During the past few weeks, I've been going through old emails to sort/organize them. It's been very refreshing and fun. Many times I've laughed out loud at some stories or conversations with friends. Other times, I was completely humbled to see how God had answered prayers over the years.
I thoroughly enjoyed looking through my past prayer letters from full-time ministry and reading through the prayer letters of my friends who are still full-time missionaries--whether at campuses in NC, SC, Sweden, Argentina, Russia, or anywhere else in the world. God is truly amazing, and I don't know how I can forget that--even for a moment!
If it's been awhile since you've taken a journey through old journals or emails, I would encourage you to set aside a couple of hours to do so. God is certain to meet you there as you reflect and ask Him to remind you of His faithfulness.
On that note...
I've been working with my 4th graders on Scripture memory. We recently had a test with about 20 verses that they've been working on memorizing since September. The majority of them did really well, which was encouraging to me. I pray that these Words of God would be seeds in their hearts. Many of them are not believers, but I trust that God's Word will be hidden in their hearts and that He can use it at just the right time in their lives.
Anyway, one of the verses they memorized that I've thought about a lot is Jeremiah 29:12-14. Many people know the previous verse, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. " The next one, verse 12, has been a marvel to me lately: "...Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the LORD,"
God listens to me! (And to you!) Let's find comfort in that-- and joy when we need it! The Creator of the Universe listens to us. He wants us to seek Him with all of our hearts. When we do, He lets us find him.
It may be in Scripture, in past journals, in past emails, pictures, conversations with friends... however it is that we seek the One, True God, with all of our hearts, He allows Himself to be found by us. Praise Him!