Lessons From The Toy Box

All my grandchildren live in different states or countries as of a few weeks ago.   The visits to Grandma and Puppa’s house will be less and less with each passing year as the grandchildren become busy with their own lives.  

Thus, I have begun the grueling process of downsizing my vast toy collection.

This is where you pause, gasp and feel extremely sad for me...and now we move on.

For some reason, I'm finding it very difficult to part with some of these crazy toys.  Many of the toys, I can tell you exactly where I bought them, and which grandchild enjoyed which toys the most.

Somehow over the years, and ten grandchildren later, the collection has grown just about out of control.  Okay, it was out-of-control...and maybe still is...but I'm working on it. 

Once, a visitor to my home asked me if I had a preschool that met in my family room.  They were dead serious.   I told him, “No, I’m a grandma.”

I blamed the grandchildren.  It's just...I knew they would love all these toys...and they did.  But now they are growing up and the toys have to go. 


However, there is one bin of toys that I'll never donate, give away or throw away.  These are too special, too meaningful, to wonderful.  

If you're wondering what this awesome inspired toy is, well brace yourself for the age-old toy of...wooden building blocks.

I love them, and I am not getting rid of the blocks.  Never!

Here's a few lessons I've learned from the toy box about building blocks. 
  • Blocks fit into the palm of my hand and no one will ever be able to snatch me from the hand of the Lord.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from my hand. John 10:28 NET

  • Each block has been permanently imprinted with a letter or picture and the Lord has permanently imprinted my name on His hands.  Look, I have inscribed your name on my palms; your walls are constantly before me.  Isaiah 49:16

  • Blocks make a firm foundation to build on and Christ is our firm foundation.    For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  I Corinthians 3:11

  • The best blocks are made of wood and a cross made of wood, changed everything.  I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  Galatians 2:20 NET  

Next time you hold a block in your hand, remember these Lessons From The Toy Box!


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