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Saturday, December 12, 2009

12 Pearls of Christmas and a little extra

Hi everyone! I am so happy that the kind folks over at Litfuse have allowed me the opportunity to post these great stories on my blog. I was also allowed the gift of reviewing this awesome book here. So, I was excited to get to share these pearls with you all each day between now and Christmas. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do! So without further ado:


12 Pearls of Christmas: Gifts of Purpose



Too Precious to Wear
by Sarah Sundin

One Christmas when my mother was a girl, she received a string of pearls from her father. Since her parents were divorced-an unusual situation in the 1950s-she treasured the pearls as a sign of her father's love. When he passed away her senior year in high school, the pearls took on even greater significance.

When I was growing up, my mother talked often about the pearls, but my sister and I never saw them. Mom kept them safe in their silk-lined velvet box tucked in her jewelry box. For dressy occasions, she wore other nice jewelry, but never the pearls.

The pearls were too precious to wear.

What if the strand broke and even a single pearl was lost? What if the clasp broke and she lost them forever? She couldn't risk it. Better to keep them cocooned in silky security.

When my mother offered to let me wear her pearls on my wedding day, I was deeply touched. This was more than "something old" or "something borrowed," but a sign that she trusted me and loved me.

A few days before the wedding, my mother pulled the box from seclusion. My sister and I watched with curiosity and awe.

The pearls had turned a deep grayish-yellow, they were flaking, and some had fallen apart.

They were fake.

For over thirty years, my mother nurtured a piece of costume jewelry. All that time she could have worn them and enjoyed them without worry. Her father gave them to her for a purpose-to wear them and feel lovely and ladylike and special. He didn't mean for her to hide them away.

On our wedding day, my husband gave me a strand of real pearls. They symbolize my husband's sacrificial love for me-they were expensive for a graduate student with half-Scottish blood.

I vowed never to tuck them away but to wear them often. Yes, I'm careful. I inspect the cord and knots and clasp, and I plan to have them restrung when necessary. But I wear them and enjoy them. That's why my husband gave them to me.

Our heavenly Father gives us gifts too-brilliant and costly. We should cherish them, but we should use them. Whether our individual gifts involve serving, teaching, encouragement, evangelism, or even money-they have a purpose. The Lord wants us to use our gifts to bless others and to spread the message of His love.

While pearls make women look lovely, using our God-given gifts for His kingdom makes us even lovelier. And just as pearls grow more lustrous with frequent wear, our gifts from God grow in beauty and strength the more we use them.

This Christmas I plan to wear my string of pearls, a sign of my husband's love-and to display my pearls from heaven, a sign of my Father's love.

Have a lustrous Christmas!


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Sarah Sundin lives in northern California with her husband and three children. She works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. Her first novel, A Distant Melody, historical fiction set during World War II, will be published by Revell in March 2010. Please visit her at http://www.sarahsundin.com/ or her blog or find her on Facebook.





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And one last thing that I would like to share with you all today -- I was reading a devotional this morning and was reminded once again that Jesus is the Way -- He is the Great I AM! Which led me to think about the think that is God's theme for me lately -- HE is EMMANUEL!

I have this cd, and God has been stirring my heart when this song comes on. In this Advent Season of waiting for my saviour, HE is reminding me that He IS Hope restored! He is in us! He is for us! He is with us! Emmanuel!







I hope this day that each of you feels that HE is Emmanuel for you. NOW, I'm off this Saturday to do some decorating. We did get our tree and we are decorating the tree today. My girls are SO excited! I hope your Saturday is full of love today -- from you family and your Saviour!

In HIM -

3 comments:

Pamela said...

I, too, have a strand of pearls that my husband gave me. I also wear them whenever I can. I know how much he sacrificed to buy them for me. I love them.

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Faye said...

Mindy, What a beautiful post! Hope you havr a great day! Blessings

Sara x said...

What a wonderful post, how many of us hide things away for special occassions. I think we need to remember all our life is special, we have been given the greatest gift from our Lord Jesus nad we should celebrate each and every day. After losing my daughter i look back and realise that some of the least spectaluar days were the most special. When we get to be together. Love to you all as we celebrate the birth of our saviour. xxxx