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A Possum’s Pose

Possums are known for their ability to play dead. When this happens, the possum’s body wilts, its tongue flops out, and its heart rate declines. After about 15 minutes, the animal revives. Interestingly, animal experts do not believe that possums purposefully play dead to evade predators. They faint involuntarily when they become overwhelmed and anxious!

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Sow What?

On the clock tower of my alma mater is an Art Deco bas-relief sculpture titled The Sower. The inscription beneath it is from Galatians 6:7, “Whatsoever a man soweth.” Michigan State University remains a leader in agricultural research, but despite many improvements in farming techniques and crop production, this fact remains: Seeds of corn will not produce a crop of beans.

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Let Me Be Singing

When I asked a friend how his mother was getting along, he told me that dementia had robbed her of the ability to remember a great many names and events from the past. “Even so,” he added, “she can still sit down at the piano and, without sheet music, beautifully play hymns by memory.”

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With Him Forever!

In 1859, during the turbulent years prior to America’s Civil War, Abraham Lincoln had the opportunity to speak to the Agricultural Society in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As he spoke, he shared with them the story of an ancient monarch’s search for a sentence that was “true and appropriate in all times and situations.” His wise men, faced with this heady challenge, gave him the sentence, “And this, too, shall pass away.”

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The Barking Lion

Visitors to a zoo were outraged when the “African lion” started barking instead of roaring. Zoo staff said they had disguised a Tibetan mastiff—a very large dog—as a lion because they could not afford the real thing. Needless to say, the zoo’s reputation was sullied and people will think twice before visiting it.

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Hope To Continue On

The solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse can fly day and night without fuel. Inventors Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg hope to fly it around the world in 2015. While the plane flies all day by solar power, it gathers enough energy to be able to fly all night. When the sun rises, Piccard says, “It brings the hope again that you can continue.”

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Step Up!

When a woodchuck started eating our garage (well, just the trim), I bought a live trap with plans to transplant the little guy to a park. I baited it with an assortment of goodies and opened the trap door. The next morning, I was excited to see a little critter in my trap—until I noticed that it was no woodchuck. I had snared a skunk.

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Life’s Darkest Moments

Charles Whittlesey was a hero’s hero. Leader of the so-called “Lost Battalion” in World War I, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery when his unit was trapped behind enemy lines. When the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated, Charles was chosen to serve as pallbearer for the first soldier laid to rest there. Two weeks later, it is presumed that he ended his own life by stepping off a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean.

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Spiritual Navigation

Dava Sobel’s award-winning book Longitude describes a dilemma faced by early sailors. They could readily determine their latitude north or south of the equator by the length of the day or height of the sun. Calculating east/west longitude, however, remained complex and unreliable until English clockmaker John Harrison invented the marine chronometer. This was “a clock that would carry the true time from the home port . . . to any remote corner of the world,” thus enabling sailors to determine longitude.

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Memory Loss

Sometimes when we face times of trouble, we may get spiritual amnesia and forget the grace of God. But a good way of reestablishing a thankful heart is to set aside undistracted time and deliberately remember God’s past provisions for us and give thanks.

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35 thoughts on “Memory Loss

  1. Robert Bothwell, Texas says:

    Oh Lord,

    We ask your blessing on our offering.

    This offering …

    To You – Our Prince of Peace,
    Who eases our anxiety…
    And allays our fear.

    To You – Our Lamb of God,
    Who assuages our sorrow…
    And comforts our grief.

    To You – Our God of Strength and Refuge,
    Who quiets our turmoil…
    And calms our storm.

    To You – Our God of Mercy,
    Who relieves our pain…
    And rests our weariness.

    To You – Our Light of the World,
    Who gives light to our darkness…
    And leads us through this lost world.

    To You – Our Lord of Lords,
    Who, although You walked among us 2000 years ago … we knew You not.

    To You – Our God of Grace,
    Who forgave our sin … through the Blood of the Cross …

    And still …. we knew you not.

    And today, as we pray to you,
    ….. it seems that the world is coming apart.

    Unspeakable, barbaric acts against innocent persons being carried out on the world stage.

    Christians and other religious minorities displaced, ravaged, and slaughtered by Islamic terrorists.

    In the midst of all this hate, and cruelty, and vengeance we pray to You …

    …Our Good Shepard,
    Only You can calm the storm.
    Only You can part the water.

