Life is still beautiful!



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 little 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.

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.


The greatest gifts happen when you share love and touch others. 
What matters in life… how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how you gracefuly let go of things that are not meant for you.



8 responses

  1. n

    Hi Ilse, I just love that story, it really makes you think, its true sharing love and touching others is the best treasure we have.  God bless you dear, luvya, thanks for your angel dear, I’m working on bringing you something.  Guess what this guy from you know whre asked me on his list I didn’t check his space but I did after and all it was was pictures of naked women, so I deleted him right away.  Take good care. xx

    January 24, 2008 at 18:05

  2. michelle

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    January 24, 2008 at 19:09

  3. r

    Ilse…….i loved your story and it really hit my heart today…….i got a call from a friend i had in shcool telling me
    that her husband had a massive heart attack and died in her arms last night. i would love for her to have it some
    time in the future when  the pain has eased but the ending is so true and im so glad you posted it. Have a very blessed day my friend.

    January 24, 2008 at 21:02

  4. Dallas

    What a precious story!! God gives us so many wonderful gifts, one he has given is friendship.

    January 24, 2008 at 21:09

  5. elizabeth

    just beautiful.
    love, beth.

    January 24, 2008 at 21:25

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    January 25, 2008 at 18:06

  7. Windows Lives

    That made me cry.
     What a lovely piece

    January 27, 2008 at 10:35

  8. andy

    hi from scotland  , love your stuff ,will be back  soon andy xx

    January 29, 2008 at 19:23

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