A few summers ago I walked into a department store and saw the
purse of all purses. Oh, let me tell you, this bag was the mack daddy of
bags! It was the biggest, grandest, most beautiful Coach bag I had ever
seen. I asked the sales associate to unlock it from its case. This bag was
so expensive and grandiose it needed to be put behind glass walls! The
sales associate mentioned that she was told in a Coach training school
that if you were ever lost in the desert, this bag would certainly be all
one would need. I was very impressed (tickled pink, really) and asked
her the question I was avoiding.
"How much is it?" I squeaked.
She told me the price just as my husband, who has a gift for great
timing, approached the counter. He kindly told the woman no thank
you and started to pull me away. Yes, pull, as in drag my body away
from the store with my heels digging into the floor.
"Can you hold the bag for me?" I yelled back. Of course she could.
For weeks all I could think about was that purse. I would go to sleep
and wake up thinking about how amazing this purse would look with
my outfits. I even dreamed about it one night.
One morning I was having my quiet time, and as I was praying I
heard God whisper to my heart. He said, "I don't care if they GIVE you
that purse, you can't have it." Excuse me, God, but did you just tell me
I can't have that purse? That beautiful, amazing, mack daddy purse I
might need if I'm ever stuck in the desert? Yup, He sure did.
The truth was, I didn't see how a purse could be such a big deal
for God, but the more I prayed, the more I understood. My thoughts
had become consumed by that purse. I had been spending more time
obsessing about a simple accessory than I had obsessing about God.
I tell you this story because I want you to know that it's NOT all
about what we wear or don't wear. If your heart's not right, if your
relationship with God is suffering, then no matter what we put on, we
aren't that beautiful.
Friend, our inside and our outside matters. God says so. It's time to
learn how to care for our outside appearance, not in an ostentatious
kind of way, but in a sensible, easy, do-it-yourself manner.
That's why I do what I do. Read more of my posts, watch my YouTube videos or apply to join the Color Academy. I want to make it simple for you to develop your personal style. I promise it will be worth every minute of your effort!