Polish the Pearl

20 01 2011

Continuing our conversation from last week and how we get to our own SHINE Factor and become that rare virtuous women; to do that this year we REALLY focus on polishing the pearl. Yes polishing the pearl in order to get to our Divine Design.  You see I believe we are each born as that rare gem, pearl, ruby, diamond, etc… and just like every rare gem, we must go through our own cultivation process so  that we too may shine!

We all know that all rare gems have to go through some sort of cultivation process to get to their shine factor right?  Thinking of cultivation, fostering, development, training it takes me back to the story of Esther.  To me Queen Esther in the bible is a portrait of a virtuous woman.  We really focused in on Esther in 2009 when our theme was For Such a Time as This but even before Esther could compete to become queen, she had to go through twelve months of beautification treatments or cultivation.  It is estimated that anywhere from 400 to 1,500 women were preparing along with Esther to become queen. The author of my favorite book about Esther, Rev. Chuck Swindoll said this about the beatification process all the contestants for queen had to go through. “This is the place where women cultivated the ability to use their charm to get what they wanted-namely, the highest office a woman could hold in the kingdom.  This was the place where women had available to them all the jewelry, perfume, cosmetics, and clothing needed to make them physically attractive and alluring to the lonely king. This was a place that would make Nordstrom and Tiffany, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue fade into insignificance.  However Queen Esther was the brightest star.”  Why was she the brightest star?  Because Esther shinned above all the rest as she had what none of the rest of the women had, an inner beauty. So while the rest of Esther’s competitors focused on getting beautiful on the outside, don’t get me wrong I am sure Esther enjoyed that too, however Esther had a inner character that could not be acquired with outer adornment but could only be cultivated by focusing on the person you are in your heart.   So really our heart becomes the focus. 

 “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7

 Why is our heart so important?   

1)      First and foremost, the heart is where our emotions and feelings are incubated.

2)      Secondly, your emotions and feelings become how you see and think about things in the world which translates into action. “For as she thinks in her heart, so is she.” – Proverbs 23:7

3)      So just as your feelings, emotions and thinking get produced in your heart, together they construct your motive for your actions.  Ya don’t believe me; think about if you are hurt over a bad breakup.  How you interact with other folks in that moment is produced out of that emotion that correlates with your thoughts that then gets expressed through depression or sadness.  Or if it is a really really bad one it just may become wanting to get revenge.  Do ya get my point?

4)      Lastly, it is in the heart that you also receive your sense of right from wrong.  So just as you feel like you want to get somebody back for hurting you, you also may feel guilty and decide to not do it.  Why? Because it does not feel right and it does not feel right where, in your heart.

Wow who really stopped long enough to realize that our heart, our inner most hub for who we are, really does all of that.  So just like a cultivated gem, we also must cultivate our heart.  In so doing we get to the heart of the matter (non pun intended) and figure out why we do what we do, act the way we act or react to things they way we react.  We do this so that we can get to the core of our inner woman and become a woman after God’s own heart.  Therefore the cultivation work we will do over the next 12 months will be in our goal to build a virtuous woman in each of us, as we polish off all of the dead, negative  weight and get our hearts right. 

Here’s the question at hand, are you growing?  Are you in the same place this year that you were in last year?  Are you letting go of bad habits, bad mindsets, and hurtful ways of doing things?  Or are you stuck in the same old place and not moving anywhere?  You see to make change it will hurt, we will each need to go through that cultivation process or what I like to call the fire so that we can become that defined and refined polished pearl!  To do this we must continually reevaluate where we are and how we are progressing so that we can make the necessary adjustments along the way. I like to call this process, “burn it up!”  For if you think of your life as being like that polished pearl, pearl is required to be cultivated or lke coal to a diamond must be burned in a fire before it can shine. Putting the pearl, diamond, silver through the fire makes it live out the purpose for which it was made, to be precious, vibrant and SHINE!  And, so it is for you and me.  This year as we focus on our Divine Design, God sits at the refiner’s wheel and puts us in the fire, as we recognize the bad habits, negative behaviors, wrong mindsets that we have.  He puts us in hat fire so that we can  come out better as the essence, our core of who God made us is refined. It is the brightness of our essence that will now be able to shine through.

“He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.” –Malachi 3:3

I don’t know about you but I want to shine.   So I am willing to sit through the fires of life for the right amount of time and at the right temperature so that I can be refined. I realize that when we are fully living in our life purpose, when we are reflecting positive energy in and through us that is when others can see the God in us and that is exactly when we are living as that polished pearl.   I realize that God will burn up all the negative energy in us and around us, but we have got to be willing to sit in the fire long enough for it to be refined. So ladies, are you ready to get your polish on?  Are you ready to polish the pearl for 2011?  If so, what area will hurt for you to shift in the most….we all know what it is and that’s the area we need to work on first.  I ask again, are you truly ready to get your polish on?

 “The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart.” – Unknown

 “You can change your life by changing your heart.” – Unkown

 “The difference between holding on to a hurt or releasing it with forgiveness is like the difference between laying your head down at night on a pillow filled with thorns or a pillow filled with rose petals.”  -Loren Fischer

 “It’s not where you’re from; it’s where you’re going. It’s not what you drive; it’s what drives you. It’s not what’s on you; it’s what’s in you. It’s not what you think; it’s what you know.” -Gatorade commercial

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22 01 2011
JC Ellis

I am definitely trying to get my shine on in 2011 & beyond! I’m starting the year offby getting baptized at our new church as a public profession of my faith & belief in Christ. I want a divine design as I commit to living my life on purpose for God!

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