Don't Forget to Remember

Updated: Aug 11, 2020

You see this as you enter Auschwitz... "WORK MAKES FREE"

Don't forget to remember that no matter whatGod is there. When Corrie Ten Boom stood as a prisoner in Ravensbruk,a German concentration camp in WW II, I wonder if it was tempting for her to question the love of God. She must have had a difficult time seeing God in the horrific scenes that surrounded her. She was a prisoner because of her love for God's beloved people, the Jews.

Her family hid many people in their little home in the Netherlands. A Dutch ‘friend’ she tried to help informed the Germans—maybe he tried people's lives for cigarettes and ration cards. The Ten Boom family was imprisoned—Corrie was the only survivor. After the war Corrie traveled as a speaker and was able to tell people, “There is no pit so deep, the love of God is not deeper still.” Corrie’s trials brought hope, forgiveness, and newness of life to many.

Years after her miraculous release from prison—Corrie extended forgiveness to one of her former brutal guards. She asked God to help her—realizing she could only forgive with the enabling power of the love of God.

Do we trust God? Do we really trust and believe “that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose”? (Romans 8:28) There is so much evil and sadness in our world. There will always be wars and rumours of war. We could succumb to despair—or—we could keep looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. It is our choice. Our eternity depends on our choice.

Please believe that God can be trusted. He knows the thoughts He has for us, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give us an expected end, a hope and a future. God knows our circumstances. Even when things look overwhelming, remember that God’s ways are higher than ours. He alone can give us beauty for ashes.

There is a spiritual war being waged for the eternal destinies of man. This war is more vicious than any that has ever played out on Earth's battlefields. It is a war being waged over you. Jesus entered this battle and fought for you. He gave His life so you could live in freedom. He wanted your freedom to last forever. It really is the war to end all wars.

I have been to Auschwitz, Poland. It is a memorial of the evil and depravity that exists in the heart of man. I have been to Calvary in Israel. It is a testament of the unfathomable love of God. "For I know the thoughts I think towards you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11

We must trust He is working all things in our lives for His purposes—for our ultimate good—for the good of others. Please don’t give up. "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." (James 4:8) Remember the price that was paid for your freedom. Don't forget to remember. One day the sufferings of this time will be remembered no more. I pray you will turn to God for true freedom. Blessings, Beloved.

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About Me

Rena was born a block away from a fascinating tide pool in Vancouver, British Columbia. (She loves tide pools, painting, reading, writing...)

She has been an  Elementary and High School teacher for 18 years - is married and has four adult children - and has had the amazing opportunity to travel the globe as an Ambassador with the Department of Eternal Affairs.

Rena began writing her story - one of rejection, betrayal, and healing from brokenness - while sitting under a mosquito net in China. Two years later she put all the scribbly notes together at a guest house in Haifa, Israel. "A Life Set Free" was born.

"Bubs Bunny Goes to Camp", "Mommy & Baby's Journal", and her latest book -"MANHUNT" - Book 1 in "The Narrow Path Trilogy" -are all available on Amazon.

God took an abandoned, fearful child and is using her life to show the impossible is possible when our lives are surrendered to Him. He can do more than we ask or think. She sincerely hopes this blog blesses and encourages you. 

Blessings, Beloved.



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