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Bedazzled Friends

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True confessions .. I’m a bling girl, yes that’s right, admiring shinny, glittery, sparkling things just like a pack rat. Drawn to them like a moth attracted to a flame. Oohing and aahing their sparkle and gleam. No need for the real McCoy, let the imitations shine on!  What joy would be mine if I were to be the proud owner of a  BeDazzler, the official rhinestone setter of all things glitzy. I could “Be Dazzle” almost anything… my  dear friend owned one of these marvels,  however,lamentably was  cut short by her unamused husband hiding this man made wonder machine. Woefully being charged guilty of excessive bedazzlement. How could you not?  The ad lures you with the promise… “it’s easy, It’s fun and it’s fabulous” !  A Win, Win, and can we all say a rousing Win!

Recently, the Bedazzler has been on my mind, triggered by my friend Jen’s roller skating event at Oaks Park amusement center. My husband and I had the joy of watching her perform, all of us hoping that she would earn a spot to compete at Nationals. Oaks Park holds a special place in my heart , brimming with family history.  In 1948 the Vanport flood which caused the roller rink to be  submerged under water for 30 days.  Afterwards, it prompted the owners to rebuild the rink on pontoons.  They design was created to have a detachable floating wooden skate rink floor in case of flooding, of which  my grandfather helped build.

While in the 1950’s my mom and her sister Donna performed elaborate skating shows. Their photos still line the wall above the skate rental shop.

Gazing at these nostalgic pictures rekindled sweet memories of my mother and years gone by. While waiting for Jeni to skate we seized a few Kodak moments. Jen’s next routine would be to the music “Stomp” an upbeat lively number using drumsticks as her prop. Wearing an adorable outfit she  designed in true Bedazzlement fashion; the outfit dotted liberally with rhinestones. What a perfect addition to make her shine on the rink’s wooden floor… as if her performance and smile were not enough.

I’m brought to deep thoughts on the magical bedazzler, just as it  can add sparkle and life to an otherwise ordinary piece fabric, so to, deep spirited friends add  the sparkle we need to the fabric of our lives.

The dictionary’s description of bedazzled is to “impress forcefully, especially so to make oblivious to faults or shortcomings”. Heartfelt friends applaud your positive attributes  while  graciously loving you regardless of your faults and  shortcomings. Thus, giving you a desire to rise higher, empowering you to assess some personal areas that  need attention and growth. Your spirit embellished with love and jewels of grace, visibly glowing treasures from your divine friendship.

Biblically, stones have been known to represent truth, used as boundaries marked off by stones.  Also used as witnesses to God’s loving faithfulness when Jacob set up a pillar in  Gen. 28:22; 35:14.  Aaron’s priestly ephod and breastplate were bedazzled with precious stones, holy truths glistening God’s love, set in stone for his people.

HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR LIFE FROM DULL TO DAZZLING?  Get to know the heart of God for  you.. reading His life giving words of love and through the lives of true, deep spirited friends. Captivating you with their ability to add sparkle and shine to your world.  If you don’t have friends like that yet, I pray that God will send you one as quickly as you can say… BeDazzle.

Lord, help me be a friend to others as I would like for myself. Thank you that friends are a gift from you and your word says: “when you give a gift you add no sorrow to it”.  We rejoice today in your love and the love of our friends whether from the past, present, or future.

“If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give”.

George MacDonald

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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

2 thoughts on “Bedazzled Friends

  1. “Lord, help me be a friend to others as I would like for myself.”……..I love this! Wow, what a statement!

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