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Trader Jakes – Issue 780 April 6, 2018

Page 12 “Thank You For Reading Trader Jakes”

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The cheerful little girl with bouncy golden curls 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

mommy please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy,

please? Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil

box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her lit-

tle girl'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 had a very loving daddy 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. God will never take away something without giving

you something better in its place.

Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge

my territory, that Your hand would be with me to

keep me from evil that I may not cause pain

The

Prayer of Jabez