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When your children ask you, “What do these stones mean?”

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“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.” Joshua 4:4-8a (NIV)

For Israel at that time, a new generation was crossing the Jordan into the Promised Land, as all but two of the generation born in slavery and crossed over the Red Sea, had died. The new generation was commanded to build a memorial in the new land, a legacy for future generations to remember.

In your life, what comes to your mind about events you would like others to remember?

For this author for the first month after my (now) wife & I had both heard God calling us together, the Lord had provided astonishing blessings and amazing coincidences. At the end of that first month, we paused together in gratitude, took a deep breath, and then I heard the Lord say, “Congratulations. You’ve just passed Kindergarten!”. And at the end of the next month, “Congratulations. You’ve just passed First Grade!”. As we met with friends we would share incredible stories of blessings as we transitioned from boyfriend/girlfriend to fiancés to married. This particularly rich time continued for about 12 months and “Congratulations, you’ve graduated from High School!”

During this time, my mom frequently said, “You should write this all down”

… Ooops. For this author, I can usually write about following my example. Not this example, as most of those memories from that special period are now lost to time. Yes, I should have followed my mom’s advice, as those blessings were intended for more than just the two of us and for that moment.

Daily Battle Order:

As you think about events you would like others to remember, resolve today how you can make it memorable, so that future generations can ask and learn how the Lord was good to you. Do Not follow this author’s example and keep it only in your head for yourself.

Also, today is Valentine’s Day! Whatever your situation, find someone to make today special and memorable for them.


The Joshua Commission is named after this book of the Bible - Joshua. We too are moving out for the promised land, under God's command.



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