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Thursday, June 19, 2014

In Rememberance

I know this is a long passage from the Bible - but please humor me and read it. There is a point to why I am sharing it.
 
1 And it came to pass, when all the people had completely crossed over the Jordan, that the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying: 2 "Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from every tribe, 3 and command them, saying, 'Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests' feet stood firm. You shall carry them over with you and leave them in the lodging place where you lodge tonight.' " 4 Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel, one man from every tribe; 5 and Joshua said to them: "Cross over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, 6 that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, 'What do these stones mean to you?' 7 Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever." 8 And the children of Israel did so, just as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones from the midst of the Jordan, as the Lord had spoken to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them to the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. 9 Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests who bore the ark of the covenant stood; and they are there to this day. 10 So the priests who bore the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan until everything was finished that the Lord had commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua; and the people hurried and crossed over. 11 Then it came to pass, when all the people had completely crossed over, that the ark of the Lord and the priests crossed over in the presence of the people. 12 And the men of Reuben, the men of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh crossed over armed before the children of Israel, as Moses had spoken to them. 13 About forty thousand prepared for war crossed over before the Lord for battle, to the plains of Jericho. 14 On that day the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they had feared Moses, all the days of his life. 15 Then the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying, 16 "Command the priests who bear the ark of the Testimony to come up from the Jordan." 17 Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, "Come up from the Jordan." 18 And it came to pass, when the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord had come from the midst of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet touched the dry land, that the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and overflowed all its banks as before.   
Joshua 4:1-18
 
Just like the Israelites, I too set up a remembrance of how God has delivered me.
 
I love windmill's and had always wanted one. When Mother's Day came my husband had seen this and had decided to order it for me. I was so excited because I knew what I wanted to do with it- I wanted it to be a reminder to me of what God had done for me. That he had been with me every step of the way. Many tears were shed, but with Him by my side I made it through. Now I would have a reminder of His care.
 
 


I thought it was very appropriate - how the day that I decided to take a photo for this post - the sun just happened to shine in the photo so much like the presence of God.

And I hope that as you take some time to look at this photo that you too- will be reminded of God's presence in your life and where He has led you. It is a good idea for us to remember these things.

I am still reading my Beth Moore book - Believing God - and I just finished the chapter that talks about asking the Holy Spirit to help you remember the specific ways in which God led in your life. And on a timeline - I began filling in difference things that quickly came to my mind. I am not done with this project yet - but I intend to continue to fill in the time line - and probably even write out a few of the stories in my AHA book. So I can be reminded of God's guidance in my life.

By remembering how God has led in the past - we are better able to trust Him with our future's. And this helps us develop our faith in Him.

Whether you have walked with God a long time or a short time - I am guessing that you too can think of ways that He has guided and directed your path. Beth Moore was quick to point out - that not everything on our timeline will be happy memories - even in the painful circumstances we can see how God was guiding us. I know this to be true for me. My testimony of just the last 7 months- has a number of times where God was leading and directing my path - when I had no idea how important some of those decisions were. Now I see that His hand was there- and that is why I am not only going to be writing this experience in my book - but why I have this remembrance windmill in my back yard to remind me.

5 comments:

  1. Oh how I love your windmill...especially the reason for it!
    I'm sorry, I've been away from my computer for awhile...We just returned from Indiana Monday, and then my sister visited on Tuesday, then infusion yesterday!
    I've been trying to get caught up on everyone today.
    Your hair looks great! Soon you will be going out without a hat or anything...I am right behind you on the growth process...It is kind of exciting to see how much changes each new day!
    God bless~ Lisa

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  2. I love your remembrance windmill! And your project you are working on sounds wonderful. I think it would be a good project for me, as well!

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  3. Thanks Ladies - Windmills seem to have a calming effect for me- something about them take me back to a time that there was a slower pace. :O)

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  4. God is a wonderful person. He knows everyone's thought's. He will do it to them in an indirect way!

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