Encapsulated and protected by His grace I grow. Just a bead of sand strengthened by the power of time.
At the deepest depths of the ocean, in the darkest places on this planet, like a pearl being layered with nacre, I grow stronger still.
The pressures of my world beating down on me, protected within my lair, not shaken by my circumstances; I grow stronger still.
I am safe and protected. In the stillness I find my strength and in the light I live. I grow stronger still.
The vastness of God’s presence penetrates the darkness of the abyss where I wait for freedom. I grow stronger still.
God, you choose to give me your life. Just a bead of sand layered by your love, crafted into a rare pearl.
A true gem is very rare and uniquely crafted. It’s in the secret places of my soul that God makes me beautiful in his layers of grace. I’m not just one pearl, but a strand bound together by His love. I’m strong, I’m capable, I’m unrivaled.
Yet… I grow stronger still
My name is Danielle Smith! I am married to an incredible man Scott Smith, who is also my best friend. I have two incredible children, for which I feel I am truly blessed. I love to laugh and spend time with my family and friends. I hope to make you laugh a time or two while reading my articles!
Jackie Tinkler is the Co-Founder and Ministry Development Director of Something More and lives in Birmingham, Alabama. She has been ministering to women for 20 years as a Women’s Ministry Director, Counselor and Producer. She is co-writing a Women’s Small Group Study Something Beautiful and when not leading women to freedom can be found worshipping at her home church, Church of the Highlands, home styling for friends, on the hiking trail with her husband, Jim and their chocolate lab, Nelson, talking with their adult daughter Lauren or sitting in the balcony at the Alabama Theatre.