back and forth between frustration and anger…and it is exhausting. Wow, I can relate. The emotions are real.

I feel so distracted by this problem that has come between us…and I am pretty sure by the way he is acting that he feels the same way. The need for forgiveness is real!

In “real” life, forgiveness is complicated. And in “real” life, forgiveness is necessary to move forward in the goal of living our life to its fullest potential and the glory of God. None of us have found perfection in this, and personal circumstances can make forgiveness quite difficult, but together we will continue to push ourselves towards understanding healthy forgiveness.

Daily Devotionals on this topic can be found under the category of Forgiveness at  www.gttdaily.wordpress.com .

If you find something you like on this site, take a minute to pass our link along to a friend or a neighbor.  It might be just the encouragement they need for their day.

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