I am a visual learner. I believe that’s one of the reasons that the parables in the Bible help me make sense of what Jesus wanted His followers to see. As with most of us, we tend to view God’s Word through our own life looking glasses – and as a blended-family mom, that is how I want you to view today’s Blended Mom Moment. Matthew 13:44-46 is the parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl. It says, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” In Matthew Henry’s Study Bible, he says, “Jesus is the true Treasure – the Pearl of great price. In Him there is an abundance of all that which is rich and useful. He that has found this treasure hides it, which denotes a holy jealousy, lest Satan come between us and it. Those who would have a saving interest in Christ must be willing to part with all for him – leave all to follow Him. Of course, the Bible and Matthew Henry are talking about our pursuit of God – the gospel. We hopefully will realize the magnificent value of Christ and gladly give everything up to have the redemption and salvation that only comes through Christ, God’s Son. When is the last time you exhausted your everything for something of great value? This life is so short and yet we seem to chase everything around us except for the things that will benefit us the greatest – such as our relationship with Christ and our husbands and families. Do you find yourself walking around with your fists clenched tightly? I challenge you today to sit for just a time and open your hands, palms up, in an act of giving all you have and all you are to God. That includes your spouse and your family, home and friends, work and possessions. Christ is the priceless treasure that you should be willing to ‘go sell all’ and claim and cling to and cherish. Your blended family is another priceless treasure that you have the opportunity to ‘go sell all’ for. The biggest problem with blended families is that usually both husband and wife go into the marriage with a ‘wait and see’ attitude. They hope it works…but they have already allowed an ‘escape clause’. When Dan and I married, we updated our wills. We each left everything to each other – in the hopes that we would take care of the other’s children. That was so hard!!!! But knowing what a precious treasure is – I gave up everything to truly have a marriage that was built on the trust of God. Open your fist – go all in – you have the opportunity of a lifetime to possess treasure that will continue to grow in beauty and strength and value.