I love Jewelry! It reminds me of My Father, God.
To me, a good necklace is like a fine tie. And rings? Oh yes! Rings give me great pleasure. Come to think of it, bracelets are also a delight.
My thought is that surely God meant for the baubles, bangles, and all the “adornments” yielded by this earth, to be available for HIS kids.
My husband has gone out of his way to buy me a few cute pinky rings. He knows how I enjoy all-things-glittery, but he also knows that I refuse to spend much on any of them. He has followed suit, and his little gifties have always been a great deal! I feel so loved. He loves me, and God loves me through him.
For years, I never owned much in the way of either costume or nicer jewelry. I admired other people’s pieces, but never though much about it for myself. Raising five children, and taking care of other people’s children, required my resources to be channeled in other directions!
Money was always stretched thin! Wouldn’t you know it, it was during some of those hard times when I felt God’s nudge to pass along a certain ring, necklace or other keepsake that I did have, to someone who needed love or encouragement. Honestly, I didn’t think much of it, I just did it.
Recently I reconnected, on Facebook, with someone I hadn’t seen in years. When her birthday arrived, I shot her a quick message.
Later that day she replied with, “Remember the bracelet you gave me years ago? I still have it and I always think of you and how much it blessed me back then when I was struggling. It still does!”
I didn’t even remember.
I’m not patting myself on the back, but that’s pretty much how obedience to God should be. Do the “doing” and continue in the normal way of Christ-like living. Even now, I live in “The Flow.” Things flow into my house and then flow back out to those for whom they are ultimately meant. Every so often, I get presents from The Lord, given to me through others, and I know these are mine to keep!
One day, rings and other jewelry began coming my way. One of my dental office clients had a certain lab guy who dropped by unannounced. He mentioned that his mother had passed away and he sold most of her stuff, but had a few things left. He said if I liked any of it, it was mine. He opened a big pouch. Jewelry! Birthstone rings for me and all four of my daughters, a pearl broach set in gold and two vintage pearl necklaces went home with me that day. Stunning pieces of jewelry left me stunned! Mine? Really? It took a while to settle in.
We had been kind to this haggard soul who suffered a divorce and was left with a disabled son. He joined us for thanksgiving dinner in our crowded home only a couple of months earlier.
Not long after, I had a dream where I saw myself passing along my tanzanite/gold ring to a Christian Chiropractor. She was in her mid-sixties but was no longer able to work because of an injury. When I brought it to church and slipped it on to her finger, I whispered to her that God had something special for her.
She squealed as she held up her hand! She began,
“Last night I was talking to God and He began putting a desire in my heart for a gold ring with a purple-blue stone!”
Then she went on to tell me that she never had a penchant for rings whatsoever, but felt that God was encouraging her about her future. Go figure! I guess HE was! Did I miss my ring? Not much.
And so it has been for me….. Not just with jewelry, either. Twenty years ago, my china went to a little gal who rarely ever cleaned her house, had three boys and a sloppy husband. That is another story for sure, but the change that it effected in her life was monumental. The next time I saw her, her house was clean, painted inside and the china displayed in the built-in cabinets of that old Victorian! Small price.
In an unusual way, pieces of “my china” began showing up, and over time, I managed to accumulate a bigger set than ever before. This set was ultimately passed along to a poor family at church. There were really down-and-out. (Mind you, my own husband was unemployed at the time) The wife was so blessed by the action that she got her faith in gear to believe for something to hold it. They began believing God for a job and so on. Now they are home owners and blessed in so many other ways!
And would you believe it? I have accumulated a whole set of the same pattern since. I laugh every time I see it in my cupboard! God has a great sense of humor. It always reminds me to take the limits off God. If He can do it once, He can do it again – and better!!
On top of that, before my mother-in-law moved to heaven, she made sure to give us her Noritake China from the early 50’s. Since I didn’t know her well, it was to my absolute amazement that she, also, personally handed me a huge (half the size of a quarter) dark green jade ring set in gold. It had been something special to her. Just gorgeous. I guess it covers half my finger! Funny, but my thoughts turn to My Provider every time I wear it!
This phenomenon hasn’t been limited to women only. I’ve even given rings to men! Some were directly for those men and for others, rings or necklaces arrived for their wives or daughters. When they couldn’t afford a birthday present or anniversary gift, God provided! Did I know about these events in advance? Not at all. I was as surprised as they were, especially at the timing!
Our dining table has been given away a couple of times while we did with whatever. My parents who welcomed me into their home as a foster child, passed to us, their gorgeous, antique cherry wood table. I spent my teen years eating at that table! Mom has sent me some quite unexpected presents in the mail. Yes. . . jewelry! She listens to the Lord and has been instrumental in forwarding along money and other useful things as well. They always arrived just when I needed them! You see, I learned from her how to live.
All in all, the real jewels of my life aren’t stones – they are people. Precious, each one, because God gave them to me. Some of them shine all on their own. Others need a little help. Some stay around and others move on.
Whatever medium God provides to me, I use to connect with those who need a loving arm around their shoulders. It might be that I intercede, write letters; send cards, e-mail, text, call, blog, or use social media or any combination of contacts. I use Facebook as a prayer list. The sky is the limit! Our army has many weapons and, therefore, no excuse.
Sure, when certain of our “things” were given away, we merely did without for lengths of time – but overall, I hardly noticed. Oh, and did I mention that I received diamond rings in the mail? That is another story !
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