December 5, 2011 Vicki Ohlerking


December 5 2011

Once again I’ll go over what God has done, lay out on the table the ancient wonders; I’ll ponder all the things you’ve accomplished, and give a long, loving look at your acts. Psalm 77:11-12

Recently my mom sent my brother and me this picture.

It’s from 1978 when they poured the concrete walkway in the front of the home we grew up in. Talk about a memory! My brother said that if they ever tore the house down they would need to make sure they saved that section of concrete.

In the book of Joshua chapter 4 a story is told about how Joshua had a man from each of the twelve tribes to take a stone from the middle of the Jordan River to build a memorial. The point of this was for in the future when their children asked what the stones meant they could use them as a testimony of what God did for them.

I want to encourage you to build memorials along the way in your church planting journey. Some people like to blog, write in a journal, others like to make memory books.

Take tons of pictures! Make videos or slide presentations. These are big morale boosters or your congregation to rejoice over what God has done through the church.

Don’t just document the good times, document the bad times too. Looking back on a struggle you had a year ago can make the one you’re going through now seem small. They can also remind you how God brought you through and He will do so again. These memorials can also help others who will be following you…new church planters.

-Written by Stephanie Gilbert, My Vertical Church, Indianapolis, IN