3 Steps to Remind Yourself of God’s Faithfulness

3 Steps to Remind Yourself of God’s Faithfulness

September 12, 2017

“He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.” Psalm 121:3 (NASB)

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What would we learn? What would happen next?

Tears welled in my eyes and sadness overwhelmed me as I thought of the pain my loved one experienced just beyond the doctor’s doors. The emotional turmoil my youngest daughter was enduring not only caused her hurt; my heart was breaking, too.

Why were we experiencing this heartache? Our trouble made me uneasy. I second-guessed the decisions we’d already made as her parents, and I was even more unsure about those decisions we still needed to make.

Did my parenting play a part in all her pain?

My confidence was draining right onto the cold tile floor.

As I sat in the waiting room, I had another decision to make. What would I do with these defeating thoughts?

I reflected back to that morning when I’d opened my prayer journal.

I keep a diary of my prayers to the Lord. The pages are filled with names of loved ones as prayers to God go out for them. I write out my concerns, cares and confidence-challenging situations. I also write down verses that build my trust and faith in God. They remind me God hears me and will answer my prayers.

When the answered prayer comes, I write it and date it in red ink so the answer stands out boldly. Going back and reviewing my history with God reinforces my confidence in Him and reminds me I can keep going, no matter what challenges I face.

I remind myself of what David wrote in the Psalms: He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber” (Psalm 121:3).

Going against all the fears in my heart, I began to reflect on the faithfulness of God in my past. It felt completely unnatural, but slowly, as I reminded my spirit how God has been with me and with the one I love, my faith began to rise.

In that moment at the doctor’s office, God didn’t solve all of my daughter’s health issues. But He gave me a renewed sense of hope that I could trust Him no matter what we were facing.

So the next time you’re going through a challenge, grab your journal, and take these three steps to remind yourself of God’s faithfulness:

1. Write out the date and what’s going on to cause you to feel fearful. The Bible says, Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, NIV). For me, this was the doctor’s visit.

2. Next, write out a Bible verse or several, next to your fear to give you hope. If I use the doctor’s visit as an example here, a powerful verse is, “Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures” (Psalm 119:90, NIV).

3. Now the hard part: Leave the third step blank. Believe in faith that God will answer your prayer … but trust it’ll happen in His time. And when He does answer it, come back and write it here with a bold red pen! Writing out faith-filled verses, along with your answers to prayer, is the simplest of ways to rehearse God’s faithfulness to you, too!

When we remind our forgetful hearts and minds how much God has proven His care for us, a bold trust builds. We can see how God has worked good into our lives and in the lives of others before, and we can fully trust He wants to do it again!

Remind your heart: What you’re facing is a challenge. It isn’t defeat, but challenges in life are an opportunity for God to show His faithfulness.

I’m ready to see it again. Aren’t you?

Dear Lord, when life is hard and my confidence is in question, help me remember to look back and see Your faithfulness to me in the past. No matter how I feel, may I remind myself, You will not allow my foot to slip! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 86:15, “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” (NIV)

Deuteronomy 7:9, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
Lynn Cowell’s newest book, Brave Beauty: Finding the Fearless You, for girls ages 8-12, is now available! If you know a young girl who needs to learn to be brave and become courageous, confident and fearless, this is the book for her! Click here to order your copy!

CONNECT:
Stop by Lynn’s blog today, where you can download your own free prayer journal pages.

REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Take a few moments to reflect on times in your past where you have seen God’s faithfulness, and give Him thanks for all He has done.

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  1. Rebecca Sullivan says:

    At the age of 64 years old never been married God bless me with a awesome husband. Thank God I wait for him to bless me with a husband. My precious mother was 83 years old saw me get married on December 10, 2016. My mother died on March 28′ 2018.

