Monthly Archives: February 2012

elephants and pearls

Hello!

Welcome to my forty-thousandth [latest] attempt at blogging!  I’ve tried this whole “blog thing” before, but – for a variety of reasons – never stuck with it.  I’m hoping this time will be different.  Actually, I’m determined that this time will be different because… well… we’ll get to that.

To begin with, I should let you know that I’m a bit like the Amplified version of the Bible (in other words, long-winded), so go grab a cup of coffee and a cozy blanket and settle in before I go on.

Ready?

Okay, here goes:

For my first post, I have decided to share with you why I chose the name “elephants and pearls” for this blog.

elephants

Whenever I think of elephants I think of memories.  Weird, I know.  It all started with a proverb-turned-comment made by a good friend of mine… “Kerri, you’re like an elephant – you never forget!”  (she also compared me to a pit-bull, but “pit-bulls and pearls” just didn’t quite have the sound I was looking for :P).  Now, of course, every time I think of an elephant I think of their amazing ability to remember; and although I do have a good memory, it’s not quite that good, which brings me to reason number one for this blog: I want to remember.  As I mentioned earlier, I never really stuck with the blogs I began in the past.  However, I do love to go back and re-read the things that I wrote.  It’s an interesting trip down memory lane, and also an opportunity to see how much I’ve grown.  There are many Bible verses that talk about remembering what God has done; Psalm 105 is one of my favorites, you should read it. 😉  I intend to use the blog as a way to record the things that I want to remember – the things that have happened in the past and the things that are a part of my present world.  In 2, 5 or even 10 years from now I want to be able to look back into this moment in time and remember the journey from here to there.  This is part number one.

pearls

In addition to remembering, I am creating a place to express my thoughts; this is where the pearls come in.  Pearls are very special to me, I wear them to remind myself of who I am and of my value in God’s eyes.  Do you know how pearls are formed?  A pearl is formed when a foreign object gets inside an oyster’s shell, similar to a splinter like you and I would get.  This irritant in the oyster causes the oyster to “cry”, or secrete a substance, which eventually creates the pearl.  In other words, it is the tears of a wound that cause beauty to grow.  This is my testimony.  I believe that wherever there is pain, there is an opportunity for beauty to grow.  The process isn’t pleasant, but if responded to correctly, something of value can be produced.  One of these days I will share the many words and scriptures I have been given about pearls, but for now, this blog will be a place where I can post the musings and “working out” of those processes in me, as well as those “pearls” of wisdom that I glean from others.

So, there you have it: elephants and pearls.

Elephants for the memory and Pearls for the process.

Welcome to my journey.

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