This week we took an inspiring walk along the shore of Acadia, Maine. We walked on the coarse sand at Sand Beach and on the captivating rocks along the shore from Sand Beach to Otter Point.
As we walked along the rocks God laid on my heart "live life with your family and teach them more about me through your experiences."
I was so enraptured by this wisdom.
Teach them who God is by experiencing life with them- not just sitting with them at home teaching them about God or sitting beside them at church, but by experiencing life with them.
Kids learn better by experiences!
I loved this idea and as we walked, I kept seeing opportunities to teach our children about God and His character. I started taking pictures to capture those moments and figured I would show the pictures to my kids teaching them more about God from our experiences together.
One lesson from this walk was about the difference between the rocks and the sand.
When I asked them what it was like to walk in the sand they shared it was soft and moves with your feet rather than supporting your feet.
"What was it like to walk on the rocks?" I asked them.
They shared the rocks were solid, stable and didn't shift.
I continued by asking them if they were to build a home, which surface would they prefer to build their home on, the rock or sand?
They all confidently stated on the rock.
"Why?" I inquired.
Because it is a strong foundation.
Because it's doesn't move easily.
Because it is stable.
"When the storms come through, which house will hold up better against the storms?" I questioned.
They all agreed the house built on the rock.
I concluded by sharing with them that each of us is building a house and that house is our lives. We have a choice on what foundation we will build our life; on the solid foundation of God, the rock, which is a strong, stable foundation - or -on the shifting, unsteady sand of society/other people's opinions, etc. And when the storms of life come through for you, which foundation will you prefer to have built your house/life on?
And just like the rest of us, my children have a choice to build their lives on the sand or the rock. I can't choose for them but I will do my best to show them by my own life how choosing God has given me a solid foundation and has helped me through the storms in life whatever they be.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” - Matthew 7:24-27