{12 Pearls of Christmas} Julie Lessman

Welcome to the 12 Pearls of Christmas blog series!

Merry Christmas from the Pearl Girls™!

We hope you enjoy these Christmas “Pearls of Wisdom” from the authors who kindly donated their time and talents!

We’re also giving away a pearl necklace in celebration of the holidays, as well as some items (books, a gift pack, music CDs) from the contributors!  

You can Enter now on Facebook or at the Pearl Girls blog.  

The winner will be announced on January 2, 2013 at the Pearl Girls blog.

If you are unfamiliar with Pearl Girls™, please visit www.pearlgirls.info and see what we’re all about.  We exist to support the work of charities that help women and children in the US and around the globe. 

Please consider purchasing a copy of Mother of Pearl, Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace or one of the Pearl Girls products (all GREAT gifts!) to help the support Pearl Girls.

And now for today's contributing writer....

When God Wraps a Present . . .
By Julie Lessman

We’ve all heard the adage “it’s better to give than receive,” but never have I agreed more than the year I was engaged to the love of my life.

It was truly a Christmas to remember—spiced egg nog and snickerdoodles and shimmering presents unwrapped in a circle of love. Of course, we all ooohed and ahhhed over each gift opened, one at a time, reveling in the glow of excitement for giver and recipient alike.

And then it was my turn. Everyone waited while I tore into a small box, anticipation fairly shimmering in my fiancé's eyes.

“Do you like it?” he asked, grinning like a little boy when I unearthed a very pretty silver watch.

No. “It’s beautiful,” I said with a shaky giggle, slipping it on and holding it up for everyone to admire. I quickly gave him a sweet kiss on the lips. “Thank you so much, babe—what a perfect gift!”

Perfectly awful, that is. You see, when you are a twenty-eight-year-old Type A career woman who is very set in her ways, there are just some things you have to buy for herself—books, costume jewelry, purses … a watch.

All right, yes, I’ll admit it—“high maintenance” is my middle name because heaven knows I’m one of the most particular people on the planet, especially when it comes to watches. They have to be digital, waterproof, have a day and date window, an alarm, chronograph, second hand, both silver and gold metal to wear with either silver or gold jewelry, stretch band skinny enough to fit my wrist . . . and a GPS. Okay, I’m pulling your watch chain on the last one, but you get the picture—NOT easy to find, especially with numbers big enough for someone blind as a bat.

So, yes, I faked it, of course, thanking my soon-to-be husband for the “prettiest watch I had ever owned,” because it was—I just didn’t like it. But did I “fake it” with God? Uh, no. I went straight to His throne in prayer and begged Him to help me love this watch because the man I loved gave it to me and I just flat-out didn’t want to hurt his feelings. I even went so far as to write the prayer request on a piece of paper and put it in my Bible so I could “wrap” it in prayer every single day, which I did.

Until the fateful moment years later when my husband used my Bible one day and found the note.

“You don’t like your watch??” he says, confronting me with hurt in his tone while his eyes flicked to the pretty watch on my wrist.

“What are you talking about?” I asked, somewhat confused.

He held up the note. “You told God you hated it in this note I found in your Bible.”

Uh-oh . . . BUSTED!

“Oh, babe,” I said with my brightest smile and a quick kiss on the lips. “That was then and this is now. It’s perfect for me, just like you, and I absolutely love it.

And you know what? I did!!

Award-winning author of “The Daughters of Boston” and “Winds of Change” series, Julie Lessman was ACFW’s 2009 Debut Author of the Year and voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards. Winner of 14 RWA awards, she also appeared on Booklist’s 2010 list for Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and has just released her 7th novel, A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story. 

You can contact Julie at her website, on Facebook, on Twitter at @julielessman, or read excerpts of her favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each of her books at http://www.julielessman.com/excerpts/.

Disclosure:  This is not a compensated post.  This blog series is provided by Litfuse Publicity.  The giveaway is being hosted by the Pearl Girls and is not associated with this blog.
11 comments on "{12 Pearls of Christmas} Julie Lessman"
  1. I've never heard of this. What a wonderful story!

  2. What a cute story about the watch. I have gotten many gifts I hate from my husband. The last was a hideous purse with big ole flowers all over it in multiple colors. Omg it's embarrassing. But I carried it, and I pretended. Nothing wrong with that

  3. Julie sounds like a wonderful woman. Thanks for telling me all these interesting things about her and the Pearls of Wisdom

  4. I am so glad you were able to turn the hurt in his eyes into a smile--and yes--certain items you are sure you don't like turn out to be the perfect thing just because of who gave it to you!! I am going to go check out Pearls of Wisdom--they
    sound like a great place!

  5. That is such a sweet story! I just love it. We have had things like that in our own marriage. I didn't like it at the time, but thought, "it's from him. I'll do my best" and over the many long years I have grown to love many things. Somethings...no..I don't think I ever will; but I'm trying.

  6. Cute story....what girl doesn't love pearls.

  7. AWWW cute story! Its funny she only told God :) I think our family would understand too if we told them, but we get scared they will be hurt. That just shows we really care about them :)

  8. SHELLY!!

    Isn't this a GREAT series by Pearl Girls??? Thanks for sharing on your blog and here's to a happy, healthy and holy holiday season!!


  9. Thanks for sharing that one Julie! I guess we have all had a few of those but the essence of it is the unwillingness to hurt someone we love. My husband once gave me pears and altho they aren't the "real" thing I cherish them.

  10. This is such a cool story! I think we have all been there and faked liking something.


Thanks for dropping by my attic! I love comments! Please keep them family-friendly. By leaving a comment you are consenting to your email being collected for communication purposes only.