I love Arks - A Dose of Encouragement & Things I Love #1

Today I start my 31 Days of Blogging under the Title of

 "Things I Love"

I decided to do this challenge alphabetically so Arks was first on my list (a bit obvious I suppose when you read the name of my blog) but I had also been planning a blog post on Arks for my Dose of Encouragement Series which I do every Wednesday so I'm combining them today.

I collect Noah's Arks,
  -  but I don't think there's a Flood coming!

Some people have joked with me about
"is there a flood coming?"

 when they have seen my collection (or some of it) of Noah's Arks.

I have always loved arks and pictures of Arks but my collection really began when our daughter was about 8 or 9.
Linda went on a weekend away with a Christian organization called Girl Crusaders.
While she was away she say a poster picture of an Ark and decided to buy it as a present for me.
On the journey home the corner got dog eared and Linda was very disappointed but I love my picture.
It was put into a blue frame and has always been in view somewhere in our home ever since.

Can you see the crease in the top right corner?

Well since then I have collected:

An Egg from America

A Utensils Holder

A Money Box & Snow Globe

A Wall Hanging

A Decorative Plate, Beleek Biscuit Barrel, Silver Trinket Box & Decorative Tea Pot

A Photo Frame

Some Bags

A Memories Box


An Apron

More Pictures

Plus a Clock 

and some Jewellery

When our oldest son went to Malawi for 3 months to work with a missionary couple he brought me back

A Wooden Carved Ark with Animals

and he had me in tears at this lovely gift.

The Ark has always been very special to me.

In the Ark there is safety  -  God's Protection
In the Ark there is compassion  -  God's Mercy
In the Ark there is forgiveness  -  God's Grace

The Ark is a symbol of Salvation and our salvation is in Jesus so the Ark is a symbol of Jesus.

When I was young and accepted God's Gift of Salvation I knew I was safe.  Even though I may not have understood all about God or Jesus or the Holy Spirit or the Bible; I still recognized the fact that I was safe with Jesus.

So even though some may joke about my Arks my friend Jennifer in Belgium saw things differently and has always referred to our home as the safe Ark.

Are you safe with Jesus?

Are you in the Ark which is Christ Jesus?

As a teenager I listened to songs by Len Magee and one of them asks the question

 "Are you in the Ark, or are you outside?"

I want to encourage you today with the song and the words below but also with the fact that

You can be safe with Jesus, He is the only one you can truly trust.

Len Magee singing "Are you in the Ark"

Thanks for joining me for the first of this new challenge & please have a read of the others in this Challenge.  You will find a list & links to all of the 31 days at Things I Love 


  1. This is a cute and unique collection. I don't collect anything so collections, especially rare ones fascinate me. Btw, I wrote a blog titled Build Your Ark While The Sun's Still Up. It might interest you though there's no picture of ark in there. :P #bloggercare

  2. Béatrice Nyanguile22:20

    Hi Sandra!
    I would like to add that one of your favourite birth gift is a silver trinket box! Yours is still on Naomi's shelf. Now you ahve explained what the Ark means to you, I will use that to explain it to her. I think it's a strong message but easy to understand at the same time for young children.
    Good luck for the remaining 30 days. Ever thought of B for Beatrice for tomorrow? Hahaha only joking. I bet it will be Bible....
    Sweet dreams of arks

  3. Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board. I love your Arks.

  4. I have a picture frame that looks just like your money box. My oldest sons baby book also has the Arks theme. This was a great post, I dig seeing what other people love. Have a great day.

  5. Anonymous22:59

    What a lovely collection and an interesting one as well.

  6. I loved seeing your collection of Arks this morning!

  7. Anonymous02:22

    What a Lovely collection! Coming to you from #TellMeATrueStory. inviting you to hop on over to #WithHeartWdeOpen . Feedback welcome! Shandra

  8. There you go - - what a lovely collection and I especially like the print your daughter gave you! Thank you for sharing your awesome post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.”

  9. What a great collection! My favorite is the wooden carved ark and animals. Thanks so much for linking up to WYWW!

  10. Such a fun and unique item to collect. I love it. Thanks for sharing this.

  11. What a beautiful choice for A and gorgeous and elegant collection of arks ~ love the photos!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  12. Anonymous00:48

    What a wonderful collection!

  13. What a lovely and whimsical collection! I love arks too...

  14. Anonymous19:18

    The carved wooden ark with the animals is my favorite, but I also love the bags and the American eggs. Great collection:)

  15. Sandra. What an amazing collection of arks! And what a neat thing to collect.

    I think my favorite is the photo frame. But they are all quite fascinating.

    Sorry I've been absent for so long!

    Glad to be back and reading!

    Thank you for linking to the letter A.


  16. You have a great collection of arks! It brought back memories of when I went to see the Noah's Ark production put on by Sight and Sound Theaters in Branson, MO. It was fabulous!

  17. Debra from uk01:05

    Hi there, I collect noahs arks too and was happy to meet another collector. I bought another one yesterday and love it.Dont know how to show the picture one here. ♥️

  18. How much did u pay for the milawian made ark. I have one just like this. Just curious

  19. I love your collection! The carved one from Malawi is beautiful!

  20. Cute collection. Makes me want to collect something. :)

    While reading your post, I was reminded of Doulos floating library/ship. I had the chance to visit it when it was on our country. It was like a cruise ship at the same time evangelizing crew I guess. I have to research on them again. You might be interested. :) They evangelize every time they land and they train people on how to do it.