Thursday, June 30, 2011

Short Term Memory Loss

I have STML, short term memory loss.  I think I also have LTML, or long term memory loss. (smiles)  It seems that I can't remember anything.  I was talking to a friend last night and I don't know how many times I just completely forgot what I was saying.  Don't ask me what I had for dinner last night; I don't even know what I had for breakfast this morning.  I've tried to blame this on my kids - they just sucked the brain right out of me.  But I know women who haven't had kids who have this same memory loss.  It can't be age, because I'm not old (again smiles).  I don't think it just a female thing either.  Maybe it's comes from being too busy?  Some of the Israelites had a problem with STML too. 

Psalm 105 was written as a psalm of praise for all God has done.  David recounts Israel's history from the time God made the covenant with Abraham until they entered the land of Canaan.  God provided for His people every step of the way, for he remembered his holy promise given to his servant Abraham. (vs. 42)  Then we move to Psalm 106.  This psalm is all about Israel's memory problem.

The Israelites witnessed the many miracles in Egypt that God performed in order to release them from Pharaoh's grip.  But then they reached the Red Sea and they gave no thought to your miracles; they did not remember your many kindnesses. (vs.7)  They rebelled there at the Red Sea because they forgot what God had just done in Egypt.  They grumbled in the desert because they soon forgot what he had done (vs. 13) and they made a golden calf because they forgot the God who saved them. (vs. 21)  The Israelites even refused to enter the land of Canaan when they first arrived, because they did not believe his promise. (vs. 24)  Why didn't they trust God???

Why don't we trust Him?  Why do we have those moments when we feel alone and hopeless?  Why do we live with fear and anxiety?  Is it because we have forgotten all that God has done for us?  Go back to your "beginning" and recount all the ways God has provided from that moment until now.  He is faithful!  The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Heb. 13:8)  He loved and cared for you in the past and He will continue to love and care for you.  Don't suffer from short term memory loss; begin to praise Him today.

Praise the LORD, the God of Israel,
who lives from everlasting to everlasting!
Let all the people say, "Amen!"
 Praise the LORD!
Psalm 106:48
Beholding Glory


  1. Hi Lisa. Excellent post. I also do that whole getting stressed and worked up thing before I remember what all God has done for me. People often say 'what was wrong with the Israelites that they saw all those miracles and still complained so much?' But how am I any better? Great reminder.
    God bless

  2. At least three times a day...I think...I walk into a room and have no clue why I went in there or what I was doing. I don't want to be that way with God. I want to remember His blessings, His words, His calling. Great post.

  3. Awesome post Lisa! and boy did this speak to me today,and I was also in the middle of writing something kind of similar to this. The last couple of days I have had those feelings fo wondering why I am here, what I am doing because it seems as if I am doing very little, but I have to remember what He has done for me in the past, that He has always gotten me through, even when I had my back to Him, He took care of me. Blessings to you Lisa.

  4. Lisa, such a beautiful reminder as always. I also have a horrible memory. When people talk about loosing their memory when they get old I get a bit freaked out... if that's true I won't have a memory left!

    Thanks for linking up with Brag on God fridays. Hope to see you again.

  5. I have to write everything down at least 3 times before I can remember it. I blame my kids too (hey I'm just 30 lol). I've started prayer journaling so 'hopefully' in the future when I have STML, I can look back and see what God truly has done for me..... if I can remember where I put my notebook ;)

  6. LOVE this post! My best friend and I were just talking yesterday about how we are just as stupid as the Israelites when it comes to remembering what God has done for us.

    I'm so thankful I serve a faithful God that blesses me, even when I forget about it!

  7. Hi Lisa,
    Thank you for your visit to my blog and your kind words. Having read your post just now, I receive it as quite a compliment. Your writing is terrific. I can very much relate to the comparison you made between struggling to remember the day-to-day, and struggling to remember what God has done for us. I'm reading Beth Moore's Believing God right now and she has much to say about this very thing. THANK YOU for this wonderful post. I'll be back.

  8. Love this Lisa! As I've mentioned, I've been reviewing the books of the Old Testament this year and I can't tell you how many times I wanted to reach into those pages and shake the Israelites saying "Which part don't you get?!?!". LOL As you noted though, we're just as bad to some extent. We allow fear, and disappointment, and anxiety to control us, when instead if we place our focus back on our Creator, we'll realize that He's in control no matter what.

    Great post!

    P.S. I really like the new look to the site. The banner is beautiful, and the font change is easy-to-read and attractive as well. :-)

  9. Hey Lisa, I love the new look too!
    I have always liked this portion of scripture. We are so much like the Israelites. We so easily forget what God has done for us and we lack faith and trust. But, God continues to be faithful despite our short term memories.

  10. Hi Lisa,
    I am a male and I too suffer from STML too.
    I wonder why I sometimes forget what God has done for me or what He says.
    Great post and God bless,