Monday, April 11, 2011

Memorial Box Monday ~ Blessed by Boxes

Linny at A Place Called Simplicity started Memorial Box Mondays.

"In Joshua 4 Almighty God tells the Isrealites to collect stones and set them as a Memorial to remind them of God's power and provision. He then tells the Isrealites to use those stones as a memorial; that every time they see them to tell their children and their children's children the stories over and over again, continually reminding them of God's faithfulness."

To read the full idea and an introduction to Memorial Box Mondays go here and read Linny's "How about Memorial Box Mondays? aka We will remember..." post.

If you'll remember back to our MBM post about Sweet Tea and Chocolate, you'll remember that making a decision to move back to San Antonio was kinda a big deal for us. Lots and lots of prayer was involved as well as petitioning for wisdom from elders, ending in a prayer that we could find peace and confidence in our decision. Well God certainly heard that prayer and sealed it with Sweet Tea and Chocolate, but he continues to comfort us and bring certainty to our decision.

Now that the moving process has begun, we have looked at things with a new lens, realizing how much work it really is to relocate from a third story apartment to a single bedroom 300 some miles away. Yet through these times even, God has been with us...

A friend of Frankie's boss had been moving and as he unpacked, Frankie's boss brought car load after car load, day after day, of [expensive] moving boxes (and tons of bubble wrap) to the office for us to use! We didn't realize what God had provided until we stepped back and looked...

and stacked...

(there are many more flattened boxes behind these) We had about 30 quality moving boxes sitting in our living room the week we were ready to start packing! Not three weeks before, not two weeks later, and of no charge to us! We were blessed!

To add to it, when we finally got around to calling UHaul to figure out how to rent a trailer, there were only two of three options left- the two options we hadn't decided on after much thought and wrestling with a decision. We had decided to go for the medium size and figure out what to do with anything that didn't fit the next week. So when we called, and all that was left was the small and the large, we opted for the larger knowing that the small would have been way to small. We weren't planning on paying that much but God knew just what we needed- we loaded that baby full and it towed just fine! Needless stress removed from the coming weekend!

And to end it, we had not found a storage place yet...yes, we are slackers. (But, maybe out of ignorance, we are not worriers!) Frankie had taken a quick peek around the area to find out average prices and Mom looked, too. All were pretty steep. So Saturday morning, while unloading the UHaul at the Winder's house, we began to take out the items that were staying in our one room. Then we were going to take the rest...ummm...who knows were...and try to find a storage place not too far away. But in that big old house (with tiny bedrooms) God allowed Mom and Dad to bless us with abundant space for ALL of our belongings! All of their stuff they had moved two weeks prior fit nicely into the garage, leaving empty a room off the back of the garage twice the size of a typical storage facility! These lovely parents delegated us space in this room for the cheap price of being part-time summer school teachers! ;)

It's been a lot of work, but seeing God through every detail of our move is simply joyful. Into our Memorial Box will go this [adorable] miniature moving box to remind us that God is truly taking care of us and is definitely a God who "cares right down to the last detail." James 5:11 MSG


  1. What a moving story. :)

    I love you guys, and I love how you recognize God in the details!



  2. It seems that you’re having trouble packing on the first photo. But you know what? That’s what a place usually looks like when you’re in the moving process. After putting all your efforts in packing all your stuff and seeing that everything is organized, you will feel a sense of fulfillment. But, it doesn’t end there. Hehe! You’ll go through the same process again once you’ve moved into your new house.