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.