Oops! I Forgot (Again)


One thing that frustrated me when my children were young was the need to repeat myself, constantly. I mean, how many times can a mother be expected to say, “Wipe your feet,” “Close the door,” “Say please,” or “Move back from the TV?” Why can’t they remember these simple instructions? Since this is now in my distant past I can assure you, it may be when they enter college, but eventually they get it.

I’m not only frustrated when others forget but I get irritated with myself when I’m unable to remember names, story details, birthdays, recipes, or book titles. But, more significantly, why can’t I remember the big things? Like…

  • Fear not
  • Judge not
  • Forgive
  • Get rid of bitterness
  • Speak words that build up
  • Be still
  • Give thanks
  • Trust God

Although I forget—often, God never says, “How many times do I have to tell you?” Or, “I’m not going to say it again…” Or, “I said it once in Isaiah 43:1—look it up!”

In every changing circumstance, personal failure, and life challenge, God sees my distress. He knows I’ve forgotten (again) and rather than reprimand me, He gently reminds me with consoling words:

  • Don’t be afraid, I’m aware of every detail, down to the number of hairs on your head.[1]
  • You won’t drown, I am with you.[2]
  • Cast those cares on me—I’ll carry them.[3]
  • You’re not forgotten. See, you’re engraved here, on the palms of my hands.[4]

[1] Matthew 10:30-31, [2] Isaiah 43:2, [3] Psalm 55:22, [4] Isaiah 49:16

Photo compliments of zeenews.india.com

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rich
    Feb 02, 2018 @ 07:49:35

    I love you dear… you’re the best.



  2. Marie
    Feb 02, 2018 @ 08:45:06

    Thank you, Barbara. I can taste God’s kindness in your words.



  3. Iris Soto
    Feb 02, 2018 @ 13:44:36

    Thank you Barbara for sharing
    your thoughts and the Word.
    God bless you and your family!



  4. Janet Higby DeHoog
    Feb 05, 2018 @ 07:32:51

    Barb, when I was angry at God because I didn’t understand why something was happening, He was very, very gentle with me. He knows our hearts, and His love is beyond amazing. Thanks for posting, and helping us to be like Him.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Ellen
    Feb 08, 2018 @ 09:50:24

    Another good one, Barbara. Thank you for the reminder (again).



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