Stones of Remembrance… And Invitation!

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Welcome, Sweet One! I am so glad you’re here! I am both nervous and excited to share what God has been speaking to my heart over the last little while. He began by revealing a fascinating aspect of His character – that He is a God who absolutely loves stories. Does that truth captivate your heart the way it does mine?

Can you imagine sitting at His feet someday, and listening as He shares stories of our time on Earth – perhaps explaining the abundant blessing that poured out of our hardships, although we could not recognize it at the time? Imagine Him smiling fondly at you, and asking you to share about a time you were faithful – simply because He is so proud of you, and wants the others listening to hear! These thoughts fill my heart with anxious anticipation of that day!

I love the Old Testament story in Joshua where God led His children safely through the dangerous waters of the Jordan River, and commanded them to build a stone monument in remembrance of what He had done for them…

When all the people had crossed the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Now choose twelve men, one from each tribe. Tell them, ‘Take twelve stones from the very place where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan. Carry them out and pile them up at the place where you will camp tonight.’”

…Joshua piled up the twelve stones taken from the Jordan River. Then Joshua said to the Israelites, “In the future your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’ 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. 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 4:1-3, 20-24 (NLT)

Why the need for a pile of stones? You see, our heavenly Father knows our human limitations, part of which is our propensity to forget. Especially to forget God’s faithfulness in our lives, and the countless ways He has blessed us.

The stones of remembrance were erected as a visual reminder of how God miraculously intervened in the lives of His people. The monument would bring glory to God, and would inspire faith for generations to come.

As children saw the stones and asked about their significance, they would hear stories of God’s faithfulness. They would learn that He could be trusted, and that they could expect to see His hand at work in their own lives as well.

God has been faithful in our lives too, dear friends. But how often do we acknowledge His hand at work, especially in the midst of circumstances that are particularly painful and difficult?

Do we share our stories with others, erecting our own ‘stones of remembrance’?

When these stories go untold, we are prone to forget, to focus on our problems, and to lose hope.  We can become consumed by the negatives – the ways we’ve been hurt, or the times we’ve felt abandoned or neglected by God. We have the audacity to question Him about why He doesn’t answer our prayers in the ways we expect. We may be angry, somehow feeling He owes us more than the wondrous gift of His only Son.

The amazing thing is, He welcomes the honest cry of our hearts. He knows how we truly feel, and we are free to complain, argue and even question Him. David is famous for this, just read the Psalms. Some of his statements are pretty harsh, yet he is referred to as “a man after [God’s] own heart”. (Acts 13:22) Isn’t that amazing? There truly is “no condemnation”, only a loving God who longs for intimate encounters with His precious children.

So, this God of stories, what does He require of us? We are instructed to “always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you about the hope you have.” (2 Peter 3:15). Although this verse does refer to sharing the gospel as our ultimate hope, I believe we are also to share the reason why we have hope in specific situations, despite our circumstances.

How can I, a victim of childhood abuse, claim that God is redeeming those despicable acts for good? What makes me so sure that God will heal my broken heart? How can I possibly see hope in the midst of my brokenness and pain?

It is because of His faithfulness in my life. The things I have already shared here. The degrees of healing that have come. The encouragement that I can share, and receive, from others who truly understand. Our stories have tremendous power to change lives.

Abuse knows no boundaries…it can affect anyone. By telling our stories, we break down barriers, such as stigma and shame, and help others understand our pain. By telling our stories we can also experience freedom as we build strength and self-compassion. We can help others heal, when we tell our stories. (Violence Prevention Council)

God has been prompting me to invite you to share your story, and the way He is working to bring healing into your life. So many people suffer in silence, thinking they are alone.  The stigma of abuse often silences us. We may minimize what we have experienced, thinking it wasn’t that bad compared to what others have been through, and that we should just get over it – but these are lies of the enemy who seeks to keep secrets hidden in the darkness of shame.

As we share our stories, and expose them to the light and truth of Jesus, healing can begin. We can help others understand that they are not alone, and help them find the courage to face the past. We can encourage one another to persevere through the difficult times, and praise God for the breakthroughs that come as we take His hand and walk into our healing.

I shared at the beginning of this post that I am both excited and nervous about extending this invitation to you. The evil one has tried to discourage me, telling me that no one will take me up on the offer, and that I will end up looking like a fool. But God has gently whispered to my heart, “Trust me”. And I choose to listen to His voice, even though I have no control over the outcome.

 So, dear one, will you share your story here?

This will be a place of safety, where you will not be judged. Only encouraging comments will be permitted. You do not have to be ‘healed’ in order to share – I know that I am still a work in progress, and may always be! My only request is that your post be truthful, edifying, and honoring to our heavenly Father.

For those who are interested, please email me and I will send you more details. You do not have to have a blog in order to share your story, and you may post anonymously if you prefer. Let us glorify God, for the great things He has done, and for the many wonders yet to be revealed!

May God richly bless you as you shine His light into a world desperate for hope,

Kamea

Photo credit:  Kai Gradert

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39 thoughts on “Stones of Remembrance… And Invitation!

  1. God bless u, sis! ur post is unique & comes from a creative & discerning heart after God’s<3
    the enemy would so like to have the victory in battles that we & beloved family face, but we, who know & Love Jesus, as we purpose to believe, seek & endure the painful hardships faced, know our GOD is SO FAITHFUL to His children~the outcome is ALWAYS GOOD & Everything's ALREADY been WON in CHRIST<333 our sweet Victor will never let us be ashamed, or let us down in any way~i so appreciate ur comment at our sis' site, @flowingfaith by Mari Anna, for it led me here!
    i am getting ready to leave for work now, rich manifold Christ blessings to u, will visit again & follow u on twitter! sis, Crystal<3
    p.s. i, along with biological sisters, grew up in the dysfunction of abuse…God may use it for such GOOD when we who r afflicted allow His healing process to take place & restore<333 then share with others…He keeps us covered in His sweet grace, sis!

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    • Welcome Crystal,

      Thank you for the powerful way you affirmed those truths for me. Remembering His truths helps me to make it through days that are particularly difficult. He is so very faithful, and you are right – the victory has already been won! So let us live as victors, sweet one! And share His glory by recounting stories of His faithfulness.

      May God richly bless you,
      Kamea

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  2. Kamea,

    Reading your post, my first feeling was fear. My second feeling was shame, and the accompanying thought was “What if someone read my story and figured out I was the one who posted it?” I have spent most of my adult life as a social worker and nurse and worked with many victims but have never shared my story publicly. Although I would never tell a victim to “get over it,” I have said those words to myself on countless occasions with much contempt and disgust. I know that through God’s love and grace, I am no longer a victim, and I have helped many victims (children and adults) see themselves in other light.

    Your proposal is an intriguing one. Thanks for the invite.
    Angela

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    • Sweet Angela,

      I understand those fears, so well. For years I suffered in silence, pretending everything was okay. But even though I was able to fool a lot of people, I knew that I was living so far short of the promises in God’s word. I was not experiencing joy or freedom – and certainly not the abundant life. I was existing, not really living. I’m sorry to hear that you struggle to show yourself grace, even though you are able to extend it to others. I’ve been there too. There is certainly no pressure to share, but the invitation is an open one. Pray about it, and see where God leads you.

      Much love to you,
      Kamea

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  3. I’ve always loved how God asked them to remember things in such tangible ways. I’ve done that at different periods in my life too. Stones of remembrance wasn’t just a good idea for them back them; it works for me today too. Thanks, Kamea.

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    • Yes, it really is so powerful to intentionally remember God’s faithfulness, and to share our testimonies with others. I’m working through Beth Moore’s “Believing God” right now, and just today the lesson focused on the stones of remembrance – just days after I had written this. I love when God confirms His ways like that.

      Blessings Lisa,
      Kamea

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    • Sweet friend,

      Your words have brought me to tears! I am so humbled and honored that you can speak with such confidence about seeing God’s hand at work in my life. What a beautiful gift!

