“Yet I still dare to hope when I REMEMBER this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” Lamentations 3:21-24
That verse right there is a game changer, better put, a “day changer!” I woke up the other morning feeling anxious and really lacking hope. I sat down on my bed and told the Lord I really needed Him today. Well, I really need Him every day, today especially! I opened right up to this verse. Love it when He does that! As I read it, it was like rays of light beaming across my heavy heart, chasing the dark clouds over my mind far away. I began to do exactly what this verse instructs: I began to remember his faithfulness in my life. He comes through over and over again. He has saved me from so much. I am blessed--all because of His great love for me. His mercy starts all over again every day. He is my inheritance. I am secure. My future is secure, because He is my future. He is my hope. The word “remember” continued to come up over the next few days.
About a week later the Lord was still teaching me to remember. I was spending some time with Him and was reading a chapter in Isaiah. While I was reading I remembered a dream I had a few years ago. I was trying to remember when I had the dream and where I wrote it down…A picture of an old journal flashed through my mind, so I went looking for it. When I found it I began flipping through the pages. I never found that particular dream I was looking for but I did find some great stuff. I found a page of notes I took on the same chapter in Isaiah that I had just read. I also found some other amazing dreams He had given me. I found a page in the journal dated two years before my daughter Lucy was born, with her name written on the page. Amazing. I forgot that I knew her name two years before she was born. As I was reading through the journal I was amazed at all the deep revelation and powerful dreams the Lord had so kindly and graciously given me. He is good. I felt this overwhelming sense of His great love for me…He gives and gives to me...I easily forget.
Flip through your old journals of notes from different sermons that really impacted you. Look through and find different things the Lord has shown you, things the Lord came through for you in. I totally believe it will renew your hope. It renewed mine.