Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Keepin' It Real

So, I'm at my favorite store in the world, Target, today, in my Monday attire ... workout shorts, t-shirt, and tennie shoes. My hair was in a lovely (shiny from that natural conditioner ... oil) ponytail. No make-up. And, of course, the ol' glasses.

I think it is an unwritten rule that if you do dare to leave your house and galavant around town in such an ensemble, you WILL, without a doubt see someone you don't want to see.

Well, it happened to me once again today (or yesterday depending on when I post this or you read it).

Remember how I told you that I'm kind of in charge of the women's ministry at our church? And let me tell you, I've been workin' like a dog just to get my thoughts and plans together for the remainder of the year and next year. One of my ideas was to meet with some other women's ministry directors in the area that have a successful women's ministry and get some ideas from then and learn what made them successful.

Well, just so happens, one of those women was in the produce section at Target at the same time as me. What a great opportunity this would be for me. 

Oh, wait. I look like something the cat drug in. I started silently praying, "Please, God, don't let her recognize me. Please."

I immediately headed over to the deli area to get my mesquite smoked turkey breast, trying to totally face in the opposite direction. And, I could still see her out of the corner of my eye getting closer and closer. Hurry up, deli lady!

Oh, and did I mention, she looked, of course, super cute. Hair done. Make-up on. Stylish jeans and shirt with cute little flats. I noticed this in just the split-second that I saw her.

Finally, I grabbed my turkey and headed in the other total opposite direction. Finally, I escaped her glance when I hit the dairy section, but, constantly, looked over my shoulder, until I was free and clear headed away from the check-out.

I asked the Lord if He expected me to always be fixed up. Would I be setting a bad example to women with my homely appearance? I'm serious.

There are some women that put on their make-up first thing in the morning, even if they're not going anywhere. I've heard it taught that this makes a woman "feel good," and you should always look good for your husband.

Sure, I feel better when I look good. Everyone does. But, honestly, there are days I don't care and I don't have time for that. I'm OK with that and my hubby doesn't care if I wear make-up or fix myself up. He loves me just the way I am. So, I figure if he does, then I know, God does.

Kinda reminds me of this amazing ad from Dove. I love it. It speaks volumes.
I love this version from The Message : Psalm 139:13-16
13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother's womb.
I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I'd even lived one day.


Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

I had the same kind of day yesterday...except I didn't go anywhere (this time) and prayed and prayed that no one came to the door!!

Sometimes its just not worth the time/energy it takes to get ready ;)

DidiLyn said...

Why, why oh WHY does this happen whenever we are in our sweats hoping not to see anyone? Why can't I EVER run into somebody and be the one with her hair just done and really cute jeans and ballet flats from J.Crew? I want to be THAT one.
Maybe I do wear my sweats too much.

sara said...

I have never seen that ad and now am glad I use Dove! It is funny that you posted this because just the other day, I had to go to the grocery store and walked out in sweats with paint all over them, a shirt that didn't match and a old olympics hat that did match either the pants or the shirt and no makeup.....yep, I think it was my congregations day to go to the grocery store! :)

Jeanette said...

I am one of those gals that will not go outside the house without her hair and makeup done.

Go figure, last night I had washed my face and gotten into my jammies. Within 5 minutes I got a call from a lady saying she would be stopping by to drop off her cupcakes for school tomorrow. AAAAHHHHHH! She got me in my jammies without makeup on.

Just keep it real girl!

Tammy said...

That ad is just great. And having a daughter I face these issues. I have to be careful about what I say about myself in front of her, even if I am joking.

I am sure you were rockin' your workout outfit anyway.

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

HA ha! :) It's so true isn't it? When we dress down we are BOUND to see some one we don't want to. Probably a lesson in there some where... and some day I will maybe figure it out.
Love the comercial and especially love the Psalm!! Quite timely for me.

Sara@ Butterville said...

That video was super creepy. I go out all the time in sweats,glasses and only eyebrows. I got love to give not something pretty to look at. There are trees and flowers for that!

Rach and Josh said...

I can totally relate! Today is one of "those" days...I'm just hoping that no one from the church stops by or they'll be in for a treat. Let's face reality...we can't be lookin' good all the time!
Thanks for sharing the video...the pressure that women and girls face is so sad. :(

Rachel said...

I rarely go out without fixing my hair (mainly because I have to wash it every day and if I'm going to blow it dry I might as well go ahead and style it). Plus I get tension headaches from pulling it back in a ponytail. But there have been many a day that I've gone out without makeup.

Just do what I did: gain 20 extra pounds after having a baby and realize it really doesn't matter what you wear because it's not going to look all that cute. :)

Beachy Mimi said...

I get caught in "grocery store attire" all the time. Does it bother me much? Apparently not. Does it drive Queen B crazy? Yep.

Tami said...

I have those days quite often. Some days I don't even take a shower and lately I'm lucky if I was my hair 3 times a week. I am trying to do better and find time but by the time I get my kids dressed and get all of their needs taken care of I'm just too tired to worry about myself too much and I am so lacking in the time department. So I think about how God sees me and I think he doesn't care if I have my hair perfect or I'm showered. He still loves me. After all, "He makes everything glorious and I am His."

Cheffie-Mom said...

Hi there. I'm Debbie. I saw your link on Julie's blog. Your blog is super cute. This post cracked me up and the video is so true. I love celebrating family, food, fun and friends. Stop by my blog anytime.

Jules from "The Roost" said...

SO funny & true! For years I would not go anywhere without make-up. Now, I have several days that I do without or less. I still like make-up but don't feel like a slave to it like I did in the past. When I see someone without it on now I think she is really cool & confident in Who she is :)

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

That is my life...totally under dressed when I'm out an about and I need something quick! lol!

that is funny!

Joan said...

The ad was great and so true.

I think it's ok to go to the store in sweats and without make-up. It all depends on how much it bothers you but I wouldn't worry about what other think too much.

Thanks for following my blog. I love reading yours.

God Bless

Andrea @ Mommy Snacks said...

I never wear make-up during the weeks...or rarely. Actually, it's become a joke now that Sunday is the only day I get "made up." I'm fine with it...we're "fearfully and wonderfully made" with or without makeup and hairspray!

Kim said...

I do a devotion in cabins in the summer at camp that this video would be a perfect illustration for...we are bombarded from such a young age, and compared with each other even, who is cuter,hoter, more stylish...it's such an easy trap to fall into!