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Topic: At Wit’s End (02/13/14)
TITLE: Jesus Helps Me Remember
By LaVonne Wood
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Ketchup bottle! Why in the world did I bring that thing up here? I meant to put it in the frig on my way, but forgot. I forgot the new bottle of shampoo also. Thatâ€™s it! Iâ€™m declaring war! This forgetfulness has to stop.
It all started, Iâ€™d say, about two years ago. I would go to the grocery store wanting to get three measly items. Iâ€™d pick up two things, and then proceed to scan the entire store, hoping some item might trigger my memory as to what the third thing might be. I would joke about it to the store clerk at the checkout so she would know I would be back later that day to pick up the something I forgot as soon as I remembered what it was.
I started making lists as suggested by friends. Invariably I would forget to take the list with me, or just forget to look at it. Unfortunately, shopping lists werenâ€™t the only thing I managed to forget. I would forget to turn the burner off on the stove. I would forget to turn on the water for the portable dishwasher at work. Iâ€™d forget to make my husband his lunch. Iâ€™ve done everything I can think of to help me remember; put things right next to the door so I would see them when I leave, write myself notes, (I have little notes everywhere), use association words that could remind me. Why canâ€™t I remember?
I rehearsed all the age-old excuses in my mind. Youâ€™re just trying to do too many things at once. You have too many things on your mind. Itâ€™s just a natural part of growing older. Promptly the enemy would seize the opportunity to instill some fear into my mind by throwing in a few thoughts as well â€“ itâ€™s just the beginnings of Alzheimerâ€™s or dementia.
Well, Iâ€™m not putting up with this any longer! Iâ€™m at my witâ€™s end with this forgetfulness! I have the mind of Christ and Iâ€™d better start using it!
Although I have made light of my forgetfulness, I believe that we need to use the Word of God to fight the battles of our mind and the deceitful ways the devil tries to take control of our thoughts. Here are some Scriptures to help us fight this battle:
I Cor. 2:16 b (KJV) But we have the mind of Christ.
II Cor.10:5 (KJV) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
James 4:7 b. (KJV) Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.
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