June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
Do you remember when you first met Jesus, better yet when you fell in love with Him? You would be eager to read His word and fall on your knees because you loved Him and wanted to spend quality time and not because it was a part of the daily routine. Think about it for a moment. Not the “I’m a little girl and I love Jesus” but when you were very mature and realized what dying for your sins really meant. You messed up so badly that you thought He couldn’t possibly love you anymore but then you remembered Romans 8:38-39: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (KJV)
There are times when we are focused on our relationship with God; however, there are also trials that we face that can seem so brutal. It is in these times that we must remember. Life can get so bad that it is hard to see any “goodness” in the situation. My former pastor, Frederick D. Haynes III, would often say, “I don’t care how BIG your Bible is every now and then we all go through something.” Trials are no respecter of person. It doesn’t matter how much money you have in the bank, what kind of car you drive or the size of your house, every now and then we all experience heartbreak and pain. We experience some trials that almost take us out for the count. During these times, the thing that should allow us to continue to trust God and press forward is that we can “Remember the Time.” We can remember when He restored us or when He gave us a blessing that we did not deserve. He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate. (Psalms 111:4 NIV)
One of the best Biblical illustrations of remembrance is of the Israelites crossing the Jordan River into the Promised Land. After Moses brought them out of Egypt and led them across the Red Sea they did not go directly to the Promised Land but wandered in the desert for forty years because of sin. When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight. ” (Joshua 4:1-3 NIV) And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God. ” (Joshua 4: 20-24 NIV)
Aren’t you excited that God has given you so many opportunities to “Remember the Time?” I can scroll through the various EmpowerMoments we have written over the past year and recount the trials but also the triumphs. I can personally be thankful for each breath that I take because I can remember The Night We Almost Died… Memories like these are ones that cause me to remain thankful and faithful to His word.
Thank You for the peaks as well as the valleys in my life. Help me to always remember the times that You have brought me through each obstacle. Thank You in advance for total restoration in every area where I am lacking. Not only do I want You to restore me, but restore our relationship because I can “Remember the Time” when we first met and I completely trusted in You. Lord, allow me to use those memories to keep it moving forward. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to “Remember the Time.” Review a scrapbook, pictures, journal or whatever visual memorial you may have and recount what you were going through at the time. Recall how God moved in your situation. Recall how He in many instances saved you from yourself. I EMPOWER you to remember when you first met Him and fall in love all over again.
When you think of Jesus and your relationship with Him as well as your trials, recall Michael Jackson and “Remember The Time”:
Like the stones used by the children of Israel, do you keep any type of visual memorial to remind you of how far God brought you? Share your story below.
Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”