The Stone Collective is a community making much of Jesus as we create art, photography, prose, poems or music that commemorate the wonderful things God does in our life.

Based on the passage in 1 Samuel 7:12-14, each month we will collect Ebenezer Stones as a regularly practice in the art of worship via our creativity.


Want to join in on The Stone Collective?


Create your own Stone and link up to LIVE IT OUT! Blog. #TheStoneCollective


When Sarah asked me to participate it was easy to agree because this is completely in alignment with how I want to live for Christ.


I share books I love, artists that inspire, music that moves me, photography that helps capture, friends that encourage and family that makes life beautiful.

I don’t ever want to forget to share what Christ is doing in my life and the beauty that He is adding, enriching, encouraging and the ways that He is moving my heart and mind


We are in the midst of a mini renovation at our home and all of my art supplies have been packed away into the garage and basement for the past three weeks.

If you are a creative person I think you can imagine not getting to one of your favorite things in the world.

I wasn’t sure how I would share creativity with you for this first Collective Stone but it didn’t take long to figure it out.

I was recently hiking with my children here in town on “The Rock” in my town of Castle Rock, Colorado.


The temperature was quickly dropping because snow was on the way and we were not dressed for the dropping temperatures.


We were practically running up and down the paths trying to stay warm and then making it back to the Jeep before the snow came.


We piled into the car laughing and relieved to be warm and made a plan to head straight for Lost Coffee for something hot to drink.


For all the years that I didn’t feel great and for the days when I still struggle with symptoms I feel so joyful…JOYFUL…that I can…
I can LIVE!

There was a time (not that many years ago) when I thought I wouldn’t see my children grow up. 


We didn’t know what was wrong with me but I sure didn’t feel like anyone else I knew and no one could figure out what was wrong.


(If you are new to my blog you can watch a short video HERE)


We are still figuring out some things but I have my life back.



As we were hiking I picked up a few stones on the path as I was thinking about my life now.

I thought of what I have to be thankful for.

Each stone I picked up was a reminder of prayers that the Lord has answered.


 Some of these answered prayers are private and some I have shared with you all freely.

I have these stones stacked on my desk as a reminder of this beautiful and messy life.

I collected these literal stones for this first post to remind myself that I CAN!

I can take a hike, read to my kids, travel to see friends, teach, create, work on my marriage, love my family…I CAN!

So many times we can get sidetracked with what we can’t do and need to slow down to appreciate how we can make the most of what we do have.

I may not have had my canvases, studio and paints but I had rocks, a paintbrush and fluid Titanium White paint:-)

What will you do today with what you have?

What will you do today because YOU CAN?

Thank you Sarah for inviting me into this series.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity each month to share the goodness of the Lord and what He is doing in my life through creativity.


Next month I should have my studio put back together but I don’t think paths, rocks, views and children made too shabby of a studio this month.

To see all of the posts about The Stone Collective click HERE

If you would like to paint some rocks too all you will need are some smooth rocks, a 0 paintbrush and Titanium White fluid paint.  I also highly recommend THIS book for inspiration.  Have fun!