21 Days To Cultivate A Grateful Heart

Devotional

Day 20: Put Your Gratitude on Display  


In this passage, it tells of the Lord’s commands to Joshua. He gathered the twelve stones from the Jordan, and at the time when God commanded, Joshua put them in place for everyone to see as a testimony of God’s faithfulness. Some refer to these as stones of remembrance. 


In our lives today, we can also have our own stones of remembrance that tell the story of God’s faithfulness and our gratitude. I want to share a story about how one family publicly displays their “stones of remembrance” as a testimony to share with others. These small items represent a greater story of God’s providence that builds faith and unity within the family. 


As a family we go through tough waters, unforeseen tragedy and faith-building moments. So many times, God comes through for His children in the most unique ways. Because we have learned to look for Him in the celebrations and the struggles, He makes Himself known. The testimony of His goodness serves as a stepping stone for others to come to know Christ personally and therefore impacts eternity. 


One family uses a shadow box full of small objects that serve as reminders of what God has done, the ways He has answered prayers, miraculously healed, provided supernaturally and loved them specifically. God is moving in mighty ways in their family, and they never want to stop giving thanks for those mile-marker moments. These items are on display first, so the family can be reminded and second, so that when people ask, they can share the amazing God stories. These items, on display in their home, serve as a reminder to their children, grandchildren and future generations. Periodically they will pull out an item from the box and tell the story to their children so that one day, they will tell the story (and their stories) to their children. 


REFLECT: Is it easy for you to remember and to be grateful for God’s incredible love for your family? Do you have any type of tangible way to celebrate and remind yourself of His faithfulness? It’s never too late to start. What would be a creative way for your family to remember and share? Some families love hiking and finding cool rocks; for others who travel, it can be hotel keys or just writing the date and the event on a notecard and keeping them in a box. How you do it isn’t as important as doing it. 


RESPOND: Pick one way you can start your own “stones of remembrance” for your family that serves as a testimony of God’s love and faithfulness. Allow your gratitude to fuel this project. Start by writing down significant moments in your family history and collaborate with your family the best way to set up a physical reminder for your family.