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Encouragement for Today~In today's world of swirling circumstances, we need to be reminded of how much we are loved by God.


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~The Ocean Series~ Simple Seashells by the Seashore

SIMPLE SEASHELLS

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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 family would see them, we would pick them up and examine them. If the shell was whole, we would place it in our collector bag. A broken shell went back in the sand.  Then the hunt began again.

One year I changed the routine. I started picking up the broken ones and began keeping them.  I shared some “broken shells” ideas with the kids.  We could glue them on a wooden picture frame, put them in a bowl or mirror. Soon they had ideas of their own.

I am so glad 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. There are none thrown away.  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.

Some pieces are broken, battered and so small that they 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……

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

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

 

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~The Ocean Series~ Hunting for Sea Glass

HUNTING FOR SEA GLASS

For years I have wanted to find sea glass when we go to the beach. And I have never found it before.

I did find some glass along the shoreline that was beautiful. Although one of my sons and husband asked me if I was picking up trash now. In a word..yes. I pick that up too. I cannot stand to see how people litter on our beautiful coastlines…but that is another post.

Pieces of glass that has been tumbled over and over in salt water is sea glass.  The rough edges are now smooth. It also takes on a frosty look.

I guess I didn’t find it after all.  Well, maybe one piece?Sea Glass-2

I found pieces of glass and china, which I still believe are beautiful. The edges are no longer sharp, and even though the pieces are broken, they still retain a beauty..and I will keep them.

It is kind of like Abba Father found me. Broken. But he buffed off the sharp, rough edges and made me a thing of beauty. I am perfect to Him because of Christ. I am worth picking up off the shoreline.

And so are you.
Actual sea glass not required.

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy

 


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~~Devotions from “The Ocean” Series~~ Our Home

 

Have you ever visited somewhere that feels like “home” to you?

My “home” seems to be the beach. The ache in my soul is a reminder that I am not at “home”.  Deep within my heart is a love for the ocean and everything about it. I love to stare upon the horizon and let my thoughts drift to a peace and comfort I only seem to access there. I enjoy listening to the waves and the constant, rhythmic lapping as they hit the shoreline.

My husband and I have talked about moving south many times. I have looked for jobs, houses and cost of living. I am just convinced that I belong on the beach and would feel so at “home” there.

My desire to live on the beach would eventually cave in like the castle built on the sand. I would soon have the desire to live somewhere else. My daughter in law once asked a local that lived on an island that we visited where he vacationed? His response? “The mountains…there I can breathe and relax.”

Is the fact that we are on vacation….away from the drama of life, that make us feel more relaxed and at “home”? The swirling circumstances of life are put on hold for a week.  The busy lives we lead slow down to a snail’s pace and we stop, listen and relax.  

As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, my spirit is truly longing for my heavenly home. I will never truly feel at “home” until I am there…..

But….Let me be clear on one thing….

…if someone offers us a cottage on the beach….we will gladly accept!!

~Be Encouraged Today~

Tammy