Wednesday, June 10, 2009

There ain't enough cream in the world.

Interesting statement from La Petite Belle the other day as we're laying down to take a nap (yes, she wanted to take a nap ... to cuddle with her mommy ... weird ... and I loved every second of it):  "Let's just go straight to sleep, Mommy. No creams."


Interesting.

She obviously watches me very closely.

Every night I do what every good, healthy, thirty-something-year-old woman does (at least I think they do):
1. Cleanse
2. Tone
3. Moisturize
4. Apply more night cream (this one for those fine lines)
6. Apply eye cream (again ... fine lines)
7. Apply more eye cream (puffiness)

Please tell me I'm not the only woman in America who does this. If you tell me you only wash with Dove soap and your skin is perfect, I will disown you.

It made me think about all the effort I put forth to take care of my skin and my face and my outward appearance, and how little effort I put forth to take care of my insides ... my heart, my soul, my mind, my relationship with God, my relationship with others, eternal things.

There aren't enough creams in the world to make me more beautiful to my Heavenly Father. He loves me just the way I am.

I think He's telling me, like La Petite Belle, to put down the creams (those things that distract me from Him) and just cuddle (spend that time with Him that He so desires). Really in the end, the wrinkles and saggy skin will still be there.

Now, don't be gettin' any ideas that I'm gonna stop puttin' on the creams. I mean, a woman's gotta look her best. Just know I learned a lesson. And God can speak through a little girl. And that little girl can teach her mama to put things into perspective.

13 Comments:

sara said...

love that!!!

And you might hate me to know that I very rarely ever take off my makeup at night......genetics have been kind to me!

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

The shame, Sara!

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

So true. So good. So convicting...

And I am a cleanser, toner, moisturizer kind of gal.:)

Andrea said...

I must admit that I am a makeup sleeper too! I am very stringent about my morning routine though. It almost mirrors your night-time routine.

I am glad that God loves me--just the way I am!

Thanks for the great post. Love reading your blog. . .

Lois Lane II said...

I have pretty good skin, I really do, BUT...I wash every night, but a toner on every morning, and use lotion with SPF and eye cream (cause of major dark circles under my eyes -- taken care of by the cream, hooray!). So you are soooo not alone!

Kristy said...

Oh, she isn't the only one. Very rarely do I take my make-up off at night. I wash and moisturize in the morning. But, I'm still fairly young (33) this may come back to bite me later on. We'll see.

H-Mama said...

I have to take my makeup off or I can't sleep well. Now, the creams? I use only one right now... I need to add more. It gets so pricey though. Thankfully, we don't need all the creams to look beautiful to 'Him'.

"Rachel" said...

OK I was going to leave some smart-aleck comment about how I'm going to remain silent until I read the second half of your post. Awesome lesson!

Amy said...

Good stuff! I like how you saw the spiritual lesson in the everyday.

I sleep with my makeup on. My mom tells me all the time this will come back to haunt me when I'm forty...she's usually right about stuff like that but I'm still too lazy to care about it right now :)

Soliloquy said...

Have you noticed a difference using the creams? I'm thinking I need either a facelift or something good for these deep crevices in my forehead....

Jeanette said...

I never ever sleep with make up on - wash and air dry and sometimes a bit of moisturizer.

I'm so thankful that God is much more interested in ironing out my wrinkles His way!!

The Hat Chick said...

Wow, you get all of that out of "No cream?" Woman, you are deep.

Me? I could send my peeps to college on what I spend on moisturizers. Maybe that's what happened to my college fund? Hmmm. (excuse me while I call my mother)

thedomesticfringe said...

Good thoughts. Thanks for sharing them.

I have creams for every part of my body, not just my face. I have a very special relationship with moisturizers.

-FringeGirl