10 Oct

Do you like jewelry? I love it. Most of my jewelry is of the “on sale” or discount fashion type of affordable jewelry, but no matter…I think it is fun to wear jewelry in general. Today for instance, I was running to a local market and then to the bank and off to finish a few more errands and it was chilly outside, so I wore jeans and a flannel plaid shirt –warm enough to not wear a jacket. But I wore jewelry! I had on earrings, a bracelet and 4 rings. Of all the jewelry, the price of a couple pieces was around $20 each. The rings, though had a bigger price because they had sentiment behind them. They were my engagement and wedding rings and another ring I wore used to belong to my mother and I usually wear it along side a little gold band–much like the rings on my other hand.

Wearing my mom’s jewelry is sentimental and touching to my heart. I feel the same for my wedding rings. Not surprisingly, the little bracelet and earrings I wore did not give me that same sentiment. Oh, I loved wearing them, but not in the same way as the other pieces.

There are portions of the Bible that speak against “adornment.”

1 Timothy 2:9

” …likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire.”

1 Peter 3:4

“… but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”

I have heard those Biblical sentiments before.

I believe they are warnings, not laws.

God would have my heart be my gem, my spirit be my jewel so I do not get too caught up in gathering, collecting, hoarding and cherishing gold and silver above my love for God.

Teach me O God, to always cherish the symbolism behind the rings I wear, but also remind me to put you first in all things.

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