Remembering God in the Good Times

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Happy Monday, Friends! It’s been a few weeks since my last Monday Musings of Grace and it got me thinking. And when I get to thinking, I start to muse. 😉 So today I want to talk about remembering God in the good times.

Remembering God in the Good Times

Often, I find that my thoughts are captivated by God when I am in the pit. When I am in need or despair it is easy to run to God and cry out to my Holy Father. Do you find that’s also true of you? Are you closest to God in your darkest moments?

But as for me, I will sing about your power. EACH MORNING I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. – Psalms 59:16

It’s like our trials are a reminder that we can’t do life on our own. We can be plugging along in life unaware that we’ve forgotten God until WHAM! God smacks us in the face with a challenge and then we go crawling back to Him in desperation and regret for ever walking away.

We are basically large toddlers

Let’s be honest, we are basically like toddlers. “I can do it! I can do it! Me do it!” That is our daily cry, right?  Until all of a sudden we fall down and scrape our knee and then mommy is the only person that matters in this world.

If you’re a parent, you know exactly what I’m talking about. And, as the parent, we just sit there and think to ourselves, “Child: If you just would have listened, if you just would have let me help you, it would have been so much easier.”

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. – John 14:23

Do you think God thinks of us that way sometimes? Maybe He’s up there thinking, “Good grief, if only my children would remember that I’m HERE!” (Said tongue in cheek and in total reverence to our everlasting Father!) 😉

Do I remember God in the Good Times?

Since it had been a few weeks since my last musing I was thinking about why I couldn’t come up with anything to share with you all. And it hit me. I’m not in the pit right now. After a really rough 2017, this year has started off quite nicely. I’m not reminded daily of my need for God when I’m not struggling. And you know what? That is quite scary.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Whether we “feel” like it or not, we need God with every breath we breathe. We need to be in constant conversation with Him (a.k.a. Prayer), to be dwelling on His ways (a.k.a. reading His Word), and to be seeking His purpose in our daily lives.

How often do we remember God when we are only in despair? Today's Monday Musing is about remembering God in the good times as well as in the bad. He is an ever present Father and we should be ever present children of God.

God is never absent. So why are we?

God isn’t the kind of Father that only rushes in at the last minute. He isn’t absent. He isn’t content to let us fail. He is there at all times, waiting for us to seek Him. And what better time to seek Him than when we can come to Him in pure thankfulness for the GOOD things He is doing in our lives?!

Be Intentional

So here are some ways that I’ve tried to be intentional about keeping God in my daily life, especially when life is good! I hope that maybe one of these tricks will help you! Leave me a comment below and let me know some ways that you’ve helped yourself remember to keep God in the details!

  1. Designate a specific time each day when you can be in God’s Word undistracted. Maybe it’s before the family gets up for the day, at lunch, or after everyone is in bed. Whatever works for you is great; just make it a routine!
  2. Post sticky notes anywhere you commonly look in your home that have important verses to you. Mine are posted where I get dressed each morning so I see them as I start my day.
  3. Pray while you’re driving. Or walking. Or exercising. If you have something you do regularly where you are alone with your thoughts then turn that into a time of prayer!
  4. Set aside time to pray as a family. Often we consider our walk with God to be personal but the depth of our faith is bolstered by the community we share it in.

No More Excuses

Sometimes the biggest hurdle to being in conversation and community with God is getting out of our own heads and eliminating whatever excuse we have. “I don’t have time.” “I’m not worthy.” “I am so tired and can’t add one more thing to my plate.” “Yada yada yada.” We all have excuses. Mine is usually that I’m tired. I’ll be honest, but it’s a lame excuse! So while I challenge myself to stop making excuses I’m going to challenge you to do the same!

Pick a Verse to Dwell On This Week

Here are a few verses to dwell on this week. Remember, God loves to hear from us just as much in the good times as He does when we are in need.

  • Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually! – Psalms 105:4
  • Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act. – Psalms 37:3-5
  • Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations. – Deuteronomy 7:9
  • This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! – Psalms 118:24
  • No one is holy like the Lord! There is no one beside you; there is no rock like our God. – 1 Samuel 2:2
  • Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the Heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one over all things. – 1 Chronicles 29:11

Be blessed this week my friends!

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{For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. – Psalm 86:5}

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5 Comments

  1. Thank you for the reminder. Love when I have time to read your Monday Musings!!! They are wonderful! Over the last several years I have not given up the typical things some do for Lent but have tried to do something that is pleasing to GOD! I have been hit or miss on doing devotions in the good but crazy life we live. So it will be nightly devotions with some journaling! Have a great day!

  2. thanks for the wonderful post/thought about the true fact as to how much more of God we need in good times. Thanksgiving and prayer giving Him praise and worship is our way to reciprocate to God for saving us from times of trouble which we often forget or not appreciate. God’s love endures forever and we should remember Him in our good times to avoid pride and remind ourselves that without Him we can’t last on our own.

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