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“…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….”           Joshua 4:6-7


Several times in the Old Testament, the children of Israel built an altar of stones at a place of significance.  There were places where The Lord had spoken to them, where The Lord had delivered them, and where The Lord had shown His mighty power to them.  The altars were built as a reminder of everything the Lord had done – but also a reminder to generations to follow.

The Lord has been so real in my life.  He came to my rescue when I was in a difficult situation. He met me at point where I was broken-hearted and hurt. He answered prayer in a way that can only be attributed to God’s intervention.  If you’re like me, the Lord has been obvious with the big things that will always be remembered, but also in the daily things where you just need to see His hand.

On many occasions, I have written notes in my bible to remind myself of His work in my life.  But…so many times I forget to build an altar of remembrance.

I love the easy access of having the bible on my kindle and my phone.  It’s great to be able to quickly access His word, but there is one thing missing with our electronic bibles – permanent notes.  Oh, I know, I can underline, highlight, and write electronic notes.  What happens when that electronic device kicks the bucket or becomes obsolete?  Sure you can save things to  “the cloud” – but,  if you’re like me you can’t even find things once you send them there.

So, I am the generally the “old school” lady at church that brings an actual bible to Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights, every class, and even conferences.

I want my children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren (and no, I am not old enough to have great grandchildren)  to be able to ask ‘what do those stones mean to you?’.  I will have a lasting altar  in my bible to share how The Lord worked in my life, long after I am able to tell them verbally.

Write those reminders of God’s AWESOMENESS in your bible, or in a journal, but write them down.  When you face difficulty, they will be great reminders to you, but also a testimony for generations to come.



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  1. Posted August 23, 2014 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    This is such a wonderful reminder of how we need to be like those in the Old Testament, stopping where we are to build altars of remembrance to our Lord God Almighty. Our Ebenezers. I was sitting at my computer in deep prayer to our Lord, and when I opened my eyes I saw the title of your devotion: “Build An Altar.” Oh, amen, amen, amen!

  2. Posted May 24, 2016 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to use the picture of the altar on our podcast blog. Do you have rights to it, and if so are you willing to share? If not, do you know the source? Thanks.

  3. Helen Brinkman
    Posted January 5, 2017 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    I was searching on the net on how to build an altar for the same reasons you just posted. How wonderful we are tracking perfectly on this. The altars we leave to our children for remembrance can be built of stone, recited at the table on Holy days, but so beautifully recorded in the Bible we hope they read after us. Thank you so much for this!!!

    One with Word!

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