Broken Shells

29 Sep

Sometimes life stinks. seashell

This may sound jaded and some may feel it’s a completely wrong attitude for a Christian, but it’s the truth. Yes, despite our circumstances, we should keep our eyes on Jesus and rejoice in the fact He paid the price for our sins, but circumstances can still burden us down. Sometimes they’re brought on by disobedience, sometimes it’s caused from someone else’s mistakes, and sometimes it just happens.

We’re human. We break easily.

I came across this quote the other day in a journal I found on my bookshelf. “I stop and pick up a broken scallop shell and realize this shell is me when my heart is broken. When I am hurting. It is people who have lost loved ones…people who are frightened…people with unfulfilled dreams.”—author unknown.

You see, a shell is a very strong creation. Even when it is broken it still continues to exist.

One of my favorite places to go is the beach, and my favorite activity to do there is to collect shells. Some of the most beautiful ones I find are broken in some way, but despite the flaw, they’re a still a treasure.

We all get broken along the way, when the tide of life changes. Some days it’s all we can do to stay on the shore. But don’t lose hope. “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” –Psalm 34:18 KJV

~Candice Sue Patterson


*Image courtesty of usamedeniz/


Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Candice Sue Patterson, devotion


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4 responses to “Broken Shells

  1. Robin Patchen

    September 29, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Such a timely post today. This weekend at the ACFW conference, I saw as many disappointed faces as joyful ones. Sometimes, life doesn’t meet our expectations. But I am reminded that it is during the most difficult times in life that God is closest. We are all broken–and loved.

    Thanks for the reminder.


  2. Kara (@KaraHunt2014)

    September 29, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Life does stink at times. So, so true. And I’m so grateful for the promises of Ps. 34:18. Where in the world would be without it? Thanks for the reminder, Candice and your transparency. Your post also encourages us to remember that this earth is not our home.


  3. Jericha Kingston (@JerichaKingston)

    September 30, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Sometimes we can’t see the ocean because of the cracks in our (and others’) shells. Thanks for encouraging us to direct our gaze to the Creator.


  4. Pegg Thomas

    September 30, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Broken but strong. I like that.



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