A Sad & Ugly Truth Turned Beautiful-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and thanks for joining me today. For those of you joining me for the first time, we are sort of in the middle of a true story, if you will, about a revelation of a truth that I learned from an opportunity to speak to wonderful group of women. For those of you returning with me to this story, I don’t know if you noticed that I changed the title or not, but as I’ve been writing this series, I’ve realized that this truth that was once ugly and sad has become beautiful and a powerful tool for me, offering me strength in the ministry as I yearn to encourage others. Grab your coffee and come on in. 🙂

So I’ll go back to the beginning of the story for just a bit. I walked into the country club and several new friends greeted me with enthusiasm. I got myself situated. There was excitement in the air, and the room was filling up. I looked around and saw little trunks with floral arrangements in them and little signs poking out from the flowers that represented the junk we tend to carry in our trunks. 🙂 I was so touched that they had coordinated that in keeping with our ministry’s theme of unpacking the junk from our trunk. 🙂

I put my purse down on my chair and then off to the right of where I was going to be sitting, I saw another new friend talking with a woman who was there selling something so I made my way over to give my friend a hug and take a peek at what she was selling. Well, lo and behold, the woman behind the table was selling this fabulous lipstick that stays on your lips for eight hours. I listened as she explained all the benefits of the lip color to my friend, and when she said it was made with all natural ingredients, she sucked me right in! 🙂  Everyone loves organic anything, right? I could so go off on another trail right now, but I won’t. Focus. Focus. Focus. 🙂

I’ve always wanted more lips but have seen nightmare results from women who get them artificially inseminated, if you will, and when I look at them, all I see is lips. 🙂 Well, the last thing I want to look is artificial but if I could enhance my little lips, well then . . .

Anyway, when she told me the price, I didn’t flinch, outwardly, that is. 🙂 But I did justify it to myself as a “have-to” for speaking. I had recently seen myself on YouTube and was amazed at how pale I looked and the fact that I appeared lipless didn’t escape my attention either! Now all of this really does have something to do with the ugly truth I learned that has since turned beautiful, so stay with me.

She picked a couple of colors, a bit too bright, so she picked another one and I tried it on my hand, liked it, bought it, and the lip gloss too. After all, shiny is better, right? She gave me a little wipe and told me to be sure and clean my lips and then she explained how to paint them; that I was to not go back and forth and back and forth, but take the little lip wand and with one mini-sweeping motion, paint the bottom and then the top, and then come back and do it again. She made it sound so easy. Off I went to put my new lips on.

As I stood in front of the mirror, I told myself it was like coloring within the lines. The only problem was this wasn’t paper; this was my lips and I was due to speak in a few minutes. 🙂 I didn’t dare go outside the lines lest I look like one of those women who had bought some lips! 🙂

The butterflies in my tummy were really spreading their wings, so I put only one coat on, applied the gloss and I hurried out of the ladies’ room so I could mingle with a few of the women before the luncheon began.

As I was talking with the Chairperson of the association, I realized I had forgotten my prop, which also happened to represent the theme of my talk. Sweat began to trickle down my back. Dog gone it! Stay calm, I told myself.

I waited for her to finish what she was saying and then I quickly explained I had forgotten my prop and that I had to run out to the car and get it. “Okay. You run and go get it and then I’ll start.” So I did. I literally ran, dress, heels and all, both to the car and back and when I reached the door, I heard her on the microphone. She hadn’t waited!

Join me tomorrow for what I hope will be the conclusion to this fun story!

Brightly smiling,

Evinda

 

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5 Responses to “A Sad & Ugly Truth Turned Beautiful-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

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    People have their own agenda even when they say that yours is important to them. Amazing how quickly the response is from man to say, “Aw yes and amen,” and then go off on their own direction. God says what He means and means what He says and follows through until it is complete perfectly. That’s what Christians count on, His Word not mans.

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    blessings,
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