Down through the centuries there have been many precious elements in this world that we have heard tales spoken of.

  • King Midas and his thirst for gold comes to mind.
  • At times they have been used for their monetary power.
  • The status of gold, silver, and precious GEMS often has been alluring to men and women down through the ages.

All GEMS wether precious or semi precious are found disguised by the common things of earth.

  • They are crystals.
  • Most, before their inner beauty is revealed look like rocks: ie diamonds, rubies, and emeralds.
  • Sapphires are found in the sediment surrounding rocks.
  • Pressure is the key to forming the beautiful GEMS we all admire.

Real rubies and emeralds will have a flaw or flaws in them called inclusions. 

  • An emerald that doesn’t have a flaw in it is considered to be of lesser value.
  • An inclusion also is the cause of the star shape that is seen inside a ruby or sapphire.

Diamonds are the hardest element known to man.

  • They are carbon and are formed in the deepest parts of earth.
  • When cut properly, a diamond will shine brilliantly and maximize the light within through it’s facets.
  • Traditionally diamonds are the “go-to” choice for engagement and wedding rings.

My husband and myself were high school sweethearts.

  • We laugh at ourselves about being sixteen and seventeen years old and putting a set of wedding rings in lay-a-way.
  • We regularly went into the jewelry store to look at “our rings” and sometimes upgraded to another set.
  • It’s a wonder that the owners had so much patience with this “pair of kids,” but they did.
  • Two years later the engagement ring was paid for, and in another year the wedding ring.

We all at one time or another have passed by a jewelry store and stopped to admire the valuable items on display.

  • A skilled artisan makes numerous beautiful items of jewelry that brings enjoyment to the eye.
  • Perhaps you have looked at a specific piece of jewelry and eventually decided to purchase it.
  • Ladies, we must all confess to a certain amount of personal pleasure in wearing a beautiful piece of jewelry, set with precious GEMS.

For each one of us there are principles and applications to our individual lives seen in the works of nature.

  • A GEM must be cut, shaped and polished by a master workman, to reveal the beauty within.
  • It takes much time, external forces and patience to create a precious GEM.
  • How true that is of our personal lives also.
  • The Master molds, cuts and refines us to be of valuable use to Him.
  • Always keep in mind, others are touched by the way we live our lives and respond to the circumstances we experience.

There are the well known; along with the lives of those who are never in the spotlight that teach many lessons about being a beautiful GEM.

  • Where they are today is due to the “cards they were dealt” in life.
  • Struggles, experiences, broken hearts, pain, loss are all some of the pressures that many times are designed to erode the core of selfishness; which we all have.

The truths we practice in life display to the world who we are and what we believe.

  • There are so many adages to apply to this post.
  • Do I see the rose or the thorns?
  • Do I make lemonade when life deals me lemons?
  • Do I see the forest or the trees?
  • Am I looking at just this moment or do I have the bigger picture?


“When we long for life without difficulties,

remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds

and diamonds are made under pressure.”

–Peter Marshall

Life's Journey, Poems/Songs

The Rose


…….February 7, 2015


 Some say love, it is a river

That drowns the tender reed.

Some say love, it is a razor

That leaves your soul to bleed.

Some say love, it is a hunger,

An endless aching need.

I say love, it is a flower,

And YOU its only seed.


It’s the heart afraid of breaking

That never learns to dance.

It’s the dream afraid of waking

That never takes the chance.

It’s the one who won’t be taken,

Who cannot seem to give,

And the soul afraid of dyin’

That never learns to live.


When the night has been too lonely

And the road has been too long,

And you think that love is only

For the lucky and the strong,

Just remember in the winter

Far beneath the bitter snows

Lies the seed that with the sun’s love



Above all the months of the year, February is the month of love.

  • Because of February’s theme some people choose to get engaged or married during this month.
  • Many times the fourteenth becomes their special date.
  • February celebrates our personal valentines with cards and gifts.
  • This time of year has romance, hearts, flowers (especially Roses), candy and lovely songs that speak to us of love.

I would venture to guess that Roses are the number one favorite flower of a large percentage of people in this world.

  • Their beauty, variety and form is unsurpassed.
  • One of the most expensive perfumes in the world “Joy” comes from lavender roses.

Roses are not easy to raise. It takes attention and care to establish a young Rose bush. 

  • You can’t just plop them in the ground anywhere.
  • They need a specific spot, the correct soil, the right amount of light and water.
  • The most surprising thing to me was how deep and big of a hole has to be dug before you can plant a new Rose bush.
  • As the roots become established it is then time to be alert to pests.
  • They like to hide on the underside of the leaves to do their damage.
  • If ignored, the plant can easily die; especially a young one.

The best time to cut Roses is when the bud is fully developed, but not quite yet in full bloom.

  • That’s when all the preparation pays off and for a few days we enjoy the form, color and sweet scent of a Rose.
  • If you choose not to cut the blooms for your pleasure then you must remove the dead blooms.
  • A Rose will produce more if new or old blooms are continually removed.

Finally, when their growing and blooming season is over they need to be pruned. 

  • This can be difficult to do but is a necessary process to ensure a healthy future.
  • You must trim back the older branches; sometimes quite severely.
  • This encourages a stronger plant and even more blooming during it’s next cycle of life.
  • Although it’s beauty is now hidden the Rose will bloom again.

The song “The Rose” is a thoughtful song, not necessarily about romantic love.

  • The message of this song is about life and how we decide to live it.
  • It’s about choices and living our lives from the inside out.
  • It’s about taking a chance and putting yourself out there.
  • It’s about our dreams and disappointments.
  • It’s about being broken, but getting back up and starting again.
  • It’s message is about life, death and rebirth.

As you have read the past few words, I trust you will think about what has been said. Note the parallels of “The Rose” that apply to your life and faith. We can all take comfort in knowing that after winter has spent itself…….“The Rose” will bloom again.

“Remember, anyone can love a rose,

but it takes a great heart to include the thorns.”



**Composed: by Amanda McBroom, 1977 – – Sung by Bette Midler