My Pearl Story...The Latin word for pearl means “unique,” and true to its name, no two pearls are the same. Throughout my life, I have tried to be like someone else, another pearl. This past year God has taken me through the process of becoming who he created me to be and not anyone else, using the book Cultivating Pearls. He is continuing to coat me in his grace, and although there is a lot of refining to do, he is cultivating me into something unique and beautiful—a pearl.
In God’s cleansing water, he has purified my friendships. I have struggled in the past with friends, and he has helped me this year, showing me that friendships are precious and that I need to take care of them. The lesson about the dolphin pod gave me more clarity about this, because it made me think about what friends I want in my life to help me on this journey that I’m going through. The lessons of the starfish helped define who Jesus is in my life, and it made me want to connect to his Water of Life and receive all he has for me.
God’s light helped show me what I wanted to toss out of my life, what I wanted to keep, and what I wanted to restore. I wanted to toss my past friendships that were broken and my jealousy and anger toward certain people. I wanted to keep my new friendships and relationships with my friends and family, along with restoring my relationship with God. God’s light also showed me how to have healthy boundaries in friendships. God’s light has given me clarity in different aspects of my life, and I am now empowered by it. He is my light in the darkness, and as I stand in his light, I am beginning to learn to shine for other girls.
In the chapter of Cultivating Pearls that walks through what it means to be anointed by God, our Father, I prayed for a spiritual meaning to my name. This is what came to me: I am Saved by his grace, Abounded in love, Yet to be finished, Loved daughter of the King, Overwhelmed by God’s peace, and Rebuilt on a firm foundation. SAYLOR. I was taken before the throne of God and anointed in his love, peace, and mercy, and it filled me up! It is important to define yourself in God’s eyes because once you start to see yourself as God does, you will forever be changed!
God has cultivated my roots by helping me identify them. I identified the roots that I wanted to dig up, which were roots of anger, envy, selfishness, hatred, and being quick-tempered. By talking to God and praying with him, I was able to get rid of those roots, and I am continuing to keep them out of my life. The roots that I want to put down and grow are roots of love, patience, humility, forgiveness, peace, and contentment. Being rooted in who God is gives me confidence and spirit to live for him—and you can do the same.
God is continuing to cultivate me with his life! He started by digging up and putting down my good roots, along with planting me by the Water of Life. In his life, I feel love, joy, and peace. I am still figuring out what my dream is for my life, but through him I know that he will show and reveal to me what that dream is. If you feel like God hasn’t shown you his dream or plan for you yet, don’t get discouraged! His timing is perfect, and his plan for you will turn out better than you could ever imagine, so I am continuing to bare his fruit while being filled in his life as I wait to hear from him.
Wanting to reflect God’s glory in my life goes along with the dream that I have yet to see. For now I will reflect God’s glory by showing it when I’m with friends and anywhere that I may end up! I hope that I can reflect him in a bigger way someday that can impact MANY girls’ lives.
When I think about what I have learned and experienced this year as I journeyed through the book Cultivating Pearls, the one word I would choose to describe my journey is:
"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith--that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:14-19
As you start the lessons in Cultivating Pearls, we pray your Pearls Journey is filled with freedom, growth and love!