My sentimental journey

An ordinary girl's walk with an extraordinary God.

Blemish Free

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Not long ago while shopping at a thrift store with our oldest son Derek I stumbled upon  the perfect “me time” accessory… a brand new  inflatable heart shaped bath pillow, bright red terry cloth, scalloped edges complete with a half off price tag… score !!!  My sore muscles wildly cheering me on, hoping for some TLC to soothe them due to over zealousness on my part.

Finally, the long awaited moment arrived, pillow inflated, bath drawn, and an older  issue of Country Living magazine to leisurely peruse through while unwinding. This particular beloved addition had already helped me on my journey of relaxation a time or two before.  It’s warped, well worn pages to prove it.  Perhaps the fact that the magazine has been previously around the block a time or two  has caused a less then peaked interest, liken to when my eyes beheld its’ fresh sleek attractive pages for the first time. Surprisingly, what caught my attention this time around was an acne treatment advertisement. Not that it had beautiful inviting photos wooing me, or a need to purchase this product, for I already had several options in my arsenal of beauty treatments.  Immediately captivating me was it’s  boldly printed words within the layout.. the first word was Renew then  Revitalize followed by Repair and lastly my personal favorite Rejoice.  Who knew there was a sermon in an ad ready to sooth my aching soul with a promise.

Our God who is without blemish, promises to Renew,  ridding us of the old making way for lives pulsating with vitality.  A hope that Revitalizes us, as it heals up our inner wounds alleviating emotional obstacles that impede our lives. Thus, bringing His light into every dark area of our heart, mind, soul and body.  Repairing our broken lives from gathered truth gleaned at the foot of the cross, bountiful promises of His covenant unveiled amidst an  empty tomb. Jesus, the lamb of God, who sits upon the throne, interceding for us daily, moment by moment. Forever we breathe and exist under His watchful care, His faithful guarantee.  An elaborate presentation of redemption and grace; given freely, offered without price and yet priceless!  We stand before God, wounded, flawed, stained, and imperfect. While He looks upon us as His beloved bride, veiled in mercy, clothed in His righteousness; a perfect picture of His glorious handiwork.  Who would’ve thought that such a wonderful revelation of truth would leap out from a blemish advertisement. While exhausted muscles celebrated, so did my drained soul as it was filled up right along with the drawn bath water.

Lord… Thank you that you have so many ways to speak to your children whether it be in a sunset,  rainbow, a warm hug, or even an ad in a worn magzine.  May we hear you, mindful of your still small voice, and with every  breath we take inhaling the fragrance of Christ. While every exhale we release your glory. We Rejoice that our sins are forgiven through you…knowing  in Christ we always have a blemish free guarantee. 

Author: Lisa Thompson Jennings

Hello my name is Lisa,.it would be so delightful to sit down with you swapping life's stories..Reveling in God's goodness,sharing our battles won and those we still are fighting. Finding sacred ground together in heartbreak, redemption , forgiven and blessed hope that promises not to disappoint us. A little about me ... I love God with all my heart stumbling along the way as I do , I talk a lot but still covet listening, Laughter and being creative are not options for my soul would wither with the lack of them. My husband Kevin and I have been married for 27 years and blessed with two boys Derek 22 and Trent 19. It's been 22 years since I worked outside of the home some of those twenty-one years were spent homeschooling, coupon clipping and keeper of the Jennings household. Counting it pure joy to watch our amazing boys turn into outstanding young men.While this earthen vessel laden with cracks and flaws by God's intentional grace and renewed strength made it through. A touch of God's redemption from past misfortunes that included surviving sexual abuse, a failed first marriage, eating disorder, panic attacks, intense gripping fear and crushing low self esteem. Drawn to a God that can right wrongs, bring beauty where ashes once laid ,all the while lovingly speaking His worth and value into weary, parched souls. So that we can not only survive as victims but thrive as a people walking in glorious victory, blazing a trail of freedom for anyone held in chains of injustices, personal failure or loss. So thankful God is all about new beginnings, fresh starts and slates wiped clean.. our past misfortunes merely spring boards of new found hope and deep abounding joy ... it's a privilege to be a fellow sojourner in this path to greater wholeness and liberation. Charles Dickens writes "Reflect on your present blessings every man has many, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some". Celebrating present and future Heavenly blessings with you

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