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Children, Our Great Treasures


I was greatly encouraged this week by a devotional I read from Bill Gothard, about the precious value that God places upon children, our great treasures. It encourages me to love my kiddos unconditionally and see them exactly as God sees them. I hope it encourages you as it did me!

“I once heard a story about a tourist who purchased an inexpensive necklace in a Paris trinket shop. When he returned home, he decided to have it appraised and was shocked when the jeweler offered him $25,000 for it!

He decided to have another expert jeweler examine the necklace and was amazed to receive an offer of $35,000 for it! The astonished man asked the jeweler why such an ordinary necklace was so valuable. “Look through this glass,” replied the jeweler. There he saw a small inscription that read, “From Napoleon Bonaparte to Josephine.” This necklace had belonged to Napoleon’s wife. The new owner did not recognize the value of the necklace until he saw it from the perspective of the jeweler.

We will not fully appreciate the value of children until we see them from God’s perspective as precious jewels.

The best thing you could add to your journal this week is a list with the names of each member of your family and reasons why they are of great value to you and to God. At first, you may not have much to write, but as you think about it more, ideas will come to your mind, and the more you will appreciate the great treasures that God has given you in your family.”

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