      Much love to you,
      Kamea

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  4. Yes, I have trusted God for stones of remembrance to be erected for my boys — memories of good times, but, more importantly, memories that point them toward the God who loves them and who holds their lives in His hands. This is such a great reminder today, and I’m thankful to have come across your post at Motivate and Rejuvenate!

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    • Thank you for your kind words of encouragement, Michele. How wonderful that you intentionally remember God’s faithfulness with your sons, and share stories to help them grow in their faith. They are truly blessed to have a mother who loves and honors God, and teaches them the importance of doing the same.

      Blessings and hugs,
      Kamea

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    • Thank you, sweet friend. Yes, our stories are powerful – they are our word of testimony about how God is alive and active, not only in the Bible, but in our lives as well. Telling our stories can be so painful, yet I have found healing in shining the light of Jesus into those locked places – His glorious light dispels the darkness. Not easily, not overnight, but healing does come… incrementally, bit by bit!

      Blessings,
      Kamea

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  5. Hi Kamea! Praise God, I have never been abused. I think God has helped and healed me in other ways, and I know He is with me through bad times and missteps. I hope I will set up a stone altar to him in my heart to remember all the good things He has done for me. And to celebrate the things He has done in you too. How great is our God!
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    • Dearest Ceil,

      Praise God for His hand of protection over your life. How true that we all have ways that we have experienced brokenness, and are in need of the Savior’s healing touch. I love your desire to set up a monument of remembrance in your heart – celebrating His faithfulness.

      Many blessings,
      Kamea

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  6. I read this post yesterday Kamea & it stuck with me, as I’ve been thinking & praying about it since then. I realize how important our testimonies are because of Revelation 12:11;” And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony and they did not love their life, even to death.” While I haven’t suffered from physical or sexual abuse, I have had some heavy trials such as my father abandoning the family & then two husbands abandoning me & the children! There have been other trials in my life as well, but I’ve discovered the same thing you mentioned; God is such a faithful healer & He has blessed my life so wondrously, despite the trials! I may not understand exactly, but I know now and trust that He truly does work it all for my good, as Romans 8:28 tells us. I will subscribe to your blog & pray that God will move people to share here and bring much healing and growth and victory through the testimonies. Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

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    • Welcome Cynthia,

      I love that verse, and the song that incorporates it into the lyrics as well. Yes, there is incredible power in our testimony. As people hear stories of how God has worked mightily in our lives, many will be pointed to Jesus. I am sorry to hear that you have endured such difficult trials in your life. But praise God that you have experienced Him as faithful Healer in your life. Thank you for subscribing. I am looking forward to getting to know you in the days to come.

      May God richly bless you sweet one,
      Kamea

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  7. Dear Kamea, this is mind blowing. Erecting stones of remembrance of God’s faithfulness.
    Sharing our story may be difficult but in the right occasion when our story encourages others then our sharing our experiences will show others to the amazing works of His Goodness.
    Many Blessings Kamea.

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    • Dearest Ifeoma,

      Thank you for sharing such wisdom. You are right in pointing out that there is a “right occasion” for sharing our stories. If we draw close to God, and listen for His prompting, we will know when He would have us share. There are circumstances where sharing might not be God’s plan, or in our best interest. We should always seek to walk according to His will.

      Many blessings sweet friend,
      Kamea

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  8. Yes, indeed!!! We should pile stones of rememberence everywhere we go! We should build these monuments out of pure love for the one true God. What amazing inspiration!!! Thank you for visiting my site today and yes, I see! As I say “Offer proof and share the truth!” I will pray for your desired testimonies. “

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    • Sweet Jenny,

      Thank you for your words of encouragement, and for your prayers for testimonies of healing to come forward. I have already heard from a couple of ladies who are interested in sharing their stories, and will be hosting my first guest submission on Monday! So exciting to see yet another example of God’s faithfulness when we walk in obedience into all that He asks us to do!

      Blessings,
      Kamea

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  9. Thank you for allowing your space to be a safe place for others.
    I’ve always enjoyed the stone story in Joshua and have collected stones with my kids. We have written ways we have seen God’s provision on one side of them. I keep them on my dresser as a reminder. I like reminders, because I am so apt to forget.
    Thank you for your kind encouragement on my post, Worth in Work.

