My Memory and Blessings Jar
For months I’ve had a feeling that this would be an epic year. God has been on the move in so many areas of my life, namely with this ministry. I have the tendency of running ahead in anticipation of what’s to come and I sometimes forget to slow down enough to enjoy the gift of the present.
Wanting to be intentional about slowing down and not forgetting about all the special memories and blessings of the year, I decided to borrow an idea from The Memory Jar book by Tricia Goyer (I haven’t had time to read this book yet, but it’s on my list).
Around Christmas time I found a beautiful apothecary jar at Costco filled with chocolates of the world. I convinced myself it was perfectly acceptable to spend $45 just for the jar. I’ll admit; I tried some of the chocolates, too, but most of them wound up in the candy jar at my husband’s office.
At the beginning of the year I gathered some index cards, a red pen and started writing down blessings and memories that had already come to pass. I’ve continued with this and have remained in a grateful state of mind.
Last week I decided my jar needed a label, so off I went to Staples for some Martha Stewart Chalkboard Labels. I love how it turned out. Though, it turns out writing with chalk is more difficult than I remember.
This has proven to be an exercise in gratitude, remembering special moments, and focusing on the lovely, excellent and praiseworthy things as suggested in Philippians 4:8 – the verse on which this ministry was built.
At the end of the year I will pour out the blessings and memories of the year and read through each one. Isn’t it amazing as I sit here now, writing this, that God already knows what I’ll be writing down throughout this year and also reading at the end of this year?
Do you keep a journal or document your blessings and memories in some way? Have you read The Memory Jar?