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

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and thank you for joining me today for what I think is the conclusion to this series about a truth that at first light was ugly and sad for me, but now is a light on the upward road. Grab your coffee and come on in. I was just about to re-enter with my prop. 🙂

I paused for just a couple of seconds and then walked in to the room full of women – there were about 80 — but there was no way I was gonna go unnoticed; huh-uh, especially considering I was supposed to be sitting in the front and not only that, but I had an adorable chick-decorated broom I was toting behind me! 🙂 So, as the giggles started, I ducked down in front of the Chairperson who was speaking into the microphone and put my broom in the corner and sat down. The Chairperson made a couple more announcements, and a very kind remark about me and the “unpacking the junk” theme that they had decorated with. 🙂

Then it came time for the special music. (They always invite a guest singer every luncheon.) So I got comfy in my chair and prepared to listen to the music. Just two seats to the right of me was the lipstick lady, with big, red lips, I might add, and suddenly I saw her get up and reach for a microphone. She was our singer? I was so surprised. I don’t know what surprised me more; who got up and sang or what she sang. Three lines into the song, I was busting up and so was everyone around me. Now the crazy thing about that is I had been praying for laughter for this event for the last couple of weeks. I had no idea it was going to come through someone else. But here’s the real kicker: What she was singing about was women in menopause! Talk about Divine appointment! 🙂

By the time she finished her song and I had been introduced the butterflies in my tummy had brought their wings in quite a bit and I had actually relaxed a little bit. Laughter is so good for so many things. 🙂 As I began to share The Top 10 Signs of Menopause and their solutions, with my broom, giggles turned into laughter and I was having a great time. Their laughter was my true reward.

When I finished, I happily and humbly returned to my seat, walking to the beat of their applause, which actually is hard for me. I always want any applause and focus to go upward, and yet this was a different setting. So the luncheon continued. The food was good and the fellowship sweet. Gone were the concerns and the fears of weeks earlier, and I smiled inside as I realized that He had come through yet again concerning what had concerned me.

As the luncheon came to a close with prayer, I went to my book-signing table and waited, and waited and waited. But do you know who didn’t have to wait for anyone to flock to her table? That’s right; you guessed it: The lipstick lady! I watched in amazement as many of the women crowded around her table. Part of me was really, truly happy for her, that she was being so blessed with so many sales. The other part, the spiritual part and the fleshy part, too, was saddened by the reality that the need, the desire for exterior beauty often is greater than “A Cup of Encouragement for the Day.”

Please don’t get me wrong; I am in no way trying to paint myself as a victim and I am not looking for anyone’s pity — I actually did sell and sign a few books — but now I realize that I was there for more than that. I was there to learn what, at first, was an ugly truth for me, and now, the truth has set me free. See, He didn’t promise me that this journey of writing and encouraging others through writing and speaking was going to be easy. In fact, He continues to remind me that this territory is not for the weak and not for a quitter.

The truth is that no one is lining up to be encouraged. It’s not something people really go in search of like they do love, or things that make them beautiful on the outside. And yet, the need for encouragement is so great. That’s the beauty of the truth and the truth within the truth has empowered me with a determination that I will not give up on the assignment He is leading me to and through.

Thanks so much for allowing me to share my own transformation from an ugly truth turned beautiful.




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

  1. Clarine says:

    Very cool stuff. Do you ever do any guest posting on other blogs?

  2. Lesley says:

    Just out of curiosity, what’s your experience in the field like? I searched around the site and couldn’t find a bio or anything. Either way, thanks for the post!

  3. would love to! e-mail me more info, evinda@chicklitpower.com


  4. Thank you for your interest!
    Check out the Meet Evinda page 🙂


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