Story of the stones...

I love the story in Joshua 4 where the Lord tells him to take stones and build a memorial for future generations.

I grew up in a family and a church that encouraged sharing your story or testifying as we called it.  So as a family we frequently reflect and talk about stones that have been built to represent a time when God showed up and circumstances changed.

Today is one of those days...

 December 6th marks one year ago that my daughters, Erica and Alexis, and my nephew, Richie were in a bad car accident. Being in the holiday season this year feels a little weird.  My thoughts keep going back to activities we did last year right before the accident.

 Just the other day my mind rehearsed the phone call from Ron as I remembered word for word everything he said about the car wreck. I could feel my body reacting to the emotions I felt at that time.  In some ways it seems like a lifetime ago and in other ways it seems just a month or so has passed.

 A year later and I am still reminded of the verse in Genesis 50 that says "You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good"

    I know for me I am not the same person I was last December 5th.  Once you come face to face with what truly matters in life you live differently. Things that are temporary lose their appeal when eternity is brought into focus.   I looked into hospital beds and saw the broken and wounded bodies of dancers and daughters of God and thought about an enemy that would love to stop and silence all that God created them for.

  Yet even with that reality starring me in the face I saw them  healed and whole.  I remember saying to Erica while she was laying in a brace, flat on her back unable to move with a tube stuck down her throat in the ICU unit,  "It doesn't matter what it looks like... we serve a God that can do the impossible. You are going be fine!"

  I saw the power of God rise up within, strengthen, heal and propel purpose in each of our lives.

  In the past year God has multiplied the influence of my girls:

  • within 6 weeks of the wreck they were back teaching at the studio...
  • 5 months later they led RDA's end of year dance recital and danced as their testimony of God's healing power was shared...
  • this dance season the studio has doubled in size in both facilities and students...
  • stepping into new leadership roles withing our church

That's what He does!

He can do the same for you my friend!

  Take your eyes off your circumstances.  Invite Him into your pain and brokenness and let him bring healing.  I can assure you that when you feel He is all you have, He is enough!

  Sometimes our own stones seem insignificant to us so we haven't gathered them.  I encourage you today to reflect and gather your stones. Gather up those stones that could have taken you out and instead use them to build a memorial... a place of remembering how God brought you through.

  Someone needs to hear your story.  It may be you that needs to hear it.  Today, you might need to remind the enemy of your soul that you remember how God has been there in your life.  The Book of Revelation talks about how we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of OUR testimony.  Gather your stones my friend and share your story.

“In the future your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 Then you can tell them, ‘This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the Lord your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and he kept it dry until you were all across, just as he did at the Red Sea when he dried it up until we had all crossed over. 24 He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever.”

  Joshua 4  (New Living Translation)

Today these stones mean...

Pain and healing

Peace in uncertainty

Lungs mended

Strength in weakness

Braces removed

Scars softened

Love of family & friends

Boldness in purpose

Fresh perspective

 Powerful dancing

God's faithfulness.

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  • Sue Ballard Harris

    Susan, Your Blog inspires me with humbling, powerfully positive testimonials. Please know how helpful the messages are to me. So thankful you speak from the heart and soul. The photo of the girls dancing at fall fest is outstanding. I may try to copy and enlarge the photo to frame. If that is okay with you, that is. I would like to have it on the wall in my office area. The office area is off the kitchen and the place where I spend a great deal of time. Also, where everyone seems to gravitate when they come through the front door. There’s something special about the photo when you know where they have been. A precious testimony.

  • Sue Harris

    Had to print this for Mathew to read – we have had such a testimony to everyone over his wreck – the nurses who just wanted to stay in his room because of the atmosphere of joy and expectancy in there and being able to share our faith with them, the people we knew at the hospital who just happened to be on for that one day that he came in, the fact that I had just retired and was able to give him all my attention and time, the fact that Evie just happened to work only one day that week and was our medical advocate through it all, the blessing of her knowledge of the doctors and nurses and the comfort that he had the best available in the ER and Trauma unit, so many things that barely missed vital organs, such as brain, internal organs, his eye, etc., and the fact that everything that was broken, bruised and scraped is healing completely, even down to his therapist who came today and signed off on him after five weeks because he’s just recovered so quickly and so well. Yes, he was in a lot of pain, but, yes, he has recommitted his heart to the Lord, and God has brought him back together with a young lady that loves the Lord and him. Yes, I was terrified when it happened and, yes, we prayed in the Spirit all the way to the hospital at 2:00 am in the morning, and trusted God all the way. I hope to never have to go through such a thing again, but I know, as I have known through all we have been through, that God has not left us, God is faithful, God keeps His word, God loves His children and God will be glorified in the end. Rejoicing with you guys over all the Lord has done in your family – the pictures were awesome! Love you all – sue

  • Harriet Taylor

    Susan, what a heart-touching story! I remember the prayer requests as they came thru that Dec. This Nov at Westmore, we had a 5 day series called “Crushed”, messages from 5 different ones who had been thru crushing experiences. Your story is the same genre. May I share it with my Enetha Circle sisters?
    Love to you and Ron and family.

  • Susan

    Thank you for your kind and encouraging words Sue. It’s not always easy to put my feelings out there but I know that’s the real stuff we all need to hear. Yes, please feel free to use the picture however you would like. Seeing them dance is such a testimony! Merry Christmas sweet friend!

  • Susan

    All the prayers from our Westmore family meant so much during that time Harriet. Absolutely you can share whatever you want with Enetha Circle. Give your family our love and Merry Christmas!

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