If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
Jeans and a T-Shirt would be good for many occasions. Some T-Shirts would even work for office attire, but for a wedding? I don’t think so. Especially when I am the mother of the bride and mother of the groom to be.
If you have been following my stories, you will know that I have the privilege of watching both my children get married in May 2015. My son’s wedding is on the 2nd and my daughter’s on the 22nd. And when I first knew about it I was thinking that wearing the same dress with different accents, but I was told by my daughter that that was not what she wanted. So I thought about it and then realised that truly, I would not like to be seen in the same dress at two weddings only three weeks apart. So the hunt began.
The first dress I tried on, just to get a feel for what I was looking for, was $800! That was not about to be my dress at that price and that is when I began to pray and ask God to open doors for me. I told Him (in prayer, which is talking to God and since He, the God of gods and King of kings is my friend, I talk to Him about all these things), that I did not want to spend a lot of money on the dresses and I asked Him (we have not because we do not ask God... James 4:2) to provide two beautiful dresses for me, and comfortable shoes with a heel and a purse, for an amount that would not kill the budget.
And then I trusted Him to bring it to pass.
It took a while and I had no desire to look until January. People were getting antsy about it and telling me I must look. But I knew God would show me the time that I should go. He did! He is faithful and I trust Him fully. I related the story of the dress for my daughter’s wedding in a previous blog, parts 1 and 2 of Jeans and T-Shirt not an option, and now I want to talk a bit about the other dress...
My husband had taken a few days vacation in February, and we were planning to have a vacation, but with such short notice we thought it would be to stressful to up and leave, so we did a “home cruise”. Some people call it a “Staycation” but since we actually wanted to go on a cruise, we called it a “home cruise”.
The first day off was nothing special and we had not started the cruise yet, and we ran some errands and had a few appointments. The kind of days one loves because you have the time to go to these appointments and accomplish a few other things, but also the kind of days one does not love, since one is spending time off doing things like that instead of relaxing and enjoying new things or movies or whatever. Anyhow, it was a day that also sparked a few new thoughts and avenues for us to go down and so that is when the idea of a cruise was born.
The next day, Friday, was a free day for our daughter as well, and so she came with us helping us to buy a few purchases, and since she loves shopping and is a bargain hunter she was game to come with us. We enjoyed some time looking at a few things, we had a lovely leisurely breakfast, found a bone china tea set for a dime for her, as well as some local unique pottery pieces for a dime as well, and then we wandered over to the mall. I had in the back of my mind that I wanted to look for a dress for my son’s wedding. And so we looked and tried on and twirled and wriggled, but nothing seemed to appeal to me or anyone else there! There was also a lot of static in the air and my hair was sticking to my face and I was getting irritated to say the least! So much for the fruit of the Spirit of patience and kindess. When my daughter found a dress in a store which she had mentioned years before was only for sticks, I shut down and said no.
It looked so tiny and I guess I momentarily forgot that I have lost 34 pounds. (want to know more go to my website www.myaimstore.co/barbarabird, look for the Wonderfully Well banner)34 stubborn pounds that I could not lose for more than 20 years. So we moved on to go and look at other things. We stopped and had a drink (one of our favourite things to do on a cruise) and then I decided to brave the store again. I tried on the dress and was thinking that this was not the dress for me, but when it was on I felt quite comfortable, it was a little stretchy, just a good length, it came to the knees and when I sat down it did not make me feel like I could not bear to wear this. I kept it on for a little while and looked at myself in the mirror, asked other customers what they thought, saw my husband’s face which screamed “I like it!” and then I realised that I actually fit into a dress from this shop! It was the largest size available, but in any other store that would have been a medium or large at a push. My dream come true! It was hard to imagine, but it was true.
Then suddenly I came down to earth... this was a pretty pricey store, how much? Well, again, God had heard my plea... with a little bolero and the sale price of the dress plus tax, it came to less than $500 together with the other dress I have bought. Wow! Now all I needed would be some shoes and a purse, something for another day and another blog.
Till next time... blessings to you.