God’s heart longs for us to remember the marvelous things He has done (Psalm 105:5), but we tend to forget. (See Saturday’s blog post* if you missed it.)
Memories are vital components of memoirs, so how can we retrieve the faded ones?
In addition to Saturday’s suggestions,* sketch a house floor plan and/or the neighborhood you lived in during an important segment of your life.
While you draw, memories will bubble up and percolate.
Don’t believe me? Give it a try! While you sketch, make notes to yourself about experiences and people intertwined with those memories.
For example, here’s my neighborhood from age three to eight. While I worked on it, memories surfaced and I penciled them in around the edges.
Not every memory will result in a vignette for your memoir, but the exercise helps you step back in time and remember many things you forgot.
But that is just the beginning!
This is very important: In Spiritual Memoirs 101, we go beyond digging up memories. Within our memories, we search for greater treasures: what God was doing in and for and through us at the time.
Let’s review elements of memoir:
Pondering, examining, unraveling, musing, and reflecting are necessary ingredients in memoirs. In the writing process, examine what God was doing—as you see it now, in retrospect. Look for deeper lessons God had for you in the events of your life.
Looking back, what did you learn about yourself?
What patterns in your faith did you discover that you hadn’t noticed before?
What did you learn about God?
Do you now have a better understanding of God’s purpose for your life?
How did the experience change your life? What new person did you become?
How did the experience strengthen your faith for future challenges?
When your memories come out of hibernation, give yourself plenty of time to examine them and ask yourself the above questions.
I suspect that in many cases, you’ll be surprised to discover God has been more involved in your life than you recognized.
Remember! Then, write your stories!
P.S. Be sure to look over the blogs and other resources
I’ve posted for you in the right column.
Gathering up your memories, http://spiritualmemoirs101.blogspot.com/2011/09/gathering-up-your-memories.html