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  1. I too am not really a pearl wearing girl but I inherited a strand from my dear Godly grandma. She had repeated hardships of physical & financial disasters thru her life but her pearls remind me of the depth of beauty God worked in & thru her. Thanks for putting a finer point on the beauty of pearls!

    • Condolences to your family Kay. I pray God brings comfort to each of you today. God bless. ❤

      • Dear Kay
        Just wanted to share that we has an incident happen in our family that caused family members to quit talking for 10 years! It drove me nuts and I tried everything to help them figure things out. Finally I prayed and just turned it over to God and it worked out! Even if it seems hopeless its not! Hang in there

  2. I loved this article. My husband gave me a string of pearls just before our wedding day. Looking back, it was a sign of good things to come.

    My husband and I were married almost 50 very happy years and we had 2 sons. Then my husband died of cancer and went to be w the Lord.

    Someday I too will be w the Lord-and I will see my husband too.

    My pearls were also a sign of the good to come.

    Thank you for this article. It’s encouraging.

    Elaine Lucas

  3. I LOVE my pearls!!! And during this awful past year, as I sat alone in my home wearing yoga pants and and a sweatshirt, I wore my pearls, too. They reminded me of special times. But I love how you remind us they come from grit, from being irritated. And has this ever been an irritating time. But like my pearls, I have something else that’s precious in my life- my faith, my family, my friends and so much more. I think I may just wear them today!

  4. This is such a beautiful, encouraging message. I need to reflect on “Pearls” and the very significance of its meaning daily. Thank you Kristen for this today.

  5. Kristen,

    God promises that we will have struggles & trials down here. The good thing is that He is working in the trials. Like pearls it is the hardships of life that develop our true self. God used a trial with my dad’s dementia/psych issues to increase my trust & faith muscles. In the end I came out a much better Christian ready to trust God no matter what. Lose a job-heh God has something much better for me. Nothing done down here rattles me. I know God is in control of this spinning universe & He will take care of it all. Thanking God for the trials.

    Blessings 🙂

  6. Kristen,
    Thank you for such a compelling devotional. I appreciate your detailed and transparent honesty. We have the tendency to present the airbrushed version of our struggle. We can have moments mixed with tears and joy. I am in the moment right now. I need this encouragement. Thank you this beautiful reminder. God gave you a timely word to share. Thank you so much.

  7. I love, love, love this! I immediately started thinking: “who do I know who needs this story and pearls that go with it?”. Bravo to your loving husband, who tried to bring you beauty in the ashes! Hold onto that fellow. He is a special one.

  8. Thank you for this message of courage, Kristen.
    Things are somehow had. Challenges are raging especially in marriages. In all, God is Good, if we can trust and put our faith in Him. He will turn our sorrow to joy.
    The Bibles says, in all things, we should give thanks. This is because God will turn it out for our good.
    Stay blessed.

  9. Kristen, thank you for sharing this uplifting and encouraging post with us today. The struggles we go through produce good qualities in our lives and we can use them to encourage others as you have. God bless you! By the way, your husband sounds like a gem!

  10. This is beautiful and it has blessed me and brought me to tears. And the strength that is brought me I will go find my pearls and know that God delights in me and his plans are good for me…Thank you so much for this beautiful story.

  11. Kristen, thank you for letting us see the puke and the pearls all in one day! I’ve had a lovely strand of pearls in a box for decades. I thought I’d hang them out to remind me. But then the Lord reminded me of a project waiting in the garage: a very plain mirror that needs to be enlivened to replace the mirror I lost. I’m not crafty but I remembered a huge string of pearls I decorate my Christmas tree with. I decided to glue those pearls to the rim as a start. Today I realize God wants me to look at those pearls and my reflection and consider what He has been forming the past nine awful years. Maybe my fragile faith held just enough grit in the devil’s oyster to make a pearl…

  12. Life and faith are so full of surprises and grace. I’m glad the pearls bring you joy

  13. Romans 5:3-4
    Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character, hope.
    May you have Hope in Him. Amen

  14. “So put your pearls on, girl! Something good is coming.” My life has many traumas and hurts and just plain hard in it. I’ve looked to Scripture to guide me to the attitude that something good is still coming. But to also put pearls on? How wonderfully symbolic to putting on His glory to sustain us!

  15. I have my Grandmother’s pearls given to me by my Mother. I remember what strong women they were, how deep their Faith in God was. I am of those women and God will show me ways to find joy in my day.