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12 Pearls of Christmas | Day 7 - When God Wraps a Present . . . by Julie Lessman

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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!!
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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/.

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