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Monument to God

Joshua 4:9–And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day.

At this point in the journey, Moses had died and Joshua was now leading the people of Israel into the promised land. The men bearing the ark of the covenant stood in the middle of the Jordan river so that all the people could pass through on dry land. God instructed Joshua to build a monument in the middle of the Jordan as a testimony to what God did for them.

How often have I forgotten once I’ve come through a trial with God at my side to give Him praise and thanks? In the midst of a crisis or a worry or a strain, I pray often. Once God sends the answer I mentally thank Him, but I am terrible about making it known outside my close circle of friends, family, and church that God answered my prayer. I should be setting up a monument to Him. Not a literal stack of stones, but spreading the word as far and wide as I can that God still answers prayers. He is such a gracious and loving Father, and I haven’t been the best shouter to the world of His goodness. The stones that Joshua set up are “there unto this day.” I want the world to know God has guided me through every trial in my adult life. He has blessed me beyond measure. (Click to Tweet) He’s given me answers to so many prayers. My marriage, my children, my writing, and my home are all given to me from God. So when you look at them, remember that I am giving Him praise for those things. They are a part of the monument of stones from my life honoring Him.

What have you praised God for today? Are there blessings you would like to share with us? I’d love to hear your stories!

 

(Photo above is of my ‘Answered Prayers’ jar. We made this in Sunday school a while back. I’ve tried to keep filling it up with post-its that have the answered prayers written on them)

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Praise Him!

Psalm 148–Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created. He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass. Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord.

We are such a blessed people that we have the freedom to praise our God out loud. Not all enjoy that luxury, even as far advanced as our world is today. The sounds of the earth itself are praises to the Lord. The wind, the animal noises, the silence of the stars and sun– Everything around us reflects praise to Him. And yet, many days I forget to praise Him. I think about thanksgivings in my head a lot, but it’s rare that I say them out loud during the week. I want to change that. I am going to make sure to praise God, out loud, for something every day until it becomes a habit I can no longer just happen to forget to do. I am so blessed, and I want to share that with others!

What did you praise God for today? Share your story in the comments please!!

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