Okay, enough of that. Let's move on.
Last week I whined about dresses, weight, and dressing room mirrors. Thank you for indulging me. Anita's supportive words helped me gain a more realistic perspective. (Anita stopped by David's Daughter to leave her positive comment. I love comments!)
Since the whiny post, I've been chipping at the bit, as Mama used to say, to tell you my good news! A couple of days after posting that, Tom went shopping with me for a new dress. This time we shopped somewhere new, not our usual department store. (Does God ever urge you our of your comfort zone?) I tried to remember Anita's encouragement. Then I asked God for wisdom, and favor finding the right dress for my figure and our finances.
If that isn't a tall enough order, one of the occasions for the dress is my school's annual auction, a luau. At staff meeting last week, a new colleague asked for clarification on appropriate attire. A cocktail dress with flowers. My brain almost switched to IMPOSSIBLE! mode. Almost, but not quite.
Lately, God's been showing out, alot! And just to make sure I didn't forget, He tucked this verse into my quiet time reading the morning before Tom and I went shopping: "We have courage in God's presence, because we are sure that he hears us if we ask him for anything that is according to his will." (I John 5:14 GNT)
Newsflash, I am vain! But here's my defense. God probably wants His children to feel good about themselves. Who would want to follow Jesus if all His followers mumbled and stumbled through life feeling badly about how they looked? The world can't see the glow on our faces if our heads are hung down.
Dear Reader, if you haven't been in the glorious in-between of hope and amazement, hoping God will answer your prayer and a little amazed when He does, I pray you will be soon. Hope keeps us relying on His grace, and amazement seems to birth authentic praise.
And how about this? Do something soon that makes you feel good about yourself. It's okay; I know you won't break the bank. I promise, the economy won't reel out of control and God won't be mad at you. Maybe He's actually looking for a new way to bless you. Go ahead, let God put a smile on His face and on yours!
Come with me to visit Crystal and Kelly this week at their link-ups.