Shifting Sands

0 comments Posted on June 11, 2013

SummerReadinglogo2013Connie Mann“But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash” (Matthew 7:26-27 NIV).

My favorite getaways usually involve a giddy two-hour drive to a Florida beachfront hotel. I love the sand, sun and those delicious walks along the beach. Just beyond the dunes, I can’t help gawking at the modern high-rise condos and mansions that snuggle up next to vintage hotels and tiny beachfront cottages.

If we ever had the money to live beachfront, I would choose one of those little cottages over a brand new mansion any day. Built in the 1920s and 1930s, they have obviously weathered their share of storms. If you look closely at the foundation, you can often glimpse the rocks or concrete blocks that keep them standing.

We’ve seen newer construction that didn’t fare as well during a storm. There are homes without roofs and hotels that were condemned because the sand under the foundation washed out to sea.

Seeing that kind of damage always reminds me that no matter who we are, or whether we live in a fancy mansion or a tiny cottage, the winds of life will blow, and storms will beat against our shores. But will our house—our life—stand solid? Are we building on the right foundation?

Angel FallsGod and His word—not just hearing it, but putting it into practice–lay the groundwork for a life that stays strong and steady…despite the storms.

What foundation are you building on today? The shifting sands of public opinion? Or the solid rock of God’s word?

Connie Mann is an author, blogger and USCG-licensed boat captain. Stop by for a dose of encouragement or grab her romantic suspense, Angel Falls, for a thrilling adventure. When she’s not writing, she’s usually on Central Florida’s waterways with school children or her fabulous family. Visit her at:


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