  2. Thank you. Enjoyed this devotional.

  3. Shannon Rogers says:

    Having just gone through Hurricane Irma and just getting our internet back on now I know God wanted me to see your message first thing. We lost power and during the quiet darkness was when God spoke to my heart. I prayed and did what I could and left it at His feet. It was hard because I’m a person that wants to have a plan of action. Yet, through the wind and rain I thought of the disciples in the Bible that were on the boat as it was being tossed every which way and Jesus had fallen asleep. They became frightened and woke Him up saying they were going to perish. Jesus rebuked the wind and the raging water and they ceased and there was a calm. And Jesus asked them, “Where is your faith?” I said to myself the same question. I prayed and left the wind and rain at His feet and His peace calmly entered my heart. I knew then all would be OK no matter what happened.

    • So glad you are ok after the hurricane! Praying for these days, weeks, and months ahead of the aftermath that Florida has endured. ❤️

    • Glad you are safe, and had that God connection to get you through. We just went through Harvey, and the aftermath is very stressful as well whether you personally suffered lost property or worst, or are helping others. My prayers for you and your community. You will get through it together. I have been blessed through the hardships the hurricane and flood caused because of seeing my church and wider community come together in a way I never have before. I pray for that for all of the communities affected by Irma.

    • So wonderfully said! Thank you. It is so true, through literal storms or the turmoil in our lives, God has control of it all. Thank you for sharing that beautiful peace God provided to you in the midst of the wind and rain. My prayers go out to all affected by the recent storms.

    • So very glad you are safe, Shannon and that God’s word encouraged you this morning! He is so good!

    • Karen Williams says:

      My prayers are with you & your family. I just read the same passage on last night for a personal storm in my life. I can so relate to the disciples when they asked Jesus, Carest not that we perish? Sometimes it seems as if my struggles will cause me to perish but then Jesus simply speaks to the storm and say, Peace, be still. I’m always awed when the storm ceases. What stuck with me last night was when Jesus replied to them, Why are you so fearful? Where is your faith? Those words spoke directly to my spirit last night and I dozed off to sleep in peace. Thank God for His word!

    • Shey Lunger says:

      Shannon… what a beautiful story of REAL Godly peace in the midst of a REAL life threatening storm! We all go through storms in life, but yours was an actual storm with warnings all over the news. How wonderful you are safe. Our God is a loving and merciful God, and I believe His light shines fiercely bright in the storms of life. For that is when the eyes of the doubters are upon you, and they look with anticipation to see how REAL your faith really is. Because of your strong and undoubting faith, I am sure others ‘mustard seeds’ of faith grew abundantly! We are His light in the storm… praise God for your faithfulness. To Him be the glory!

      Shey

  4. Thank you Lynn for this devotion.

  5. This devotional is perfect & I have wanted to journal for sometime. Thinking is is just the start that I needed!

  6. Well said, Lynn. It is important that the space for God’s answer be truly blank (whether you keep a journal or just keep the request in your mind). I find that God often answers in a way so unexpected that it takes time for me to recognize it. We often spell out in detail the answer we want, when God has something quite different (and ultimately better) planned.

  7. CHARLENE SERRAO says:

    Thank God for His Love & faithfulness. Today’s message ‘hit the nail on the head ‘ … I have been challenged emotionally.. mainly dealing with overcoming rejection & low self esteem.. insignificance??? Thank you for sharing…. often I wondered if Only I could be a better me…. Yes .. the challenges are real … but God is greater and He will not allow me to slip, fall or fail … regardless of feelings … I am not a victim… I am a Daughter of the most High God!

    • Raquel smith says:

      Amen! Continue to be encouraged. The Lord loves you and has great plans for you. You are wonderfully made in the image of our heavenly father.

      Jeremiah 29.11

    • Just like Deborah did in Judges, sometimes we just have to preach to ourselves, Charlene! Keep doing just that!

    • I like what you wrote and even wrote some of it down. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    • I’m in the same boat, Charlene. My depression and anxiety have taken over and I’m praying that God helps me with my self-esteem issues and rejection from childhood pain. I don’t want to be a victim either…I want to see myself as a child of God – loved, wanted and cared for.

