“then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord . When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” Joshua 4:7

When you hear the word “memorial,” you probably think of death and destruction. Memorial park. War memorial. Memorial service. But in the Old Testament, the Israelites were instructed to make memorials of the good things God had done. Deliverance from enemies. Victories in war. Miracles. All things that needed memorializing.

Why? So that when times got tough, they could go back and look at those stones, and remember His goodness, His mercy, and His provision.

We need to build memorials in our lives as well. Remember that day you thought you couldn’t make it through,  the situation you thought you’d never survive, the problem you thought would be your undoing? Guess what – you are still here. You survived. You may have even triumphed! You need to mark it down, in a journal, in a note, somewhere. Ask God to show you the best way to remember what He has done.

Let the memory of those victories spur you on to the next one.