When I read the book Hinds' Feet on High Places, I was intrigued with the idea of gathering a stone at each place God taught us something. So I made a memory stone bag and recalled the times in my life I made faith steps.
For me, one of the stones represented forgiveness not just from God but from myself for a foolish choice I made when I was a teen. Another is for forgiveness for someone who stole a piece of my childhood. A third is for putting a nasty habit behind me. A fourth for the return of a prodigal son to me. All impossible to me on my own.
I decided to make memory stone bags for my praying friends. I wrote a letter explaining the purpose. I felt like if we all were reminded of those pivotal moments then God's grace and bigness would stay foremost in our minds. They made a meaningful gift.
This time of my life is one of the hardest. Maybe because I'm in the middle of it and so helpless to make things different. One of those friends I gave a memory stone bag told me when I make it to the other side of this hard spot I'll have to find a stone to represent it. I'm definitely going to need a bigger bag.