Jordan River Remembering

I’m adding new rocks to our Jordan River Stones today…

Is that why the Israelites keep recounting their past–
to trust God for their future?
Remembering is an act of thanksgiving,
this turn of the heart over time’s shoulder to see
all the long way His arms have carried.

~Ann Voskamp

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.

The idea comes 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 to– not forget.

Because it’s so easy to forget–
His goodness.
His faithfulness.
His power.
His love.

And the kiddos do ask–  “What do those stones mean to you?”

Some rocks remind of big things–  healing, financial provision, a new birth…

Some seem small– like the time our Laura prayed we would find an American Girl doll at a garage sale.  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 lovingkindness is great toward us…” ~Psalm 117:2.

I look back over these rocks of rememberance as I add a new one today…


…praising Him for the way He gives us concrete evidence of His love.

I want to remember.

“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



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    • says

      Thank you Dana…
      When I’m struggling with worry or fear, it really does help me to just mentally (and sometimes visually with the rocks) walk through all of the ways He has been so faithful to us over the years.

    • says

      Thank you Becka,
      I love that name by the way…

      I’ve purchased bags of rocks at a craft store and the black ones are probably easiest for writing on with a silver sharpie…but we’ve also added rocks that we’ve found that are connected to our “thankful”. Even have a rock in there from the Sea of Galilee. So…it’s an easy one to “start today”…send the kiddos out to find some rocks, use a sharpie and stick them in a jar. Love those easy projects! :)

  1. valerie says

    LOVE this!! I’ve tried doing the Memorial Box from A Place Called Simplicity – and I love that idea, too, but I just can’t ever seem to keep up with it. I think the remembrance stones would be so much easier for this scatter-brained mama! :) Thanks for the idea!

    • says

      I like getting the kiddos involved…they like writing on the rocks…and I find freedom in the no-set-order of this…just write on a rock and toss it in whenever you remember :)
      I need to check out that Memorial Box idea though…haven’t heard of it yet and I love traditions and any concrete visuals that point our hearts to thanking God for His good gifts.

  2. says

    Okay, where you were when my kids were little? You were probably just a kid yourself! I love this idea, Kara. What a powerful thing to actually have visual reminders of how God has been faithful. Thanks for sharing! :) Love, Barb

    • says

      Are you kidding me?
      But thank you.

      I’ve thought more than once that I would’ve loved your daughter as my sister :)

      You know how it goes…we rest in God’s grace covering all the would’ves, could’ves, should’ves and are thankful for those few instances when we’ve actually followed through :)

      This has been an easy and meaningful one for us…I look back on those rocks and realize HOW MUCH I would forget without the practice of writing it down. He has been so faithful…in the big and little things.

      Sometimes…His kindness in the little things is even more impressed on my heart…just realizing that He cares even about all those inconsequential moments that become significant when I recognize His fingerprints in the outcome. Makes me feel so loved.

      And I am.
      And we all are.
      And that’s what I want our kiddos to know and really KNOW deep down…His love for them.

      So thankful for you Barb…your life and family…and ministry…and written-words over here…and heart for adoption…and the legacy that you’re leaving. :)


  3. says

    Whenever I have read those verses in the past, I have wanted to do something to remember things like this. Now I have an idea as to how to go about it. Thank you so much for sharing this with the Thrive @ Home community!

    • says

      Thanks Jenni…I love your community of women with a heart for Him.
      I look for ideas and activities that are practical…meaning…I will actually follow through and DO them :)
      And this is an easy one that has been meaningful for our crew…

  4. says

    I love this idea. What a teachable moment for the kids – not just the moment of writing but also walking back through the past. I think we’ll be using this! Thanks for linking up with Thrive @ Home!

    • says

      Thank you Audra…
      Total teachable moments for me too…especially when I have doubt and they have faith…and He answers…just a reminder that He cares about each every aspect of our lives. That encourages me in a huge way. Thanks for stoppin by and for commenting…


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