3 Ways to Improve Your Memory

Have you seen Finding Dory yet?

If so, maybe you aren’t so surprised to see that I’m writing about it, for the next two weeks, actually. But I’ll try not to spoil it for you. At least not this week.

It is full of lessons about MEMORIES.

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There is a grumpy old seven armed octopus named Hank who gives Dory some bad advice. He says, “No memories. No pain.”

My guess is that he carries around some substantial baggage regarding the loss of his eighth arm. Perhaps there is some traumatic event he wishes he could forget.Dory Hank

But it was Dory’s lack of memory that had caused her problems. Sure there are plenty of things from my past I’d just as soon erase from my mind. Maybe you have one or two as well. Even in those moments we’d rather forget, there are important MEMORIES.

When we find God’s miracles in the midst of our MESSES, we discover the MEMORIES we should hold on to. The moments we should imprint in our minds and sear into our psyches. Just like my story about Dancing with my Daddy, these MEMORIES help us move forward in faith filled with Holy confidence.

Or, as Dory says, “Just keep swimming.”

And Hank could probably have benefitted from a little reminder that while he may have lost an arm, his life had been spared.

Historically, forgetfulness has brought on more trouble and strife than remembering ever has.

It was the Israelites forgetting who God was and what He had done for them that caused them to fear, falter, and eventually fail.

The Israelites witnessed God part the Red Sea and then bring it crashing down over the Egyptian Army pursuing them. After that there was the manna from heaven and the water from a rock. The pillars of smoke and fire and the stone tablets God engraved with the 10 Commandments. I’d like to believe those MEMORIES would be forever etched in my mind. 

Yet they still forgot.

And so do I.Remembering truth leads us home. (1)

As you read Kings and Chronicles you can almost feel the pulsating waves as the kingdoms rise during the reign of faithful kings who remembered the One True God and fall when forgetful, idol-worshipping rulers wore the crown.

Remembering what God has done for us helps us overcome the fear and faithlessness caused by forgetting. Remembering helps us move forward.

So, today I have three tips to help you remember.

1. Read your Bible. Everything written there is for our benefit. Every miracle worked is intended to strengthen our faith and hope for the future. The more we read, the more the Spirit works in our hearts and minds. And the more we remember.

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

Romans 15:4

2. Record your experiences. Write down what God has done in your life, how He has answered your prayers, and shown His presence. love, and grace. There are lots of ways to do this. You could keep a journal, a photo album, collect mementos, or make rocks of remembrance. Choose any method that works for you.

“So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.”

Joshua 4:7

3. Retell your testimony. By telling others you not only increase your ability to remember, but you help build a legacy of faith in your community as others see God is still active in the lives of believers. Our stories are not to be kept to ourselves, they are for His glory.

“Only take care and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from our heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children.”

Deuteronomy 4:9

Remembering who God is and what He has done for us helps us become the MASTERPIECES he created us to be as we move forward in faith.

To remember – read, record, and retell.

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To see how Dory’s MEMORIES helped her, click here

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26 thoughts on “3 Ways to Improve Your Memory

  1. I loved Finding Dory:) So many good lessons, and I love the one you share here. I never thought about what might have made Hank so scared of going to the ocean. Wow! Can’t wait to read next week’s post!

  2. Read, record, and retell–that is a big part of my blogging process. Making good choices as to what we will remember is really important too. All too often it is easy to remember the negative rather than the ways God has worked in our lives. Great post today, Liz!

  3. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I love your 3 steps. This is a masterpiece of a sentence: “Remembering who God is and what He has done for us helps us become the MASTERPIECES he created us to be..” We are so forgetful, aren’t we???

    1. Yes! And when I forget I’m prone to fear, insecurity, doubt, and chasing after worldly status. But remembering brings me peace, joy, and security!

  4. Liz this “old woman” got to see Dory Sunday with our grandson. I loved it. Not sure about Pa Pa.

    Remembering what He has done for us does help us become those masterpieces He created and wants us to be. Remembering He died for me should be enough, but it seems like I have to go thru valleys to become what He has made me to be.

    1. There are certainly valleys in our journey toward becoming MASTERPIECES. That’s when it’s most important to REMEMBER how much God loves us and promises to never leave us! Blessings, Debbie!

  5. Truth right here, “Historically, forgetfulness has brought on more trouble and strife than remembering ever has.”

    I love these steps – read, record, retell. That is so easy to remember! Thank you my sweet friend! Much love xo

    1. OH, that will do it, Rebekah! But I suppose the three tips could help with even that! Read them out loud, write them on your calendar, and tell somebody else to remind you! LOL!! Prayers for a healthy and blessed pregnancy and delivery!

  6. Just what I needed to read today!! Really…at 68, I have a few concerns about that memory thing! Reading the Truth is such a powerful avenue for the Holy Spirit to be able to teach me and to be with me each moment of every day. And the writing and retelling are so very important too. Thanks so much.

  7. I haven’t seen Finding Dory yet but I hope to soon. Great advice here about working toward keeping our memories. God always told his people, over and over, to remember, to remember. May we do likewise!

    1. He did. And He gave them real and tangible ways to help with their remembering. I am often astonished by their forgetfulness, at least until I remember my own! Blessings, Lisa!

  8. This is awesome Liz! It always seemed crazy reading through the OT how one king followed the Lord and the next did what was evil in His sight… such back and forth! They forgot to remember for sure! I’ve always treasured the stories with rocks of remembrance and somewhere on the internet I ran across an idea for an answered prayer jar– dates and notes written on rocks and collected in a jar for a visual reminder. And truly teaching the word and giving testimony helps us not to forget. ♥ So great! I’ll definitely be sharing!

  9. Love this Liz and you aptly gave us some great ways to keep our memories alive and active in our faith. I have a passion for memory wellness and help others with this at MemoryMinders, so your post hit home for me. Well done and thanks! Happy to stop by from #GraceandTruth!

  10. Good post with good advice. I haven’t seen Finding Dory, but I so identify with Israel’s forgetfulness… and struggle with it. Thanks for sharing in the Grace & Truth link-up.

  11. Hi Liz,
    I haven’t seen the movie yet, but can’t wait! I hope to get to it soon with the kids! I used to have a great memory, but now I struggle. I love your 3 tips – read, record, retell. Blogging sure is a good help, isn’t it?

    I love what you have to say about the importance of remembering, though. Without remembering the loss, we cannot appreciate the blessing. And consciously remembering our blessings, gives us a heart of gratefulness …. of joy …. and of hope.

    Thank you so much for sharing this hope at #MomentsofHope! Your words are a blessing!

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