  8. Thank you! The prayer journal is a wonderful idea – especially the part about writing down answered prayers in red!

  9. Billie Singleton says:

    Thank you Lord for being with me always! You have showed me at different times you are with me and have blessed me and my family in many ways. Thank you for this day and everyday. Amen

  10. Thank you Lynn for your devotion as I needed this reminder. I started a prayer journal years ago and failed to keep up with it. I have however kept up with my gratitude journal though. Your devotion made me think of how God blessed the Israelites through the desert. I relate the Israelite’s experience of God giving them manna and God gives me my daily manna. (Exodus 16:4) I have to remind myself that my manna may not necessarily be bread but it is whatever God gives me that particular day or situation I am experiencing. You have also encouraged me to get my prayer journal back out and keep up with it so I can look back and see how God answered my prayers “in his time”.~Lisa~

  11. Thank you, Lynn. This is just what I needed. I’m going through the hardest time of my life right now and really struggling. God bless you and thank you again for sharing this.

    • Raquel smith says:

      Hi Michelle as I read your post the Holy Spirit brought this scripture to mind, Romans 8.28. All things are working for your good. Continue praying and have faith in our God. I am a witness, in time you will look back and say to yourself, look at wahat the Lord has done! He WILL NOT fail you but he will amaze you.

      Be encourage.

    • Lord, You alone know what Michelle’s struggles are. I ask You to make Your presence known to her today. Help her to reach up to You for the strength and hope she needs and may she remind herself that You are there … always! Amen

  12. 3:00AM…wide awake, laying on my back, looking at the ceiling in the middle of the living room floor crying my eyes out. My world was falling apart. Out loud I started naming all the miracles and blessings in the Bible, Moses, Joseph, Ester, Daniel, Jesus. Then started pulling up all the blessing God had covered me with in the past, the list grew. Before getting up my heart was over flowed and fill with joy being reminded of how many times God was right there.
    Oh Father, how I love you!

  13. janny holder says:

    I don’t know how this going to turn out but we are going through a health bump right now. I love how the Lord in times of distress occupies you with other things so you can stay focus on the important things. He knows what we need and when we need it, I am thankful for his faithfulness to me and my family. I trust the Lord and will never thought his love for me.

    • Lord, We ask in the name of Jesus that You will heal the health situation in Janny’s family. You are Jehovah Rophe – our healer. Do what only You can do, Jesus! Amen

  14. Aaron Cohen says:

    Thank you! Here is my gift to you.
    September 11, 2017
    Faith Moves Mountains – Matthew 17:20
    I go through life and at some moment, through reflection, reading or just some experience that I am having, I experience the ah ha moment (light bulb on). Sometimes it takes me 10 seconds, sometimes 6 months, sometimes years and sometimes never. This morning God granted me that ah ha experience.
    I am not going to tell you where I am or why I am here as it might cloud your thinking. God tells us to be “childlike” to enter heaven (Matthew 18:3). At 3:00 am, this beautiful elderly lady is walking up and down a hall talking a bit loudly to the point other people are being disturbed. Next thing you know the staff gets frustrated and unbeknownst to them they are contributing to this sweet woman’s unhappiness.
    At 3:00am, instead of contributing to all the frustration, negativity, noise, etc. I decided to go into the hall and observe the elderly woman. After a little bit of watching the situation, I asked permission if would be OK to speak to this sweet woman. Obviously, I was granted permission and I tried. Problem is she speaks Spanish and I know very little. OK a bit of a challenge, but my thinking cap is on. One of the staff members speaks Spanish. I asked him if he would not mind spending a bit of time speaking with us. He agreed as there were no other urgent needs.
    I grabbed a few chairs and asked her if she would sit with me and the staff member. It took a little bit of coaxing as she enjoys speaking with people who are not from the “younger” generation, but she did not consider me part of “that” generation. We began to talk. I asked a several questions, sometimes she would answer them and sometimes she would drift away from the topic and I just followed along. Tough thing to do. Try it sometime.
    We chat for a while and then I ask her if she was Catholic, not that it mattered, but I was trying to find a topic where we had something in common. She is. Then I took a chance and asked if she would pray with me. No problem, pick any prayer. I decided to pray the Lord’s prayer and through more conversation we agreed I would say the prayer in English. Great!
    She then begins to speak about the “younger” generation and how they are disrespectful to their elders. I probed even further and respectfully challenged her. I stated, “wow what challenging problem it will be to have our children be more respectful. It’s so complex, I do not know how to even begin to tackle this problem. Do you have any ideas? I respect you and value very much your wisdom.” She told me no, but she said to me, “Faith Moves Mountains”. Wow! How powerful of a statement.
    At the end of the day, I was given the privilege to begiven not only that gift, but many more.
    Happy Monday!
    Love, Aaron

