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Tomorrow is the date that forever changed my life from what I expected and planned. Each year I am faced with a new March 7th, a new opportunity to live the day’s anniversary a different way. So often in life when we experience something very special or something tragic or sad on a particular day, it becomes embedded in our minds. Anniversaries of a loved one’s death may cause us grief and mourning all over, or perhaps we can smile through the tears because we made it to the next step of grief. Maybe the anniversary is a good day, because it reminds us of the birth of a child, a first date, a wedding day.

This is the twelfth year to acknowledge this day. A few times, I have spent it in tears. I know God caught each one (Psalm 56:8). I will admit some years I was so engrossed in life that I missed the actual day pass by, only to consider it days later. A few times I attempted to make positive memories on that day—taking the kids out for a nice dinner, having a family fun day. This year, I opted to get myself a gift. I purchased a necklace from Giving Keys. I was excited to receive this personal gift. I opted to have it engraved with the name of my Lord and Savior, “Jesus.” I had great anticipation of this item as I tracked the shipping. It is not often that I get myself something, especially something that isn’t a necessary item. Usually I find myself getting myself a vacuum or kitchen towels.

The gift came Saturday. I opened it up and it was even better than I could have imagined. The key, once a key used to unlock some door in the world, had been repurposed by this great organization, and is now a necklace I will wear for the unforeseen days ahead. As I first glanced at the face of the key and noticed the name Jesus, I noticed the key that was chosen. Around the key, there are laurels. I held the key for a moment, just staring at the laurels. It reminded me of two things—the great journey God took me through at Laurel University, where He saw me through to achieve the B.A. in Christian Ministry, which hangs in my office and reminds me of where God brought me—a great reminder stone set up to look back and praise Him. The second thing I consider with the laurels is victory. The Greeks once crowned the victorious with laurels. With Jesus, we have victory. Fear not, He has overcome. As I prepare myself to live another March 7th, I am reminded that maybe one day will forever change the path of your life, but only Jesus forever changes your life and offers you true life—life everlasting.

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’” – John 6:35 [ESV]

 “But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.” – 1 Timothy 6:11-12 [MSG]

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So Much Noise

When you read Ezra 3, you see the Israelite people rebuilding the Temple and praising the Lord. As they stood before this rebuilt structure, there were two sounds present- shouts of joy and the sound of weeping. Some were shouting and rejoicing while others were crying. Some were joyous because the structure, the Temple of the Lord, was finished. It symbolized God being with them. Others had tear-filled eyes, perhaps remembering what God had done for them in the past—remembering the Temple that was destroyed—remembering the former glory. Perhaps they were weeping at the second chance—the chance to once again have a Temple of the Lord.

Reading of these emotions and of this outpouring of noise as a result got me to consider how noisy we get today. Do we make noise? Do we get emotional? Are we passionate for Jesus? I do not often hear people shouting for joy for what the Lord has done. I also do not hear crying or see tears remembering what God has done for people- whether it is tears of joy or tears from a remembered journey. So many people are quiet today. People are quiet about what Jesus has done for them. People are quiet when there is so much to share—so much to rejoice about—so many tears of joy that could be flowing.

Today make some noise. These people made so much noise that they could be heard from far away. Has anyone heard you today? Has anyone heard what Jesus has done for you?

“No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.” – Ezra 3:13 [NIV]

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Patiently Remembering

“But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.” – Psalm 106:13 [NIV]

When something is right in front of us, it is hard to miss it. When something is fresh in our minds, it is more likely to be remembered. The Israelites were able to remember the Lord when they were in the middle of a situation and He was providing them with their needs. But it did not take long for them to forget what he did and impatiently seek to find their own way in the world.

Again and again we are told to remember God’s Word and to teach it to our children. There are feasts in the Old Testament that were held to help remember. In the New Testament, Jesus participated in these feasts and during the Last Supper, He gave His disciples a new way to remember—Holy Communion.

Still today, there are moments when we forget what He has done and there are times when we are too impatient to wait for His plan. We take things into our own hands. We don’t wait. Today, make a point to remember what God has done already in your life and ask Him to show you the path to continue on for his plan to unfold.