Monday, August 5, 2013

Memorial Box Monday: This Girl

Being the first Monday in August, it is our "official" Memorial Box Monday.
I am tickled to share this story, which has been in the making
for the better part of 20 years.

For those new to our Place Called Simplicity, let me back up and
explain for just a second what Memorial Box Monday is.

In the Old Testament God told the Israelites to gather stones and build a Memorial
as a constant reminder of His deliberate and direct intervention in their lives.
The Israelites were to tell their children the story represented by the stones
over and over and over, so in turn their children would tell their children
over and over and over.


Because God knew how easy it is for us humans to forget what He has done in our lives.
We are a very forgetful bunch!  We can celebrate His faithfulness one minute
and in seemingly the next breath, we can fall into hopeless despair,
wringing our hands and wondering what are 'we' going to do -
completely forgetting all that He has already done.

Yet when we intentionally spend time celebrating the personal
stories of our lives, the memories are kept fresh, alive and faith is built.

In our home we have a giant box, prominently displayed.
It is filled with little trinkets:  each representing a story of
God's provision, God's healing, God's protection, God's intervention.
All representing God's faithfulness.

Often on family nights we will take a little trinket out and tell the story
represented by that symbol to our children, keeping the memory
alive and celebrating the faithfulness of Almighty God.

This girl.  She's a miracle every step of the way.

What about you?
Link your Memorial Box Monday story below.
Please in the body of your post link back to our Place Called Simplicity.
I can't wait to read your stories as together
we remember the faithfulness of God.

10 Simply Sweet Words:

  1. That husband of yours also left a hard to fill spot in my life. I measure a good Pastor by thinking back to Dwight. Truly. He was there, absolutely there, for us during our very difficult season. He taught me a lot and I carry those lessons forever. So glad your prayer was answered, especially in a "mega church".

    1. Mrs Mann,
      I am thankful that Dw left a lasting impression on your heart. He is an amazing man....who he is in public, he is in private. Miss you!! xoxox

  2. Oh truly Linny! Such a beautiful story and wonderful blessing. We live in the bible belt and in our area there are so many churches. But you know what? We have went to so many of them and now home church. We have home churched for many years. We can not in our area, find a church that does not add to or take away from the Word of God. A pastor that is humble and does not care about numbers and a building program. sigh. Believe it or not the hardest part is I have very little to no fellowship most of the time. I get it mostly from online people I have met thru blogging. God is so good. I have not given up. We study all the time and are learning all the time. God is so good. I do believe some day we will be led to a church that is led by a man of God. Just waiting for it to happen. Praise God for His Word and that He is always approachable to teach us and help us. Beautiful post! Blessings!

    1. I never would want to come across as critical, but truly, I have met *all* kinds of pastors...we *know* that Pastor Luke is a rare exception . We feel abundantly grateful God is faithful to not only hear our prayers, but answer so beautifully.

  3. What a beautiful memorial box story! And to think, God was working behind the scenes, for 20 years to answer one of the prayers of your heart!

    Linny I have to share with you an answer to one of my prayers.

    In earl 2010 husband and I found a little one on China's waiting children's list, a little guy with albinism. We inquired about him, he stole my heart. We started the processing to bring him home. The Lord had placed the orphans of Ch*na on my heart 10 years prior. I was so excited my time had come. Sadly, we were disqualified due to a medication husband started taking when he returned from combat. I have the little guy's framed picture on my dresser, my Eli. My Eli disappeared off the list shortly after we found him, and I assumed he'd been matched. I stopped looking at Ch*ina's waiting children list since we did not qualify. I have not looked at it in over a year. But I prayed for my Eli, that is I could not be his mama, Jesus would find him the perfect mama.

    HIs picture is still on my dresser, often I wonder what has become of my Eli. Last week I looked at a waiting childrens' list...and guess who I saw?? MY ELI!! He is still so darn cute and precious...even better, next to his name in red letters MATCHED!!

    Thank you Jesus, my boy has a mama to love him!


    1. Awesome story. Yippee Jesus!! I am so thankful God answered your prayers - orphan no more!! Awesome God to show you.

  4. Makes me want to move to Phoenix just so I can know him better.... Amazing that I can see that from 30 second of video, but it is true.

    1. Come on over!! He and his wife are amazing people who LOVE, you would love them.

  5. Yes! Too many pastors and priests are not holy, and lead people AWAY from church instead of too church. I have known people who have left RELIGION because of pastors/priest, from sexual abuse (sadly too common in the Catholic church) to damning someone for their sexuality. I wonder why some men have become pastors or priests. I pray that all churches have the gift of being blessed by a good, decent man who loves Jesus & his fellow mankind above all else.

  6. This isn't a Memorial Box story. But I remember you posting about other adoptive families who have had trouble abroad and thought you might be able to get some traction for this family:


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