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The Real Pearl Necklace

Jenny was a bright-eyed, pretty five-year-old girl. One day when she and her mother were checking out at the grocery store, Jenny saw a plastic pearl necklace priced at $2.50.

How she wanted that necklace, and when she asked her mother if she would buy it for her, her mother said, “Well, it is a pretty necklace, but it costs an awful lot of money. I’ll tell you what. I’ll buy you the necklace, and when we get home we can make up a list of chore that you can do to pay for the necklace. And don’t forget that for your birthday Grandma just might give you a whole dollar bill, too. Okay?”

Jenny agreed, and her mother bought the pearl necklace for her. Jenny worked on her chores very hard every day, and sure enough, her grandma gave her a brand new dollar bill for her birthday. Soon Jenny had paid off the pearls.

How Jenny loved those pearls. She wore them everywhere-to kindergarten, bed and when she went out with her mother to run errands. The only time she didn’t wear them was in the shower; her mother had told her that they would turn her neck green.

Now Jenny had a very loving daddy. When Jenny went to bed, he would get up from his favorite chair every night and read Jenny her favorite story. One night when he finished the story, he said, “Jenny, do you love me?”

“Oh yes, Daddy, you know I love you,” the little girl said.

“Well, then, give me your pearls.”

“Oh! Daddy, not my pearls!” Jenny said. “But you can have Rosie, my favorite doll. Remember her? You gave her to me last year for my birthday. And you can have her tea party outfit, too. Okay?”

“Oh no, darling, that’s okay.” Her father brushed her cheek with a kiss. “Good night, little one.” A week later, her father once again asked Jenny after her story, “Do you love me?”

“Oh yes, Daddy, you know I love you.”

“Well, then, give me your pearls.”

Oh, Daddy, not my pearls! But you can have Ribbons, my toy horse. Do you remember her? She’s my favorite. Her hair is so soft, and you can play with it and braid it and everything. You can have Ribbons if you want her, Daddy,” the little girl said to her father.

“No, that’s okay,” her father said and brushed her cheek again with a kiss. “God bless you, little one. Sweet dreams.”

Several days later, when Jenny’s father came in to read her a story, Jenny was sitting on her bed and her lip was trembling. “Here, Daddy,” she said, and held out her hand.

She opened it and her beloved pearl necklace was inside. She let it slip into her father’s hand. With one hand her father held the plastic pearls and with the other he pulled out of his pocket a blue velvet box. Inside of the box were real, genuine, beautiful pearls.

He had them all along. He was waiting for Jenny to give up the cheap stuff so he could give her the real thing.

Author Unknown
Submitted by Scott

The same with our Heavenly Father, He is waiting for us to give up the cheap/fake things in our lives. Are you holding on to harmful relationships, habits, activities… which you have come so attached to that it seems impossible to let go? Sometimes it is so hard to see what is in the other hand but do believe one thing, God will never take away something without giving us something better.

{ 43 comments… add one }
  • Koju anel April 6, 2015, 7:58 am

    What a positive attitude containing moral !

  • Pearlwill December 10, 2013, 2:06 am

    Thanks for sharing. Your story is beautiful. Keep it up.

  • Santosh October 30, 2013, 11:55 am

    It’s a very inspiring. But in this world all the things which happen are not always good.

    “And there is not any GOD” But yes people are real and their emotions are very beautiful..

  • Sisanda September 17, 2013, 5:41 am

    An inspiring story that has blessed my morning.

  • Nelson August 11, 2013, 11:45 pm

    So inspiring… we can never have the best of the best unless we give up the things that we thought it is the best.

  • Surehkumar August 3, 2013, 8:57 am

    It’s a. really good one. Thanks for sharing this to us.

  • Jil August 1, 2013, 6:00 pm

    God took away my dad but gave strength to my mom. She is the most powerful person next to God I know.

  • Amir from Iran July 31, 2013, 4:34 am

    I liked it.

