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.”