Yelobrd777

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~ Seashell Day

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 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…glue them on mirrors, frames, etc.

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. 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

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.

 

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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