Pearls…

Some interesting info that I found online about pearls…and thoughts to go along with the message this morning….

The largest pearl in the world was originally called “Pearl of Allah”, now it is “Pearl of Lao-tze”. It was found at Phillipines, near the Palawan Island. Its diameter is 238 mm, and its weight is 6.4 kg! As it is a natural pearl, its weight is measured in carats, 1280 carats.

To compare: the size of a large akoya pearl is about 7.5 mm, its weight is about 3 carats.

The price of the Pearl of Lao-tze is about 40 million dollars.

http://jewelry.port-arthur.org/pearl_price.htm

 

Among jewelers and collectors of jewels, real pearls are very valuable. Put the pearl at which I speak of holds a much greater value than the most expensive pearl known to man. It is the pearl of great price, also known as salvation.

I love how practical the Bible is. God is so good to us humans, bringing his word to us in a manner in which we can understand. Jesus spoke in parables for this reason, so we all could understand the plan that God has for us.

In Matthew 13 Jesus likens salvation to a pearl of great price. It reads, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”

We can understand this. To be apart of the kingdom of heaven we have to acquire salvation. This is that pearl of great price, a treasure that we find, that is being offered to us, we just have to be willing to sell ALL that we have to obtain that most precious treasure. It is not enough for us to give up just a little, but it will cost us everything, all of our ideas, notions, hopes, wishes, attitudes, dreams, opinions, wants, loved ones, all we have or will have, all we are or ever will be. The cost of this pearl is very great. We have to be willing to sell our self, to give our self completely over to God’s control to receive salvation and be apart of the kingdom of heaven.

There are all kinds of pearls out there, so don’t be deceived into purchasing imitation or cultured pearls. How will you know the difference? I am not an expert on pearls; however after a quick search about pearls it was easy to tell one from the other on price alone. A imitation or cultured pearl necklace can run around $15 at a accessories store at the mall, where as a natural or real pearl necklace can cost more than a couple thousand dollars depending on the quality.

In a spiritual sense, imitation or cultured pearls will allow you to keep some self on board. It may tell you that you can be a Sinning Christian or that you don’t have to forgive every one, or a few lies are ok. Imitation means the result or product of imitating, artificial likeness, a copy, counterfeit. Imitation pearls are fake; they aren’t the real thing, they are just pretending. We need to be careful that we get the real thing. Imitation salvation will not be the key to entering into the Kingdom of heaven, only true salvation will work. Don’t settle or be satisfied with a $15 pearl necklace, sell everything you have and save up to get the thousand dollar one.

Published in: Uncategorized on September 13, 2009 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Today’s Writing Prompt: Warning

If you wore a WARNING sign that could be read by everyone who meets you and would warn them of something they should know about you, what would it say?

Beware of flying foot, destination mouth.
It’s hard to eat crow with foot in the mouth.

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Dictionary

I have to start adding my words

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Six word Saturday, a day late

8 1/2 hour trip, 15 minute wedding

Published in: Uncategorized on August 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Today’s Writing Prompt: Odd plant

If you could plant something non-living and make it grow (such as planting a dollar and growing a money tree), what would you plant?

Health – A tree that would grow jelly beans that would taste like what good health feels like.
No more needles, tubes, bad tasting stuff, x-rays, operations, bandages…
Just pop a jelly bean!

Published in: Uncategorized on August 20, 2009 at 9:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Today’s Writing Prompt: Inheritance

What trait or feature do you wish you’d inherited from one of your parents (but didn’t)?

That would be my mom’s thoughtfulness. It seems she always thinks of others and how her actions would impact them. I saw this demonstrated so beautifully with my father as he suffered with Alzheimers

Published in: Uncategorized on August 19, 2009 at 9:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Six Words a Day Late

Writing exercise, compact your Saturday into six words.

Arriving safe, I unpacked and went.

Published in: Uncategorized on August 16, 2009 at 9:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Today’s Writing Prompt: Shirt

Many people describe a generous person as someone who “would give you the shirt off his/her back.”

Creatively rewrite the saying. ” A generous person is someone who would give you ___________.”

A generous person is someone who gives – just because with no strings attached, forgiving real or imagined hurts, consistently and unselfishly

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Friday Fiction: Green

Write a brief bit of fiction involving money.

I remembered going to Sunday School as a small girl and having my offering tied in the corner of a hankie. The hankie was 100% cotton, not the permanent pressed ones of today.  I was very careful not to lose the offering and held on tight to the hankie. By the time the offering basket was passed around and I had untied the knot, the hankie was is pretty sorry shape. The offering was all I had.
It belonged to Jesus.

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Today’s Writing Prompt: Home

How do you feel when you walk into your home after an out of town trip?

Walking in the front door, my home gives me a hug.
Walking from room to room reacquainting with my things;
I feel peace and contentment.
Seeing the familiar and the constant, I’m home.

Now if only I didn’t have to unpack and …..

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Today’s Writing Prompt: Quote

In 100 years, what one statement would you like others to remember you as having said?

Accept the situation……..
Surrender my preconceived ideas….
Commit it all to the Lord.

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Six Word Saturday

Mentally gathering, physically packing, trip begun

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So if my day was a shoe . . .

was it a…

  • ballet slipper – quiet & gentle, no harshness
  • high heeled, strappy & toeless – a little loud, a little pinchy & wanting to be seen
  • flip flops – comfortable, casual, but feet get a little dirty
  • steel toe boots – self protective, tough, can’t feel the gentle touches
  • athletic shoe – supportive, hard working, going the distance
  • house slippers – soft, comfy, but no protection

Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Published in: Uncategorized on August 5, 2009 at 10:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Today’s Writing Prompt: Room

Describe your ideal writing and reading room.

lots of windows,
cool breezes,
plants,
books, books, books
desk – room to spread out
comfy chair for reading,
practical chair for writing
a cat for company,
no phone,
one Ipod.
yes

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Today’s Writing Prompt: Cover letter

Think of a job you would love to have, and write a brief, creative cover letter telling your future employer why they should hire you.

A rocker of small children and babies:

My arms are open wide
My rocker never sleeps
Day or night
the rates the same
to soothe the soul o’er the tide

Published in: Uncategorized on August 4, 2009 at 1:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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