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    • Welcome Alecia,

      I love that you collect stones and write words of God’s faithfulness on them with your children. What a fabulous and practical idea.

      Many blessings to you,
      Kamea

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    • Hello Ellen,

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! I love the image of sitting at His feet and listening too! Makes me long for that precious day!

      Blessings,
      Kamea

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  10. Kamea,
    Such hope in your words as I read them; Thank you…your words here are like a stone of remembrance…I need to remind myself more often of God’s faithfulness…Oh, for God’s grace to grow in trust…His great tenderness ….abuse can come in different forms and the first step is even admitting it…hugs to you, my friend 🙂

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    • Thank you, dear one! How sweet of you to say that my words here are like a stone of remembrance. Although I have not shown any of this to my children yet, I do hope that these stories will serve as a legacy of faith for them in the future.

      Blessings,
      Kamea

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  11. This story is one of my favorites, too! I even have a craft project I do to go along with it! I love how you are encouraging women to share their stories as a way to live free!

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  12. I love your invitation, friend. Although I have not suffered the way some have, I, too, compile my list of God’s faithful acts in my life; His history with me. It is what carries me on as I pray for those I love and believe He is at work when things appear unchanged year after year.

    I, too, have seen the stories of remembrance in the Old Testament. Just a few chapters later, in Joshua 22, another altar is built. To remember God. So the next generation does not forget.

    That is exactly what our stories of God’s faithfulness to us is…a testimony to the next generation of a faithful God!

    Keep being brave; keep sharing!

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    • Sweet Lynn,

      What a blessing to hear how you keep a list of ways God has been faithful in your life. I agree that remembering His faithfulness in the past, helps us during seasons of waiting – trusting that He will continue to be faithful in the future. Thanks for sharing the additional reference about stones of remembrance.

      Blessings,
      Kamea

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  13. Kamea- This is a beautiful post for so many reasons. Brokenness enters our lives in many differents ways but no matter how it comes it leaves behind a trail of pain fear and devastation. Through it all God has such an amazing plan of restoration and healing and hope. He turns all things around and somehow uses them all for the good when we let him in…
    As a pastoral counselor I spend many hours helping people through the process of their healing…
    Your words are filled with the healing grace of our lord Jesus. His courage and bravery inside of you shines as a beautiful light as a beacon of hope and restoration for others – keep shing my sweet one our precious father is using you mightily!
    Showers of blessings over you as you continue to walk in your complete freedom through Christ!
    Love Danise

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    • Sweet Danise,

      Thank you for your beautiful words of wisdom and encouragement. Your comment really shows how much understanding you have gained through your role as a pastoral counselor. I have experienced that “trail of pain and devastation”, but have also experienced God’s healing touch – which has been amazing!

      Thank you for your beautiful words for me personally. I am humbled and honored. I am almost finished my Bachelor of Social Work, and hope to pursue my Masters at some point, so that I can counsel people and help to bring hope and healing to others.

      Blessings and hugs,
      Kamea

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  14. I loved your story, imagining yourself at Jesus’ feet.
    I think having a physical remembrance is why so many like antiques (me included). It’s a way to “time travel” and remember what ought not to be forgotten.

    your neighbor at Kelly’s small wonder link up

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    • Welcome Constance,

      When that picture came to my mind, I was blessed incredibly. Makes me look forward to my home in heaven more than ever! I love your connection between antiques and remembering the important things of the past that “ought not be forgotten” – Beautiful!

      Blessings,
      Kamea

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  15. Kamea,
    Beautiful. I love your words. I love your bravery. I love your call to share. Great words from an amazing heart. Thank you for taking the risk to go all-in. I am a huge fan. This is a great idea – to share these stories. Much love to you sweet on. Keep on relying on the Spirit and holding on to Christ’s hand. Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

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    • Sweet Kelly,

      Your gift of encouragement never ceases to amaze me – you have received at least a double portion of His grace, which you share so freely with so many! Your words bless my heart so incredibly – and help encourage me to persevere!

      Love you, dear friend,
      Kamea

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