“After the people of Israel supernaturally crossed the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land, God commanded Joshua to “choose twelve men, one from each tribe. Tell them, ‘Take twelve stones from the very place where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan. Carry them out and pile them up at the place where you will camp tonight’” (Joshua 4:2–3, NLT). These stones of remembrance would serve as a permanent national reminder and a memorial to future generations of the miraculous river crossing.” ~ Got Questions
Each year, I prayerfully choose a word that will outline my experience of that season. As someone who loves words, I struggle to commit to just one word for the year – so instead, I choose a letter. This year, was my P year.
My favorite time to reflect on this season is now: September. It is my birthday month and naturally, I slip into my regular rhythm of reflection.
In my blog post called Twenty Twenty One: A Word – I wrote the following:
“I feel the following words speaking their way into the new year: I feel we are walking into a season of:”
- ‘plucking up and planting’,
- ‘pioneering and positioning’
- ‘planning and preparation’
- ‘promotion and progress’
As I sit and journal my thoughts about twenty-twenty-one, I’m grateful that God had whispered these words into my heart at the very beginning of the year. I’ve seen the footprint of these footnotes all throughout my experiences this year.
These words serve as my reminder of a faithful God. So, while I’m paying attention to what I’ve learnt along the way, I’m encouraged that God would consider us worthy enough to hear His words.
Psalm 116:2 NLT – “Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!”
The stones of remembrance served as a reminder to the Israelites of God’s faithfulness to His people. The stones were a reminder then and are a reminder now, that God is our present and all-powerful help. He is our mighty protector. He is able to do above and beyond anything that we can ask or think. He is always with us. I’m reminded the most of God’s promises, His presence, His power, and His protection. Joshua 4 tells us that these stones are still there today.
What do you need reminding of today? Allow these stones to serve as your reminder that God is who He says He is. He is faithful, and we can rely on Him.
Ephesians 3:20 – “Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us”
Did you write down a word for the year? If not, why not pick a word today? You can choose a word for the year, month, week or even just one word for this day.
Do you have a scripture of the year?
If I were to sum up my year in two words, I would confirm that it has been a year of: planting and unplucking. I’ve seen God plant promises into my heart this year that I’ve never considered before. I’ve also seen the unplucking and ending of many things this year.
What are you paying attention to at the moment?
Write it down. Do the good work of reflection.
So here’s what I’ve learnt:
God is faithful.
God is reliable.
God is trustworthy.
God is able.
God is present.
God is a promise maker and a promise keeper.
God’s presence is His promise.
What are your stones of remembrance?
What can you be thankful for today?
What stones in your life sing testimony to how faithful God is?
Pay attention to what God is doing in your life, and be sure not to miss the miracle.