Encouragement, Inspirational

Memories – Part 2

from Bet She’an, Israel

“Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind. Memories, sweetened through the ages just like wine.” (Mac Davis) Remembering where we came from is important. How did we get to this point? @donnalhsmith #memories #amwriting

There are so many memories I have, both good and bad. I’m older, and I’ve lived a lot of life—but I still believe I have a lot of life yet to live.

The most outstanding memories I have as I review my life … remembering the day I understood what it meant to become a Christian, a “real” one, and how it changed my life forever. Being baptized in the Holy Spirit, being baptized in the ORU swimming pool and feeling the presence of God on me so strong, I couldn’t stand. Being baptized in the Jordan River five years ago, where I’m holding my arm. My husband holds my nose. God bless him. And speaking of my husband … our wedding day, nearly 32 years ago. I’ll never forget it.

Graduating college was more meaningful to me than high school, although I remember that, too. I’ve graduated from a master’s program, but I didn’t attend, because for some reason, that one didn’t mean as much. I’ve graduated from Bible school and ministry school programs. Those meant more.

I’m entering seminary, and I expect that to mean the most in about two and a half years—projected, April 2022. I hope to, anyway.

My trip to Israel is one I’ll never forget. Broke my wrist the second day there. Very hard trip, but I’m still glad I went and stuck it out, not returning early.

I’ve memories of meeting my half-sister for the first time nearly two years ago. I’ve only known her for 2-1/2 years. Because I did something I said I would never do. I looked up my biological relatives, and they have enriched my life already.

Some incredible things have happened this year. I remember being prayed for as a new ministry partner in our “local” ministry network. I went through deliverance and am so free! Answers to prayers for healing started happening this year. That is way cool!

So, while I have wonderful memories of this year and so many previously, I’m still looking forward to seeing what God has next for me. What memories from this year are precious to you? Leave a comment and let me know. @donnalhsmith #memories #amwriting

2 thoughts on “Memories – Part 2”

  1. Thank you for sharing, Donna! Congratulations on going to ministry school. How cool is that! This year has been quite the opposite for me. Not so good, but by God’s grace, I’ve endured. The list of mishaps and loss are too much to post, but like Job, I didn’t lose hope or blame God. I loved reading about the happenings in your life. So awesome! Be blessed, my friend. I hope to see you at one of the writer’s conferences next year.

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    1. Been praying for you and Ken. Tough time. I had those 3 years ago. Months and months of emotional followed by non serious physical stuff. I got through that tough season and God is blessing me. I am more appreciative of the blessings now than I might have been if I hadn’t been through the trials. We also learn to see the blessings during a hard season. I may show up at Blue Ridge for the Selahs – like I did this year. Provided my 3rd book comes out before mid December and it makes the finals. Blessings.

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