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Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas!

Merry Christmas from all of us at Pearl Girls™! We hope you enjoyed these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who were so kind to donate their time and talents! If you’d like to keep up with Pearl Girls and our new book project, Mother of Pearl, coming this spring, just click this link and sign up for our newsletter (lower left sidebar).

Also, just a reminder that today is the last day for the pearl necklace and earrings giveaway! Enter now by filling out this {form}. The winner will on announced on 1/1 at the Pearl Girls blog.

Jesus — The Reason For the Season by Rachel Hauck

Through the narrow scope of 2000 years, Mary, the mother of Jesus, appears to be one lucky woman. Chosen by God to give birth to His son, the Savior of the world? All right, Mary, way to go.

“Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you,” Gabriel said.

How many of us would like a declaration like that? Highly favored. The Lord is with you. But Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

The angel told her, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Mary seemed confident and resolved when she responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”

She’d just been told the Holy Spirit will come upon her, that God’s power will overshadow her, that she’d become with child even though she wasn’t married, and she said, “I’m the Lord’s servant. Let your words be true.”

I find this amazing! A young woman. Ancient Bethlehem. Unwed mother. They stoned women for such things in her day. But Mary believed in God. And submitted to His will. He gave her the Holy Spirit—the same Holy Spirit given to us. If He gave her confidence, He will give us confidence. Even though, like Mary, our situation seems impossible. Continue Reading…

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas!

Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from some of today’s most beloved writers as each contributor shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched lives during this most wonderful time of the year.

AND just for fun … there’s also a giveaway! Fill out this simple {form} and enter for a chance to win a beautiful pearl necklace and earring set ($450 value). Contest runs 12/14 – 12/25 and the winner will be announced on 1/1. (US and Canadian residents only.) You may enter once per day.

The Panhandler’s Breath
By Robin Dance

He slipped in sideways between the closing elevator doors, as if he were late to a meeting. He pressed the 5 without looking. Instead of suit and tie, though, baggy pants and faded navy hung on his tall, slim frame…and his stealth entry stiffened the hairs on the back of my neck.

I had noticed him a few seconds earlier, just after we had parted a sea of clamorous teens. He was smiling, grandfatherly, standing maybe 30 feet away, where the electric shuttle picks up.

I had no idea he had been watching us, studying us, predator patiently awaiting his next prey.

The four of us were sealed in a four-by six-foot metal tomb. Tomb. That thought really scampered across my mind. I wondered if he had a knife in his pocket. I wanted to protect my son. Fight-or-flight adrenaline pumped, but there was no where to run.

These extreme and ridiculous thoughts—and more—flashed through my mind.

The Stranger began speaking. “Yessir, I see you’re a family man with your wife and your son here.” He nodded in my and my son’s direction.

“You see I’m homeless and all I’ve got—” On cue, he reached into his left pocket and pulled out two old pennies blackened with age. Two cents to his name?! It was all too contrived, too practiced, and I didn’t believe a word he was saying.

It was then I smelled it—the small space lent itself to that—and I doubted my doubt. Continue Reading…

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas!

Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from some of today’s most beloved writers as each contributor shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched lives during this most wonderful time of the year.

AND just for fun … there’s also a giveaway! Fill out this simple {form} and enter for a chance to win a beautiful pearl necklace and earring set ($450 value). Contest runs 12/14 – 12/25 and the winner will be announced on 1/1. (US and Canadian residents only.) You may enter once per day.

Inside Out Christmas
by Debora M. Coty

My veterinarian friend, Dr. Katie, tells the story about the December when a woman brought a very sick black lab into her clinic. The dog was only ten months old, so she was really just a big puppy. She’d been vomiting incessantly and her worried owner didn’t know what was wrong.

“Why don’t you go on home?” Dr. Katie told the owner. “I’ll need to run tests for about four hours. We’ll give you a call when we’re finished.”

Dr. Katie’s assistant took x-rays and hung them on the light panel for Dr. Katie to examine. Hmm. Something looked a little peculiar. Dr. Katie called her assistant over.

“Is it just me, or does that look like a … a camel to you?” she asked incredulously.

“Matter of fact, it does,” replied the astute assistant. “And look, there’s an angel here, a shepherd there, and down there in the colon, it’s Baby Jesus!”

At that moment the phone rang. It was the dog’s distraught owner. “I can’t believe this! I just got home and glanced at the coffee table where I put my manger scene yesterday. There’s nothing there but an empty stable!” Continue Reading…

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas!

Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from some of today’s most beloved writers as each contributor shares heartfelt stories of how God has touched lives during this most wonderful time of the year.

AND just for fun … there’s also a giveaway! Fill out this simple {form} and enter for a chance to win a beautiful pearl necklace and earring set ($450 value). Contest runs 12/14 – 12/25 and the winner will be announced on 1/1. (US and Canadian residents only.) You may enter once per day.

