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Pearl is an imperfect Son-follower learning to enjoy grace. Sunflowers are her spiritual metaphor, because they track the sun’s movement as Christians seek to follow God’s son, Jesus. Pearl is a happily-mostly-aftered, work-at-home mama to two, and lives in Michigan. She writes at LookUpSometimes.com.

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  1. Pearl, this is a point of theology and Christian living that the church is so confused about–desperation for workers drives leaders to portray (and to envision!) a needy God who just won’t make it if someone doesn’t take on the role of nursery coordinator. I love that I don’t have to be “God’s grown-up,” and in the midst of a challenging season for recruitment in my own world right now, you have given me a good dose of God’s-got-this thinking as a rebuke to any lesser view.

    • Michele, I appreciate your thoughts. I’ve witnessed that too, and the effects are disturbing. Whether God has a Gideon-type success in store for you or He’s leading into new territory or He has something completely different in store, I pray He encourages your heart in your challenging season and whispers grace upon grace so you can keep resting even as you work. Wishing you a joy-filled Christmas!

  2. Pearl,

    Great theology here. This reminds me of a song “What Can I Give Him?” What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; If I were a wise man, I would do my part; Yet what can I give Him? Give Him my heart. There isn’t anything I could give God more than He’s already given me. All God really asks of us is to give Him our hearts fully inclined to Him. Then go out & obey. He doesn’t need or want our striving or gift giving gusto. He wants child-like faith. Thankful I don’t have to do or be something for God to love me. He loves me unconditionally & I work to understand that.

    Blessings 🙂 Have a Merry Christmas & a super blessed new year!!

    • Pearl, You are right! I like the thought of being God’s child, not His grown-up. My spiritual mentor back in my younger days was an 80-something-year-old woman who used to say, “I’m just in God’s kindergarten.” And she had been serving the Lord for decades! That was overwhelming to me then, when I compared myself and my lack of knowledge and experience, but you have brought it into context nicely. Thanks!

      • Roberta, I so love the thought of being in God’s kindergarten! What a beautiful way of thinking about it. So grateful God allows us to be works in progress as we learn to receive His grace. May you be given a joy-filled Christmas!

  3. You’ve drawn such a beautiful and good point out of your kids’ gift-giving! We can never out-give our Father, and everything we do give Him comes from Him in the first place. How He lavishes us with good and perfect gifts!

    • Emily, I’m so glad you and I are kids together in God’s economy! You are such an encouragement to me. And yes and yes! Raising my teacup to our generous Heavenly Father and thanking Him for the gift of you, too.

  4. Thank you Pearl, for sharing with us the gift that God has given you. I rest in Christ’s finished work. What a blessing to be reminded that I am His child and He tenderly loves me. Praise God that we give only what He first gave us. Truly Christ’s yoke is easy and His burden is light!

    • Kathy, thank you for your encouragement! And I’m so grateful with you that our Heavenly Father is not a “harsh taskmaster”! May He fill your heart with overflowing hope and love as you continue pouring into women in BSF and sharing what God has given you. You are such a blessing to me! Happy New Year!

  5. Thank you for the reminder, Pearl, that we can only give God what we receive from Him. Around this time of the year, I often think of what I can give to Jesus and Iike your children, I’ve fallen into gift-giving gusto of my own making. But I’m learning to receive with a thankful heart — to fully unwrap this amazing gift God has given me in Jesus.

    • Hulda, I’m right there with you. I write the things I need to hear! I’m so grateful we don’t have to explore God’s goodness alone – that He wove our paths together and blessed me with your presence, encouragement, insight, and friendship. May He fill your heart to overflowing with hope and love in this coming new year sweet sister.