Keeping God in the forefront of my mind was especially hard during my panic season because I had not trained my mind to be stayed on Him, and our world culture did not and still does not do a whole lot to remind me that the Holy Spirit resides in me and that I am a child of God. I began wearing my cross daily. Just having it around my neck made me feel better.
It was the first of many reminders that would help me keep my focus on who I am and Whose I am in Christ. In 2005, my reminders were my 3x5 cards with verses written on them and five blue beads that I strung on a chain. I hooked the chain to the handle of whatever purse I was using that day so that I could always see them. No matter where I went, I had my cards and the blue beads dangling as a reminder that God was with me. The beads stood for the five-statement pledge of faith that I learned in the Believing God Bible study by Beth Moore. I went over those statements in my mind many times while out and about, and sometimes I still do.
One day in 2006, I think, I was in a Christian bookstore and found a gold keychain with a gold triangle dangling from it. On the triangle were the words from Joshua 1:9—“I will be with you wherever you go”—one of my favorite verses. I thanked God for allowing me to find it, and it is still on my key chain today. Another time I was in the grocery store and came across some fake rocks with one side smoothed and little sayings were written on them. One said, “The Lord set my feet on a Rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Ps. 40:2”. I bought that one because the Lord had not only given my feet but also my mind a firm place to stand on—His Word. That little rock sits on my desk where I have my quiet time. I see it every morning—my reminder of what God did for me.
Another time I found a stained-glass butterfly with a silver tag hanging from it that read, “Live freely”. I had been bound up in my mind for so long that when Jesus set me free, “freedom” had become my watchword. Never again would I let my family’s or friends’ attitudes, harsh criticisms, or stern looks push me back into the prison of self-doubt and self-condemnation. Never again would I let negative thoughts defeat me and spiral me down into depression and despair. Never again would I let anxious thoughts go racing through my mind uncountered by God’s Truth. I was free in my mind at last, and I was not going to go back into that old mental prison. The words on the silver tag also reminded me of what Jesus said in John 8:36, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” I bought the butterfly and it hung from my rearview mirror for years. Then my sister bought a stained-glass cross for my birthday. I switched it out with my butterfly for a change, and the butterfly now hangs on the handle of my closet door.
If anyone else has reminders that help you remember who you are and Whose you are in Christ, I’d love to read about them.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.