100 Things to Remember

Remember when remembering was easier than it is now? (I’m talking to my older readers. You younger ones—remember this: you’ll be old too, someday.)


I post a gratitude list on Facebook each night and if I don’t keep a running list on my phone throughout the day, forget it! I can barely remember my name by 9pm, let alone remember the details of my day.

Counting it all Joy (the name of my nightly list) is my way of remembering the good stuff. Making my list reminds me (another “Re-word” that I could write a whole post about) to have perspective—to see accurately. When you actively look for blessings, really pay attention (it costs something: time, energy, focus) you realize there’s no such thing as a bad day.


Be observant


Understand please, that no one who knows me well would ever call me a Pollyanna, or Susie Sunshine. But as I continue to ask God to give me eyes to see what He sees, and then to purposefully remember by the act of writing it down, my days have a lightness to them. My perspective changes.

Ultimately what I remember by all that remembering is this truth:


Life is good.

Of course He is. And life IS good. But I forget. It’s crazy how forgetful I am.

Yesterday I totally forgot that I had a facial scheduled even though I had it written down in several places. (But I remembered to go to the grocery.) I remember big things but forget little things. Or I remember little things but forget big things.

The power of making a list

How good is your memory?

Photo by Tyler Ely


The word remember means to retain, recall, relive, or remind. To recollect or reminisce. It comes from the prefix “re-” (again) + memorai “be mindful of.”

In Hebrew, the origin of the word remember lies in the idea of pricking, piercing.  I love that! The act of remembering acting as a kind of physical goad.


We sigh and say, “I guess this illness is permanent.”

God pokes at our memories and says, “Remember when I healed you?”


We resign ourselves to things never changing.

The Holy Spirit nudges us to look outside our window and says, “Behold, I am making all things new.”


So, I decided to make myself a list to sort of “prick my conscience,” about all the stuff I tend to forget. To help me remember. Maybe it will help you remember, too.


Mental Habits create your life




  1. life is a privilege
  2. where you came from
  3. to say thank you
  4. to journal
  5. to smile
  6. to get some fresh air every day
  7. to sing
  8. to dance
  9. be curious
  10. to laugh
  11. you don’t know what someone has been through
  12. weeping may last through the night but joy comes in the morning
  13. to memorize scripture
  14. the good times during the bad times
  15. good times will come again
  16. to listen
  17. to read every day
  18. have some rituals
  19. to rest
  20. to make your bed
  21. to monitor your thoughts
  22. exercise your rights as daughter of the King
  23. eat healthy
  24. keep a gratitude list
  25. call your mother
  26. you were young once, too
  27. you are a child of the most high God
  28. God is your healer
  29. God is your provider
  30. God sings over you
  31. God delights in you
  32. your childhood dreams
  33. not everyone understands your dreams
  34. to comfort the hurting
  35. to make funny faces
  36. to wear cool socks
  37. to make lists
  38. to whistle
  39. to put down your phone
  40. to pet your dog
  41. to pet your neighbor’s golden retriever
  42. to not pet your neighbor’s pit bull
  43. you’ll be old one day, too
  44. to mind your manners
  45. to teach your kids to mind their manners
  46. to teach your kids to mind you
  47. reach for the stars
  48. try something new
  49. drink water
  50. have a mentor
  51. be a mentor
  52. be a friend
  53. love your enemies
  54. always be learning something new
  55. read non-fiction once in a while
  56. write a poem – try haiku
  57. turn off the TV
  58. that this too, shall pass
  59. hugs help
  60. to resole your favorite boots
  61. you are blessed if you have a roof over your head
  62. to forgive
  63. PJ’s all day is OK but not every day
  64. to take your vitamins
  65. it’s more blessed to give than to receive
  66. to recalibrate your bathroom scales
  67. stretchy pants may not be your best option
  68. some days stretchy pants are your ONLY option
  69. give others the grace you’d want them to give you
  70. weep with those who weep
  71. to have real life friends, not just Facebook friends
  72. listen to good music
  73. read poetry
  74. call your mother
  75. train your brain
  76. guard your tongue
  77. take long walks
  78. get down on the floor and play with a child
  79. to walk in the woods
  80. stare at the sky
  81. say please
  82. pray before you go to bed
  83. pray when you get up in the morning
  84. pray without ceasing
  85. volunteer
  86. God has a plan and a purpose for your life
  87. God’s purpose will prevail
  88. you can redesign your life
  89. to call your mother
  90. if you’re not dead yet, you’re not done yet
  91. you can whine and decline or you can praise and be raised
  92. to tell your story
  93. to tell His story
  94. everybody has a story
  95. Jesus loves you
  96. to visit your parents
  97. share your cookies
  98. play nice
  99. to practice hospitality
  100. wear the dangly earrings and use the good china
  101. to count it all joy


Whew! I feel better already, don’t you? (And yes, I repeated “Call your mother” three times, a not-so-subliminal message to my children.) I added some humor to my list because I always need a reminder to lighten up. What do you need to be reminded of?

What would you add to this list? Your list will probably look totally different than mine and I’d love to read it. 


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I’ll close with a scripture that you can use as a prayer:

“Help us to remember that our days are numbered, and help us to interpret our lives correctly. Set your wisdom deeply in our hearts so that we may accept your correction. Ps 90:12 TPT



*If you would like to delve a little more deeply into the power of intentional remembering by making lists, check out the fun book 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal.

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6 thoughts on “100 Things to Remember

  • January 23, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Such a good reminder! I’m in my mid-forties and I have to write several list a day. 🙂

  • January 24, 2020 at 1:04 am

    Really enjoyed your list, spoke to me!

  • January 25, 2020 at 4:11 am

    Good and purposeful list..thanks for the reminder that making a list to remember everything that is part of my life, is a good thing to do.


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