  15. What do you do when the blank spaces have been blank for almost 20 years? And that is just not one prayer but several.

    • Hi Friend,
      I look at those in the Bible who said the same. Hebrews 11 is so encouraging to me, because many of these people waited, even an entire lifetime to see what they were having faith for come to pass. Like Abraham and Sarah …

      It also tells us that still others:

      Hebrews 11:13 tells us ” All these whom we have mentioned maintained their faith but died without actually receiving God’s promises, though they had seen them in the distance, had hailed them as true and were quite convinced of their reality. They freely admitted that they lived on this earth as exiles and foreigners.”

      They didn’t see the answer to their prayers in their lifetime, but had faith that God would be faithful.

      I also have prayers like this. They may not come to pass until after I am gone from this earth, but I will continue to pray and believe that God’s will will be done.

      It is not easy, but it is faith, friend! Hebrews 11:1-3 “Now faith means putting our full confidence in the things we hope for, it means being certain of things we cannot see. It was this kind of faith that won their reputation for the saints of old. And it is after all only by faith that our minds accept as fact that the whole scheme of time and space was created by God’s command—that the world which we can see has come into being through principles which are invisible.”

      • Lynn, thank you for tjis response. It is very helpful to me as i have one prayer going on 25 years now. I will persevere in prayer and believe God’s will be done!

  16. Darline Cunningham says:

    Great devotion! I love the idea of the prayer journal. When leaving the blank space it is important to remember that God answers all of our prayers. It could be a yes, no or wait answer. The space might remain blank, but always remember that God sees the big picture and he always answers what is best for us. To God be all glory!

  17. Raquel smith says:

    Thank you so much for the reminder and reassurance that I can fully trust that because the Lord is forever faithful and has proven himself in the past that I can rest asure he will not let me or my family fall. In addition to reading this email from proverbs 31 ministries the Lord spoke this very scripture to my spirit this morning.

    Praise be unto our God!

  18. Carolyn J Kroger says:

    Hello Lynn I needed to hear this devotional I have been through lot of hardships and struggles. And the job I doing and situation I ‘m in Is taking a toll on me and my health I want my life back. trying to move forward Nothing happening.Feel like i take one step forward to steps back . I want to move out of state for a fresh start new beginning To find a job And place to live Fear is taking over But i know god will be with me all t the way And i know it his timing i trust him he is faithful Prayers Thank you In Jesus name

  19. MarNee Altebaumer says:

    I really needed this today, I was feeling sad and tired of waiting for prayers to be answered. I will try your suggestions. Thanks

  20. Remembering what God HAS done in the past also allows me to more easily leave in His hands the unanswered cries of my heart or the results that aren’t what I was looking or hoping for. I remember what the guys in Daniel 3:17-18 said when told they had to bow down to the statue or face being thrown in the furnace, “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” Sometimes God’s plans are bigger than we can ever see this side of heaven. Rehearsing what God has done allows us to say with these guys, “My God can, my God will, but even if He does not, I will still trust & follow Him.”

