Sinking Sand

Deuteronomy 31:8

"He is the one that goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed."

A few weeks ago, my family and I spent the weekend at Gulf Shores, Alabama. As much as I enjoy the beach, I do not venture out too far in the water. Most of my time is spent near the shoreline. I just cannot get past the idea that I am sharing that big “pool” with lots of things with sharp teeth!

As the water rushed in and drifted back out, I could feel its strong pull on my body. It made it very difficult to keep my balance, especially as the sand was washed out from under my feet. It made me think of the scripture in Matthew 7:24-27:

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The r ain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

Difficult times (the “waves”) will come and go in your life. It’s inevitable. How do you cope when you lose your balance? What is your foundation built upon…the Rock (God) or the sand (world)?

Father, You are my rock and foundation. Through You, I can weather any storm. Thank You.

By Sarah, Meridian, Ms

A Lesson Learned

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NIV)
One night I decided to do a 45 minute Bible Study with my daughters ages 8, 9, and 12. The study was on prayer. I told them to always go to God whenever they had a need. I tried to enforce the concept that God could meet all their needs.

Suddenly, in the middle of the study my husband needed help with something. It wasn't his fault but I became agitated.

"How am I ever going to teach the children about Jesus," I thought? 

Later on that evening I went to tuck each girl into bed and say good night. As I approached my oldest daughter's room she wasn't in her bed and I began to panic. I called for her.

"I'm over here," I heard a faint voice say from the corner where her bean bag lay. As I looked toward the floor she was seated quietly on her knees praying. I wept. I learned that sometimes it only takes just a few minutes and a willing heart to make a difference.

Lord, forgive me for the times I get discouraged. Let me always remember that time spent serving you is never time wasted. Thank you for all your many blessings you have given me. I love you, Lord. Amen.