Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Because I Need To Remember-Memory Stones

One morning I was reading Joshua. I was reading at the point in the story where he had taken over for Moses and he isn't sure what to do. God tells him not to be afraid because He is with him and will lead him.  Farther on down they need to cross the Jordan River,so what does God do? He just dries it, no big thing for God you know?  But one thing He tells them to do that got my attention and got me to perk up.

was that He tells them to take 12 stones from the place the priests stood in the dry river. Once they are on the other side they are to put the stones down as a way to remember what God did for them.

I think this is an awesome idea. How often do I forget the good things God has done for me?
 I don't want to forget. I want to remember. I need to remember.

So, I scoured the yard {stepped outside my door and picked up 4 or 5 stones from around the porch} got a permanent marker and sat down with the kids. Explained my idea {which they weren't very sure about, but they like to entertain their mama}and I took one stone and wrote God's provision for our family when we moved to Iowa and they took one and wrote down their own thought of what they considered something God did that answered a prayer or showed them how much He loved them.

Each time we recognize how God hs gotten us through a difficult time, we will have a different stone as a reminder of what God did.
And His always present presence in our lives.

When I sat down and thought about the many ways that God has been so gracious to us I am overwhelmed. Now I won't forget any of them either!

We can look at our stones and remember..

What about you? How can you remember all the good and faithful ways God has graciously provided for you?  Would you share, please?

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  1. GREAT IDEA!! I think I may borrow it! ; )

    Thanks for stopping by today. Yep... the barns are Midwestern and so am I... northern Indiana. ; )

  2. Such a great idea. I agree with Heidi; I'm stealing it. Thanks so much!

    1. Steal away! I'm glad you liked the idea, when Jesus puts something on your heart, I guess there's no way it'll be a bad idea :)

  3. Love the idea! Thanks for sharing it!

  4. Oh, Alecia, I love your memory stones. We, too, have a basket of rocks sitting near our kitchen table- a fun way to pray and remember and praise. I once read that the most miserable Christians are those with the shortest memories.. they forget who they were and what Christ has done for them. You're no doubt on your way to full joy:) Keep remembering. Today I'm praising Him for the simple things.. orange bellied robins, trees with buds, signs of new life. Hooray for spring!

  5. PS. Thanks for stopping by the Overflow today.. it's so fun to meet new friends who are chasing hard after Jesus, too. Blessings to you and your sweet family

  6. I believe it, when we are going through a trial its SO easy to forget the past and all He's done for us. That's why it's important to remember.
    It's nice to meet you too :)

  7. Love this idea! God has blessed me in so many ways. I never want to forget His goodness and mercy.

  8. Angela N Derek VelaJune 29, 2013 at 4:44 PM


    I really enjoyed this post. My church has done this when we go to "family camp," in Hurkey Creek, Idyllwild. My friends and I just came back yesterday -from camping there- and I picked up another stone.(Actually, I picked up three- lol- one to represent each of my sisters as well). The lord impressed upon me this verse: "He who is without sin cast the first stone." I love the idea of remembering all that God has done for us. But, I understand that stones have often been used to hurt. I am convicted today: not to accuse others, to love my enemies, and pray for those that would due harm to me and my family. Many blessings to you and your family.:)

  9. My sister Alice just celebrated her 1st year wedding anniversary. She gave each guest a stone.I found it yesterday( engraved on the stone: Alice & Jameson June 30, 2012.) If you can please pray for their marriage, jobs, and spiritual growth in the Lord - I would appreciate it! Jameson is not a believer. Thank you for writing this both powerful and meaningful post.

    1. Thank for stopping by and sharing. There seems to many uses for the stones :) I really like the thought of looking at the stones and remembering not to cast judgement on others, what a great reminder.


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