Southern Girls....Its that time of year again...flip flops and pearls...

Last Spring I shared a little something the Lord laid on my heart near and dear to every Southern Girls heart.... a little Spring Time Tradition and the simple way the Lord drew me to think of Him .....through a T-shirt, Flip-Flops and Pearls.... He reminded me of a couple of verses in Mathew 13...
44Again, 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.
 45Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
 46Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

There’s a t-shirt out right now with the phrase “Carolina Girls Wear Flip Flops and Pearls.” My daughter Emily-Catherine wears the shirt all the time and the Lord used that shirt to bring to my attention some things about myself.  Every time I see the shirt He says to me…”You “just think” you have need of so many things, when it boils down to itthe pearl you need is the scripture.  The thing you need for daily fulfillment is to dig and find the pearl for the day.”  He began to show me I need to train my mind to think “This Carolina Girl”loves her flip flops, loves her thingsbut the thing I love the mostI desire the that pearl (His Word.)  Not only do I need it, but it is that treasure that he created for me to find. For true joy and fulfillment I have to have it.
We’re spoiled aren’t we? Have you needed Him today enough to dig for a scripture to meet a need that you had. Think about the pearl for a minute; it’s a hidden treasure that someone has to work to find.  Somebody had to dig for it, sweat for it, sacrifice time or energy for it.  Somebody had to suffer disappointment for it opening many oyster shells that were empty before they found the treasure.  Sometimes we’re just going to have to dig to find just the right word for us for that moment, for that day, for that need.  It takes effort.  Sometimes we have to wait.  Some pearls are imitationswe don’t guard those or protect them like the real pearl.  My time with the Lordpriceless and I have to train myself to guard that treasure hunt, to value it, to protect it from all those imitations that want to steal my time.
Read through the verses in Mathew again, Think about the priceless pearl.  The costly one, the jewel the one worked for.   “Do you own a strand of real pearls?”  A necklace or maybe a pair of earringsthink about the woman who received her pearls as a wedding gift from her husband 40 years ago, a priceless treasure to appreciate.  Who wants a strand of real pearls?  We all dowe desire to have that thing that is precious and valuable.  Worth the wait. 
Well guess what?!  He puts a REAL pearl in His Word for us everyday and He’s waiting on us to desire it to dig for it.  He wants to the pleasure of watching you find it and treasure it.  He desires to give it you.  Some of us will never have an earthly strand of pearls, but in His word, there’s a strand waiting just for you. 
The man in Mathew joyfully sold all he had for the pearl; it was worth that 
much to him.

Theres this little conference Im praying to attend this summer for womens ministry leaders, writers and speakers called She Speaks....and in the same way we are to find the "Pearl" in His word...I'm praying to find the "Pearls" at She Speaks.....Ann at Holy Experience is giving a scholarship to She Speaks and I''m praying to win the opportunity to win and be able to attend.  You help me pray, in Ann's words "The She Speaks Conference is about women connecting the hearts of women to the heart of our Father God and that your heart is to serve Him and His daughters as He Leads." 

She Speaks Conference 2011

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