    Protect us … oh Lord
    Shield us … oh Lord

    Accept this – our offering in the name of Jesus Christ.

    Amen

  2. christiane22 says:

    Everyday is a struggle to remain strong willed in Faith. With all of the activities that come with life, it is easy to get caught up and forget the blessings in our lives. We forget to look around us and see all of Gods glory, we forget to take a deep breath and feel Gods grace, we forget to listen to the sounds of His love. The simplest acts can snap us back to reality, to the everlasting blessings God provides us everyday that we are able to wake up!

  3. annieokie says:

    Years ago, when our children were young we bought a “memory box” and put it on our coffee table. Inside we placed momentos of times in our family’s life where God “showed Himself strong on our behalf” (2 Chronicles 16:9). Over the years we would open the box and pull out these “stones of remembrance” and recount to each other the stories behind the different items. The Israelites were told to place “standing stones” at different places throughout their journey to the Promise Land so that in the future when their children and grandchildren asked what they meant, the re-telling of God’s mighty and miraculous deliverance would impress on them the steadfast love and faithfulness of God. “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord! His power, and the wonders He has done.” Psalm 78:4

  4. TEbie says:

    As a child of God’s, I find it easy to praise the Lord in the good times. I know all things work together for the good to those that follow the Lord, but in the mist a bad situation the human instinct is to go it on our own. Sometimes not a good choice especially leaving God out of the picture, who knows what’s best. Putting God first and all other things will be added according to HIS riches and GLORY. Staying in tune with our LORD, is a better way. God is love. Pray, and seek His will, for He has done great things. May the Lord be with you each as you travel this side of Heaven.Thank you for your comments. God Bless!

  5. leonardachristain says:

    FRIST I WOULD LIKE TOO GIVE HONOR TO GOD OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, AND ASK HIM TOO GIVE ME THE THOUGHTS I NEED TO EXPRESS TO YOU HIS READERS. HI MY NAME IS LEONARD AND I AM GLAD TO JOIN YOU ALL IN COMMENTTING FOR AND ABOUT JESUS, THANK YOU ALL FOR LETTING ME PARTICIPATE…..WE MUST ALLWAYS THINK BACK ON WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US, ESPECIALLY THE BEAUTIFUL SACRIFICE OF GIVING HIS ONE AND ONLY SON, WHO DIED AND SHEDED HIS HOLY BLOOD, WAS BURIED AND ROSE IN THREE DAY AND TOOK AWAY ALL OF THE SINS OF MAN.

  6. elton wahlborg says:

    dew
    Amen, and amen – but let us remember all the Miracles, mercy’s of God, in faith as we look back at them, I remember my mother, a women of faith for many years, but back slid away from the lord, and lived a life of bitterness, and anger, and no praise did she give to God, she could remember the Act’s of God, as if it was yesterday ! it was, that she had stopped believing in him, she had died in child birth and went to heaven, and ask Jesus to let her come back, to help her kids grow up
    He let her, she remembered heaven 40 years later, as if it had happened yesterday-I asked her why she didn’t fallow Him now ? I have lost my faith ! the past is no help for us, unless we remember what He did for us by faith – Hebrews 11:6
    Let us praise Him, for all His wonderful to men.

  7. elton wahlborg says:

    dew- I think
    The Hebrews didn’t forget, what the Lord did for them, but more like-only few new they where God’s children by faith-the rest thought they where Abrahams children, a mans children, they new what the lord had dun for them, how could any one forget the wonders (miracles)God did in Egypt, not possible – they had no faith – Heb 3:17 But with whom was He grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
    Heb 3:18 And to whom sware He that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
    Heb 3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. (Hebrews 11:6)by faith we know Him and please Him ! by faith we remember the Act’s of God, and the past becomes a tool to asst us in the present, and helps keep on track to our destination-heaven.

  8. willowsprite says:

    I find that the opposite is true. When we are facing tough times, that is when we remember God’s provision the most. Trials are what bring us near to Him. I can look back on cancer, miscarriages, and other hard things and see His steadfast love. When things are good, sometimes our worship and prayer life suffers because we think we don’t need Him as much. Let’s praise Him in all circumstances!

  9. poohpity says:

    Thank you Lord that everyday I get a new day to experience your provisions, faithfulness and mercy. I do not have to remember very long since I see each day how your hand has touched my life.

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