Day 9 – Rocks of Remembrance

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This is not a new idea…it’s actually quite old. Nor is it my idea…it’s actually one that God thought up.

But we’ve piled up Jordan River Stones for many years now… And it’s one way that we give thanks as we remember all that God has done in our lives.

The idea came from Joshua 4 where God told the Israelites to:


Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan,

and take up each of you a stone…that this may be a sign among you.

When your children ask in time to come, “What do those stones mean to you”

then you shall tell them that the waters of Jordan were cut off

before the ark of the covenant of the Lord…

so these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever…

so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.

~Joshua 4: 5,6,7;24

So whenever something happens that reminds us of God’s love or provision or power, we write it down on a stone to help us remember that in the future.

We give thanks.


And our children do ask–

“What do those stones mean to you?”

And we give thanks for God’s faithfulness.

Some rocks remind of big things–

Healing, financial provision, a new birth…

Some rocks remind of moments seemingly small–

Like the time our daughter prayed we would find an American Girl doll at a garage sale.

And even after I made several, faithless attempts to fill her with doubt, God answered her prayer that day because He knew it would show her 7-year-old-heart something special about who He is and His love for her. I see that rock and remember our young daughter dumping her small bag of change into the lady’s money box and I think–

“His loving-kindness is great toward us..”

~Psalm 117:2.

A few of the stones from last year:

Our friends loaned us their van for a week when our car was broken…
We thought our van was “done” but the mechanic was able to fix it…
Our daughter’s chronic stomach pain went away…
Three of our duck eggs hatched…

Our youngest child’s blood tests that were abnormal in the summer

came back normal in January…

Our youngest child’s blood tests that were abnormal in the summer

came back normal in January…

We look into the mirror and see, and then immediately forget
(James 1:24).

We keep getting mercy and then forget (Psalm 78: 7, 35, 42).

In suffering, we forget we are sons (Hebrews 12:5).

Pharaoh…forgets each plague the second it is past. Jesus’ apostles aren’t much better: “Do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up? . . . And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?”
(Mark 8:18-20).

The book of Hebrews speaks of undulation when it warns us to exhort each other lest today we lose what we knew only yesterday (3:12-14).
~Andree Seu


These stones of thankful remembrance help us–

  • Remember to remember

  • To give thanks.

  • They help our family look for His fingerprints all over every day of life.

  • They remind us of His past faithfulness.

  • They give hope when we face trials because,

  • They remind us of His love.


But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

His mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning;

great is (His) faithfulness.

~Lam. 3:21


and give thanks…

To Him.

Thankful challenge:
Take an hour sometime this week to sit down as a family and look back through photos from this past year. Thank God for the big ways and little ways that you’ve seen His faithfulness and love…

Thankful Challenger:
Kara is married to her husband Jason, one of the funniest and most     generous people she knows. They have five kiddos, four here and one in heaven. They also have a muppet-like-mess of a dog, non-breeding Madagascar  Hissers (who have had over 100 babies), and a whole mess of stick bugs. Kara writes mostly about family, adoption, grief, education, traditions, literature, organization, Heaven, and most-importantly- her love for God.  You can find her family adventures at The Chuppies. And on facebook.
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I am a sinner saved by grace trying to move through this broken world as a wife, mom and homeschooler. I have 3 gorgeous sons {24, 17 & 11} and a wonderful husband of 13 years, that have my heart! I don’t have all the answers however sharing my life with you in hopes that it will drawer you closer to Him. I pray that when you leave here you walk away knowing Him better.

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