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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Recently, I received the most amazing gift. My friend called it an "Ebenezer". It is a large glass vase filled with a large candle and flat river rocks at the bottom. A raffia bow is tied on the outside with a Sharpie pen hanging on the bow, along with the following Scripture:

"Then Samuel took a stone and set it up . . . He named it Ebenezer, saying, 'Thus far has the Lord helped us.'" I Samuel 7:12

My friend who gave this precious gift to me told me to write on these stones of remembrances when God brought me through another step on my health journey. When she gave me the gift, she had written on the first stone, "Successful surgery, 2/10/10."

I LOVE this gift. It is setting on my kitchen table as a reminder of God's mercy and goodness. Those stones are proof positive that He is working in my life. Things that could easily be swept aside in my memory, are there on my table reminding and encouraging me every step of the way.

I so love this gift that I've started making them myself. I make them for wedding and baby showers. I'm even going to have the main character in my next book make these gifts in hopes that it will catch on. :-)

What about you--have you received, or given, a meaningful gift to someone that you would care to share with us?

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Diann Hunt  
posted at 6:17 AM  
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At 9:46 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I love that thing, too! It was the most perfect gift for you right then. Cheryl is a doll!

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

It's a perfect idea, and Diann, you have a lot of good success stories to include.

I've already shared my friend, Marty's, idea about prayer pillows, in a past post. Two wonderful ideas that should be passed along.

Just for the record for anyone who doesn't know, I'm not the Cheryl who is the doll Colleen is talking about. LOL

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

LOL, Cheryl! You ARE a doll, though! :-)

Colleen was referring to my other "Cheryl" friend. Her name is Cheryl Pollock and she's been an awesome example of Jesus to me over the years. We raised our kids together for a season, then we both moved. We've recently reconnected--she lives ten minutes from the Treatment Center and comes and sits (and laughs!) with me through every chemo session! :-)

At 2:38 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

That really is a cool idea. :)

You are so fortunate to have a friend like Cheryl. Yay, God, for giving us special people in our lives!

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Jennifer Tiszai said...

We've done the stones of remembrance before and put them on our fireplace mantle. Now that we don't have one, I was wondering what to do with the stones. Now I know! Thanks for sharing.

At 3:53 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

That's a fabulous gift, Di! I'm going to do it too. We have a friend whose 13 yo daughter is in need of her 2nd liver transplant. This is one sick little girl, but God keeps doing miraculous things in her life. She and her mom need one. :)

At 6:49 PM, Blogger Robin Lee said...

Oh, my. This is a beautiful gift, and a beautiful idea for something to give oneself, too. Thanks for sharing with all of us, Diann.

At 7:02 PM, Blogger aspiemom said...

This is a great idea. Robin shared this on Facebook.

At 7:26 PM, Blogger Peggy Blann Phifer said...

What a lovely and meaningful gift! I love the idea. Question, though: what is the height and diameter of the vase? Guess who's going to be a copy-cat? :)

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Kameko said...

What an amazing gift!
Writing it into one of your books is a perfect way to share this amazing gift. I have never heard of it before but I'm going to give it a try myself.


At 9:24 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Thanks for sharing it on Facebook, Robin!! I really think it's an awesome gift and I hope to get the word out there!

Peggy, the dimensions on the vase can be whatever you want. The bigger vases are a little nicer because they hold the bigger rocks upon which you can write more easily.

Today I'm taking one to a a young woman who is having her first baby--a girl. I got a large pink candle to put inside the holder. :-)

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Life Adapted said...

I am a terrible gift giver. I lament for hours over gifts and end up buying something dumb. When I can, I make food for gifts. I LOVE this idea, especially since we have river rocks all over our house that we have collected on family vacations. We have written the name of each family member on a rock and put a Bible verse reference on it, put the rocks around a candle on a glass plate. Hope you are well now.

Be blessed.

At 5:47 PM, Blogger Beverly said...


After our cancer journey, I decided to put up a tree at Thanksgiving and attach names of people who had ministered to us to ornaments. Your name is on there, by the way!

This year, I decorated the tree more traditionally, strung all the names on a ribbon, and hung it from the top.

I am sure that creative folks could come up with a way to make that into a gift for someone...

I LOVE this idea, and I love the verse, and I love the use of rocks for all the symbolism they hold. And, it would be so much easier to change with the seasons than a Christmas Tree! Thanks for sharing!!

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I love, love this. My mother has something similar a friend did for her - but this idea takes the cake.

My mind is already whirling with friends and possibilities. Thanks!

At 2:01 PM, Blogger jel said...

hope ya are doing well! :)


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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