This past year one of my big goals has been to read through the bible in one year. It’s been challenging and yet, worth every single second. Something happens when we consistently sit down, open the word and ready ourselves to hear truth. His word comes alive–it jumps off the page and right into our days.
While reading through the Old Testament I kept stumbling upon stories of men and women who built alters of remembrance to our Lord. They prayed, they wrestled, they struggled and in their journey built a tangible reminder of their faith.
One of the greatest examples is in Joshua 4: 4-8. The Lord tells Joshua to pick up 12 large stones and place them in the waters of the Jordan, so that future generations will look and be reminded of what the Lord has done.
In conversation with a dear friend she spoke truth straight to my heart asking how I was going to “Remember what the Lord has done” in my life. I was very quiet and didn’t have an answer (shocking, I know!). I treasure my prayer journal, I write daily gifts into my blessing journal but what do you do with the things you wrestle with–the little and BIG things that you give God. How do you remember what he has done in daily life?
That night as I was crawling into bed, still mulling over our conversation, my eyes fell upon a stone that I had made 2 years ago as a reminder of Zachariah’s Acres and the promises God put on my heart as a volunteer. It’s been a simple reminder to me of why I continue to persevere and do the hard work.
So my friend, this simple stone with the word Nature and a reference to one of my favorite verses, began my Jar of Remembrance. I dug up a jar of “river stones” and placed them in a simple container form Ikea. Over the past few months, I’ve been slowly adding to the jar. Sometimes it’s a BIG way that God has provided– a prayer answered that I’ve wrestled with Him 1,000 times over. More often it’s the little things that I’m lifting up in surrender to the God of our universe, and letting Him work his ways. I’ve kept my jar simple, adorned with only a vintage ribbon but it’s a daily reminder of what He has done, and that is what truly matters!
Make your own Jar of Remembrance:
1 Ball Jar (or wide mouth container)
Stones (You can purchase smooth river stones at a craft store or better yet get outside and collect some!)
Fine Tip Sharpie Markers
*Decorate the container to your liking. Keep it simple with a pretty ribbon, paint it with chalkboard paint or wrap it in twine. Be creative and This post from Jen at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam is a great tutorial!
*Write a simple word or phrase (don’t forget the date) to remember that moment of surrender, a prayer is answered.
*Take time every few months to go through your jar and remember what He has done in your life!
Here is a fun picture of the Jar of Remembrance I did with my sweet new friend Amy during (in)RL this year! We had so much fun being crafty and swapping stories of what he has done in our lives. I gave my jar to my sweet mamma and she keeps it on her counter to be filled with his promises and reminders of faith!
God is good friends and so abundant in His gifts, let’s choose to remember what He has done.