I follow a blog that I absolutely love called “A Place Called Simplicity.” You can access it here. It is a blog from a Pastor’s wife named Linny who is a “Mom of Many” children (10). She has encouraged me and directed me to the Lord so many times through her stories and how God moves in her life. I consider her a mentor of sorts. One of my Titus 2 women and she doesn’t even know me. =) I have got to send her an email or something (maybe she will read this).
Anyway, she does these things called Memorial Box Mondays. A Memorial Box is a box filled with memories of God’s faithfulness. She gets it out of Joshua 4 which says:
Joshua 4: 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.”So the Israelites did as Joshua commanded them. They took twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, as the LORD had told Joshua; and they carried them over with them to their camp, where they put them down. Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the middle of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant had stood. And they are there to this day………. On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. 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.”
I have loved this idea since I first saw it and when I moved into this house with all of these girls, I knew that I had to do it with them. So in October, I told all the girls that we were getting together to have breakfast one Saturday morning and do a “project.”
So, I brought out my Bible, and read Joshua 4 to them. I explained how it is so important for us to remember the things that God has done in our lives, so that when we face discouragement, we can look in our Memorial box and be encouraged. I then pulled out 7 paper mache boxes and craft supplies. Our project was to make Memorial boxes.