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A Charmed Life

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As a child I was fascinated with my mom’s charm bracelet nestled in her jewelry box like a hidden treasure. Removing it from the hinged leather case I marveled at its’ intricacies. For swinging from this silver chain were mom’s youthful memories, a cowboy boot, a ladder, a purse and my personal favorite, a small metal disk imprinted with what appeared to be some random letters. However, when spun with a flick of my finger it would magically spell “I LOVE YOU” as it twirled.

Now, as an adult I can look back and see why my love for charm bracelets has never waned. To this day I still collect my share of these beloved bobbles .

One particular charm bracelet that would turn out to be my most cherished is the one that was birthed on our first trip to Disneyland with our children. Drawn into the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique just behind Sleeping Beauty’s castle, excitedly finding my souvenir keepsake charm bracelet.Although it was not the same store it recaptured  sweet memories of a  beloved charm bracelet  I had bought on my first trip to Disneyland in 1968

This bracelet was not clad with Dumbo or Cinderella’s castle in between a string of pearls like my childhood one. Rather, it was merely a sturdy chain with one Mickey Mouse head of sparkling rhinestones positioned at the top by the clasp. Each bare link beckoning me to add my own merriment over time. During this vacation I added Tinkerbell, a crown and another Mickey Mouse head with some bling just to balance it out … you can never go wrong with a little extra bling.

Once back home this sweet little trinket lay in my jewelry box for three years, while occasionally adorning my wrist from time to time. Still the full worth of it to me was hidden in plain view. Soon all that was about to change, because of our next upcoming Disneyland trip was going to jettison this bracelet into a far a greater level of importance to me. This journey was going to bring a deeper level of inner healing and release greater personal freedom.

Three days prior to leaving for the Happiest Place on Earth, revelation unveiled a heartbreaking and painful discovery from my past. Knowing this news was no surprise to God and reminding myself that He makes all things beautiful in His time… I knew this vacation was a gift from my Heavenly Father. Going forward, any new additional charms I had intended to purchase would be added to a bracelet that symbolized milestones in my healing journey.

Charms, these tiny representations symbolizing obstacles I have overcome and ones to overcome in the days and years ahead. These “wee” personal reminders dangle upon my wrist declaring the mighty and merciful goodness of God. Twenty Four charms attached to this silver chain in the six years since I started this particular collection. Each fastened charm, a battle fought, a victory won, a hallelujah sung in the heavens’. My harried soul comforted with the truth and promise of God’s healing.

Someday my bracelet will be completely full, each charm brimming with a story to tell of where and how God met me. I will never tire of sharing how all together lovely and delightful God is!. He is perfectly charming and I have a bracelet to prove it!

Charm means…..”delight greatly”
“The power or quality to giving delight or arousing admiration.”

“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalms 37:4

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

7 thoughts on “A Charmed Life

  1. When my twin uncles were just learning to talk, my mom and aunt taught them to take the hand of any visitor, kiss it and say, “Charmed, I’m sure.” A kiss to your hand…I am charmed with your precious story of God’s redemption! Thank you, once again, for willingly expressing your bejeweled thoughts.

    • Lynn, your so kind . Your friendship was all part of my healing journey .Thank you for pouring into my life your love , commitment and passion to see me and so many others walk in freedom . I feel beyond blessed.. Love you so !

  2. Lisa, I love this post. It reminds me of a charm bracelet I had years ago. I don’t remember what happened with it over time. It was fun to collect small charms as I traveled, to remind me of where I’d been. I love that for you, the charms are spiritual milestones of obstacles you’ve overcome and where God has taken you. If “charm” means “to delight greatly,” then you charm each and every one of us!

    • Lynn, That is so true about traveling and collecting charms ,I did that when we traveled 10 states as a young girl .Thank you so much for commenting on my post . I always enjoy your blog and have admired your writing since the day I first heard it. I’m your biggest fan !!.It’s an honor to call you friend .

  3. Lisa, this is so great. It brought back a sadness of the charm bracelet I had for years that was stolen from our home. The irreplaceable value were all the precious memories attached, that were in turn attached to so many precious people. I remembered some of those memories and people today …

    • Thank you Rita for your kind comment . I’m so sorry your charm bracelet was stolen ! That is so hard when something so precious gets taken from us. It pulls on our heartstrings with its absence. Praying for God to bless and bring His tender comfort to you .Thanks again for taking the time to write and share your story . Blessings and Joy , Lisa

  4. THANKYOU LISA——–Still Working The Software——I’m Trying To Find The Right Site To Have KOOL COMS——Safe and Secure—–John L Knox——-USMC——RANGER——-

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