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Sifting Through Garbage for Pearls



"Or what woman who has ten silver coins and loses one of them does not light a lamp, sweep her house, and search carefully until she finds it?" ~ Luke 15:8




Hello Beauties and Happy Monday!!


I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to a beautiful and productive week.



This week a crazy silly thing happened that felt like it placed me at the intersection of at least three Scriptural lessons.


I was the woman in Luke 15, I was in the midst of Matthew 25, I was Galatians 6:9, all while enduring the refiners fire.


Do you ever go through seasons where you feel you're being refined day-by-day? Sometimes moment-by-moment?


Such is my life these days, and I give thanks for it at every turn, because when He is at work that way, I know He is up to something new, and I love that.



So, the crazy silly thing?


I was all set and dressed for an online meeting when I realized I had time to do my physical therapy and stretching. I figured I'd set aside the fancy finishes and grab my yoga mat.


I was wearing a long strand of freshwater pearls I had made, and friend, for whatever reason when I lifted it over my head it exploded.


There were pearls and gold seed beads flying in every direction.


I had been standing next to the kitchen island, because that's where I planned to set things, and it provided the perfect launchpad for each of those pearls to bounce and fly into the living room, down the hall, under the dining room table, and into the recycling bins, among other destinations.


All I could do was stand there in awe, and anything I tried to do to make it better just seemed to release more pearls.


I'm relatively certain I recovered them all. But, I definitely now feel a much greater sense of identity with the woman in the parable of the lost coin.


And, one single solitary pearl was indeed found in the very bottom of the recycling bin.


Granted, the parable of the lost coin is meant to show the lengths to which He is willing to go to seek us out and find us.


But, I also adore any kindred moment that seems to draw me in and nearer to Scripture.


It's also a picture of diligence, is it not? "... we will reap a harvest if we do not give up," yes?


And we know, time and again, we must be faithful in the little we have been given, and thankful in it all.


Whether that's material, relational, spiritual, physical wellness, you name it. When we are faithful with our talents, we are given dominion over more. It's a beautiful cycle, and it trains us up to handle increasing levels of blessing.


Isn't our Creator incredible in how perfectly mechanisms like that work in the natural world?


We are equipped at ever increasing levels as we diligently walk out our journey in faith.


Thank You, Jesus! Thank You, God! Thank You, Holy Spirit!


I guess the bottom line lesson for me was that diligence can be poetic and beautiful. And, without question, diligence in any area of life has a lovely way of drawing me nearer to Him.


Even the conversation seems to be spiritually expansive, I hope you find the same.


Just a little bit more, just a little bit better, day by day, yields a beautiful harvest over time.


Pearls, gold coins, talents, whatever it may be, may you be blessed in your guardianship and see your territory expand.




Jehovah - Jireh, God our provider,

We come before You, ever humbled by Your willingness to write us into Your story, ever grateful for the ways You speak to us and through us.


Thank You for walking with us day-by-day, that we would have the will to ever walk in Your Way.


In Your Holy names we pray,


Amen




"Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." ~ Galatians 6:9

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!'" ~ Matthew 25:21

"For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love." ~ 2 Peter 1:5-7


May the Good Lord bless you and keep you, friends... always, in all ways. Amen.



Bonus song of praise...

I just happened to trip over this, and because it's hot off the presses, I thought, why not? Enjoy.


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