Oceans, Seashells and Jesus’ Love


If you were walking Miami Beach along about 72nd  and Collins Avenue last week, you just might have seen someone that looked a lot like me, sitting at the ocean, texting and thought, “Now isn’t that crazy – an ocean to see and she’s texting.”

Before you render final judgement, about me texting at the ocean, please keep reading and see what I was texting to my grandchildren.


Recently, Miss E and I were talking in the car about how sometimes God speaks to us through nature. He created beautiful things to show us how good and beautiful  and grand he is – how much he loves us.

She said: “Oh, I love nature too, especially oceans and seashells…the ones where you can hear the ocean when you hold it up to your ear.”  I assured her I would look for one and I would also send her a photo of the ocean. This morning I took that video with this message your Mom or your Daddy will read to you.

When I saw the waves this morning
I thought,
“Jesus’ love is like the waves.
They just keep coming . . .
no matter what . . .”
the way your parents
will always love
Like I  will always love
my sons,
your daddies,

Jesus is always there.
He hasn’t gone away
even when he doesn’t feel close . . .
Just like the waves of the ocean…
He is there
every minute
of the day
every day.

And you will never be able to make US stop loving YOU!

Grandma and Grandpa Hiestand

( Don’t tell Miss E, we found a seashell big enough to hear the ocean for each family at the Shell Man, along the road down in the keys. Maybe it will remind of the ocean and the Jesus who always will love us and always be with us.)

jesus loveI created this photo to send to each of them when I get home


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16 Replies to “Oceans, Seashells and Jesus’ Love”

  1. You’re the best grandma I know! When I grow up I want to be just like you! So grateful that God saw fit to allow our lives to cross and our relationship to continue these past two decades…I am blessed!, love you!

    1. I’ll be on stand-by when that new land comes your way! You are a good friend to listen to me in my joy and even when I am “worried” about them for some reason.

  2. Love this Carol. Love the ocean, love the seashells and how you brought out love to those grandchildren. I love my two grandsons. It’s indescribable isn’t it.

    1. Just visited your blog this morning and left a comment there. Nice to “meet” you. I know…These grandkids are wonderful and so are their parents. I have a pet name for each of them and they each have their “song”which I sing to them.

  3. How beautiful Carol! I love the ocean, and live 5 miles from the ocean in San Diego–it’s my go-to place to be in solitude with God.So your post rings so true, and I’m so blessed by your beautiful poem and text..what a blessing to your grandchildren..what a gift you offer them! Visiting from #smallwonder today!

    1. Oh Kathy, I’d be there too, sitting just down the beach from you and then we could meet for coffee once in awhile!thanbs for visiting. Just stopped by your place.

  4. Carol,

    What beautiful poem and photo. Your grandchildren are very blessed to have you…your whole family is…so happy to hear how you’re experiencing God’s beautiful creation with your hubby 🙂

    1. Thanks for visiting Dolly…We are home now and it’s a gray dad, and I am glad I have the sun to remember.

  5. Such beautiful and inspiring words for this Gram-in-Training. As I marvel at the love my heart holds for that little guy, I also feel the weight of responsibility and privilege to be passing on a faith that leads to life. Your words today are such an inspiration for how to do this creatively.

    1. I love finding ways to make my grandchildren feel special, from picking out a “nickname” with a symbol and a song for each of them, to creating fun stuff like this for them. Thanks for stopping by…nice to see you here. I headed over to your place this morning…

    1. You almost can’t go wrong with ocean pictures. I could take pictures endlessly. I somehow think the next picture will really capture it! Sometimes I just have to tell myself to drink it in and store it in my memory.

  6. I love the sea, it is a continual reminder to me of the greatness and majesty of our Creator and of the bottomless depths of His love. Your interactions with your granddaughter bless me, as I tend to look for these sort of God moments to share with my grands as well.

    1. I love those moments with my little ones. I know you know too how the love for grandchildren is so overwhelming sometimes. We wanted so much for our children and then we turn around and want it all over again for our children’s children.

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