Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Revisiting 12 Stones

I am beside myself with excitement over whats to come over the next month. November is going to be filled with huge testimonies lifted up in praise to our Great GOD
I think it is only fitting to start this month off right, by going back to where it all started.

12 Stones

Joshua 4:2-7 (ESV)
"Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, and command them, saying, 'Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.'" Then Joshua called the twelve men from the people of Israel, whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe. And Joshua said to them, "Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, 'What do those stones mean to you?' then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.
So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever."

My husband and I were in a conversation the other night and he asked about my life's defining moments. I could easily say my wedding day and the birth of my children, but that is wrong (to me).  Yes, those were without a doubt some of the most blessed and HAPPIEST moments of my life. I am my husbands wife - True. I am my children's mother - True. But neither one of them define me

There are moments in my life I can clearly, look back on and see God's pursuit of my life.  I can see moments where God radically spoke to my heart and changed who I was and my view of HIM; He changed my defining life's DNA

I wonder if I didn't look back on them so often and remember from where God has brought me, if they would still define me? I think it is important in our relationship with Christ to set aside time to Celebrate who I once was and who He is creating me to be!

As a child of God we have this awesome ability to look back on all the broken places and celebrate. 

There have been so many moments in my life where, at the time, I was filled with brokenness or intense fear over the future. However, as I look back on them I can see how God's hand miraculously, intricately and by His divine design HE brought me to those places and through them. And without them I would not know HIM nor trust HIM the way I do now. 

It's amazing how things I once considered trials I now look at and (excuse the lack of reverence, I just don't know another way to say it) I just want to high-five my Heavenly Father because He's totally got it. Absolutely without a doubt, He's brought me here and He's going to bring me through it for HIS Glory.

That doesn't mean that I won't "suffer" loss. It means "so what if I do", if it brings me closer to my Savior, everything else fails in comparison!

Yeah, I can say that right now boldly, that I'm not suffering, and yes it would be hard to endure great loss, I don't want to diminish that fact. But I can say without a shadow of a doubt:
Romans 8:28(ESV)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.

HIM receiving Glory out of this little life is way more important to me than... anything else! For my life to be worthy of being set apart as a testament to our Great GOD, that rocks my socks off more than, living a life according to my own convenience. 

So this month I want to celebrate the times we thought we were forgotten and HE said, "no, you weren't." 
I want to celebrate the challenges He loved us through. The times I had no faith but He never left HIS thrown. The times HE pursued us in our ugliness.
Yes, That's the GOD I serve, and THAT's WHO i want to celebrate!

Welcome to Beautiful Mommy Feet my Friends.
I pray that the Lord will draw you into a deeper understanding of how HE moves and a sweet adoration of Himself through the love of HIM you see poured out through the contributors this month.

Now it's your turn. What are Your life's defining moments? Reflect back and comment or shoot me an email. Take a moment to Celebrate All Month Long! From where you came and Whose you are!

Let's set these "stones" up as a monument to our Great GOD!

HIS Clay~


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  1. Hi Melissa - I think to spend the whole month celebrating and giving thanks is awesome. I am thankful more and more for God's grace and mercy to me. Because I am so undeserving of it
    God bless

  2. A few of my life-defining moments: When fear took over my mind and life. When I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. When God set me free. :o)

    I have a bunch of stones to act as a remembrance.

    Bless you!