Virginia Beach portrait and lifestyle photographer specializing in comfortable portraits and candids
I’ve been thinking about this word a lot recently. Remember. Isn’t it just such a cool feature of our minds to be able to look back and picture our past so vividly? We are able conjure up feelings of joy in seconds. I know that everyone has things in their life they’d rather NOT remember, but that’s not what this post is about. I want to focus on the positives of this amazing, God given ability. This has been the theme of my thoughts. A few weeks ago, I was just meditating on this word. God actually COMMANDS us to remember his kindness and mercy. See Deuteronomy 8 if you’re curious… Remembering what He has done for me [and the world] brings me to a place of humility and thankfulness and bended knee. And usually there is a ton of growth involved!
I also have been thinking about “remember” as a theme in music. Some of my favorite songs relay this message. They are songs that tell stories of times gone by. Some of my favorites… Remember When, Alan Jackson. Do You Remember, Jack Johnson. And plenty others…
And then just this past Friday, I photographed a wedding where the bride and groom wrote their own vows. Both his and hers had this theme of “remember!” So I listened very closely and was so encouraged by what they said to one another. “I remember when you told me…” “I remember what you were wearing when…” They made their VOWS around memories and promised to continue to make more.
It’s amazing how moments shape our commitments to our spouses. Things he says or does define his character. Personally, I cling to those moments. They help me see Chad as a steady force of good in my life. God allows me to remember things that give me a sense of stability and things that bring such joy to our marriage. We sit around talking and reminding each other about things that made us fall in love. Chad, do you remember when we walked around JMU’s campus after I closed up TDU? You always had a backpack on and it was hard for me to put my arm around you. Chad, do you remember when you would write me letters? Do you remember when you told me, “it’s only a date if the guy pays,” and then paid for my Panera a few days later? I remember so much and need to start writing things down. I’m just so thankful that you are such a blessing in my life!