Simple or Sparkle?
by Tracey Eyster

It’s a simple ornament made of thin cheap metal. It looks quite out of place on our CHRISTmas tree. But each year I lovingly and safely nestle it amongst its expensive and sparkly peers, without a care as to how unglamorous it appears.

Many of our CHRISTmas ornaments have a story. They have an uncanny way of inspiring emotion in me. But this certain one causes an intense stir.

You see the ornament is engraved with the name of my grandmother, Sara. It was given to me by my mother, who ordered it from Hospice, after Grandmama’s death. Yes, the months leading up to her death carry memories of a frail and failing grandmama, but that ornament carries my thoughts to sweet CHRISTmas memories of the past . . .

CHRISTmas Eve dinners in her home, laughing, singing, gathering together, and celebrating a year filled with blessings as we remembered the birth of our Savior. CHRISTmas mornings, she was always there participating with glee in our raucous CHRISTmas happiness. Her gifts were always bank envelopes gently tucked into the pine needles of our CHRISTmas tree—fresh cut from the property she grew up on. Continue Reading…

Let Deb Kalmbach’s Christmas memory encourage you this day and give you hope!

Also, Deb and the other Pearl Girls are offering a giveaway. Fill out the quick form at the link located at the bottom of this post to be entered to win a pearl necklace, bracelet, and earrings.  The pearls are meant to be a tangible reminder of God’s grace to us all!

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Good News!
by Deb Kalmbach

The first Christmas card of the season arrived in my mailbox way back in August. How could anyone be that organized? Then I noticed my friend, Nita, had sent me a card I had written to her more than 20 years ago!

Memories rushed back as I read the words penned in my familiar handwriting. It was Christmas, 1991, and my world had unraveled. I could almost pretend everything was all right at this most wonderful time of the year—but not that year. Continue Reading…

If you’re grieving, hurting, or even just a little blue, today’s post is for you. These words from Stacie Ruth really spoke to my heart! May they bless yours, also.

And, remember, Stacie Ruth and the other Pearl Girls are offering a giveaway. Fill out the quick form at the link located at the bottom of this post to be entered to win a pearl necklace, bracelet, and earrings.  The pearls are meant to be a tangible reminder of God’s grace to us all!

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Hurting Near Christmas? 10 Tips to Hope Again
by Stacie Ruth Stoelting

Feeling sad this Christmas? Hey, I know the feeling. In fact, many programs have interviewed me to share about it! Last year, I tried particularly hard to share stories and tips on how to cope with grief during the holidays: I wrote a feature for CBN.com, Coping with Grief at Christmas, visited and counseled grieving people, etc.

Then irony hit: Near Christmas, two people I loved died within two days (December 15-16, 2009).

Are you or a loved one hurting during the holidays? I can relate. But let me encourage you: Jesus remains faithful! As real as my pain was, He met my needs and comforted me with peace unexplainable. I’m serious. He’s real! Continue Reading…

This is a special post to explain a blog hop that’s featuring my site. But below that info, I’ve posted details about two giveaways. So email subscribers might want to come to the blog for those, and fellow bloggers may want to join the hop!

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Welcome to the Feed Me Friday Blog Hop hosted by Oh So Savvy Mom and From Chalkboards to Strollers! This is a hop to help folks meet new bloggers and to help bloggers build their e-mail subscriptions.

If this is your first time stopping in at Doorkeeper, you can read about why I started this blog here. Or you can see some pictures of my daily life at In Senior English, It’s Jingo All the Way. Or check out what a typical Book Club Day looks like.

Are you unfamiliar with Feed Me Friday but want to join in? Just follow these simple rules: Continue Reading…

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas! Enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” plus a giveaway! Please follow along through Christmas Eve as some lovely Christian authors share their heartfelt stories of how God has touched their lives during this most wonderful time of the year.

Don’t forget that there’s a giveaway! Fill out the quick form at the link located at the bottom of this post to be entered to win a PEARL NECKLACE, BRACELET, AND EARRINGS! The pearls are meant to be a tangible reminder of God’s grace to us all. You may enter this giveaway once a day. The winner will be announced on New Year’s Day at the Pearl Girls Blog!

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The First Christmas by Pat Ennis

It was October of my eighteenth year of life when my Dad stepped into eternity. As a college freshman I not only had to deal with my own grief, I also was faced with the responsibility of helping my mother adjust to a new lifestyle. You see, when Dad died, she not only lost her husband of thirty years, she also lost her circle of friends. Suddenly the married couples (my Dad was the first of their group to die) didn’t know what to do about Mother—so they did nothing. Her grieving process was actually extended because of the withdrawal of her friends, many with whom she and Dad had enjoyed fellowship for years.

Our plight was magnified by the reality that we did not have extended family and I was an only child. Quite frankly, the outlook for the holiday season appeared pretty dismal! Continue Reading…