Monthly Archives: January 2012

Exercising the gifts♥


Exercising the gifts

The cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five.   Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them: a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box.

“Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please!”

Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl’s upturned face.   “A dollar ninety-five.   That’s almost $2.00.   If you really want them, I’ll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself.   Your birthday’s only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma.”

As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies.   After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents.   On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace.

Jenny loved her pearls.   They made her feel dressed up and grown up.   She wore them everywhere ~ Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed.   The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath.   Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.

Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story.   One night when he finished the story, he asked Jenny, “Do you love me?”

“Oh yes, Daddy. You know that I love you.”

“Then give me your pearls.””Oh, Daddy, not my pearls.   But you can have Princess ~ the white horse from my collection.   The one with the pink tail.   Remember, Daddy?   The one you gave me.   She’s my favorite.”

“That’s okay, Honey.   Daddy loves you.   Good night.”   And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.   About a week later, after the story time, Jenny’s daddy asked again, “Do you love me?”

“Daddy, you know I love you.”

“Then give me your pearls.”

“Oh Daddy, not my pearls.   But you can have my baby doll.   The brand new one I got for my birthday.   She is so beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper.”

“That’s okay.   Sleep well.   God bless you, little one.   Daddy loves you.”   And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.

A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian-style.   As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek.   “What is it, Jenny? What’s the matter?”

Jenny didn’t say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy.   And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace.   With a little quiver, she finally said, “Here, Daddy.   It’s for you.

“With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny’s kind daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime-store necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny.   He had them all the time.   He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could give her genuine treasure.   So like our heavenly Father.

~Author Unknown
We never lose when we give Him what He demands.
Don’t hold out on God and don’t resent what He requires.
His commands are issued out of the depths of His infinite wisdom and everlasting love.
The demands of discipleship might seem extreme and unreasonable to our way of thinking, but we don’t always know what is best for us.
Remember–God always gives the best to those who leave the choice up to Him. —

Welcoming 2012.♥


In the Will of God ♥

Do not be conformed to this world,but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

~Romans 12:2

Pic. Downtown Disney

Whatever you say or do, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus. Give thanks to God the Father through the Lord Jesus.♥


Prayer for 2012 :

Precious Lord, help me to be transformed …

as I seek a deeper and soul searching relationship with You.

I pray to see all things new...

Help me to discern Your will and not mine.

Guide me to find contentment, peace and renewal….

focusing on what GOD wants me to do

In His  Name, Amen.

Happy new year! ♥