Encouragement for Today

Simple Seashells



Simple Seashells

Walking up and down the seashore is a stroll in paradise for those of us who collect shells. There are some beaches that are better than others, but one always finds some shells.

When my husband and children would see them, we would pick them up and examine them. If that shell was whole, we would place it in our collector bag. If the shell was broken, we discarded it, finding no worth in keeping it. Then the hunt began again.

One year I changed the routine. I started picking up the broken ones…and keeping them. The kids were not quite sure why I would do that until I shared some ideas with them. We could glue them on a wooden picture frame. Display the pieces in a basket or glass vase. Soon they were thinking of ways to use them.

I am so glad that that the Father did not discard me when He found me broken. I can see my Abba walking down the shore, picking up every shell and piece of shell. It doesn’t matter the shape, size or color. Each one is precious to Him. None are discarded. He gently picks them up and places them in his pocket to examine in greater detail later. Each one is special, each one will have a place.

I am so grateful that He shows us simple lessons about His love in the things of nature. Seashells by the seashore! Some are broken, battered, small pieces that don’t even appear to come from a shell. We are torn up, broken, battered and sometimes not recognizable. Yet the Father finds us…and let’s us know that we are of use. We are loved. He gently restores us and uses us and loves us…just as we are……Praise God.

So next time you are walking along that beach…pick up the shells, but don’t forget the pieces.

Be Blessed~


Isaiah 55:8-9


Author: sptchmom777

I love Jesus. If I say nothing else, that is enough. But for those curiosity seekers, I am a 56 year old former special education teacher, current part time CCM Radio Announcer who is married to her high school sweetheart. We have been together for 40 years, married 37 of those years! We have raised two sons, who are now married, have jobs and mortgages. We have our furry son, a West Highland Terrier. It wasn't always easy, and I like sharing some insights from those "mommy" and "teaching" years. I also want to encourage people in their daily life. I believe that the Father speaks to us all the time, sometimes I have been too busy to listen. Even during times of trials and troubles, He is ever present. ~Be Encouraged Today~

2 thoughts on “Simple Seashells

  1. What an amazing illustration! My father picked up all my broken pierces and saw the potential for a masterpiece. I live just down the road from the beach. This illustration is going to stick with me for a very long time. Thank you for sharing this.


    • You are so welcome! Seashells and the beach have always been a place of inspiration for me…even though we don’t live close, I have been affected deeply. The Father always uses His creation to speak to my heart! Thank you for your kind words! If I lived close, I am afraid that I would never stay home!! Enjoy your week with those babies! Blessings….


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