Last day of 2012.
Had so many great things happen this year. I'll be working on my list of 2012 Memories and Blessings over the next few days. I'd encourage you to do the same. Thinking about and writing down our memories and blessings is a great way to remember all the things God has done for you.
It is too easy to forget how much we rely on the Lord. The Israelities had that same problem. That is why the Lord told Joshua to make a memorial after crossing the Jordan River.
When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, 2 “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, 3 and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests' feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’”4 Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. 5 And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, 6 that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ 7 then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” Joshua 4:1-7A memorial forever. A reminder. A sign to future generations. A momento to pass on the stories. All for the Glory of God!
Take time early in 2013 to look back over the last year and look for God's hand in leading, guiding, carrying, consoling, protecting, blessing, and holding you. Then write those thoughts down, share them with your kids, and look for other ways to make them into a memorial to the Lord.