  • Jerly Louis July 26, 2013, 8:08 pm

    Very inspiring story..

  • Daniel July 24, 2013, 8:22 am

    My one stop destination for inspirational stories. Good job guys!!

  • Esther July 9, 2013, 6:13 am

    Wow!!! The story is very touching and educative. Thank you a lot for sharing it with us.

  • Vanlalmawia Renthlei July 7, 2013, 9:46 pm

    A really nice story, and indeed inspiring!

  • Akash June 28, 2013, 11:36 pm

    Thanks for the story, true praise to the one who shared it with us 🙂

  • Dinesh Bamola June 28, 2013, 9:45 am

    Fantastic, heart touching & inspirational story…..!!!! Wow.

  • Iyah June 24, 2013, 4:57 am

    So true..

  • Sad June 19, 2013, 5:47 am

    Very beautiful told, yeah it’s real when some lovely thing takes away from us then a most lovely thing will be give us by the God.. God is great & we realizes his grace in some most difficult time..

  • Murali466 June 12, 2013, 2:46 pm

    Truly inspiring anecdote. Hats off to you for this amazing blog.

  • Nit Galuran June 10, 2013, 12:08 pm

    Inspiring story….

  • Jah love June 6, 2013, 5:00 am


  • Clive June 5, 2013, 12:04 pm

    Inspirational and touching the hearts of positive thinkers.

  • Tamara Felagai June 5, 2013, 7:47 am

    Very inspiring.

  • Edlor June 1, 2013, 9:47 pm

    Suddenly I understand why such things happen, thanks to this story.

  • Adeline Limen May 29, 2013, 6:24 am

    Very inspiring that even our most precious thing will be surrendered for our most loved ones.

  • Elroy Abrahams May 28, 2013, 8:11 am

    So true. Praise God for that inspiring story.

  • Manju Kumar May 27, 2013, 3:10 am

    A thoughtful story with a genuine moral. Very beautifully told.

  • Anna Petrosyan May 26, 2013, 1:34 pm

    Really good one! Yes, it’s true, when God takes away something, he does give us something better. It works, alas we are not quick to understand it.

  • Lea May 25, 2013, 9:12 pm

    Thanks mister..GOD BLESS YOU lad.

  • Pranita May 25, 2013, 3:38 am

    Beautiful concept and amazing writing!

  • Vishwanath May 23, 2013, 11:45 pm

    Great story with kind words and deeds lot of things can be set right !

    I pledge to leave the bad habit that i have… thank you for the eye opening story.

  • Jayashankar May 23, 2013, 6:03 am

    It’s really good one. Thanks for sharing this to us.

  • Mosopefoluwa May 23, 2013, 5:36 am

    What a blessed heavenly Father! What a nice story. Thank you. You made my day.

  • Ej May 23, 2013, 4:12 am

    Thumbs up!

  • Hemanth kumar May 22, 2013, 4:33 pm

    Awsome story:)

  • Rozy May 22, 2013, 12:52 pm

    God is great, perhaps one day will come when we will realize it.

  • Halima May 22, 2013, 8:46 am

    Waaoo it’s a touching story.

  • Prasurjya May 22, 2013, 8:43 am

    So true and inspiring 🙂 Just trust in God and do the right….God bless.

  • Mammen May 22, 2013, 5:14 am

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  • Mammen May 22, 2013, 5:11 am

    Inspiring stories that really inspire us in our daily life.. Thanks for the wonderful service and all the blessings for the great job…

  • Bushra May 22, 2013, 4:35 am

    Very inspiring!

  • Sajini May 22, 2013, 2:35 am

    Really nice story.

  • Jabeena May 22, 2013, 1:20 am

    Very nice story….

  • Ben Roko May 22, 2013, 12:18 am

    So true, praise be to God.

  • madhav May 21, 2013, 10:21 pm

    Nicely put. Truly inspiring.

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