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25 April - Anzac Day

Today is Anzac Day, a day in Australia and New Zealand where as nations we remember the sacrifice our soldiers made to secure our freedom. It’s a yearly opportunity for us to pause and remember the sacrifice others have made for us.

The Bible is also full of remembering and encouragement to acknowledge what Jesus has done for us and where He has shown up on the scene and delivered or revealed Himself.

In biblical times, individuals and whole families would leave a marker or build a memorial to remind themselves and their descendants of what God had done for them. (Joshua 4:4-7)

Those memorials served as a testimony of who God was and, when noted and remembered, helped them continue to believe and have faith in his plan and purpose for their lives as they went forward.

Remembering like that is important for us still, so next time Jesus does something significant, I encourage you to make a note of it somewhere. Then whenever you face a circumstance or need a reminder that He is for you and you can trust him, it will be right there as a testimony that Jesus is faithful to his promises.

Every thought you have and every move you make, He is watching over you, working to cause all things to work together for your good. (Romans 8:28)

Today I encourage you to reflect and remember when and where God has spoken, shown, or revealed Himself to you. Remember the milestones, blessings and all the people in your world and how far you have come.

Even if you have negatives, if you keep moving forward and learn and grow, those things can be turned into a positive or become a strength rather than a weakness. It doesn't have to be huge because I've discovered that when you reflect and remember, you'll start to see God's hand on your life and how He has led you this far.

Be blessed as you remember today.

You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:1-14)

"Let His grace and mercy comfort you, and remind you of His unfailing love." (Psalm 143:4.)

Prayer: Lord, thank you for everything you have done in my life and the people you have brought into my world. Please help me remember to reflect and thank them so I don't forget them and all you have done. In Jesus name Amen.

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