Ancient Stones Timeless Encouragement
The nine women who authored this book are part of a Christian writers group in the Foothills of Western North Carolina. They have combined the ancient scriptures of the Old Testament and their unique life experiences to offer encouragement for women today through a year’s worth of weekly devotions. More
Like many of you who will join us on this journey through Old Testament scriptures, the authors have survived some of life’s greatest challenges: the death of a child, widowhood, child sexual abuse, and moving to a nursing home. Some have overcome cancer, depression, low self-esteem and family issues. All of us have joyfully experienced salvation and watching God move on our behalf in strange and unexpected ways. Our lives, though sometimes difficult, scary or exhilarating, have been blessed through the power of the Almighty Father, the love of our Savior Jesus and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
While some people have discounted the scriptures of the Old Testament as ancient and useless, we have embraced them and found life and encouragement there. We invite you to join us on our walk through the Old Testament: good words for the time it was written and good words for today.
In our research we found that during Old Testament times it was the practice of the people to stand a stone on its edge or pile up many stones as a place to worship God. As the people traveled and life happened, just as it does today, they would encounter times when they didn’t feel close to God.
As a remedy, they would return to the last stone they erected. They knew that God had been real to them in that place. It was like a charging station where they could reconnect with God. They reasoned: if God was real here, and they knew he had been; and if He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow; then He is real where I live now.
Some folks feel like the words of the Old Testament are outdated and not relevant to life today. Did God waste His breath breathing those words into the scribe’s soul so they could be recorded? We believe those ancient words are alive and hold meaning for us today.
Come along with us as we erect a stone of remembrance and find ourselves encouraged in the presence of the same living God that all the generations before us found hope in.
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