What is the Meaning of These Stones: Corrine Strickler

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Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 9.10.45 AM After those two long weeks, my son and I prepared to enjoy a vacation that I had planned many months ago.  God knew that we would need it.  Part of this vacation looked like 20+ hours in the car alone with my son.  I was looking forward to just this time if nothing else.  Part of this vacation looked like touring a college that my son is interested in attending next year. NEXT. YEAR! Part of this vacation looked like spending time with amazing friends who are closer than family.

One of my most favorite moments was when we went two-tracking in a SUV for eight miles that took us over 30 minutes to accomplish our goal.  We were determined to get to the end of the road.  It was a very rugged, lonely, bumpy, and dirty road.  The journey wasn’t very appealing and at times it was difficult.  There were moments I secretly thought to ask to turn around.  Someone even needed us to stop the vehicle to relieve their upset stomach to proceed.  It was rough.  It. Was. Worth. It.


What was at the end of the road was breathtaking.  It had been raining all day and it magically stopped when we needed to get out to walk around and explore.  How awesome is God?  Someone asked us to each grab a rock and suggested we build an altar.  I quietly rejoiced as I hung onto my rock and thanked God for EVERYTHING He had brought us through, the good, the bad and the very ugly.  I had purposed in my heart to magnify God and how faithful He is and had been through everything.  These stones represented His faithfulness.  They represented a new beginning.  They represented stories that would be told for years to come.  They represented that I WILL rely on God for the future and the college season that is approaching for my son.




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