This is a nice story that blessed me while reading it. We will never know
of the blessings that God has for us unless we surrender to Him and let
the Lord have His way. Gods ways are better than our ways and He can see
the end of the road we are traveling on. Put your trust in the Lord Jesus
Christ and your journey will be a prosperous one, even if it does not look
like it from here.
JENNY'S PEARL NECKLACE
The cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with
her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them: a circle of listening
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. 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 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 piggy bank and counted out 17
pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores. She went
to the neighbor, Mrs. McJames, and asked 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 had told her that if they got wet, they might turn her neck
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
"Oh yes, Daddy. You know that I love you."
"Then may I have 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 will you 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, honey. 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 hand up to her Daddy. 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 prized necklace. With the other hand he reached into
his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case. He handed the handsome
velvet case to Jenny and told her, "Thank you for giving me your most
prized possession that you saved up for all by yourself. Here, Honey I
have this for you. I wanted to trade with you, but I was going to give
these to you tonight either way."
As Jenny opened the blue velvet box, so nice a thing itself she'd never
seen before, the glistening white sheen of the Rich Genuine Pearls struck
her teary eyes.
God has so many great blessings waiting for us and we are holding onto the
generic things and not willing to part from them. God has riches that are
amazing and unreal to our natural mind. The streets in Heaven are made
with pure Gold so don't think God is cheap. He has gifts that are
unbelievable to us. He wants us to be blessed in all our ways so I
encourage you to grab hold of the promises that God has made and do not
hold onto the "fake pearls" but reach toward the "genuine pearls" that God
wants us to have.
Here are a few scriptures that prove God wants us prosperous in all our
Deuteronomy 15:6, "For the LORD your God will bless you just as He
promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow;
you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you."
Luke 6:38, "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down,
shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with
the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
3 John 2, "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in
health, just as your soul prospers."
1 Timothy 6:17, "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not
high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who
giveth us richly all things to enjoy."
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry