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December 12 Pearl

December 12

The melody breaks through the silence. Christ the Savior is born, Jesus the love song of God is born! This is one of Chris Tomlin’s songs a remake of “It came upon the midnight clear. “

These lyrics run through my mind when I wake up in the morning. As do all the other songs I keep listening to over an over… eventually the lyrics will get into me.

Did you know that the message of a song is more believable to your brain. Music speaks to your right hemisphere where your emotions originate. So if your needing to get a certain truth, find a song with those particular lyrics and listen to it over and over.

Eventually your brain will bypass your left hemisphere logical thought and you will believe the message. This is the reason negative music has the same effect!!

This is my personal opinion: if a person listens to music that is dirty, rough and negative that person starts to become like those lyrics. They start to feel the emotions of the song.

We need to use the power of music in a positive way. I use to sing “I surrender all, I surrender all, all to Jesus I surrender, I surrender all.. on an on, over and over. I would sing this when I was struggling with negative emotions and eventually I felt better!

I also love the song: Because he lives: Because he lives I can face tomorrow.. because he lives, all fear is gone, because I know I know he holds the future, life is worth the living just because he lives.. this would help me get perspective when life was falling apart.

My pearl is the power of worship music. It can change the direction of your hour, day and entire life for that matter!

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December 11 Pearl

December 11

I love to give! It gives me joy as I see the looks on peoples faces when I give them something. Today one of the ladies in our office made 39 packages of nicely wrapped goodies.

Three of us pitched in to help pay for it and then we walked around handing them out to those we work with at the hospital.

We shared hugs and Merry Christmas’s. I felt like a child on Christmas. They also had a free meal for everyone in the cafeteria today and some people were caroling in the hallway.

The Spirit of Christmas is in the air! Jesus is our love song from God The Father. The Spirit of Christmas gives us hope.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

I was reminded how its not always what someone says or sings its how its said or sung. The powerful spirit of the Lord was in that place when Chris Tomlin was worshiping. I want that same powerful spirit to radiate from me.

I don’t want to be a dry dog. I want to be refreshing and full of joy overflowing and abundantly spilling over. The Lord says The Holy Spirit will give us rivers of living water that will flow from us!

I want a river to be all around me so that people will be forced to step into the puddles of joy.

My pearl is the joy that is available to us through His Spirit!

December 10 Pearl

December 10

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12

As I get older the more I enjoy giving instead of receiving. I lead a small group of ladies and they have become my dearest sisters. I look forward to spending time with them.

Tomorrow night we are going to have a Christmas celebration together. Today I went shopping to buy decorations for our dinner table. It was a lot of fun to go shopping to decorate the table for our dinner.

They don’t know, but I have some surprises for them. As a mother can’t wait to give her children good gifts, I’m really excited about what I have up my sleeve.

My wonderful husband who is an amazing chef is going to make us a turkey breast on the big green egg. The ladies are going to bring the rest of the side dishes, we are going to share dinner, gifts and games.

I enjoyed shopping today as I was listening to Chris Tomlin’s Christmas album. I found myself humming and singing in the stores. I went to five different stores and didn’t get frustrated because I was listening to Chris Tomlin.

I kept playing, He shall reign forevermore, forevermore.. over and over again! I felt rejuvenated and inspired!

My pearl is the joy of relationships with my girls and the joy of giving.

December 9 Pearl

December 9

Today is Reggie’s sixth birthday. I remember when we got him, he was so small I could put him in my housecoat pocket. He was maybe 2 pounds. A white tiny little teddy bear. He isn’t much bigger today, maybe 7-8 pounds, but his bark is fierce!

He may be a little dog, but he try’s to make his bark sound like he is ferocious dog. He is very moody and has an attitude, but oh how I love this little ball of fur. I’m not sure how its possible to love something so much, but I do.

Last night’s surprise was spectacular! My husband was right, once I hear Chris Tomlin live I will want to download all his songs. He is most definitely a worship leader.

The presence of the Lord was so thick in that theater last night even when he sang the same songs every one else sings. He has a spirit that worships the Lord!

He kept referring to Jesus is the reason we celebrate. We all know this, but the way he talked about The Lord was so precious, so intimate.

Chris, shared a story about his dad and how they went to see this house with Christmas lights every year and this particular year there was a long line of cars. His dad noticed the man who owned the house was holding a bucket in front of his house.

Assuming the man wanted money, his dad got upset and started to complain about how greedy this guy was and they received a lecture.

As they got closer he said, I’m going to teach this guy a lesson when he puts his bucket in the car window I’m going to roll it up and slam his arm in the window! His dad was heated!

They rolled up to the man and the bucket came through the window and to their surprise it was full of candy canes and he showered them with candy canes, blessing them, saying Merry Christmas!

What appeared to be one thing was something else! Jesus came, died and it appeared to be one thing, but it was all to save us!!!

It doesn’t sound as glorious as when he said it. But its still true. The reason we celebrate this season is because Jesus came to save us.

My pearl is that I get to celebrate Jesus as our savior every day, not just at Christmas time.

December 8 Pearl

December 8

I’m so excited, my wonderful husband has planned a surprise trip for us. We are on the interstate driving and I have no idea where we are going. I love surprises!

What I like about it is that I didn’t have to plan it! I love that my husband was thinking about me and planned a surprise for me.

We still joke about the time he planned a surprise and yes I was surprised but it was not a good way. I’m hoping this one will be better. Since its around Christmas I’m hoping we are going to a Christmas concert or something of that nature.

I love Christmas time, its most definitely my favorite holiday. So much joy in the air. Anticipation and excitement.

For unto us a child is born to us a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

What would we do without His peace? I’m grateful he is my Father. Every day as I read His word and worship Him I learn a little bit more about how good he is.

My pearl is my husband being a reflection of Gods love to me today.

December 7 Pearl

December 7

Today’s attribute of God is Creator. Romans 1:25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.

Its easy to worship the created instead of the one who created all good things. Sometimes we worship ourselves or our children. We forget the One who is behind it all.

We enjoy our belongings and our health and family and soon forget who created them all.

Tonight at Kroger there were a group of young children caroling. It brought back such sweet innocent memories of my son. I remember those days when he did the hand motions to songs with his school or church.

My heart gets all sappy and warm when I remember those days. He was so young and actually needed me, now he is all grown up. I’m sure he needs me, but just in a different way.

I remember those nights when he would snuggle up to read a bedtime story. We read the entire Chronicles of Narnia series before he could read. I read the four inch thick book that had all of the stories. He was probably five or six.

We also read Pilgrims Progress. Oh how I miss those days. My heart..

My pearl is the joy of getting to have a child and know the love a parent has for a child. This helps me to know how Jesus loves me. I must still remember who The Creator is and worship Him.

December 6 Pearl

December 6

Today’s attribute is Messiah. Matthew 16:16-20 is the passage where Peter states that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus tells Peter that he is blessed because the Father in heaven had revealed this truth to him.

He then tells Peter he is the rock on whom he will build his church and everything he permits and forbids will be the same in heaven. Basically what Peter says goes. End of discussion. Wow! That’s a lot to put on his plate!

This should give us hope, because Peter was the one who denied Jesus three times. Blatantly saying I don’t know him.. I’m guessing that Jesus could see Peter’s heart and that Peter had learned a lesson that changed his character forever.

Jesus trusted Peter after he learned his lesson. This is good news! I hope the Lord can trust me with His truth and his people. I hope the Lord can trust my heart and my motives that I would not abuse any power he gave me.

We often have the power to hurt others with our words or build them up, which do I choose is up to me? …

My pearl is that I can be trustworthy if I rely on the Lord to change my character.