My Crazy Life As.. A Sea Shell Seeker

My family loves the beach. The waves, the sand, the sunshine, it’s all amazing. We aren’t really the type to go play in the water too much though… ( Obviously too many “shark weeks” watched ) Our specialty is finding sea shells. My dad loves sand dollars and we kids just like finding as many as we can! … This gets us in trouble however…

” We can make something out of all these!” “We can decorate with these somehow”

So that translates into “we have to try to find as many as possible”… And you know what happens to all those gazillion of shells?

They sit. They sit in boxes in our garage only to be found 10 years later still sitting there not decorating anything..

So therefore, we ( my sister and I ) decided to find shells we could actually make into something!

( The boys still like to be competitive.. My sister is too.. She just decided to steer it in a more productive area, whereas the boys just try to find as many whole shells as possible… Hence the boxes and boxes of shells in our garage )

So my sister and I had this great idea that involved coquinas!

Coquinas are the small shells that make the tiny holes in the sand after the waves recede

                                                                                    These would be coquinas…

We started to look in the water for them, but the waves were keeping the sand stirred up and moving the shells around every second, so we then decided to look around the crust the waves leave behind…..

Can we say JACKPOT?!

In this “crust” stuff, were tiny baby shells! I’m serious, these shells were tiny tiny tiny! Much smaller than your fingertip and so crazy detailed. They were amazingggg.. So we started grabbing those too! Look at how small these shells are!

Right above the purple shells is a grain of sand… Do you understand how small a grain of sand is?! It’s TINY! That’s how small these shells are! Do you see the tiny spiral in the bottom right corner? I love it! So detailed, God is truly an artist!

These tiny shells are gorgeously detailed even though they are tiny tiny tiny…. And that brings such joy to my heart!

Wanna know why? Huh Huh Huh? Okay.. I’ll tell you (:

If God can put such intricate detail and thought into each of these tiny tiny tiny baby shells…. can you imagine just how much time He has spent on us???

No really, think about it. Look at those shells again if you need to. These shells are tiny. I understand that the bigger shells have cool designs and everything, but these are the same thing, but on a much smaller scale! I think we lose track of what amazing craftsmanship we are! These shells, though similar, all have their differences that make them perfectly unique. God has given us all differences that are uniquely us. No one else has the exact same interests and dreams as others, we all have our quirks about us!

Such as : I love teeth. So therefore, I want to be a dentist. Not many people like teeth enough to do that. My brother likes ketchup on his bread rolls… See, all quirks! We may all have different or similar interests, but we all won’t have the exact same opinion on every single thing. We are all uniquely different in every way possible.

You wanna know why God gave us those quirks? So we won’t be totally BORING. Our God is not a boring God. Have you seen the shells? Have you seen all the different types of animals, fish, flowers, etc? He even has a sense of humor! I mean, have you seen giraffes? or elephants? .. I like them(:

So why do we try so hard to all look and act the same as everyone else?

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Seuss

Smart man, I say..

God didn’t want us to be boring, that’s why he have us the quirks as perks ( See what I did there? (:  ) He made us unique for a reason, for a certain purpose, that maybe only we can do. Maybe He gave you a certain gift or quirk that you find out you can do something with to further the kingdom and give the glory to God. Who knows what that could be, but God grants us the certain things we need to fulfill our purpose that He has for us. He made us uniquely us to fulfill a unique purpose that He has for us for a unique reason. He needs us to be who He has called us to be to do what He has called us to do.

” Today you are you, that is truer than true! There is no one alive who is youer than you! ” Dr. Seuss (:

So… Life lesson of the day in a nutshell ( or a seashell .. See what I did there? (: ) is :

Be uniquely you, who God has called you to be, to do what God has called you to do. He made you different and unique for a reason, so use those to bring Him all the glory. So every time you see a shell, think about what effort and detail went into making it unique and then think about how amazingly detailed and unique God has made you for a certain purpose.

So go and use those quirks to bring Him all the glory!

Oh, and this is what my sister and I ended up making with the shells.. aren’t they presh?! :

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My Crazy Life As.. A Professional Fish Cleaner in Training

So guts are obviously a very good topic.

Seriously.. you can come up with so many great lessons out of it, such as my previous blog post. Well.. here’s another for ya.

So the scene we filmed where the guts came up was Papaw Phil teaching me to clean fish. He ripped off their skin vigorously.. As you can imagine.. While I pretended to watch in horror.. Okay, that part actually was pretty devastating.. I mean, can you imagine how awful it would be for someone to just go to town ripping your skin off? Anyways.. After he skinned them, he cut them open and pulled out the guts…When he pulled out all the guts and chopped away the bones, he was left with white, perfect meat.

And that is where this blog post idea came from… I’m telling you, if you need inspiration, just go clean some fish.

So in the same way Papaw Phil had to clean the fish, the same is for God cleaning out our sin. To make us perfectly clean and ready for our purpose, we have to be stripped of all the bad stuff ( aka sin ) ( the fishies’s purpose being fried and eaten.. Us to live out our walk with Christ and do what He has called us to do ).

The fish’s skin was pretty easy to get off, just like the surface sins seem easy to throw off too.. Where the hard part comes in is the bones. No one wants a bone in their fish, it’s just a lot easier to eat without it. The bones of sin in our lives are the deep sins.. The sins that we try to cover up and let no one be able to see. These are the secret sins we hide. Yes, the meat on the outside looked good, but if it still has bone in it, it’s a pain to fully enjoy it. So God doesn’t just want to take off our surface skins to where we look good on the outside, He wants to get every single bothersome piece.

God wants to take every single small piece that hinders our complete washing away of sin. He wants to take off the surface, and the deep down sins. He wants to get rid of all the guts of sin so that we are able to be what we are supposed to be in life, to be who He has called us to be, to be able to fulfill our purpose, and to enjoy life to the fullest.

So when the fishies are completely rid of any guts, skins, and bones, they are free to be fried up and enjoyed by all!

When we confess our sins to God and let Him get rid of all our sin, we are free to be who He has called us to be!

Betcha you never thought about that while cleaning a fish, have you? (: