LAKELAND, Fla.—If pedestrians in Lakeland are observant, they may spot colorfully painted rocks. Residents of all ages have been painting rocks, sometimes adding words of encouragement, and hiding them throughout the city for others to discover. The purpose is simple: to inspire creativity and spread joy. Cornerstone Baptist Church, pastored by Larry Lindow, has taken the idea a step further—by painting on rocks truths and encouragement from God’s Word.

Individuals met at Cornerstone Baptist’s gym on Saturday morning, March 25 to paint rocks. Cornerstone Baptist provided the rocks, paintbrushes, and painting instructors. Along with beautiful scenes or colorful patterns, the artists added words such as “God is good,” “God cares,” and “God is bigger than my problem,” along with Scripture references. Then the volunteers distributed the rocks in North Lakeland and Central Lakeland the next day.

“By sharing these stones of inspiration, faith, and encouragement, we hope to be a blessing to the greater Lakeland community,” the church says.

John Norris, who recently served as interim pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, says that distributing the rocks is “a great opportunity to share words of hope and faith.”