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A Shot Of Glamour

by Debbie on June 24, 2016

A Shot of Glamour

Vaccine shots! We all need them but most dread them. Vaccine shots help us stay healthy and avoid diseases. I can remember the days of lining up at school, waiting for the school nurse to give the dreaded shot in the arm. I was never one to be afraid of the shots but I have to admit I did let myself get a little anxious over it. I remember observing my schoolmates. Some reacted like it was nothing. Others began crying, displaying pain. While others decided to ditch the line at the last minute and avoid the shot completely. One thing is certain there is nothing glamorous about getting your vaccine shots.

That brings to mind some shots that were not quite as nerve racking as vaccine shots. Glamour shots! I had an opportunity to take some glamour shots and it reminded me of those days of waiting in line with anticipation of what it was going to be like to finally get my shot. I went to a local motel for the appointment and upon entering the “shot” room, I saw several ladies with their hair in rollers. Some of them had freshly applied makeup, while others had no makeup at all.

After scanning the room, I headed toward the back, sat down, and immediately began contemplating how long I might have to wait. At first I was impatient and wanted my turn to arrive, but after a while I sat back and watched. The ladies had arrived with no makeup and most appeared to be having a very bad hair day and then I watched as each one became glamorous before my very eyes. It was amazing how the makeup artist and hairstylist worked their magic. The photographer added to the display of beauty by adorning the women with fancy jewelry and beautiful clothes. Each lady was encouraged to relax and smile. The shots truly did seem painless after all.

I truly enjoyed watching the ladies become glamorous with their fancy hairstyles, sparkling jewelry and beautiful clothes. It was so wonderful to see their beautiful smiles as they took the shots. I was enjoying the show so much that I almost hated when it was my turn. However, at last it was my turn for glamour and I enjoyed every pampering minute of it! Nevertheless, after being enticed by the amazing transformations of these women’s external beauty, I wondered about their internal beauty. What were these ladies facing in their lives and how were they handling it? Did they handle their lives with beautiful hearts?

It caused me to reflect on a scripture in the bible, 1Peter 3:3-5, which infers that our hearts need glamour as well.

1 Peter 3:3-5
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves.

Jesus Christ is able to beautify our hearts. Make a daily appointment with him for a shot of glamour that will transform your heart. Then you will be able to relax and smile when life comes at you with some really hard shots!

Dear Jesus,
Thank you that you are my heart keeper . Thank you that you are able to identify the ugliness in my heart and beautify it when I let you. Help me when life hits me with some shots that I don't expect. Bless me with a beautiful heart so that I can show others how beautiful you really are.
In your name Jesus, I pray, Amen


Thank You For The Cross

by Debbie on October 10, 2009

I really enjoy buying gifts for those I care so much about.  My family and friends never know what they might receive.  Sometimes I come up with a theme and buy several gifts pertaining to that theme.  Then I have fun wrapping each of these gifts and filling a box full for them to open one at at time.  I usually don't buy real expensive gifts when I follow a theme.  That is definitely my favorite way to bless others on a special day of their life.  However, one particular time I was looking for a gift for someone and I could not come up with a theme.  I did feel like I should buy a certain kind of expensive jewelry though.  I kept putting off that purchase because I had no idea what this person would really like.  I knew exactly what name brand of jewelry to buy for them and where to go to purchase this gift but I knew that the selection of the perfect piece of jewelry might be a hard one.  Finally I had no choice but to go shopping for this gift.  I had never been to this particular store before because I knew it would tempt me to buy something for myself.  As I entered the store I was overwhelmed with beautiful, expensive jewelry.  I had very little time so I knew I had to make this purchase rather quickly.  There were so many styles and colors to chose from that I almost felt dizzy.  I asked the sales person for the name brand of jewelry that I was looking for and she took me to that section.  As my eyes scanned the many styles and colors, I noticed one piece of jewelry that seemed to jump out of the showcase.  It was a beautiful cross.  I knew the moment that I saw it my search was over.  I was hesitate to ask the clerk for a price but she explained that everything was on sale that particular week.  Wow, lucky me, I had chosen the sale week.  That made me a little less apprehensive about the purchase.  I knew without a doubt that I had found the perfect gift.  It was a Sorrelli cross necklace.  It was the only one they had and I have to admit I wanted to buy it for myself instead of as a gift.  Unfortunately I knew this was a purchase I must make for a gift instead.  I secretly hoped that one day I could come back and buy one of my own.

So the purchase was made and I wrapped the gift and gave it away.  I was certain that I had chosen the right gift.  Several days later I spoke with the recipient of this cross and she briefly thanked me for it and began discussing other matters.  After the call I realized that she had no idea what Sorrelli jewelry was or how much it cost.  She had no idea what a sacrifice I had made when I purchased that cross.  It made me feel sad until the Lord reminded me of a cross that he had purchased for me that I too had no idea of the cost.  He began to show me that he had paid a high price for me and that he had made the biggest sacrifice of anyone.  He had sacrificed his life!  I immediately realized that the value of that Sorrelli cross was nothing compared to the cross that Jesus bought for me.  It made me realize that I had not thanked him properly for the cross.  I also realized that the cross was valuable and that because that cross had purchased me, then I must be very valuable.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

I realize now how much Jesus wants me to value the cross and value what he purchased on the cross.  Everyday I am reminded to thank him for the cross and to take care of my body because I have no idea the cost that Jesus paid for it.  I can read about it in the gospels but I can never really know the cost and the sacrifice that was made for me.  It made me realize that I must not live as an enemy of the cross but everyday think of the expensive cross that was purchased for me and value it.

For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.  Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame.  Their mind is on earthly things.   Philippians 3:18

I invite you to take more time to value the cross.  Tell Jesus everyday how thankful you are for the cross.  Show him how much you appreciate his sacrifice by valuing your body.  Take care of yourself and don't live as an enemy of the cross.  Only a true friend would buy you such an expensive cross.  Take time each day to take your mind off earthly things and think of the cross and try to realize the expensive price that it cost Jesus.  There is a wonderful song entitled "Once Again" by Matt Redman that is so awesome to help us give thanks for the cross of Christ.  It is available on You Tube.  Take time to thank Jesus for the cross, once again!

Now I am so thankful that the recipient of my gift did not know the value of my purchase.  It gave the Lord an opportunity to bring to my attention that I too had received a very valuable gift that I had no idea of the cost that was paid.  It made me realize that I had not thanked him properly for this gift.  Please join me in thanking Jesus for the cross everyday and valuing what he purchased...your body.


Thank you so much for the cross.  I am so sorry that I never really thanked you properly and that even when I did, I never knew just how much it cost you.  I still don't know just how valuable the cross is but I want to know more and more .  Help me to realize how much it cost you and the sacrifice you made to purchase me.  Help me to value the cross and value my body.  It was bought at a price that I will probably never really know.  I am sorry that you had to pay so much for me through the cross but I am so very thankful for the cross.  Once again, I say..thank you Jesus for the cross and I sincerely mean it.  In Jesus name, Amen.