How Do You Remember the Lessons?

God is constantly teaching us lessons.

But sometimes we sleep through class. If we show up at all.

However, there are also times—especially during times of great suffering or great joy—when we’re all ears. Alert and listening, we work hard to understand what he’s showing us, soaking up every lesson.

We want to remember these lessons. They matter. They change our lives, not only in the moment, but also in our future.

So how can we hold on to these these lessons from God?

One way to retain our lessons is to document them.

Create a Notebook

On Tuesday, April 23, Enjoy God’s Word Conference will begin. There will be a wide range of topics and speakers on different ways to grow closer to God.

I’ll be sharing “How to Create a Spiritual Growth Notebook” on how we can keep track of God’s faithfulness.

Here’s a 1-minute sneak peek from the conference.

[Click here if you don’t see the video]

During this session we’ll look at why it’s beneficial to keep a record of your spiritual history.

  • Because we forget when we don’t intentionally plan to remember.
  • Because remembering the past helps us move more faithfully into the future.
  • Because God specifically says to remember. (See Genesis 28:11-18; Exodus 17:14-15; Joshua 4:1-10; 1 Samuel 7:12)

We’ll also set up a notebook with a 3-ring binder, tabs, sheet protectors, and nine notebook categories for things related to our spiritual health.

Create Your Spiritual Notebook_pin

When we’re organized, we can find what we need, deepen our current faith, and have fertile ground to plant new seeds.

Here are a few things we’ll talk about in my session.

Create Spiritual Notebook_handout

Get Content and Community

You get access to these three spaces:

  1. Library 
    This is is where all the video sessions will be kept. You will have lifetime access to all the sessions in the digital library + your own conference notebook with details on every session.
  2. Lounge
    This is where community happens. It’s already open, so if you have a ticket, drop in now and say hello to fellow attendees. This is also where live Q&A sessions will happen with each speaker.
  3. Livestream
    The Philippians keynote sessions with Katie Orr will be broadcast live each day of the conference at 9AM and 2PM EST. But they’ll also be recorded and added to the library if you can’t watch live.

I’m excited for it to get started!

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If you sign up, please join me for a live Q&A in the Lounge on Tuesday, April 23, at 11am Eastern/10am Central Time! I’d love to chat and hear your ideas.

How do you best remember things? Please share in the comments.

30 thoughts on “How Do You Remember the Lessons?

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thank you, Pam! Easter was indeed rich. We attended Good Friday service with our youngest daughter and s-i-l, then had three beautiful services over the weekend with our own church family. Hope you had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday as well.

  1. Lesley

    This sounds like it will be a great seminar, Lisa! I hope it goes well. It’s so important to remember the lessons God has taught us. Writing is one of the main ways that helps me too – both through blogging and journaling.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I appreciate that, Lesley. I’m looking forward to hearing from the other speakers. I know they’ll have some rich messages. And yes, blogging! It’s also one of my favorite tools to help me remember God’s faithfulness.

  2. jodie filogomo

    That’s funny because I just read a post this last week about writing down our gratitudes. I’m usually good at saying them and realizing how blessed we are, but I do think that the process of the written word makes it even better. It’s the best memory tool.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I agree, Jodie. I’m not always faithful to write things down, but when I do (even if I never go back and reread them), I retain them so much longer. Something important does happen in the process that can’t be explained.

  3. Beth

    How exciting, Lisa! I know your expertise will be a great asset to this seminar! And I love the first tip you’ve given us on your video too. Thanks for sharing and I’ll be pinning!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Beth. It’s been a fun thing to do, but I know Jeff will be thrilled when it’s all over. ha. He’s been supportive when I’ve gotten crazy with it. 🙂

  4. bill (cycleguy)

    What kind of accent is that? I’m not sure I can listen to someone who has such a foreign accent. LOL. Hope your venture works well. I use a daily journal where I record my thoughts as well as a devotion.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Accent? I don’t hear an accent, Bill. 🙂 I usually forget I have one until I travel northward, then it’s quite obvious. Keeping a daily journal is a wonderful practice to keep. And of course you blog too. We reap the benefits of your dedication.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yes, we think we’ll remember, but there’s too much to keep up with, right? 🙂 That’s why I have to write things down if I really need to remember them.

  5. BettieG

    This sounds like a lovely conference, Lisa, and such a great topic that you will be teaching. Whenever I re-read journals from years past, I am amazed at the things the Lord reminds me about. I pray that you will be a blessing to all who attend!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      That’s one thing I really love about journals–re-reading them later! Thanks for sharing that Bettie. To me it’s a double blessing; we experience awareness with the Lord in the moment, but then get to relive it when we return to that moment.

  6. Bev @ Walking Well With God

    So true that keeping a spiritual notebook or journal helps us to look back and revisit the Ebenezers we have raised in honor of God’s faithfulness. Everyone says look to the future, but sometimes, looking back, helps us look to the future with renewed hope.
    Blessings on your seminar,
    Bev xx

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Exactly, Bev. We need healthy doses of both past and future-looking times with God. It’s easy to get out balance and focus more on one or the other or both to the exclusion of the present moments (I tend to overfocus on the future). But they all have their place. Thank you for your blessing, friend.

  7. Stacey Pardoe

    I love this idea, Lisa! I’ve found that as I’ve been writing more and more over the past few years, I’m much more aware of what God is doing in my heart, and writing it out blesses me more than anything else! This sounds like a wonderful seminar! May it be blessed!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I agree, Stacey. It’s often in the writing process that I’m most tuned in to the things that God has done! Blogging has been good for this, yes? I read your words so often on your blog and appreciate the things you share from your overflow.

  8. Jana

    Writing down what God is teaching me is absolutely the best way for me to remember. It is a joy to look back over the years of my notebooks and see how His had was at work in my life – even in the darkest seasons.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yes, looking back over those notebooks really helps strengthen my faith, both in the present, and for the future. Thanks for sharing this, Jana. I’m guessing your notebooks are real treasures!

  9. Christine Malkemes

    Thank you for this lesson. I’ve been journaling so long I have boxes and boxes of notebooks. I’m at the stage in my life that I’m taking the journals and setting them to writing (blogging at because I know if I don’t do something they will be lost in the closet. He didn’t touch my heart so many times (in the journal) to let it go to waste. Again. Thank you.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Ooh, that is beautiful, Christine. How awesome that you’re turning your journals from the past into blessings for all of us in the present! I have several notebooks hidden away in my closet that I should pull out as well. Thank you.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I totally agree with you, Rebecca. Sometimes I’ll re-read old blog posts from the past and be reminded of an important lesson that God is still wanting me to learn. We are blessed to be in an era where it’s so easy to document these gifts from God.

  10. Jennifer

    God’s blessings as you teach/lead at the conference. Although I’ve never specifically heard of a spiritual notebook…the thought of remembering God’s goodness, faithfulness and the lessons He has taught has been brought to my attention often lately. I think there is something there for me:)

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Jennifer. I’ve felt inadequate to the task, but hopefully God can use something from my words.

      There are so many ways to remember God’s faithfulness to us; the notebook is just one of the ways that works for me. I’m thankful that God brings things to remembrance for each of us in ways that fit our personalities and needs.

  11. Jean Wise

    so creative! Looks like we both were thinking about remembering this week and you provided a very practical way to capture our experience of God. Blessings on your weekend!

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