6. Consider Spiritual Markers
Share your spiritual markers as a way of sharing your testimony.
Several years ago I went through Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God Bible Study. In the study, he explained spiritual markers (something that identifies a time in your life when you clearly know that God guided you) and encouraged participants to gather theirs.
I will admit, at the time the assignment felt daunting. However, to this day, it remains one of the most significant and impactful things I have ever done.
Give it a try. To get started, simply be still and think back. Use some of these as you begin:
Do you remember when you became a child of God? Note the highlights.
Are there times in your recall when you know without a doubt that God spoke to you?
Have there been times when you know He clearly guided you in decision-making?
Can you specifically remember times when He called you to live according to His way?
Record these moments as they come to mind. Then rehearse them, regularly.
This is the “stuff” of your God-story – a testimony of how God has worked in and through your life. Share it with your grandchildren.
Each spiritual marker is a story all its own. Choose one and share it orally or in writing.
All the markers together tell a bigger story – the of God’s ongoing work in your life. Share the bigger story by recording it in a journal to be handed down to your grandchildren. Or get creative.
Sometime after participating in the Blackaby study, I put together a spiritual marker’s beaded bracelet. Each bead on my arm represents a marker. Over the years, this has become an unexpected, yet powerful tool for sharing my testimony with my grandchildren and others.
An item of jewelry prompting comments and remarks, opens the door to the telling of my story. No pressure. No anxiety.
And with my grandchildren, it’s even sweeter. They love to look at the bracelet, touch the beads and hear the stories. Amazingly, they want to hear the story that each bead “tells,” and they don’t seem to tire of it.
The wonderful blessing is that with every telling, my grandchildren are hearing my story which is ultimately, God’s story. And now, some of my older grands are even using the beads on the bracelet as prompts for trying to tell my stories back to me.
“And the people of Israel did just as Joshua commanded and took up twelve stones out of the midst of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, just as the Lord told Joshua. And they carried them over with them to the place where they lodged and laid them down there.” — Joshua 4:8
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