Monday, August 6, 2012

Being Content – Realizing That God Made Me Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

(Life has been so full this past 9 months.  I didn't mean to take a sabbatical from the blog world.  I am hoping to return & record our family fun experiences for our records & to update family & friends on our life.)

I am learning to be content in whatever situation I am in.  Bottom line, put my focus on my Lord.

Today I am thanking God for making me the way He made me.  Psalms. 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

I have struggled with this area through out my life.  God blessed me with natural curly hair.  After about 16 years of despising my curly locks, I learned to love them.  I dreamed of having long beautiful straight hair... hair that I could run my fingers through… all the stunning hair styles throughout the years that I would never be able to have.  My mom had straight hair & did not know how do fix my hair.  Needless to say, I had an afro for many years.  I hated it!  You may think that hate is to strong, but I tell you, I would cry so many times of how my hair looked so bushy.  I didn’t like looking at myself in the mirror or in pictures. 

When I was 12, God brought a girl into my life, Andrea.  She had beautiful perfect curls.  She was a few years older than I was & took me under her wing.  She very kindly asked me if I wanted to have a spa day.  Oh yea!  I asked her if she thought I could have hair as pretty as hers…her response “oh, I hope your hair won’t look like mine, girl. Your hair is so much prettier than mine.”  The transformation began.  She told me that I had to let my hair air dry & use lots of mousse & gel. 

I was so much happier with my hair.  Even after I got tons of complements over the years & people telling me that they would do anything to have hair like mine, I was still desiring to have straight hair. 

Fast forward 24 years.  The wonderful invention of a professional flat iron.  Whoo Hoo!  I have perfectly straight hair.  My dream of so many years finally came true.  But their was a catch.  It took 1 hour or longer to make this dream happen.  I can’t do it during the deep - south summer days… the humidity frizzes it up.  If it rains, I get all “girly” and cover my head, because the water will curl it back up & not in a pretty way.

My curls..  (with Pam Tebow)
So yes, after so many years of dreaming, wishing & praying, I realize that God made my hair “fearfully and wonderfully made”.  I don’t like spending lots of time getting ready & I surely don’t like worrying about my hair through out the day.  It takes me about 5 minutes do to my hair.  On occasion, I will straighten my hair, but prefer the no- fuss way.  God knew, even before I was born my personality & that I needed hair that would take only minutes. to fix.

Thank you Lord for my bouncy curls, for a quick & easy hair style, even though I didn't realize it at first. Your plans are the best.