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What are you holding onto?
by Lew Duffey   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Sunday, March 06, 2011
Posted: Sunday, March 06, 2011

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The following is something I received from a friend in an email. I found it a timely message to me. At my age I am aware of bad habits that I have refused to let go. We all do it. I found this was worth the time it took to read it. Jesus and his father are waiting for us to houseclean. That is; get rid of many bad habits and let go of negative memories. He is waiting for us to clear some space for him and for those things that lead to eternal life. I have found that this is a lifetime task. Please read the following and let me know what it says to you:

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The Dimestore necklace
Jenny was a cheerful little girl with bouncy golden curls. She was almost five years old.  Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them, a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box.
 
“Oh mommy please, Mommy, can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?”
 
Quickly her mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of Jenny’s upturned face.
 
“A dollar ninety-five, that’s almost $2.00. If you really want them, I’ll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday’s only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma.”
 
As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace.
 
Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere - Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.
 
Jenny’s daddy was very loving, and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night as he finished the story, he asked Jenny, “Do you love me?”
 
“Oh yes, daddy, you know that I love you.”
 
“Then give me your pearls.”
 
“Oh, daddy, not my pearls; But you can have Princess, the white horse from my collection, the one with the pink tail. Remember, daddy? The one you gave me. She’s my very favorite.”
 
“That’s okay, Honey, daddy loves you. Good night.” And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.
 
About a week later, after the story time, Jenny’s daddy asked again, “Do you love me?”
 
“Daddy, you know I love you.”
 
“Then give me your pearls.”
 
“Oh Daddy, not my pearls, But you can have my baby doll. The brand new one I got for my birthday. She is beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper.”
 
“That’s okay, sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you.”
 
And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.
 
A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian style.
 
As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek.
 
“What is it, Jenny? What’s the matter?”
 
Jenny didn’t say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy.
 
And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver, she finally said, “Here, daddy, this is for you.”
 
With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny’s daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime-store necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny. He had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could give her the genuine treasure.
 
So it is with our Heavenly Father. He is waiting for us to give up the cheap things in our lives so that he can give us beautiful treasures.
 
Isn’t God good? Are you holding onto things that God wants you to let go of? Are you holding on to harmful or unnecessary partners, relationships, habits and activities that you have come so attached to that it seems impossible to let go? Sometimes it is so hard to see what is in the other hand but do believe this one thing: God will never take away something without giving you something better in its place.
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“He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.” - Psalm 115:13
 
By the way, while we are talking about children, you may enjoy the following link.
Tennessee Ernie Ford found some competition while singing a beautiful song. Keep your eye on the little boy to his right. 

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Reviewed by JMS Bell 3/10/2011
I READ THIS STORY AND IT IS MARVELOUS...TRULY A UNIQUE WAY TO BRING THE MESSAGE OF GOD'S GRACE AND MERCY IN OUR LIVES...FOR HE WAITS AND CONTINUES TO KEEP AND LOVE US UNTIL WE ONE DAY...WE TURN...AND TELL HIM...YES. I AM GOING TO KEEP THIS ARTICLE AND I ENJOYED MR. FORD AND THAT SO ENTHUSIASTIC LITTLE BOY VERY MUCH. THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS



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