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Did You Miss National Seashell Day??


Yesterday was actually the very first National Seashore Day.  I really “shellabrated”! National Seashore DayJune 20, 2016-2

If you haven’t figured it out by now…I am secretly a “beach bum wannabe”.  Sanibel Island, FL is our beach of choice.

Unfortunately,  I may have been the only one in my present geographical area even aware of this special day…so I had to walk around the house and admire my vast collection of seashells….and remember…as I “shellabrated” on my own! 

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 can always finds shells of some kind. It indeed becomes a treasure hunt of sorts.

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. 

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.Psalm 34_18

Ah, the Father uses His creation to teach us so much!  Seashells by the seashore! Some are broken, battered and in small pieces that don’t even appear have been part of a shell.  And yet, we have been  broken, battered and sometimes we are not recognizable. Still Father finds us…and let’s us know that we are of use. We are loved. He gently restores us and and loves us…just as we are……

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


Isaiah 55_8-9


*NIV Bible, personal graphics



Author: sptchmom777

I love Jesus. If I say nothing else, that is enough. But for those curiosity seekers, I am a 57 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 41 years, married 38 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~

4 thoughts on “Did You Miss National Seashell Day??

  1. What a great analogy. Wonderful post and Spiritual food for thought. I love the beach too. We lived in Myrtle Beach, Charleston, SC for years and also Florida residents too. It’s the one aspect of living out west that I missed. (At least I have Lake Erie close by) Your posts are always so uplifting, blessings,


    • Thanks Miss Ellie! I would love to live near the coast, but at this point our parents need us here with them. God’s creation always speaks to my heart…even the nasty bee that got me yesterday! Have a great week!

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  2. I love this post! I, too, am a seashell collector! (And a broken shell whom God picked up and saved!) And Sanibel is one of our favorite places, as well. Thanks for the reminder that we are ALL precious in his sight…


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