  21. God is truly a blessing in my life. He has guided my though some discouraging and hard times. But today I can say he is truly faithful

  22. I have even recently been shown so much blessing from our Lord in so many ways while going through many struggles. It can be hard to remember when going through more difficulties to appreciate all the blessings I’ve already received. I’m very fortunate in the path our Lord has set out for me.

  23. I am going to visit my friend’s daughter in the hospital today. So yesterday I started praying about what I should say/pray. Thanking God for this devotional today! I will read this to my friend and her daughter. I will also leave scripture verses on healing with them.

  24. Janice Alston says:

    Today, I have been blessed, through the unhappy doctor reports, to the struggles of evryday life. I am truly blessed. I know God has brought me through so .any difficulties, but I continue to keep the Faith. Thanks for the encouraging words.

  25. Thank you, Lynn. Reminding ourselves of God’s faithfulness in the past is indeed a great way to trust He will (and wants to, as you said) respond to our prayers now and in the future. Thanks again for a powerful reminder that strengthens my faith.

  26. Rita Ragsdale says:

    Thank you for sharing. I really love the idea of a prayer journal. I started journaling after my husband was killed 8 yrs ago and it does seem to help to write things down. This will be a new type of journaling for me but I am ready to start. And again, Thank you for the devotion.

  27. At 27 I look around at most of my girlfriends getting married and starting families. This passage was just what I needed today as I was questioning God’s faithfulness and future for my life. This was a reminder that He is watching over and is never far away. He indeed has protected me from bad relationships! Praise God for keeping some doors closed until He is ready to open one.

  28. Thank you for this Lynn! It perfectly met my need today. Loved these verses!
    The enemy of our souls loves that sometimes we have “spiritual amnesia”…that we have forgotten His answers to our prayers, forgotten the miracles He has performed for us when we called on His name! I regret not writing down all of the answered prayers. I would have filled a whole journal…or two! We think we are going to remember each and every one, but I have found I have forgotten even some of those BIG and awesome miracles that I thought I would never forget! I guess it is never too late to start writing them down now! 😉
    Thanks for encouraging me today!
    Bless you!

  29. Thanks for this devotional, Lynne. On a practical note, how do you set up your prayer journal? This is something I would love to do but am not sure where to start.
    Is it a dated diary or a blank journal? I would love to hear any ideas for how to set one up?

  30. Melanie Gee says:

    Wonderful devotion. I really needed to hear this.

  31. My daughter went through many surgeries this year and the beginning of this devotion was so familiar…I was thinking I could have written it myself. The answer to our prayers over her have been noted and the praising of our God for His protection and provision have not stopped! Her surgeries started in March and her last one was at the end of June. She has been doing great and thanks to God the outcome is better than the doctors could have imagined.
    Just as we thought we were out of that season of worry, my husband was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer at the beginning of August. Praying for the day that I can write in red next to this prayer request!
    Thanks for your words of encouragement and the reminders of our wonderfully, powerful and gracious God!

  32. God is so good! No matter what I’m facing, no matter how many times I fail, he never gives up on me, nor forsakes me. His faithfulness endures forever! Thank you Lord!

  33. Catherine Droske says:

    I receive these devotions in my email every day. Some days I feel,rushed and don’t bother to read them. Today I read…..and it truly spoke to me. The valleys come with no warning and most often I do focus on them, rather than the Lord. Wow. Such truth.

  34. Kerri Frazier says:

    This devotion was perfect for me, thank you! It feels like God placed it in my inbox. I needed to hear this today!

  35. Lynn, thanks for this devotion. I am praying for your daughter. Our daughter has had serious health issues for many years and I know how much it helps to pray as well as talk to other parents about their experiences. If you feel led, please contact me.

  36. Janice Alston says:

    Very touching message. Please help me to continue to keep the faith and know God got this, blood work on Monday to check the tumor marker, and my hemoglobin. Please all pray they are great. No,fear, just knowing God will never leave me nor forsaken me. Sending up prayers one by one.

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