Your Marvelous, Crazy, Interesting History

How marvelous, how interesting is the spiritual history of each individual believer!? – Legh Richmond, The Dairyman’s Daughter

Christmas is a crazy season for many of us – visiting family members, making meals, planning special church services, getting stents, tweeting, checking Facebook updates.

Can I make a suggestion? ?If you can, get off by yourself for 30 minutes or an hour and just remember.

Christmas night after all the day?s festivities were over, I took a few minutes to write down a list of things I could remember from this past year. ?Most were obvious blessings. ?Some were trials that God turned to blessings. ?Some were big things, some small. ?Some were joyous, some were hard. ?Here?s a sampling:

Our daughter Beth got married to a wonderful guy
Our 3rd grandchild was born
My son, Stephen, got a book published
My 93 year-old dad almost died – God spared him for the 7th time and he got stent #10.
Our church held its first service in our new church building after renting for 30 years.
My sister almost died of blood infection – God spared her life.
My wife Kristi began working part-time as a hospice nurse
I got to participate in a Sovereign Grace Ministries Songwriters Retreat
I got to go fishing in the Chesapeake with my sons and our friends
A great guy, Bob, began an internship in our church
I got to go on vacation with my family, our best friends and family. ?During vacation there was an earthquake.
My neighbors began coming to our church
Dec 19 – Got a cardiac stent. ?I could have had a heart attack but God spared me.

And this is just part of the list!

As I wrote my list, I was filled with gratitude for all God?s kindness to me. ?Even the trials I listed were an opportunity to review God?s mercies.

I?d encourage you to take a few minutes and reflect on all God?s done in your life this year.? Maybe even write some things down.

Your spiritual history is marvelous and interesting, even if crazy at times.? It’s the history of God working in you.? Take time to remember it and praise God for his steadfast love and unceasing mercies.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.