Rosemary: Remembrance

Written by M. Larson

Are feeling anxious about the future? We would love to pray for you.

Rosemary is a fragrant perennial shrub, and we can use its spicy leaves dried or fresh to flavor chicken, turkey, veal, or lamb.  I add this member of the mint family to the chicken and beef stews I make.  Its light blue flowers bloom in the spring.

In old-fashioned folk language, “rosemary” means remembrance.  Remembrance!  If we remember the right things, what blessing such remembrances can bring!

* “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4).  How can we do that when we’re feeling low, depressed, troubled?  Philippians 4:6-8 gives us the answers, and these answers have never failed me.   It’s hard to rejoice in the Lord when trouble hits, and sometimes I’ve had to force myself to do it.  But as I sing and praise the Lord, God delivers!

* “Do not be anxious about anything” (Philippians 4:6) says, “but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  As we thank our Lord for past mercies and deliverance, our faith is restored, which is the greatest need we have in times of trouble.  After thanking and praising the Lord, I take whatever is troubling my heart and hold that person or thing up in my cupped hand to God.  “Take this, Lord,” I say, yielding it to Him, with all the care it (or he/she) has caused.  And He takes it–really!  And when He does, He actually changes my outlook and attitudes.  Trusting Him, I experience relief.  So can you.

* “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).  Whenever I remember some of the many times Philippians 4:6 and 7 have worked for me and lifted me up, I can’t help but praise the Lord!  And if they have done that for me, I know they can do that for you, too!

* “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).  Every way of thinking on this list is worth remembering!  Our natural tendency is to dwell on negative things contrary to God’s Word.  Ephesians 4:30 tells us not to grieve the Holy Spirit, who gives us peace and joy.  Verse 31 cautions, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”  These attitudes and actions make us ill.  Remember this: God’s remedies heal!

Thank you Father God for reminding me today of Your ways. Help me to rejoice in You, to thank You and to give you all that troubles me today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Questions: What are you anxious about today? Cup your hands and lift it to the Lord right now. What can you thank Him for right now?

About the Author Muriel Larson

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5 Responses to “Rosemary: Remembrance”

  • Sisters, I appreciate the comments you have made on my devotional. Ever since I discovered the power of Philippians 4:6-7 years ago, I have rejoiced in my freedom from anxiety. And believe me, I certainly went through a lot of big trials! What a wonderful gift the Lord give us when we trust Him: His peace that surpasses all understanding!

  • kanj says:

    Muriel, thank you for the devotional. I had to ask myself, what am I anxious for today and there was nothing that came to my heart. my serenity and peace, when disturbed, is given to the Lord. between His Wisdom and my trust and hope, I know each day will be as blessed as the day before and the day to come.
    Lord, I thank You for Your love. that is what I am thankful for.

  • sharon b says:

    i can thank Him for my home my family we are all safe a wonderful husband,for curing me of cancer 14 years ago,i could just keep on and on i thank Him every day for all that He has done for me

  • Carole says:

    Amen, Jane. We need to give our problems to God daily, hourly, whenever we think of one that stresses us, Yesterday I was very stressed about “fitting in” to the group of ladies I will be working with in August. I cupped my hands and said “take my anxiety” and He did!!! It was like letting go a feather or a baby bird. Just let go and let God works!!. You hear it so very often but to actually feel the release is something you can only imagine until you do it. I had the most beautiful day yesterday and working with this Christian group in August will be one big blast. Thank you sweet Jesus for this ability to just give it to you. You laid down your life for things like this and I thank you anew for these everyday miracles only you can perform. Bless Jane in her walk through life. Only you know what she needs. All things are possible through You, our Lord Jesus Christ. Remember that and it becomes easier to let go of the bad things and accept the good things as they come flooding in from You. Thank you Lord Jesus for everything you have done to make our lives better. In your sweet name I pray, Amen.

  • jane says:

    God take all of my anxiety and help me to heal. You know all about me and just want my heart and spirit to heal. No more worry about the things in my life but to love the people that mean the most to me. Family is a gift and I am thank you for giving me a loving family. I will trust you more to take care of the things that I can not.

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