Beach Girl Devotions- God’s Plan

During our family’s last trip to the beach, my son asked me why I love going to the beach so much. There are so many reasons- walking on the soft sand, listening to the waves crash on the beach, running, jumping and swimming in the ocean, watching gorgeous sunrises, eating seafood and getting ice cream at the local ice cream shop. Yet with all these amazing reasons, the one that resonated most with me was how I feel especially close to God. My son was curious about my answer when I have taught him that God lives in our hearts, and he is with us always. I was actually curious about my answer as well. So I begin to dig for answers, and what I found prompted me to write this blog series. The Bible offers many analogies of things we can find at the beach- a retreat, sand, waves, shells, water, sun, clouds, birds, and fish. It is through these reminders that we find ourselves connecting with God.

Beach Girl Decotions- Be encouraged in your spiritual journey with a walk down a sandy beach with the salt water wind in your hair.

 

Week 1: God’s Plan

 

Genesis 22:17

I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,

 

This verse is in reference to God’s promise to Abraham that he will be the father of many nations, and they will be numerous as the sand on the seashore. Abraham might have been a little skeptical of God’s promise since his wife was barren. His wife Sarah was definitely humored by God’s promise and laughed, yet God knew their hearts.  He knew their thoughts before they were even spoken, but he didn’t just promise a big family; he promised descendants as numerous as the sand on the seashore.

Have you ever picked up a handful of sand in your hands and watched it sift between your fingers? Did you try to count each particle of sand? Probably not, because it would be impossible. You might have wondered how many pieces of sand were in your hands. No need to count because God already knows. Just like Abraham, God has a plan for you. It might be hard to see or to count, but it’s there.

Have you felt a tugging on your heart to use your talents for God? Sometimes it’s hard to hear God’s calling because we are so wrapped up in the business of our lives. We need to getaway to the quiet. To just be still and listen to God.

For several years, I have felt God calling me to write a book. I dabbled in writing a few fiction books, but they never went far. I wondered if God wanted me to stick to blogging, and I did that successfully. Yet, I still felt that tug on my heart that God wanted me to do something more. It wasn’t until our famiy’s trip to the beach that God began to show me his plans for a blog series (hopefully it will turn into a book).

I needed to get away from the business of my life to hear God clearly. Did you know that Jesus did the same thing too? After healing people and casting out demons, Jesus needed to retreat to a quiet place to pray and talk with God. He needed God’s direction in his ministry.

 

Mark 1:35  Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

If the son of God needed time to pray and get away, how much more do we need to?

This week, I want you to schedule a time to get away from the distractions. It might be early in the morning, before bed or during your child’s nap time. Find a quiet place in your house or outside where you can pray and listen to God’s leading.

Have you felt God tugging on your heart to do something? For me it was to write this blog series, but for you it could be something completely different.

 

Here’s a couple question you can ponder in your quiet time:

Is God calling me to do something more?

How am I working towards this goal?

 

As you read above, my goal for this blog series is for it to become a book. I need your help. Did you like this devotion? Comment below with your thoughts and suggestions. Until next week…

 

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