“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it,” (Matthew 13:45-46 from the Holy Bible New King James). This parable is a reminder that natural pearls were valued beyond other treasures in ancient times. Formed by irritations caused by foreign particles, wild mollusks or oysters produced rare natural gems with incomparable beauty. Mass produced cultured pearls from controlled environments are common look-alikes, often the same size, shape and color of lesser value. Christians cultivated in a sheltered atmosphere without life’s intrusions are like cultured pearls. They can’t match the beauty and strength of those who conquered circumstances and became priceless treasures.
    Prayer: Eternal God, give me strength to weather the storms in my life so I will shine with Your natural glow. Amen.

“That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:” Psalm 144:13. I like to read pioneer stores. In most of them there are references to the way the women prepared for winter by filling their root cellars or storage rooms with food. Everything that was harvested from their gardens or from the fields and woods around them was canned, dried, or preserved in some way for them to have food for the long winter months. When winter came, they were prepared. Each day, they could…

“Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,” Job 38:22 Winter seems to have come early this year, we have had snow almost every day this week. The scene from my window is beautiful.  The cedar trees are covered with snow, and the wide expanse of lawn is only broken by the tracks of squirrels. When God was answering Job, He asked him if he had ever considered the treasures of the snow. Snow is an important part of Earth’s climate system. It provides a covering for the plants that…