Pearls of Wisdom

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Proverbs 31:26-28  She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. she watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and called her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

Last weekend I attended a writer’s conference in the twin cities. The key-note speaker talked about pearls of wisdom. She explained that a pearl is formed when a parasite, not usually a grain of sand, enters the oyster, clam or mollusk. To lesson the irritation and pain caused by the intruder, the oyster spins nacre layers, a crystalline substance, which become a pearl. It takes at least 3 years to create a quality pearl.

I have received many pearls of wisdom over the years. Some pearls were beautifully presented, easy to see and equally as easy to implement into my life. But then there are those pearls of wisdom that irritate and push me beyond my comfort levels. For example, when I was writing my book Walking in the Word a Daily Journey Through the New Testament, I felt God sharing pearls of wisdom through the entire writing process. I received more beautiful pearls during the publishing process from my proofreader and designer. Then came the pearls where I felt the irritation and pain when I was pushed beyond my comfort zone. I wanted to crawl into my shell and close it tightly so that the irritation would go away. With gentle, but firm encouragement I became open to the idea of creating a website, writing this blog and speaking to groups about my book. These acts did not come easily. I felt the nacre layers spinning around me. Through time God has turned the irritation into additional pearls of wisdom to share with fellow writers as they reach for the beauty God has ahead of them.

So as we move forward this week, let us embrace the pearls of wisdom we receive both the beautiful pearls and those that cause us irritation and pain.

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