Why I Write

One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. Psalm 145:4-5

I was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at the youthful age of 55. It happened right in the middle of the most productive years of my life and at the height of my career as a civilian engineer and research analyst for the United States Army. Although the diagnosis was devastating, God still remembered me and provided peace beyond all understanding as I continued life under the His wonderful wings of amazing grace.

Soon after my diagnosis, the dream of writing a series of daily devotions for people struggling with Alzheimer’s disease began to take hold. In fact, it became a passion! Each day brought a deep desire to write something whether it was just one word, some snippets of Scripture, or just random thoughts. This dream culminated in the writing of my first book of devotions in 2013, God Still Remembers Me. After reviewing my collection of devotions before publishing them, I had to thank the Lord and the Holy Spirit for helping me write because I simply did not remember writing most of them. The same is true today as I write devotions for this blog site and for a future book of devotions.

I am often asked why I write devotions. There are many reasons but I do it to encourage, to bring hope, to share God’s love, and to assure others that God’s grace, His bountiful blessings, and His magnificent mercy continue even in the midst of our greatest struggles. You see, people need to hear that God is still God and He still works in marvelous ways in spite of earthly sorrows.

Even though I struggle with this disease, I still witness God’s wonderful work and His marvelous deeds in my life. So I write devotions so future generations can hear of God’s greatness and mercy. In today’s passage, King David reminds us to tell of God’s mighty acts from one generation to another. He declares that we must speak of God’s glorious splendor, magnificent majesty, and commendable works. This is exactly what I am doing as I write!

If you are dealing with the daily demands of dementia or even some other serious situation, I urge you to share God’s mighty acts in your life and remember to give God the glory. He continues to help me and I know He will do the same in your life. So declare His glory today and tell of His marvelous deeds in your life!

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