The Heritage Journal

About two years ago my soon-to-be sister-in-law gave me a leather journal. I love notebooks, and this one was so nice that I was almost hesitant to write in it because I didn’t want to mess it up. I kept it wrapped and waited to decide how to use it.

It sat on the shelf for a while, but I think I’ve finally decided. In my own handwriting, flaws and all, I’m going to make it a heritage journal. The idea is from a Bible study last fall. Joshua set up stones as a reminder of how God took care of his people, so that those stories would be passed to future generations.

My memory is terrible — how quickly we can forget! I can barely remember what I did yesterday. All those ways that God has protected and blessed me and Doug – those are the things I need to remember. In Judges 2:10 it says that “After a while the people of Joshua’s generation died, and the next generation did not know the LORD or any of the things he had done for Israel.” (CEV) How sad that is! I do not want that to happen to our kids. I know they will grow up and choose for themselves whether or not they will follow the Lord. I just want them to know specifically and clearly what Jesus has done for our family.

  • How he protected Lane during a complicated birth. 
  • The job Doug was blessed with so that I could stay home. 
  • The finances that are always more than we need. 

There are so many more instances. That’s why we need to write them down, so we can remember them, and not forget.

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  1. berrymomma says:

    You are so inspiring! I have an empty journal too, and I’ve just found the perfect purpose for it! Thanks.

  2. My husband & I are currently trying to conceive. I’m headed today to buy a journal for our (future) little one. I’ve already had so many emotions tied to this & I want my child to know how much he/she was wanted. I want to record things like what symptoms I had on a certain day & etc (minus the weird TMI that might freak my kid out!haha) The one thing I really want to tell him/her is that the morning hubby & I discussed trying to conceive I was so so nervous wondering how we’d do & afford everything. Then my pastor preached on walking by faith & not by sight. I knew that was for me. Since then, no looking back. :)