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Saving family stories

by Mary May Larmoyeux

mother kissing infant daughterSeveral years ago a friend and I talked about passing down family stories. She said that Psalm 78:4 is one of her favorite Bible verses: ” We will … tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.”

The Bible paraphrase The Message expresses Psalm 78:1-4 this way: “ … I’ll let you in on the sweet old truths, stories we heard from our fathers, counsel we learned at our mother’s knee. We’re not keeping this to ourselves, we’re passing it along to the next generation—God’s fame and fortune, the marvelous things he has done.”

It is up to us to save our family stories—especially ones about God intervening in our lives and homes. And doing this can be simple.

We can share these stories with loved ones in the daily routines of life—while washing dishes together, taking a relaxing walk, or going for a Sunday drive. We can record our stories and burn them on CDs, or write them down in journals. We can even do something really easy—jot them down in our Bibles.

For years I’ve written, in my Bible, summaries of things I want to remember—births, weddings, deaths … memories of God’s faithfulness. Here are a few examples:

  • “God protected my son from a terrible wreck when he did a 360 degree turn on a wet freeway and ended up in a ditch,”
  • “God protected my husband when a car burst into flames 3-4 feet from a propane tank by his office,”
  • “God protected my loved ones when they had a gas leak in their house.”

What suggestions do you have for saving family stories?

© 2014 Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
© Photographer: Noriko Cooper |

Story Journey:

If you are making a notebook of your family’s special stories, you may want to include a list of times when God protected and directed you and your loved ones.

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5 thoughts on “Saving family stories”

  1. Hi, Suzanne. Thanks so much for leaving a comment. What you said made me personally think of the importance of writing different stories based on different kids/grandkids. This would be great to do in individual journals. Thanks!


  2. I have stacks of notebooks, cards and journals in my room. This is a great reminder that I need to get my stories and things in order. When my kids were born, I started writing a letter to each one. Over the years, I have added to each letter, as I could. Each one needs to hear a different set of stories from me.


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