Letting Go of Second Best

Letting Go of Second Best

“If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself.  But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.”

Matthew 10:39, The Message


A cheerful girl with bouncy, golden curls, Jenny was almost five.  Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them; a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box.  “Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please!”

Quickly, the mother checked the back of the little box, and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl’s upturned face.  “It costs $1.95,” she said “That’s almost two dollars.  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 piggy bank and counted out seventeen pennies.  After dinner, she did more than her share of chores, and she went to ask their neighbor, Mrs. McJames, if she could pick dandelions for ten cents.  On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill. At last Jenny had enough to buy the necklace.

Jenny loved her pearls.  They made her feel grown and special.  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 had a loving daddy, and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her story.  One night when 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 favorite.”

“That’s okay, Honey. Daddy loves you. Good night.” And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.   About a week later, after 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 so 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 a 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.  It’s for you.”

With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny’s kind 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’d had them all the time.  He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so her could give her genuine treasure.

So like our heavenly Father.

Have you placed your life in His hands yet today?

Copied from “Espresso for Your Spirit”  by Pam Vredevelt

Me, Abba & Minty Mochas!!!

My cousin, Abigail (or more affectionately known as Abba), is staying with us for about 5 weeks while she is on Winter Break from college. Monday, she and I made very delicious Minty Mochas!  It was a very special treat – especially for me since I haven’t had one since I went off Dairy products 🙂  


Our adorable matching mugs 🙂

Abba & I with our Mochas 🙂

 She and I are having an awesome time together…watching movies, swing dancing, talking till 3 in the morning, baking cupcakes and, of course, more talking 🙂  It’s nice having a sister…even if it is only temporary.


Minty Mocha Recipe

1 1/2 cups milk          2 cups coffee      6 Mint Andes Chocolates      1 T. Sugar

Put chocolates & milk in pan on low heat and stir until candies dissolve.  Stir in coffee until hot.  Top with mini marshmallows and enjoy!

To make it dairy free, I used Almond milk instead of ‘real’ milk and omitted the sugar since Almond milk is sweet…they were so amazing!

Thank You!!!

THANK YOU to all who have been visiting my blog!!   I have had more views (people visiting) on my blog than I have ever had!  As of right now, there have been 1,148 views in the month of December!   That may not seem like a large number to you, but I normally only have about 50 or so a month 🙂

Thank you to all who have shared my blog to Facebook as well!

May God bless you all in the year to come 🙂



“Faithfully”  by Eric & Leslie Ludy

Tonight I saw a shooting star Made me wonder where you are For years I have been dreaming of you And I wonder if you’re thinking of me too

In this world of cheap romance And love that only fades after the dance They say that I’m a fool to wait for something more How can I really love someone I’ve never seen before

I have longed for true love every day that I have lived And I know real love is all about learning how to give I pray that God will bring you to me I pray you’ll find me waiting faithfully


 Faithfully, I am yours From now until forever Faithfully, I will write Write you a love song with my life ‘Cause this kind of love’s worth waiting for No matter how long it takes I am yours

Tonight I saw two lovers kiss Reminded me of my own lonliness They say that I’m a fool to keep on praying for you How’s can I give up pleasure for a dream that won’t come true

But I will keep believing that God still has a plan And though I cannot see you now, I know that He can And someday I will give you all of me Until I find you, I’ll be waiting faithfully….

If you’d like to listen this song, click here:   http://youtu.be/ETgV7XOmVwc