It All Started with 12 Stones

What does Setting Up Stones mean?

Joshua 4 is an often overlooked story about water, rocks, and feeling like there is no way out. It’s a story of feeling trapped with nowhere to go but through muddy water, finding the water filled with rocks, and then using those rocks to build an altar so that future generations will remember what God has done. It was one of the last lessons my mother taught in front of a group, but she spent her entire life teaching her family what it meant to take the broken pieces of life and build them into something God could use. She lived like other people were watching her, and they were. I was. So now I’m figuring out how to build something out of the stones I’ve been stumbling over. There will always be rocks. Will we continue to stumble over them? Or use them to build an altar?


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