In a time of desperation, I prayed believing for "one idea to change my life, " and He gave me the words and the images for the most precious cast of characters aimed at touching the world with their southern grace. The stories were pouring out of my heart. A heart that was physically failing and certainly had been broken, and as their stories healed me, my story would ultimately heal others. They are the Sweeteas, and they have, indeed, changed my life! My story is surely one that claims joy comes from suffering. A story many need to embrace in the times in which we live. However, far greater than the Sweeteas was this" intimate love relationship" that I found in Christ through this journey.
Through some very painful lessons and needing him more than breath, I found that his greatest desire for us is to "know "Him and "love "Him. Caught up in busyness and service, I missed his greatest gift of all, His presence and His love. A love He says transcends all understanding. I believe that it is by no accident that we have this longing to be loved wholly and unconditionally and even deeply. I imagine Him placing a piece of His heart in the depths of ours, so we would always long for Him, and upon reuniting, we find the love for which our heart was designed. It is the greatest love story of all. He comes in on the white horse, He draws you close to His heart, and His presence fills you with all-consuming love. My story is "He Gave Me Pearls," and I pray these pearls will set you free!
Uprooted from the 1960s tenements of Glasgow's tough Castlemilk, an 11-year-old Scots girl finds herself a stranger in an English village school. Befriended by the solitary son of a gamekeeper, her streetwise confidence soon complements his quiet country craft. Together they ride a rural rollercoaster of seasonal fun, seemingly raising the village ghosts on Halloween, running the gauntlet of local landowners and school bullies who dispute their stamping ground, and defying catastrophe when a runaway cart endangers Pearl's accession as village May Queen. The stories conjure the jeopardy of childhood, and the recurring insider-outsider conflict. Their constant theme is one of innocent loyalty and unselfishness, set against a social backdrop of the simple life of village folk. As Pearl succeeds in gaining acceptance, there grows a concomitant threat to her relationship with Dean, and the hint of a budding love story.
Pearls in the Shell is an insiders account of the author's time spent as part of the OCCUPY movement in Amsterdam, Holland. Poetic, playful, ponderous, and spiritual, this story incorporates the day to day life of squatting in the OCCUPY building with philosophical explorations of how our system works and why? The Shell building was a derelict laboratory built by the Shell oil company in the first half of the 20th century, situated in Amsterdam-Noord, behind the Centraal railway station. Many incredible events were to be held by the walls of the 'Great Laboratory', before it was forcibly vacated by the police on the 27th January 2012, some 3 and a half months after it had been squatted. This is an exploration of the events leading to the collapse of the OCCUPY movement, in attempts to bring honour and understanding to this great moment in history.
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