Saturday, May 1, 2010


At the beginning of this year, I was incredibly encouraged by Psalm 66:8-12, so much so, that I re-titled my blog, A Place of Abundance. I was filled with faith (like potatoes!) and expectant of what God would do in the upcoming months and year. Now, a third of the way into 2010, and just moments before I turn 32, I think about the past, present, and future. The faith isn’t gone (thank God faith isn’t based on how we feel), and I’m still expectant, but to be transparent, there’s some weariness on the journey. In light of all that, I thought it would be right to go back and revisit those words of encouragement and let them marinate in my heart once more.

Last summer, on a mission trip to Costa Rica, a brother shared with our team that the first step to faith is to remember. The timing of what he said and the anointing with which he said it struck me so hard that I quickly wrote down those words on the first piece of paper that I could find. It was profound. And true. At that moment in Costa Rica on an August night in 2009, our team needed great faith to go up against what we were facing in the spiritual realm. It wasn’t anything we could conjure up; we needed the Lord to come. So we remembered. And we prayed. And God came through. In fact, He did more than come through. He gave us exceedingly and abundantly above all we could've ever asked or thought (Eph. 3:20). It was a pivotal season in my spiritual walk and one of the most amazing weeks of my entire life.

So I fast forward to the present moment in Chicago on an April (almost May!) night. A lot is different yet not much has changed. I’m not on a mission trip in Costa Rica, but I’m in need of great faith to go up against what I am facing in the spiritual realm. There are questions. There are great needs. There are decisions to be made. There is a battle. And faith is required. It’s not something I can conjure up; I need the Lord to come. So tonight, like that night in Costa Rica, I remember. I remember the faithfulness of the Lord and His promises. I remember how He has brought me this far and has never failed me. I remember that He has a great plan and a purpose for my life. I remember that His love is greater and stronger than anything in this world. And I trust, that because He is no respecter of persons, He will give me exceedingly and abundantly above all I could ever ask or think.

I still have that piece of paper from Costa Rica. What’s even better is that I have the memory of God’s faithfulness that week etched into my heart forever. That memory will never be taken away. I thank God for that week. I thank God for that word. I thank YOU, God. And I rejoice in You for who You are. You are good.

I remember.

Chicago Tabernacle Costa Rica Mission Trip Team 2009

1 comment:

Matt Roth said...

Great post Jenn.