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Category Archives: Beauty in Character
My father gave me the best gift a father could give to a daughter.
To this day, people benefit from his decision to use his gifts, talents, and abilities to care for others. A man I have never met, wept on the phone when he talked to me. He wept out of gratitude for what my father had done for him and his tribe.
Over 50 years ago my father heard the voice of God. In obedience to God’s voice, he took his young wife and two little girls into the jungle of Africa. The people there nicknamed them Mama and Papa Obedience.
“Hi, how are you tonight?” I looked up behind the counter at Braums (ice cream and small grocery store) to see a big smile on the face of a woman with graying hair and glasses.
I pulled my groceries closer down the conveyor belt. She continued to be joyful as we chatted about the weather and small talk.
“How nice to have someone so cheery. Proverbs says that a cheerful heart is good medicine.” I smiled at her.
“Well, I try to be. I enjoy my customers, meeting them and talking with them.” She put my groceries in a bag.
“It’s good that you like your job. To be satisfied with your work is a good thing.”
She pulled the debit card through the register and smiled again, “Yes it is and I do enjoy my job.”
Preoccupied with the conversation I started to walk out the door.
“Wait a minute, don’t forget your groceries,” she handed me my bag with a big smile on her face.
Sometimes we underestimate the value of those who serve us and think that youth and physical beauty are what count. We forgot that the beauty of cheerful service from young or older can make a difference in our daily life.
Her cheerful heart overflowed into mine and was not only good medicine for her but for me too.
I noticed her hunched over the shopping baskets in Walmart. She’s a greeter, a tiny lady with gray hair but she is strong! We have chatted before so I stopped to talk to her when I went Walmart today. I shared that I felt tired from teaching at the high school all day.
She leaned on a shopping cart, “I am tired too. I don’t bounce back the way I did when I was 70. At 70 I could work 8 to 10 hours a day, drive home and get my energy back by the time I arrived home.”
On this Mother’s Day, I’m thinking the amazing impact my mom had on me in shaping the direction of my life. Her example of sharing and caring for others, inspires me to this day.
She wrote letters home to the USA asking people to send boxes of used clothes for the mission so the African children could have at least one outfit.
One of the reasons I love guest teaching is because I get to go back to school and learn everything I didn’t appreciate when I was in school. LOL!
Yesterday, I taught 7th and 8th grade science and enjoyed refreshing my knowledge about erosion and the effects of it.
The creative shapes of many of our rock formations caused by erosion intrigue me.
If you want to take a moment to enjoy nature’s art, you can enjoy these photos.
Negative happenings in our lives, dealing with stress and the everyday things that wear us down can make us feel discouraged or irritated. However, something beautiful be created in us because of them.
Yesterday when I shopped in our local grocery store, right when I needed something. a sales clerk rounded the corner and asked, “Are you finding everything?”
I smiled, “You appeared at the right time because I’m actually looking for. . .” and I told her what I needed.
She immediately said, “Well this is over here. I’ll take you there,” Then she told me where the other item was. After I finished with the first one and walked into the main aisle, she came out to make sure I got to the right place for the second item.
“What is your name?” She smiled at me as I sat down my plate at the table to eat my lunch. I glanced over to the booth next to me and saw an elderly woman smiling at me.
“My name is Sharon,” I walked over to her booth thinking she must know me.
“My name is Marilyn,” she smiled at me. I realized when I arrived over there that I didn’t know her but to be gracious I went along with her.
“Good to see you!”
“I used to own a dress shop downtown so that must be where I know you from.”
“You’re styling. You look fabulous!” I complimented my young friend at a recent graduation party. She loves the latest styles and has a creative touch in the way she dresses. On her limited budget she searches out the sales and local resell shops to put together the cutest outfits.
Her mother, a friend of mine always looks like she stepped out of a fashion magazine. I enjoy their expression of creativity and beauty in the way the way mother and daughter express their individuality in their dress.
What looks good on you? Do you like the color red, green or purple? Or any one of the wonderful colors we enjoy in clothing? When people say, “That color looks awesome on you!,” do you have a tendency to wear more of it?
A blog post by my friend, Tabbitha Easley, inspired me to think about the admonition in Colossians 3:12 to clothe yourself with humility.
What if we started saying to each other, “Humility looks good on you!” When we see someone walking in humility or behaving in humble ways, what if we admired it?