Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The empowered's new clothes

I am really having a hard time getting back into the swing of things since I returned from my little mini vacation. Yesterday Scott called me at work. He asked how things were going. I think Scott was having difficulty too. His father had just left after a 2 week visit here (he came before I left on my sisters trip, so it was just the two of them here for a while). Scott was trying to get back into his own routine, one that didn't include his father and did include me.

I answered his question by grumping about it being a true Monday and about how much work I had to do. However, I told him I was wearing a brand new outfit so everything was going to be ok.

Y'all. Let me tell you about my new clothes.

Before I do that, let me remind you of two things. One, just in case you didn't know this about me, anything that costs over $25 is considered a major purchase and involves trauma (you can read the details of that idiosyncrasy HERE ). Two, I mentioned in my previous post that my sisters know how to shop. I knew Sister #2 was quite adept, but I really didn't know Sister #1 was so skilled at it too. With both of them together, it was quite an adventure for me. I guess I hadn't realized how much I just don't shop for clothes any more, (all the reasons why are a story for another day).

Anyway, Sister#1 took us to a mall and introduced me (thank you, thank you!) to Christopher & Banks. All the pretty colors drew me in and I spent $100. On clothes. Oh my. I can't remember the last time I did that. But the kicker is, I got three jackets and two pair of pants. That's five items for $100. The way I overcame my major purchase trauma was to average it out in my head - $100 for 5 items made each piece $20. Of course, all 5 pieces were marked down so none of it was regular price. That's under my $25 mental limit. I was on vacation. Whoo hooo.

Wearing my new clothes yesterday made me feel all fresh and new. I felt younger and thinner. I felt smarter. I felt empowered to accomplish more. It helped change my attitude about what I faced that day.

I felt different on the inside because of what I wore on the outside. I don't know if anyone else noticed.

It's made me think about another way I'm covered outwardly and affected inwardly. My heart is changed because my sins have been covered. I hope and pray others notice. Thank you, Jesus.

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10

1 comment:

THE ROOST said...

I love to get new clothes and you are right it gives you a new out-look! I need you to go shopping with me and help me find those bargins.....I love how you connected our sin covering! Have a great day:)