I confess that there are some things in my past that I would like to forget. Just wipe them out and pretend they never happened. And there are things in my life that are delightful that I love to pull out of my memories and mull over.
There is a lot that is said in Scripture about remembering and forgetting. I did some searching. Here is some of what I found.
Regarding others, we are told to remember to show hospitality and that it is more blessed to give than receive. We are also told to remember that we were once strangers to the family of God and that we have been forgiven and so we should also forgive.
About ourselves, we are told to remember that we will give an account to God and to do good and share.
About God, we should remember He made us, His mighty works, His benefits, His word, His faithful love that never ends, and He is coming soon.
We are also told that we should forget our complaint, our misery, and the shame of our youth. We are told to forget our past – and press on to what lies ahead.
This isn’t the end of the list. God also tells us what He remembers. He will not forget His covenant, the cry of the afflicted, the life of the poor, that we are “but dust”, our good deeds, our weakness, our work, and our love. He does not forget a single sparrow, so how much more does He remember us!
My favorite part of this, though, is what God promises to not remember!
“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
Lost Christmas Memories
by Dana Mentink
Series: Gold Country Cowboys #5
Published by Love Inspired Suspense
Publication Date November 7, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Western, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Christmas
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
A witness with amnesia
Can she trust this Gold Country Cowboy with her life?
Tracy Wilson witnessed a murder—but after a head injury, she can’t remember what she saw. Now someone plans to silence her for good, and only cowboy Keegan Thorn believes her. With a killer after her at Christmas, Tracy is running out of time to remember…and falling dangerously hard for the cowboy who could break her heart.
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit, Dana Mentink for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Treacherous Trails
Waking up in the hospital from a terrible dream of a murder, Tracy discovers that it was real. And she can’t remember any of the details. And she especially can’t remember why the handsome cowboy keeps calling her “Pockets”.
Tracy and Keegan were both protecting their hearts, yet in pretty much the opposite manner. Tracy tried to isolate herself from the world while Keegan put on a sunny face and had lots of friends – yet he never really opened up to anyone. Until her.
Lost Christmas Memories was pretty much non-stop action. I appreciated the way the author kept things moving at just the right pace. With enough suspense to keep things interesting, but not so much as to make it scary, there were a number of twists and surprises throughout the book. I’m usually pretty good at solving the crime and picking up on the little hints along the way but there were a couple of details here that I missed.
I really enjoyed this story and am sorry the series has concluded. Of course, I still have two more books to read in it, so at least there is that. Each of the books stands alone and yet includes characters from the others.
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