What’s in Your Beach Bag?

It IS that time of year again!

Time for FUN in the SUN!

I am a proponent of “God is in the details.” Being the chronic organizer that I am, I was gathering up the “essential” beach/pool bag supplies, and  it occurred to me that these little “summer time sundries” serve as spiritual reminders as well! God is in the details I tell ya.

In our beach/pool bag this summer you’ll find a few necessities that will make any day at the beach or pool a much nicer experience. It wasn’t until recently that I saw a few extra details that God Himself tucked in….


I’m not the burner in the group, but I’ve learned that my freckle faced people NEED an spf factor with three digits. They burn.  I know those  initials traditionally stand for SUN PROTECTION FACTOR, but for a moment let’s change that “S” to SATAN and the higher we go…the greater the armor we wear! Makes you think about going with that 72 SPF doesn’t it?
I’m calling it SUMMERTIME ARMOR.

“Put on the FULL ARMOR of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
Ephesians 6:11

Water Bottle~

It’s easy to get dehydrated in the scorching summer sun and I never leave home without my jug O’ water. Where’s this going? It’s also a reminder of where  the “living water” can be found. So as you gulp and quench your thirst this summer, be reminded;

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
John 7:38

A Few toys, like a SAND SHOVEL~

My kids are getting to the ages where our beach bag has whittled down to just a few items. They are “too cool” for pool toys, but no one wants to sit at the beach without a shovel! Even the biggest of kids are up for “burying” someone head to toe.  That simple sand shovel serves as another reminder. Be careful where you “build that sandcastle,”  for they are prone to waves.

“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

Flip Flops~

Those fanciful, colorful FUN shoes are one thing we can’t leave home without! We are a flip flop kind of family. But a message in footwear?  The message in the flip flops is unmistakable. Walking in the footsteps of Christ is ever on my mind as I glance down at my “flip flopped” feet.

“Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.”
Proverbs 9:6


Don’t leave home without one!
Those summer storms can be unpredictable! They “pop up” at a moment’s notice.  Not to mention arriving at the beach to see that all of the “umbrella chairs” have been taken. Traveling with an umbrella is always wise! Again, a detail that serves as a  reminder for our lives.  HE is our “shelter in the storm.”

“I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.”
Psalm 61:4


Essential for eye protection. This season, the bigger the better apparently.  I’m reminded how important my VISION is. The sunglasses remind me where my own eyes need to be “fixed.” Forgetting that can make for a miserable day!

“But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge”
Psalm 141:8

With the beach/pool bag packed, I realized that we take far more with us than we realize.  These summer essentials became life~essentials. This summer we’ll pack up the USUAL items, but their meaning is going far beyond just “filling the bag.”
This summer,  I’ll be paying a little bit of extra attention to the details God leaves along the way.

Lori MacMath

Lori's daily mantra includes praying, "I will take it Lord, ALL you have to give," and a commitment to live out Colossians 3:17 daily. It's her prayer that the energy that fills her spirit be with her till her dying breath! Nearly two years ago, Lori traded the sauna of the Deep South, for the snow of Chicago. After 19 years in Atlanta, Lori has bought herself a coat and some winter boots and is ready for the NEXT adventure at Harvest Bible Chapel / Chicago West. She navigates this road with her husband of 26 years and they have 3 children, ranging in age from 17 - 22. She seeks daily to be creative and use the gifts the Lord has given her. With the heart of an artist and a spirit to live intentionally missional, Lori strives daily to see Him in all that surrounds her. Encouraging women on their daily walk with the Lord is her passion! She has recently stepped out into NEW territory with her husband in the inner city of Chicago. She is on staff at Harvest Chicago West, in the Austin neighborhood, where the Lord is opening her eyes to Urban Ministry and Discipleship. Lori and her husband also have a Business as Missions endeavor that helps empower women and missionaries around the world. She would be HONORED if you'd visit Hope Products International where providing HOPE to the world through fair trade and sustainable products. Lori has served in a number of roles over the years, ranging from Camp/Leadership Adventure Coordinator, a mid week Bible club for elementary and upper elementary students in a local public elementary school as well as being on staff at her church. She is excited in this season to watch the Lord unfold HIS plans for the next step on the journey. Helping others, loving others where they are and seeing the transforming power of Jesus is at the heart of all she does. Her heart for children, women and all those on the broken road is at the core of everything she does. She LOVES playing graphically and encouraging others through visual arts, and her passion for Discipleship is at the heart of all she does. It truly inspires her and fills her spirit.

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  1. This is wonderful! God is truly everywhere, in the big and small things, in the tiny little details that seem to slip our minds sometimes.

  2. I’m filling my bag, too, and I know that’s a bag I ought to carry around all year long! Great reminders, Lori.

  3. Great and timely analogy…always good to have our bag packed and ready…

  4. Oh, Lori – what a FANTABULOUS reminder. This one is gonna stick with me. Thanks!

  5. Such a great post sweetie.

  6. I love it! You are so creative, Lori! When I go to the beach, I will remember my beach/spiritual necessities!!!

    You are an amazing and fun Christian leader!

  7. What a fun and creative post! Love this!

  8. Love it! Yes, He is in the details! This is wonderful.

  9. very creative lori, love it!

  10. Great post and very creative, Lori. I love how God takes the simple every day items to reveal more of Himself to us.

  11. This is a great analogy! May the Lord continue to bestow you wisdom.

  12. This is great. I am going to memorize Colossians 3:17 and ask myself the question throughout the day, Is this going to bring honor to Christ? I bet I will not say or do a lot of things if I ask myself this question first. I pray that God will help me pause to ask this question, before I say or do anything.

  13. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity! How about a BEACH TOWEL to remind us of when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. He wants us to serve others in his name. John 13:5, “After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

  14. You are a fun, amazing, creative and discerning writer…It’s gonna take me awhile but I plan to read all your posts! Write on Sistah! 🙂

  15. love this!! love the beach and always feel closer to God there. I’m using your devotion tomorrow with girls at a children’s home beach party!! Thank you so much.!



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