Memory Monday – Week 34

The story of Abraham and Sarah brings so much hope. God told Abraham that he would be a father of children (Genesis 17:16). Romans 4:21 tells us that Abraham never doubted that God would fulfill His promise. His faith did not waver. He had faith because he was fully convinced of God’s ability to perform what He had promised. Abraham often failed, he made mistakes, he sinned, but he consistently trusted God.  It’s so encouraging to read about His journey. Despite all the years He waited, He continued to press on and remain steadfast.

Because of the wait and the journey, Abraham’s faith and character were strengthened. He was an example of someone who put faith into action. When we walk by faith, we too can grow, not only in our spiritual walk, but all aspects of our life.

Abraham leads us in an incredible example to praise God now, for what He is going to do later. I encourage you to thank God for what He has done, what He is doing, but also what He is going to do. When we praise Him in advance, we create an environment for God to occupy His presence and we shut out the enemy so there is no room for him to reside.

What if Abraham only looked at his circumstances? The fact that even though He was promised a baby, there were no signs a baby was on the way. He would have given up so quickly. Instead, he looked to God. He obeyed and waited and waited and waited. And, just as God ALWAYS does, His promise was fulfilled. His son, Isaac, was born.

What is your focus on? Is it on the natural circumstances or is it on God, the author of the supernatural?

Are you fully convinced that God can do a miracle for whatever you are praying for? Maybe it’s for a baby, maybe it’s healing, maybe it’s finances, or a restored relationship. Don’t minimize how BIG our God is. If you don’t believe He can do a miracle in your story, then you are missing out on the big God that we serve. Once you truly realize how big He is, just like Abraham, you will be captivated and fully convinced that not only He is able, but that He will.

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  • Kasey
    Posted at 08:10h, 30 December Reply

    I love this story as well– it helps guide me to remain faithful that our time will come 🙂

  • Erika B.
    Posted at 09:32h, 30 December Reply

    This is one of my favorite stories and verses…love your perspective on it!!

  • Emily (
    Posted at 09:37h, 30 December Reply

    My focus is definitely on trust lately….trusting that God is in control and that there is no reason to doubt Him or His plan. Every day practically, doubts creep in, but I’m working on immediately banishing them and reminding myself that His supernatural powers are bigger than any failures we’ve experienced in the past. Gotta keep the faith things will work out!

  • Robyn
    Posted at 10:48h, 30 December Reply

    love this post!!! 🙂 keeping our focus on God really does help waiting & the unknown & difficult circumstances a little easier to go through. when i’m focusing on God and not myself, i can see that whatever i’m going through, if the only purpose for it is to shape me to be more like Jesus, it’s worth it! 🙂

  • Kim Adams Morgan
    Posted at 12:45h, 30 December Reply

    I love the power in the promises of Abraham’s story; in his faith and obedience. One day I hope to be this strong.

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 14:03h, 30 December Reply

    So very, very true! I read a quote that said, “Don’t tell God how big your mountain is, tell your mountain how big God is!” And another one I love…”Most saw Goliath as too big to kill; David saw Goliath as too big to miss.” I guess it is all in our perspective and our perspective of God and as you said in keeping our focus where it needs to be. I so enjoyed this today. Thank you for your continual encouragement and the blessing you are to me! Love, Cheryl

  • Kari
    Posted at 17:24h, 30 December Reply

    What a wonderful reminder! One of the books you have spoken about before also digs into the story of Abraham and Sarah…. Pregnant With Hope. I wish I could tape this entire post to my mirror so I can be reminded of this each time I feel the enemy discouraging me.

    Thank you for your strength and inspiration. You are such an encouraging person! Thank you!

    • Elisha
      Posted at 21:05h, 30 December Reply

      Kari did your blog go private?

      • Kari
        Posted at 09:54h, 31 December Reply

        I was working on my settings over the weekend. There’s a possibility I may have changed something that didn’t need to be changed! I will check it ASAP.

        • Elisha
          Posted at 10:03h, 31 December Reply

          i didn’t mean to be nosey. lol! I saw your name and realized I hadn’t seen a new post in a while so I clicked on it and it said “private”. I totally respect your privacy 🙂

  • katie
    Posted at 17:59h, 30 December Reply

    Thanks for the encouragement as always, Caroline!! xo

  • Amy
    Posted at 18:54h, 30 December Reply

    Love this post Caroline! Just what I needed to hear! This is so great! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Em
    Posted at 20:08h, 30 December Reply

    What a beautiful retelling of a beautiful story. Thanks so much for sharing this, Caroline. Can’t believe you’ve been doing Memory Mondays for 34 weeks already!

  • Jennifer T
    Posted at 21:34h, 30 December Reply

    Abraham and Sarah are such amazing examples! I was talking with my mom the other day about how hard it would be to not be able to have children back in those days. Today we at least have so many other opportunities to pursue while we wait to have our babies, and we can much more easily connect with those who are going through similar struggles.
    I needed to be reminded to be more thankful, faithful, and praise God more than I have. Thank you!

  • Morgan
    Posted at 23:18h, 30 December Reply

    I am soo guilty of not believing. I was so convinced that miracles and healing was for everyone but me. In all my tiny faith I prayed over a grown man’s cancer to be healed and fully believed this man will recieve it. Later when talking to my husband I claimed that this same God wasn’t big enough to heal my sickness. To heal my brokenness, my spiritual sadness and defeat. God is big enough to heal him AND ME, and anyone who comes to him and asks. Thank you for that beautiful reminder to look to Him and Him alone. Your strength and inspiration floors me! I’m thanking Jesus for you and your (cyber) friendship! Xox

  • Angela
    Posted at 23:30h, 30 December Reply

    Your faith is inspiring girl! Such a great reminder of our powerful God!

  • Jessah
    Posted at 00:23h, 31 December Reply

    Always love your insights. Trust is so hard but so key.

  • Lena Greenfield
    Posted at 12:53h, 31 December Reply

    This was what I need to read today. Thank you for your faithfulness in writing what God lays on your heart.

  • dspence
    Posted at 13:34h, 31 December Reply

    I LOVED studying Abraham last year. So much courage, hope, and faith!

  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 07:38h, 02 January Reply

    We are studying Genesis at church and just finished the story of Abraham, His story is one of faith, but also of grace. I love his faith to stand on the promises of God, but also love the grace that God extended when Abraham tried to take matters into his own hands. God’s promised were steadfast and His word was true. He gently called Abraham back to His presence each time he strayed. No matter how far we go, we can come home and cling to His promises. Thanks for this sweet verse and reminder of the father of faith’s example for each one of us to look to! You are such an encouragement sister!

  • Camille
    Posted at 00:58h, 03 January Reply

    I love the story of Abraham and I love that I can always count on you for a reminder to feel peaceful. You are just the sweetest.

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