Treasured Memories

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3 NIV

Treasured Memories: We all have them. Memories that fill your heart with joy and happiness that brings a smile to your face. Some bring sadness or maybe even anger when you reflect on past experiences. Either way, we all have them.

But some memories become treasures; beautiful gems that sparkle in any light. When you lose loved ones, those memories are priceless. Memories are something no one can take away from you. They are yours and only yours.
Do you have precious beautiful memories of your beloved stored away? Do you share them with others so that your husband’s life is still being shared even though he was called Home? You might not be at that point in your journey, but one day you will. For me, it helps in sharing special moments I had with Kirk. I love telling Emily stories about her daddy since she was younger when he passed away and she doesn’t remember some of the times we shared. She enjoys hearing about him, especially stories before she was born.

I’m going to share one with all of you tonight.

Today, January 23rd, marks the thirtieth anniversary of our first date. Sad to say, but yes it’s been thirty years. It seems like a different and separate life now. I was 19, wide eyed and full of life and joy.

We actually met in November 1987 and would talk about music. I worked at a convenience store right by my house and he and his family had just moved into a neighborhood right across from the store. He would come in and buy pop, snacks, and rent videos. I would cash him out and we would talk about bands. He was an incredible guitar player and played in a band with his best friends. I finally worked up the nerve to ask him out to a party that a friend of mine was having. He said he would go and I was so excited. We went with my cousin and her boyfriend and had a nice evening. From them on, we were together all the time. January 23, 1988 was one of the best nights I can remember. What a treasure that memory has become. Especially now that Kirk is gone, this memory is a precious commodity to me.

Treasures come in all forms here in this world. Of course memories are intangible; we cannot set them out on a hearth to be admired by all who enter your house. However, we all know worldly treasures are wealth, status, careers, and power. We are warned about putting these treasures above Christ. Jesus is the ONLY true treasure for our hearts, mind and soul. We are to put Him above all others and everything of this world. Matthew 6:19-20 NIV Jesus tells us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

Jesus wants to be the treasure of our hearts. Matthew 6:21 NIV continues and says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” If you put Christ in the center of your life and you treasure Him and His teachings, your life will overflow unto the ones that are close to you. They will see the character of Jesus flow from your heart; they will see Jesus!! I can’t imagine any better or sweeter treasure than Christ Himself.

I wanted to share with you what a special day this is for me. I sat and reflected how that one night turned into a wonderful and blessed marriage; and then the two of us turned into a family of three. I thank God every day that He blessed me with Kirk and Emily. I am so thankful that we had a blessed nine years of being a family. I miss and love him so much. But I know that He is waiting for us. One day, his wait will be over!! What a glorious day that will be!!

Lord, thank you so much for the special memories you bless us with. I treasure them and reflect on them. Thank you Lord for the True Treasure of our hearts, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!! What a wonderful and beautiful treasure!! It’s in Your precious name I pray, Amen!

Angela Key was born in Indianapolis and was raised in Mooresville. There she graduated from Mooresville High School and after secondary school and marriage, her and her late husband Kirk stayed in the area to raise their daughter Emily. In June of 2011, they tragically lost Kirk in an accident at his workplace. As time has passed, Angela began to take classes through Indiana Wesleyan for Biblical Studies and also took a class for Biblical Counseling through Rod and Staff Ministries. She always had a desire to help other women who find themselves in a similar situation being a widow and being left as the only caregiver. Angela experienced that through the love of Jesus and leaning on Him for strength, she could find a new normal and be able to reach back to help other women on their widow journey. She works full time as a Certified Professional Coder for Community Physician’s Network. In her spare time, she likes to read and enjoys watching Emily play travel and high school soccer.