Day 306

I’m a fan of sand, as long as it’s on the beach.  We bought Gus a sand and water table a few years ago and this year I’ve decided that it will no longer be a sand and water table, but just a water table.  It’s way too messy and when we forget to cover it, like we always do, the neighbor’s cat thinks it’s a kitty litter box… gross.

Sand is basically tiny, tiny rocks.  It’s more comfortable to lie on the beach on tiny rocks instead of on big rocks.  It’s easier to carry a tiny rock than it is a big rock.  It’s more fun to play volleyball on a tiny rocks instead of big rocks and it’s not as hard to dig through tiny rocks as it is to dig through big rocks, but Jesus tells us in Matthew 7 that a fool builds his house on tiny rocks and a wise man builds his house on a big rock.

Verses 24-27 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:  and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

I love this illustration that Jesus used to show us how important it is to build our lives on His sayings, His word.  Everyone knows this story and probably sang “the rains came down and the floods came up” in Sunday school, but have you examined your foundation lately?  Is it made up of tiny rocks or a big rock?

Someone who has a foundation built on sand is someone who has taken the most convenient parts out of God’s word and lives around those.  They agree that we should love one another as long as the one another isn’t a race they don’t like.  They agree that God’s grace is amazing, but they use it as a free pass to live however that want.  They like the part about going to heaven, but they don’t believe there is a real hell.  They believe that God wants us to take care of the poor, but they don’t think it’s necessary to pay their tithes.  Tiny rocks seem more manageable to them than a big rock.  But, a foundation made up of tiny rocks will fall and it will be a great fall.

We have to build our lives on the entirety of God’s word!  It may not always be as comfortable to lay on, as easy to carry around, or as easy to dig through as sand, but when the storms of life come it will hold up.

Notice that the storms came against both houses, even the house that was built on the rock, but after the storm only one was standing.  Storms will blow in regardless of who you are, your foundation will determine the amount of damage done to your property.

Last July we went through our biggest storm yet.  The baby we were expecting in November was delivered still born.  The rain came down and the floods came up all around us, but because our lives are built on the Bible, the whole Bible, we walked away without even a shingle out of place, and our foundation actually grew stronger.

Tiny rocks and foundation don’t go good together.  Don’t be a fool, keep the sand at the beach and build your life on the rock.

  1. The house on the rock stood stood firm!
  2. We can’t avoid every storm, but we can avoid getting knocked down by them.
  3. Our foundation grew stronger when storms beat against us last year.
  4. My parents always taught me to live my life based on the whole Bible, not just parts of it.
  5. Got some good use out of our sand and water table.
  6. Sleeping in!
  7. Took a shower upstairs this morning to keep an ear on the kids and it was awesome.  I may have to switch out the shower heads.
  8. Gus came downstairs at 2 a.m. and said he missed us… Josh went upstairs and slept in his little bed with him the rest of the night.  Sweet Dida.
  9. Got my hair trimmed and thinned!  I lost about 3 pounds of hair… preparing for real summer weather.
  10. Enjoyed reading my Bible, browsing Twitter, and checking out D Magazine’s top restaurants while I was getting my hair fixed up.
  11. Summer peaches.
  12. Gus & Josh got to have a guys afternoon out.  Gus so looks forward to hanging out with just dad.
  13. Me & Beau snuggled on the couch and watched Fresh Beat Band together.
  14. Josh found a nice, big blowup pool for the kids since our water slide went down last week.
  15. Gorgeous day today!
  16. Beau’s been saying everything is “super” all day.  She’s a hoot.
  17. I got out the camera and Beau immediately starts posing and saying, “mommy, mommy take my picture.”  So nice to have a toddler who enjoys being photographed!
  18. My kids are both extremely photogenic.
  19. We got out Gus’ slip n slide he got from Aunt Mindy a few years ago… it was pretty fun watching Josh teach Gus how to do it.
  20. Relaxing afternoon doing some vacation planning.
  21. Yelp!  Found some awesome restaurants to try in Santa Barbara.
  22. Yummy grilled burgers.
  23. Charcoal.
  24. Beau was in the most talkative mood ever tonight.  Got some great video of her chatting away.
  25. Pastor Preston Morrison is celebrating his birthday today.
  26. My niece Ryan made All American Cheerleader!
  27. The kid’s little tan lines.

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