Monthly Archives: February 2017

February 28 Pearl

February 28

How much are we willing to pay for peace of mind? I found out today how much I would pay. At least four hours in the emergency department and I don’t know how much the bill will be, but frankly I’m not concerned about that part. As long as my son is ok that is all that matters.

My son had chest pain and shortness of breath this morning. We called our doctor and he said to go to the emergency room. We spent four hours in the ER getting tests done. Thank goodness they were all negative. I guess its just allergies.

However, I’m really feeling much better knowing there is not a serious heart or lung issue before my son goes back to college at the end of the week.

It got me thinking about how much we are willing to pay for peace of mind. I didn’t want to wait and make appointments and wait for months to find out if he had a serious issue. I can relax tonight knowing all is well.

I’m feeling a little old today, because every day this week I have some medical appointment. Monday and Wednesday I have physical therapy and today we were in the ER. Thursday I’m getting my cyst removed from my head. Friday I have a post op shoulder appointment to hopefully get my return to work papers.

I now understand why people are tired just from running to all their appointments and trying to take care of themselves. Its actually more tiring than having a full time job where you know what to expect each day. Its a mental wearing of the mind.

I prayed this morning, please go before us today and give the doctors wisdom. I feel peace that he went before us.

My Pearl today is the joy of placing our lives in his hands and trusting Him to go before us in every situation. He lifts us up on wings like eagles. We will run and not be weary, we will walk and not faint. Thank you Lord for teaching me how to wait.

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February 27 Pearl

February 27

I came across the old song: This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through, my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue, the angels beckon me from heavens open door and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore. Oh Lord you know I have no friend like you if heavens not my home then Lord what will I do?

I remember my mom singing this song. Its true that we shouldn’t feel to comfortable in this world because we were made for something much greater, heaven.

Some people may find it odd that a person would long to leave this world and go to heaven. However, its really not odd, its simple truth.

If you know the truth about heaven and who we were made to be then you have a natural longing to go home.

Of course this doesn’t mean we want to leave our loved ones and go home prematurely. It does however give us hope for a future. We can endure the pain of this life and have true joy here and know there is a beautiful mansion waiting for us.

2 Corinthians 4: 4, 6: Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

We get the privilege of seeing things from the Lords perspective We are given the secrets of heaven in our heart because the Lord gave us a new heart and new eyes to see Him.

My Pearl today is the knowledge we are given when we become children of Christ. What a beautiful gift.

February 26 Pearl

February 26

We flew home from Florida today, the temperature dropped from 70 degrees to a frosty 39 degrees. The wind hit my face when I left the airport and it felt colder than when I had left home.

I had gotten use to the warmer temperatures, therefore our colder temperatures seemed even colder than it had when we left five days ago. It doesn’t take long to get use to an atmosphere, climate etc..

Sometimes what we get used to is good and sometimes its not so good. I think the proper phrase for this is adapting to change. I can’t say I’ve ever been real good at adapting to change.

I have gotten better as I get older because I’ve learned to give up the control of my life. Surrendering and letting the Lord have my life in its entirety is really the only way to have true peace.

As we were descending into Indianapolis today, my husband and I were trying to figure out where certain highways were and trying to find landmarks to see where we were in the sky.

It dawned on me that the aerial view is so very different than when your down on the ground. I think we started our descent 100’s of miles from our hometown and we were already looking for landmarks. It wasn’t until we were five minutes from landing that we starting recognizing buildings, like Lucas Oil Stadium.

I think of how from God’s perspective things look so different than from our finite little minds and our narrow experiences. From the air the car’s look like ants and the fields look like carpets and the tall skyscrapers look like lego blocks.

This has to be how it is from God’s perspective, its so much bigger than our little ant and lego we live in and the carpet we drive on.

We are like children in a playpen, the playpen being the entire world and the Lord is our parent. We are reaching for him with our hands up, trying to get out of our playpen.

The Lord knows when we need to have quiet time and when we need Him to pick us up. We need to trust him in our playpen even if we don’t have all the toys we want.

My Pearl today is surrendering to the Lord allows me to see things from an aerial view, His perspective. Thank you Jesus.

February 25 Pearl

February 25

Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.

Because of the joy set awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people, then you won’t become weary and give up.
Hebrews 12: 1-3

Jesus was willing and even had joy about enduring the cross, because he knew what was waiting on the other side. It was the joy of knowing he made a way for us to enter into His presence and have fellowship with Him again.

He must really love us to consider it a joy to save us through gut wrenching pain and suffering.

A lot of people in powerful positions made fun of Him, mocked Him. Oh if your the son of God save yourself…prophesy who touched you now…on and on they made fun of Him and yet he had the power to squash them like a mosquito.

On the other hand he was the Son of God and he had every right to say, you will respect me and you will do it now. I get upset when people don’t respect me and I’m really a nobody.

How much more did Jesus have a right to demand respect, yet he didn’t.

My Pearl today is the joy of keeping our eyes on Jesus, he will perfect our faith as we walk through this world.

February 24 Pearl

February 24

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels-a plentiful harvest of new lives. John 12:24

I can’t say I jump for joy when I think of dying to live. I want to produce a harvest and spread the seeds of truth to others allowing for hope and grace to be sown along the way.

This verse however lets me know that in order to do what I want, to be fruitful and multiply I need to die. That sounds less than enduring.

I was reminded today as I listened to an old gospel group singing in the park. How this same ministry is the one the Lord used 20 years ago to reach me and break down my outer shell.

My sister shared with them that they had touched her as well. I think the time she was touched was about four years ago. Either way they have been used by God to feed his sheep and to let the gospel be known.

I was able to spend some time with my in-laws today and my sister with some of her friends and see the gospel group in the park. It was a fun filled day. I’m a little tired, but that is ok.

My Pearl today is the ability to get up and walk and move in order to enjoy God’s creation.

February 23 Pearl

February 23

Today was a sunny day by the pool. My pain is a little bit out of control because I walked around a lot today without my sling on. I’m relaxing now trying to get it back under control.

I was listening to the old song ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus and wondered about the story behind it. So I looked it up and its about a mom and dad and child who went do to the river for a picnic.

The child was about 8, maybe? The couple was young. As they were sitting eating their picnic, they heard a little boy shout from the river, help!

The dad, ran out to save the little boy and both of them drowned that day as mom and daughter watched from the shore.

The mom and daughter were left with no way to provide for themselves and, yet the Lord somehow provided food for them every day.

One day the wife sat down and wrote the words to this old song, ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take him at his Word, just to rest upon His promise, just to say thus sayeth the Lord.

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus, how I’ve proved him over and over, Jesus Jesus precious Jesus oh for grace to trust him more.

My Pearl today is the joy of trusting Jesus.

February 22 Pearl

February 22

Pilate said, ” So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”

This is interesting statement made my Jesus. If I love truth I will recognize when the Lord speaks the truth or others speak truth.

I would imagine the same is true for lies. If I love truth then I would notice lies, as well.

Today we got up before the chickens were up and caught a plane to Orlando, Florida. One of my bags, looked suspicious, not sure why? So TSA was opening it up and taking their magnetic scanner through my bag.

I have to say I felt rather exposed as the man was looking through my clothes. I had a bra right on top. Geez, nothing like exposing my bra’s to everyone standing by.

I felt my privacy was violated. They didn’t find anything of course and let me go on with my bag, but it was just a strange feeling to watch authority, in my eyes, violating my privacy.

I understand it is their right and they have the authority to search anything in our bags. I hadn’t experienced this before.

We had a great flight and arrived at our condo in Orlando with plenty of time to spare. My sister had packed frozen chicken and sweet potatoes from her garden, in a bag she checked. It was still frozen when we arrived at the condo.

We had a great home cooked meal and enjoyed the rain from our balcony.

My Pearl is that the Lord gives us a love for truth and we get to live in it every day.