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Sandy Valentine

sandheart1Have you ever played in the sand?  I have.  And it’s so much fun!

Sand is everywhere.  Our sandbox.  Our neighborhood park.  The beach, the oceans and deserts.

One of our favorite things to do when my kids were young was going to the park and playing in the sand.  As they grew older we could make the most amazing sand castle villages.  They were amazing!  When we were ready to go back home, we emptied our shoes and tried to brush off all those tiny little grains of sand.  And we never could get them all off.  We always seemed to bring home lots of those little grains of sand.

Have you ever tried to count those grains of sand?  How many could there be in one sandbox?  One playground?  One child’s shoe or even just stuck to one foot?  A lot!  Way more than I could ever count!  There was a man in the Bible who also knew that there is a lot of sand out there.  That man was David.  He wrote this in Psalm 139:17-18, “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.  When I awake, I am still with you” (NIV).

David knew that God was thinking about him even more times than the number of grains of sand on this whole earth.  Now that’s a lot of times!  Do you know what that means?  That means that God is thinking about each one of us all the time!  I like that because that means that God cares about us and He loves us.

I get to go speak to some elementary school children soon and when I asked God what He wanted me to tell them He said, “Tell them I love them.”  So I’m going to bring my sand and let them know how much God loves them.  Who knows?  Maybe they’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day with sand this year!

And the next time you see sand, remember – God is thinking about YOU!


A Flower in the Sand

A red rose flower.

I love teaching my Good News Club.  Everything about it is so much fun.  Except for sending off our fifth graders.  Our club has kindergarten through fifth grade because the sixth graders go to another school for middle school.  The good thing is that I have a child in that middle school so I still get to see those kids sometimes!

We always send off our fifth graders at our final club for the year and this week as I prayed for these kids God showed me a picture for one of them specifically.  It’s so neat!  I won’t tell you who the child is or the specific application for her, but I will share this picture because there is something neat for all of us from this.

I saw a flower.  It had a tall green stem and lots of petals, like a pinkish red rose.  And it stood up nice and straight.  Then I noticed that it was standing in sand.  Lots of sand.  And it was light outside.  And God showed me that we are to remember who we are and stand tall just like that flower.  We are created by a God who loves us and knows us.  We are beautiful to Him and He is making us even more beautiful.

When I think of that sand I remember when my children were younger and we went to the park a lot.  We had several plastic forms to make sand castles in the sand at the park.  It was so much fun!  We built castles and made towns and roads between castles.  We even poured some of our water around the castles to make moats.  And we made sand bridges.  Then we would leave for the day.  Some days when we came back to the park our castles were still there, but some days when we came back our castles were gone.  Sometimes completely destroyed by rain pounding them down and sometimes squashed by little shoes.

So we need to remember who we are – people loved by the God who made us and knows us – no matter what happens around us.  We must always remember to look to God.  To talk to God.  To trust God.  And as we do that we will stand tall like that beautiful flower standing in the sand.

Then I saw more petals on the flower grow and open.  It was beautiful.  And you are beautiful as you look to God today.

Another neat thing about this is that our final lesson for this school year is about the Holy Spirit.  What a neat way to encourage these kids to listen to the Holy Spirit and to let these kids know how much God loves them.  Yep, you gotta love Good News Club.  And our awesome God!

Discarded Christmas Trees

Shifting Sands

I just noticed a newspaper headline about Christmas trees.  It said, “Once Decorated.  Now Discarded.”  I didn’t read the article.  I’m not real good at reading the newspaper.  Unless you count the comics.  I like to read the comics.  But I bring the newspaper in and then put it away every day.  This headline caught my eye because Christmas trees are so fun and beautiful for a month and then we find them undecorated, forgotten and piled up in an otherwise empty lot after Christmas.

Hmm…That seems like us sometimes.  Isn’t it odd how sometimes we can be with so many people, but still feel alone?  I’ve had those moments.  But even when we feel like everyone else has abandoned us or forgotten us, there is someone who hasn’t.

One of my favorite Bible verses is Psalm 139:17-18.  Check this out, “How precious also are Thy thoughts to me, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.  When I awake, I am still with Thee.”

Now the reason that I like this verse is not because I love to go to beaches and walk along the sand.  But because I have seen a lot of sand – backyard sandbox, neighborhood park, Florida beach, California beach, Hawaii beaches (Did you know that sand can be green and black?!) and even Mexico beaches (They have white sand!) – I’ve learned that there is a lot of sand on this earth!  And God says that He thinks about us even more times than the number of grains of sand.  Have you ever tried to get sand off your feet after walking on the beach?  Or off of your child’s hands before they come inside from playing in the sandbox?  Ever empty their shoes after playing in a park with sand?  There are are lot of grains of sand!  That means that God is thinking about us all the time!  Even when we feel alone.

Occasionally I will bring a container of sand to Sunday school or Good News Club and invite the children to guess the number of grains of sand just in that one container.  Then I share this verse with them.  Kids love sand!  And they can love God, too!

So today if you are feeling like an undecorated, abandoned, forgotten Christmas tree lying alone in an empty cold lot somewhere, know that God has not forgotten you.  His Word is always true.  We can count on that!  God cares about you and He is thinking about YOU right now!