Commemorate God’s Faithfulness with a Thankful Heart


Scattered throughout our house are family photographs. Each one tugs at my heart, filling me with joy at the memories of people I love. Those photos commemorate small, everyday moments and big life events. My daughters as infants, toddlers, teens, and holding their own babies. Vacations to Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Catalina Island. Faces smeared with chocolate ice-cream. I hear the screams of Erin when I forced her to sit on Santa’s lap when she was two. Since we live several hours away from each other, sometimes when I pass those pictures I touch my finger to my lips and then to the photo, whispering I love you.

God wants us to commemorate His good deeds.

God Asks Us to Commemorate His Faithfulness

In the Old Testament, men built altars to commemorate what God promised. The purpose was to honor God when they and future generations saw those physical reminders of past faithfulness. God called the Israelites to celebrate Passover so throughout the generations, no one would forget how God spared their homes and struck down the Egyptians (Exodus 12:1-28). Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples and began the remembrance of His sacrifice with communion (Matthew 26:17-19, Mark 14:22-26, Luke 22:7-13).

When I feel lost or alone, afraid or anxious, I can go to the memories of His faithfulness. Over and over, God proves His goodness to me.

  • Finding the perfect apartment when we first got married. Filled with light, located in the boundaries we set so Van could get to work and I could take our only car to school and work.
  • An anonymous gift that covered the shoes our daughter needed and we couldn’t afford.
  • Enough sick leave to allow me to spend weeks at a time in the hospital with Kimberly as she battled the effects of her diabetes.
  • Getting to know our grandchildren, Zach and Katie, well when Erin lived with us for two years. Going to their school concerts, soccer games, and grandparent days.
  • Weekly dates with my granddaughter, Robyn Ann, building a relationship. Laughing and being silly together.
  • Mentors who drew alongside and encouraged me when work was tough. The wise words a balm to my bruised heart.
Benefits of Commemorating God’s Faithfulness

In each instance, God’s love and grace shone in my life. Just like family photos remind me of the laughter and fun times, whenever life threatens to overwhelm, I can look back on all the times God provided exactly what I needed and know that He will do so again.

Instead of looking at challenges with trepidation or dread, I can choose a thankful heart because I know God works to give everything I need. His past faithfulness fills my heart with hope and confidence.

How have you seen God’s faithfulness in your life? What memories of His goodness shine in your heart giving you hope? Let those memories help you choose a thankful heart when difficulties come your way.


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Author: Debbie Putman

I am a child of God, seeking to trust Him in every joy and sorrow. Sharing my walk is my husband, Van. God blessed me with two beautiful daughters and three delightful grandchildren. I teach seventh grade English and History, love to read and bake cookies, watch the birds in my backyard, and the ocean.

13 thoughts on “Commemorate God’s Faithfulness with a Thankful Heart”

  1. Love this reminder to remember what God has done for us. Life is a bit overwhelming, except when we remember to let God continue leading! Thanks for linking with Inspire Me Monday!

  2. This is a great reminder to be thankful! The same God who has provided for us in the past is with us in current struggles and keeping a thankful heart for His grace and provision changes everything!

  3. Great post, Debbie! It’s impossible for me to doubt God’s goodness or faithfulness when I reflect on how He’s been with me and met my needs over the years. It’s incredible how we often don’t know what God is doing at the beginning of a situation or season, but once we’ve come through it we can see His hand in what was happening.

    1. Shannon isn’t so true that God meets our needs consistently. He always works for our good. Thanking God for His faithfulness in your life.

    1. Thank you, Esther. God, thank You for Your faithfulness in Esther’s life and giving her strength for today and hope for tomorrow as she remembers how You worked in the past. Amen.

Thank you for joining me on my journey with God in uncharted water. Please let me know how He is working in your life.