Spiritual Markers


Have you celebrated a win lately? Completing a big project demands a pat on the back, big shout-out, or a high five. Maybe you kicked a habit, finished a project, or celebrated an anniversary. Sometimes I write “YOU DID IT” or “WELL DONE” on a sticky note or take myself on a “Starbucks date” as a reward. Affirmations of our accomplishments should direct us to praise God—since He is the one who helped us complete the task. Stepping back to praise Him reminds us we could not have finished the task without God’s help. He deserves the praise!


In the Old Testament, it was the custom to set up physical markers as reminders of an encounter with God. The tall stone pillars were large enough to see for a mile and could not be ignored by the passerby. One of them was in I Samuel 7:7, when Samuel prayed for deliverance from the Philistines. God answered Samuel’s prayers for protection of the Israelites by confusing the enemy and re-routing them away from the people. After the victory, Samuel took a stone and named it “Ebenezer,” saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”

Why not erect a spiritual marker for a recent victory in your life? Have you paid off a debt? Overcome a nagging habit? Think about erecting a spiritual marker; try framing your reminder or photo, planting a tree in your backyard, setting up a few small stones, or setting aside a special place for a reminder in your home. Praise God for what He has done. Just praise God for His victory and say with Samuel, “The Lord has helped me!”

ebenezer[1]Let’s pray: “Lord, thank you for helping me complete a big project. It’s only through you it was done. It is wonderful to experience your power and see you as the one who helped me overcome the obstacles to finishing well. I praise you and thank you for your help. I give you the glory for what you have done. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

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