Friday, March 30, 2012

My Ebenezer Stone

1 Sam 8:12 says, "Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, 'Thus far has the Lord helped us.'"

Well, I decided that I needed to have my own Ebenezer stone. I took a Sharpie and wrote "Thus far the LORD has helped me." I will see this every time I pull out of the driveway. This is my memorial to my new kind of normal.

And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan. He said to the Israelites, "In the future when your descendants ask their fathers, "What do these stones mean?" tell them, "Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground...He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so you might always fear the LORD your God." -Joshua 4:20-23a, 24

I have encouraged the older children to write the blessings of the Lord on smaller rocks and place them in a circle around this large stone. I noticed Marcus had written on one, "God is love". Oh, thank you Lord! He is getting it. We will not curse God and die, we will instead choose to believe that our God is good and He is for us.

"Life isn't like a book. Life isn't logical or sensible or orderly. Life is a mess most of the time. And the theology must be lived in the midst of that mess."
-Charles Colson

Life will throw us curve balls. What do we do with them? Has life thrown one at you lately? Here is a powerful quote by Ken Gire...

"When suffering shatters the carefully kept vase that is our lives, God stoops to pick up the pieces. But he doesn't put them back together as a restoration project patterned after our former selves. Instead, he sifts through the rubble and selects some of the shards as raw material for another project-a mosaic that tells the story of redemption."

Powerful and true.

LORD, put us back together again with your redeeming love.


Chelle said...

Love this. It's a great reminder of God.

Wanting What I Have said...

Love you! And love seeing God weave His almighty hand of redemption in and through the tapestry of your life. You are living it out and we thank God for y'all. Love to you! And still praying! xoxo

Trina said...

I LOVE it! What a perfect reminder when life gets to us!

Connie said...

I was moved to tears by this post. Your Ebenezer Stone is so powerful.

Also the concept that God takes the broken pieces and makes something new is a tremendous concept. So often we think He will restore - when He is actually wanting to build something new.

You are teaching some powerful lessons that come only when we are deeply hurt. I continue to pray for you.

Nadine said...

A great reminder of how good our God is to us...I continue to pray for you and your family Stacie!


MommaMindy said...

What a beautiful idea!

I have a garden that looks just like that. I'll be praying for a verse to strengthen me.

Feeling broken today...

OurLilFullFam said...

What a very powerful thing Stacie!


Rachel and Family said...

Beautiful posts. You are a beautiful woman. xoxo

Catherine said...

Great job, Stacie! We DO need reminders that He is working right beside us, to 'fix' us up!

Camille said...

Continuing to pray my friend. The LORD does all things well. HE is Faithful and will never give more than we can bear with Him. Never. One day at a time. By His grace.

Love to you!

busymomof10 said...

What a Great idea! I love it!~ May the Lord bless and encourage you and lift your spirits today! And thanks for your sweet email several days ago.

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