7.5.12

Memorial Boxes

Have you ever read Linny’s blog over at A Place Called Simplicity? She is such a sweet Godly woman, and her blog never fails to encourage me!
One of the things I especially love about her blog is her Memorial Box Monday slot.


What is a Memorial Box I hear you ask?
Well, throughout the Old Testament God told the Israelites to collect large stones and place them as a visual reminder of a specific event which showed God’s provision for them.
One particular example is found in Joshua 4 when God leads the Israelites through the river Jordon on dry land so that they can destroy the city of Jericho.


“When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, "Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight."
So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, "Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, 'What do these stones mean?' tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever." …
He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.
Many years ago Linny’s family started their own ‘Memorial Box’, placing a display box at the centre of their home and filling it with visual reminders of times God had worked in their lives. Most Mondays she blogs about a memorial story and they are always super encouraging.
I’ve always loved the idea, and it really encouraged me to record more of what God was doing in our lives on this blog, and I have really appreciated being able to go back and remember how he has moved; it’s surprising how quickly you forget even the big things!
Until now I’ve never actually done it in an organised way and we never actually got a memorial box for our home.  However, the other day I was telling the ladies in our bible study group about the idea of a memorial box and we got talking about different ways you could do it with kids. I got so excited about bringing up our child and celebrating the things that God has done for us, but then I thought why wait? Why wait until our daughter is x years old before bringing this physical reminder into our home? Why not do it now so she grows up with it all her life?
I got the idea from Pinterest of writing on pebbles and then putting them in a vase or some other container. That links in with the idea of the stones the Israelites used and we could draw pictures on one side so our kids can more easily remember what they stand for.

I’ll also be linking up with Linny some Mondays on the blog and posting the full stories behind the stones so we can remember all the details. I’m excited!
Maybe you’d like to join in the fun?
Have you got any other good/creative ways of remembering what God has done in your life?

2 comments:

  1. SUCH a great idea!!! For awhile, I was writing specific prayer requests on index cards and then on the back putting how God answered them...or when it was a "no" how God is still there for us. My idea was to collect all of the index cards to be able to pull out later much like you'd look back through your pebbles. But this is a much better reminder system because it's THERE in your home!!

    Hope you're having a great week!

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  2. I love this idea!
    Su

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