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Shelling Out Blessings And Shelling In Blessings

Posted under How God Provides, The Unexpected - Sep 28th, 10

I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35

This past summer, I helped out with a few V.B.S. programs in our area. I was totally blessed. At one V.B.S. (High Seas Adventures) however, emphasis was not really placed on Bible memory. So, I encouraged our group (the starfish) to memorize some verses and I would give them something special in return. Well, I couldn’t “shell out” a bunch of money on prizes, but then I thought…Hey, why not share some seashells from our own family collection? Seashells are such special treasures.

The seashells were a successful surprise. The children loved them. I decided to share my starfish with the group, too. Because it was fragile, and the children were so agile, it ended up losing an arm! Oh well, the teacher in me really wanted to show our young group (the starfish) what a real starfish (echinoderm) looked like.You win some, you lose some.

We helped with another V.B.S. at some government-subsidized apartments. One of the girls wanted to thank me by giving me one of her seashells. I told her I wanted to give her one of my shells, and I would bring it the following day.  We have a family collection, and my children happily agreed to bless her. So, I brought her one of our nicest shells the next day.

A few days ago, my wonderful neighbor Barb called and asked me if we would want some shells they were getting rid of. I said, “Sure”. These retired neighbors are so generous. They have blessed our family ten times over! When they bought a new couch, they gave us their “old” (nice, leather) couch. They have also blessed us with a dining room table, a recliner, and some lovely chairs… all in excellent condition.

So, my kids “ooh-ed and ahh-ed” over these beautiful shells. They looked, listened, and touched as they classified them into different groups, and closely inspected them under the magnifying glass. What delight she gave to my kids, all because she wanted to give us these shells. We were blessed because she did not sell the seashells down by the seashore, but she freely gave them. And guess what? We found a shell exactly like the one we had given away to the girl at V.B.S. Isn’t that cool? So many shells out there, and the Lord gave us back what we had given…plus more!

This is just like the one we gave away...

Oh, we were also given some echinoderms…a starfish and two huge¬† sand dollars. This has encouraged my heart to listen when the Lord says: “Give____”

2 Responses to “Shelling Out Blessings And Shelling In Blessings”

  1. Nonnie Says:

    Remember when you were just a little girl of seven, and you brought back seashells from that California seashore? You and your siblings have always loved seashells, and it’s been so much fun to watch you with them. I can just imagine your delight at getting these — and your multiplied delight in seeing your little ones (well, not so little!) enjoy the blessings of shells and the blessings of returned gifts. How kind your sweet neighbors have been! Love, Mom

  2. Paige Says:

    I enjoyed looking at all the shells. My favorites were the ones with white tops and pink undersides.=)

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